Hidden Animal Ingredients

Reading the ingredients list on prepackaged foods can be a nightmare, particularly if you have no idea which of those ingredients might be a hidden source of an animal product, much less how that product was taken from the animal itself. As a vegetarian, you will have to decide what level of animal product consumption you are comfortable with.

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Mushrooms in the Vegetarian Diet

It’s a rare occasion when my salad doesn’t contain mushrooms, and I usually toss them in the cooking pot with pasta to blanch for the last couple of minutes, making them a part of my pasta primavera. They make a mean gravy, too.

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Recipe: Colorful Quinoa Salad

This vegetarian recipe is an excellent introduction to The Mother Seed, otherwise known as quinoa. If you are unfamiliar with quinoa, you will wonder why it took you so long to give it a try.

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Recipe: Cretan Braised Pulses

“Pulse” is a somewhat archaic term for dry grain and legume crops, but this is a fairly ancient dish, so it seems a rather appropriate name.

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Recipe: Vegetable Moussaka

Moussaka is traditionally an extremely rich, hearty dish full of lamb or beef that will leave you in a food coma for several hours.

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Supplements – Do Vegetarians Need Them?

If you are a reasonably healthy person and you eat a well-balanced, healthy diet full of whole grains, lean protein, and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, there really is no reason to take vitamin/mineral supplements.

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Minerals in the Vegetarian Diet: Major

Minerals account for about 4% of the human body, and most of them are found in the bone structure. The major minerals are present in a higher percentage than the trace minerals; however they are all equally important in the body.

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Recipe: Three Sisters Soup with Cornmeal Dumplings

In most Native American traditions, beans, corn, and squash are known as the Three Sisters – gifts from nature to sustain life. Full of complementary proteins, healthy carbohydrates, fiber, and a variety of vitamins and minerals, this hearty soup is perfect for those crisp early Fall evenings.

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Recipe: Polenta with Mushroom-Tomato Sauce and Gorgonzola

When you think of polenta (if you think of it at all), what usually comes to mind is a thick slice of cornmeal mixture similar in texture to pound cake.

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Recipe: Pumpkin & Mushroom Lasagna

This is an interesting Thanksgiving twist on traditional lasagna. The pumpkin and mushrooms combine for a savory, earthy flavor that is anything but dull.

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