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Matriarchy: My 17yo daughter is taking a serious run at being a vegetarian. I am working to adapt our daily cooking so that she can eat at leas part of it, so she isn't always cooking separately. I want to keep more "handy ingredients" on hand for her, so she can also cook for all of us at times. She likes texmex, middle-eastern, asian, pizza, pasta. So far, I have: roast garlic in oil, refried beans, batches of roasted vegetables, vegetable stock, pasta and pizza sauce, hummus, pizza dough. We always have a lot of different rice, beans, and pasta. I always have potatoes, onions, and garlic, seasonal fruit & veggies, and a lot of herbs and spices. What other versatile basics should we have?
7 years ago
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Matriarchy: She eats dairy and eggs, and is going to eat high-quality fish once a week. So we also have assorted cheese, yogurt, and milk. We don't bake our own bread, but we get whole grain. I'd like to find some kind of flatbread we can produce ourselves.
7 years ago
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Eunice : how about miso and dried shitake mushrooms? makes for easy comfort food. soak mushrooms in boiled water for at least 10 minutes; squeeze out excess liquid (retain the liquid for broth) and thinly slice the caps (saving the tough stems for stock). thinly slice or julienne root vegetables like carrots, turnip, parsnip or even daikon, if available. drop vegetable and mushroom slices into a saucepan of already boiling vegetable broth and simmer until vegetables almost tender. remove from heat and add miso. eat with rice. garnish with thinly sliced green onions, chopped cilantro and perhaps thinly sliced omelette strips. tofu cubes can be added at the same time that you are adding the rest of the ingredients to the broth for simmering. i also like to drizzle on chile oil and a twist of lemon. and for the meat eaters, you can add meats of your choice when pouring broth over rice like chicken strips or thinly slice beef fillets like in Vietnamese Phở.
7 years ago
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Matriarchy: ::drool:: Dried mushrooms are a great pantry idea. And chili oil. Gonna have to paste that recipe idea of yours into her email. :-)
7 years ago
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Traci Downing: Isn't it weird when teens do this? I don't get it. My sister did this and my son's friend is doing the veg thing too.
7 years ago
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Matriarchy: It's sorta my fault. She said, "I love vegetables - I think I could be a vegetarian with no problem." And then I said, "Ha! You could never give up the meaty goodness." And she said, "Fine! I'll show YOU!" **sigh**
7 years ago
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Eunice : as one of the vegetarians here on WGE, i think that's a beautiful thing ;)
7 years ago

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