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Old 02-06-2009, 03:00 AM   #41
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beans are a good substitute for animal protein. Or any vegetable could replace meat protein in your diet....
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Old 02-06-2009, 09:25 AM   #42
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TheAdviserMe - I'm sorry, but that's just not true. I'm not a vegetarian, but know for an absolute fact that beans alone are definitely not a good substitute for animal protein. Nor can any vegetable replace meat protein in your diet. Vegetables - beans included - are not a "complete protein" and must be combined specifically with other products - grains for instance - in specific combinations in order to make up the same protein compounds one would get from meat products. This is why so many folks who jump into vegetarianism without doing proper research/reading end up with health problems. It's not as simple as just subbing vegetables willy-nilly for meat.
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Old 02-06-2009, 11:53 AM   #43
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TheAdviserMe - I'm sorry, but that's just not true. I'm not a vegetarian, but know for an absolute fact that beans alone are definitely not a good substitute for animal protein. Nor can any vegetable replace meat protein in your diet. Vegetables - beans included - are not a "complete protein" and must be combined specifically with other products - grains for instance - in specific combinations in order to make up the same protein compounds one would get from meat products. This is why so many folks who jump into vegetarianism without doing proper research/reading end up with health problems. It's not as simple as just subbing vegetables willy-nilly for meat.
Breezy, you're correct in saying that specific vegetables, legumes, etc don't offer complete protein, meaning they don't possess all the amino acids that our bodies need and can't manufacture. But the solution is quite simple.

What that means is you need to eat a variety of foods. I don't mean at every meal or even every day, I mean in general. Eat a variety of beans, grains, vegetables, etc and you WILL get the protein and the amino acids you need. Beans are a good substitute for animal protein, just not the substitute.

I don't eat animal protein at all. I have done my research and I see my doctor regularly. A vegetarian with a poor diet will have health problems just as an omnivore with a poor diet will have health problems.
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Old 02-11-2009, 03:36 PM   #44
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Portobello mushrooms are a good meat substitute I use a lot, too. Love those!

my kind of tofu!
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On the note about proteins, just throwing it out there that quinoa is fantastic and has a good amount of grain protein.
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Great for Wok or Asian bar. (Make it yourself asian.)
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Old 02-15-2009, 08:37 PM   #47
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It really comes down to knowing what you are eating. As has been mentioned, beans, quinoa and tofu are excellent, but they need to be combined with other foods for good nutrition.
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Old 02-25-2009, 04:20 PM   #48
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This tofu recipe is very delicious! One of my favorite Asian recipe. Simple and healthy.

Teriyaki Tofu with Vermicelli Noodles
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Old 03-09-2009, 10:33 AM   #49
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I made some baked tofu the other day that was really good, especially chilled and added to salad. I marinated this one in lime, cumin and lemon juice.

Sweet Lime Tofu:

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Old 03-09-2009, 02:47 PM   #50
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Thanks for the tofu recipe. I'm thinking this would also make a nice side to an Asian-style veggie or turkey burger.
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