Celebrate World Vegetarian Day in the Kitchen

27 September, 2008 (08:05)


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RECIPES: Tofu Tacos, Sloppy Janes, Bar B Que Tempeh

By Rae Udy

October 1st is the 31st World Vegetarian Day. Began is 1977 by the North American Vegetarian Society, this celebration joins people from all cultures together to bring awareness of the environmental, health and ethical benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle.
( www.worldvegetarianday.org/ )

By definition, a vegetarian eats not meat, fish or seafood. A healthful diet of grains, beans, plants, fruits and vegetables is the basis of a vegetarian diet.
It’s easier than ever to eat vegetarian meals. Dozens of different vegetarian burgers, sausage, bacon, ribs, steaks, chicken, turkey are available in the grocery freezer and on the supermarket shelf. There are even more varieties of packaged main dish mixes at your local health food store.
One of the most often questions I am asked is about main dish options for a vegetarian meal. Soybean products offer great protein and versatility to a vegetarian diet.
If you are in the mood for a Tex-Mex dinner try Tofu Tacos. Tofu is very high in protein with over 10 grams per half-cup serving, and is also a great source of calcium and iron.
Go all American with Sloppy Janes. Texture vegetable protein, or TVP for short, is a high-fiber, high-protein meat substitute made from soy flour and available in a variety of flavored and unflavored varieties, as well as different sizes, from large chunks to small flakes.
In the mood for something from the grill? Try Bar B Que Tempeh. Although it may be new to us in the west, tempeh is a soy food that has been eaten in Asia for hundreds of years and originated in Indonesia. Tempeh is made from cooked and slightly fermented soybeans and formed into a patty, similar to a very firm veggie burger.
Depending on the brand, one serving of tempeh provides around 200 calories, 18.2 grams of protein and 10 percent of the RDA of both calcium and iron. ( http://vegetarian.about.com/od/glossary/g/Tempeh.htm )
Recent clinical trials have shown that consumption of soy protein compared to other proteins such as those from milk or meat, can lower total and LDL-cholesterol levels.
http://www.soyfoods.com/

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