Suggest Food Subcategory: Vegetarian & Vegan

I am torn by having to choose either "Soup & Stews" or  "Vegetarian & Vegan" when publishing entries to the soup contest.  What Vegan/Vegetarian food wouldn't fall under one of the broader headings? The first Instructable that shows up when one searches specifically for 'Vegan" is from January 9th...so I would guess that the search is driven by the highest level category rather than the content. (Unless there is another way to search...) Would it be possible to have a subcategory so that all veggie dishes could be classified as such?

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Help! Need great hamburger substitute

Am having some friends over for cookout. One of the guests is vegetarian and also allergic to gluten/wheat. I need an easy but great tasting substitute for hamburger. Can anyone help please. Thanks.

Question by cherokeej   |  last reply


Vegetarian recipes with dried soya mince wanted!

My boyfriend is a vegetarian and so I bought a load of dried soya mince to help me make some low-cost, veggie-friendly meals. So far I've come up with a chilli, bolognaise sauce and Mexican taco filling. Other than that I just stick it in any ol' sauce to give it some bulk. Do any of you have any other soya mince recipes? Is there any other way of cooking it or is it just for adding to sauces? (Please keep in mind that it's the dried stuff!) Thanks!

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Why do people go vegan and vegetarian???? Answered

Well, if the two things in the title are the same thing, don't bother telling me. Now, to the real question!  Well, my question today is said in the title. THIS DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE!!! Why would someone not eat meat at all, just for this unknown reason? Or why would someone not eat anything at all from an animal? What I'm trying to say is, some people will think I'm wrong, but it's okay to eat animals. But some people think it hurts the animals blah blah blah so they don't eat meat. The real thing im weirded out by is people who don't eat anything from an animal!!! If you eat nothing from an animal, YOU ARE CRAZY! (my opinion....). Taking an egg from a chicken doesn't hurt them or anything! Or milking a cow!!! WHY DO PEOPE DO THIS?

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Any good vegetarian substitute for meat fish and egg Answered

Any good vegetarian substitute for meat fish and egg.I mean tastewise.Am a new veggie and cant forget the taste.

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Indian Food Recipe?

Does anyone have any good, vegetarian, Indian recipes. Possibly naan or samosas? Thanks!

Question by GeekyGirl1103   |  last reply


Could someone give me information and advice on vegetarianism?

I would like some advice on vegetarianism. Could someone give me a pro and con on veg diet compared to a meat diet, with vegetarianism can one achieve the right amount of proteins and minerals for the body without vitamins or supplements? Is it healthy, or healthier then a meat diet? Can the same effect be caused on a "meatless Monday" diet of food. And does it fit for me; I'm 6 foot, 195 pounds, 15 years old, very active(running, basketball, swimming). Just interested on the health effects it could cause. 

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Do you cook mostly or all vegetarian food? What are your tips for staying balanced?

Was anyone else raised eating meat, then switched to mostly or all vegetarian cooking? Any tips for how to shop, filling meals, and how to avoid eating too much starch and sugar (pasta & fruit)? I'm thinking about limiting how much meat I eat, but I'm curious how to switch out of a meat-and-potatoes model I'm accustomed to from childhood. I love a good salad, have an enthusiastic passion for bean dishes, and have access to good vegetables. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

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Best Recipe

Hey everyone,     What is your best recipe? It can be something you made up or something you just found in a cookbook. I want to hear all about your cooking adventures! I will post my recipe for curried spinach soon.

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Meat Free Mondays

San Francisco joins communities across the world in observing Meat-Free Mondays.  Too bad no one told us. Apparently back in April the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved legislation declaring the first day of the week meat-free Mondays, now known as Vegetarian Day or Veg Day. Supposedly, the legislation urges “all restaurants, grocery stores and schools to offer a greater variety of plant-based options to improve the health of San Francisco residents and visitors and to increase the awareness of the impact a green diet would be on our planet.” Consider awareness. . . unaffected. This seems like something that would be plastered all over San Francisco buses, sign posts, and veg-friendly shops.  Did I miss the flier at the co-op?  Probably.  Nonetheless, just as banning plastic bags took hold (uh, sort of), I'm sure the wave of Meat-Free Monday observers is sure to swell and sweep the city by storm.  I'll let you know when the falafel shop steals all the Monday business from the burger shop downstairs.  Actually. . .  it's the same shop.  So maybe they are onto something after all. via: the sf examiner  

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Eating Meat and Overpopulation

I'm not try to start a flame war just wanna bounce some Ideas around. If everyone stopped eating meat and animal products (total vegan). What would happen to the animal population. I think at first it would increase dramatically, then after humans started to consume more and more fruits and vegetables there would be a shortage of food ether for humans or animals (most likely animals). Which would cause a sharp decrees in animal population (possible extinction of species lower on the chain). Or if there is not enough fruits and vegies for humans, they will be forced to eat animals. What do you think?

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Questions about anything? Post them here!

Hi everyone,    If you have questions about vegan nutrition, why I became vegan, why I started this group, or any questions about the world in general, post them here and I will do my best to answer them. Please keep your questions appropriate.

Topic by nerdfighter73   |  last reply


Raw Living Food - Plant Based

Anyone familiar with Raw Vegan Food - or Plant-Based Lifestyle? Yeah, when I first heard it, I thought the same thing...but for health reasons was advised to explore this arena. I got bored...quickly, and so I started seeking out ways of making this healthy way of eating...FUN! I ended up falling in love with eating raw vegan! I have so much more energy than before, and so many of my gastro intestinal symptoms were alleviated. (Bloating, gas, cramping, etc). On top of this, chronic sinusitis and insomnia cleared up..oh, and my SKIN!!!  The fact is, it started out as a "must do" and ended up as a LOVE. I am now a self-taught "chef" but mostly a recipe developer and challenge myself to come up with treats that are as decadent as the original cooked and processed version...only healthy and guilt free. I did it!! I've created brownies and a line of cookies. I make kale chips in every flavor imaginable, including Chocolate, which was featured on Oprah.com, and sold in my online cafe. I can create crackers, breads, and chips, mousse and cheesecakes, and the list goes on. Right now, I'm working on a chocolate layer cake that is chewy and fudgy and unbelievably decadent!!! The excitement I feel when I create something others can enjoy is thrilling!  PS I've tried adding images multiple times with no luck!!! 2.5 years ago, I'd never have imagined myself eating to GOOD and so HEALTHY...and enjoying it all so much!  Just wondering if there are other raw foodies out there?   

Topic by Rawfully Tempting 


Food Creator and dispensor

This project is currently in the research stage. Having been reading the books 'Zero to Maker' by David Lang (OpenROV) and 'The Toaster Project' by Thomas Thwaites I have realised what I need is a project with a goal to take me out of the Arduino blinky light and solder kit zone, in to real making/hacking. Lang suggests an 'Unknown Project' which as I understand it is one that has been unexplored or under-explored, and he also suggests that using a popular forum to log, share and discus ideas would help the process along. So my idea, is an open hardware food creating machine, that will produce a large array of food, from a limited array of ingredients (approx 50) that can be made easily, and a ingredient markup language. 3d food printers in current development are either impractical or unappealing to me. They range from candy makers, ones that still need to be hand finished and cooked or the one publicised for receiving NASA funding recently used dead bugs. They seem all to focus on the gimmick, and not the food, and I like food. The other approach is the barbots, which seem to mostly perform flawlessly, but are unable to produce food. So my approach is to work through the process logically and break it down to sub projects. Design meals by hand using the limited ingredients for proof of concept, choose the ingredients to provide the widest possible range of nutrients and transpose the recipies to psudocode that can be easilly transformed in to a markup language later. Design a process for mixing and cooking ingredients. I envision a system of different food processors, steamers, boilers etc. and a range of extruding dies. Design a self cleaning system. Possibly ultrasonic or ionic. To that end, here is my preliminary list of ingredients. sugar, salt, oil, water, co2,Alcohol 37.5%,pectin,bicarb,nutritional yeast coffee,tea,mint,cocoa,garlic,oregano,chilli powder, paprika rice,soya,corn,wheat lemon extract,orange extract,tomato powder,dried apple,dried carrots,dried peas,potato powder. These ingredients can be used to make among other things, sausages, burgers, curry's, pasta, fries, soups, cereals, 'cider', cocktails, deserts, sodas, sauces, egg cheese and milk substitutes. So that's my plan. What do you guy think, and what ingredients would you add and why? And what would you call it? There are loads of things I left out as everything will change as I work through the process. Thanks for reading, Haydn

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We need more people

Does anybody wonder why there are only five of us in this group?

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The Transition to Veganism

Hey Everyone! The question of the week is: "What is the easiest way to transition from a carnivorous, fast-food diet to veganism"? Be sure to check out my new enstructable, "The Hearty Vegan: From Confused Carnivore to Voracious Vegan" tomorrow!  Thanks for your answers!

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Dry Ice Air Freshener

Michael Natkin writes a culinary blog Herbivoracious which includes hundreds of recipes for a vegetarian diet. This, however, is an experiment using dry ice to create beautiful clouds of smoke while filling your home with sweet scents.

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Papercraft Turkey

Want to get ready for Thanksgiving with some folding? Want to skip the real turkey and have a stand-in while you eat a vegetarian meal? Then try out this turkey papercraft. It has a little bit of a headcrab vibe going with it, but it's certainly timely. Link via Make

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Condensed soup or not?

Im making a vegetarian version of the recipe below.Its a casserole - type dish and calls for 2 10 oz cans of cream of mushroom soup to be added to the rest of the ingredients.It does not make any mention of using condensed soup, just says 2 10oz cans of cream of mushroom soup.Just curious for those have made this type of dish to confirm one way or the other as to what to add.

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contests I would like to see...

I am making wishes out loud and hopefully they will fall on some interested ears... A vegetarian food contest.  Vegetarian food can be so super good, but so often in restaurants the vegetarian option is a regrettable choice.  It would be so cool to get a bunch of recipes for vegetarian food that was *awesome*.  I always thought if I had a bajillion dollars I would start a chain of vegetarian food restaurants where the food was amazingly tasty and affordable.  I really believe people would choose it over McDonalds if they had such an option, which they don't really.  It's hamburgers and pizza all the way down the highway... A Wallace and Grommit contest.  Come up with a silly contraption to walk your dog or keep your cereal from getting soggy or something like that.   It could also have a Rube Goldberg or Dr. Seuss theme just as easily. An idea contest.  Maybe you've got a great idea, but now clue how to implement it in reality.  You post an idea somehow and the community comments on how to implement it or maybe actually implements it if it's a really good idea.  Of the best ideas suggested: The idea person gets a prize and the implementer too.  I'm sure a lot of people out there have awesome ideas but don't have the time or tools or skills to get it accomplished.  Of course, everyone's dream is to come up with an idea, someone else makes it form them into a commercial reality and they get a cut of the profit*.   If you could work that into the Grand prize somehow, I think you could get a crazy swarm of submissions, possibly overwhelming.  I'm not sure what the legal complications of such a thing would be, that might be prohibitive.  They'd have to word the language carefully, I guess, cause it's far too easy to generate ideas and very much harder to actually do the 80/20% and implement them.  I imagine you could easily have an overwhelming swarm of idea submissions.  I'm not sure how you'd do crowd control on it.  A How-its-made contest?  You have a thing, you take it apart and show how it was assembled or what its interior parts do.  The Grand prize could be a trip to China with a tour of willing Chinese factories to actually see how the things we take for granted every day are actually manufactured.  Or perhaps some kind of interesting factory tour or another? Just tossing these ideas out there and see where they stick or not. *so they can retire to the Bahamas and continue making up great ideas indefinitely, dictating them over the teletype to their devoted lackey back in the states or hoards thereof.  Or some other such quit work forever fantasy...

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Does someone have recipe to prepare bulgur like Turkish restaurants serve with their kebobs??

This dish resembles a fluffy rice with a flavor and color like Spanish rice. I have eaten it at a restaurant in Cary, NC. I am a cardiac patient and am focusing on healthy vegetables, grains and fruit dishes. I am not vegetarian. Thank you for any replies.

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Cotton Monster

Don't get these monsters confused with stuffed animals.  Created from the mind of artist Jennifer Strunge, these Cotton Monsters are intended to be soft sculptures for use by adults.  She uses recycled cotton and linens when forming these cuddly little monsters. Little Known Fact: The cotton monsters might seem like carnivorous animals, but they are actually vegetarians and their favorite food is broccoli!!

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Pizza toppings! Answered

Going to be making some pizza with my friends and having some drinks Wednesday. I made pizza loads of times before but would like to hear what toppings you like and can be made at home easily.Try to think of one meat and one vegetarian.The one that tickles our taste buds and that we make (Or as near to it as we can) will get the best answer! Thanks everyone! =DJoe'"(Oh and pictures will be posted, But not a full ible)'"

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Flying RC Starship Enterprise, USB Dead Drops, 3D Chocolate Printer

Flying RC Starship Enterprise USB Dead Drops 3D Chocolate Printer Papercraft Mech Warrior Easy Pumpkin Pie 4-In-1 Hat Glove Scarf Mittens Convert Laced Shoes to Slip-Ons Vegetarian Turkey Illusionist Heart Locket Built-In Bookcase Butternut Squash Soup Umbrella Sound Dome Glazed Doughnuts RAM Memory From Scratch Radial Arm Saw Tips Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA

Topic by randofo 


Does anyone have ideas for a DIY catering menu for a public reception at an art gallery?

Hi there, I'm having an exhibition next month and I have to do the catering myself.  I'm a good cook, and I can follow a recipe.  I'm hoping some of you out there may have some fun, funky and inexpensive ideas for offering my guests a few (3 tops) morsels (vegetarian options are preferred), and a cool beverage (non-alcoholic).  I'm open to themes or just out in left field.  Thanks for your help!

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eBooks Download

Hi and thank you for all the fine work! Special thanks to the editors for compiling the cool ebooks :) I have downloaded numerous Instructable as PDF files, always without a glitch. Recently, I looked at some eBooks and found the compilations very good. Two eBooks that I would have liked to download throw errors: 1. Operating system:Windows 7 64-bit 2. Chrome Browser: Version 24.0.1312.57 m 3. Project/URL: a.) https://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Vegetarian-Recipes/?download=ebook b.) https://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Quick-Breads/?download=ebook 4.No screenshot - resulting page content.:  a.)  This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below. AccessDenied Access Denied 6254A05C0777B436 O/setqLTWKKvZVplJMwnfaqSpUqhchTU06ttOHP1mzrb0RopsajeqbR/u+zsfZE7 b.) This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below. AccessDenied Access Denied CA673B4FBAC7A61B 48q8psW2mtxDZ8R4QOIflEAZroqW9KIGZ/NwwyE4amGp8lqGz5z+dz6zLv/ce3wo 5. steps to reproduce: i.) navigate to  https://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Vegetarian-Recipes/?download=ebook ii.) click on "Download PDF" (save as does not do anything) iii.) navigate to https://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Quick-Breads/?download=ebook iv.) click on "Download PDF" (save as does not do anything) Perhaps these eBooks have been "pulled", perhaps it's me, but I did download other ebooks prior to and after these errors in the same session. Warm regards The Mase

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Can not download e books from these links

Cannot download either the PDF or the epub versions of the ebooks from these links A sample image of the error is provided https://www.instructables.com/id/Gifts-From-the-Kitchen/?download=ebook https://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Vegetarian-Recipes/?download=ebook https://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Quick-Breads/?download=ebook https://www.instructables.com/id/Unusual-Uses-for-Ordinary-Things/?download=ebook https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Wedding-3/?download=ebook https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Get-Free-Stuff/?download=ebook https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Get-Free-Stuff/?download=ebook System Info Windows 8 64bit Chrome 26.0.1410.64

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Ban the posting of Instructables that use of dead animals or parts thereof

As one who respects all life, and who is sickened and repulsed by the "Instructables" which attempt to use dead animals or parts of them as some kind of demented joke, I propose that Instructables.com should ban the posting of articles dealing with or including dead animals or parts thereof. (And before anyone asks... Yes, I've been a vegetarian for 30 years. No, I don't wear leather or fur or other animal parts. No, I'm not a "wuss" - I just feel that the use or exploitation of living things or formerly living things without their consent is immoral.) eBay seems to have survived just fine with their policy of restricting the sale of animal products to a very specific list; I think Instructables should take the moral high-road and institute an outright ban on the use of animals in posts.

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Cyclist Rides Around the World in 195 Days

In 195 days and six hours, Mark Beaumont rode around the world on a bicycle, totally destroying the previous record of 276 days.Some data: - He ate 6,000 calories a day. Since he's a vegetarian, most of that was plant-based, but he did eat some meat to keep his energy up. - His bike was worth almost $5,000 - He carried 176 pounds of gear, including a tent and a video camera to keep fans updated - He had gear stolen once by crack addicts in a motel - He hopes to have raised 18,000 pounds for charity. - Scariest bit was riding in Istanbul, a city of 15 million. - He rode through 20 countries - Was knocked off his bike once by a driver who ran a red light. linkvia treehugger

Topic by fungus amungus   |  last reply


Show me the chicken!

Today we're launching a new Chicken Recipes Contest, and I wanted to invite you to enter! Typically, I would have launched this as a Scoochmaroo Challenge, but you all have been so responsive to these challenges, we decided to turn them into full-blown contests.  Then I realized that you wouldn't get the normal update from me about the challenge, and might not know we're running it at all - oh no!  So from now on I'll do my best to keep you apprised of the contests in the Food & Living categories, and herein create a forum for everyone to chat about it as well. So break out your chicken recipes - I know this seems exclusive to vegetarians, but I also know how creative our audience can get - and show us what you've got to win some sweet knives generously donated from Wusthof.  These are the same knives I use in my home and here at the Instructables HQ! We're even giving away one special prize to one author who submits the most entries!  So enter now, check in often, and vote for your favorites.  Contest closes August 27.  

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Help Me Feed My Dragons. Patches For Prizes.

I have three pet dragons. Their names are FRAZZLE, BURN and SPARKEY. One is ORANGE, one is WHITE and one is BROWN. They are fussy about what they eat and I need help finding food which will keep them all happy. How to play : Add to the thread by suggesting something they may like and I will tell you which dragons accept it.  From the responses, work out why each dragon likes what it does.  They appear to like a lot of vegetarian food, but I've a suspicion they may be cannabalistic too.  I also need to know the colours of the three dragons, and a list of 20 foods they will all eat. Grengate has deviously deduced the Dragons' colours.  Neuropol has cunningly calculated that Burn likes things with an even number of letters. Iceng has fiendishly found that Frazzle likes things with exactly two vowels in the name. Twinmum has ably ascertained that Sparkey likes things where the initial letter is alphabetically before the final letter of the word. Iceng has also provided a veritable plethora of foodstuffs which will please all the dragons. I now have three very happy and fat dragons. Winners' patches have been sent.  Thank you all for playing.

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Americans avert energy crisis by dieting, study reveals...

Scientists at Cornell University, led by David Pimintel, have performed a meta-study and found that the easiest way for Americans to reduce, and even totally avoid, the looming energy crisis is to go on a diet.The average American consumes about 3747 kcal per day compared to the 2000 to 2500 kcal per day recommended by the US Food and Drug Administration. (This does not include junk food!)Producing those daily calories uses the equivalent to 2000 litres of oil per person each year. That accounts for about 19% of US total energy use.Pimentel estimated 6 kilograms of plant protein are needed to produce 1 kg of high quality animal protein. He calculates that if Americans maintained their 3747 kcals per day, but switched to a vegetarian diet, the fossil fuel energy required to generate that diet would be cut by one third.Pimentel calculates that the equivalent of 2100 kcal go into producing a can of diet soda which contains a maximum of 1 kcal. About 1600 kcal go into producing the aluminium can alone.Other suggested changes to the food production process range from replacing incandescent bulbs with energy-saving fluorescent ones, to using fewer machines, pesticides and fertilisers, and more human power on farms.Reducing the distance that food is transported could also cut energy costs: food travels 2400 km on average to its consumer in the US. This requires 1.4 times the energy actually contained in the food. Producing food locally would cut the energy expended transporting it by half.Implementing all the suggested changes would cut the US food industry's energy bill in half.New Scientist articleNew Scientist Environment Section, special report of energy and fuels

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