How to switch to Vegetarian Food

How to Plan a Vegetarian Diet
If you are making the switch to a vegetarian diet do not be overwhelmed when it comes to
making a shopping list so you can start preparing vegetarian meals at home. It is not a difficult
job to make sure that you have everything you need to succeed in your new endeavor. Make
sure you buy plenty of grains, green leafy vegetables, beans, and nuts. If you are unsure of how
to prepare vegetarian meals, invest in a vegetarian cookbook, which are plentiful at your local
bookstore or look online for recipe ideas.
Simple Guidelines for the Beginner
Start with simple and easy to prepare meals such as brown rice and mix in your favorite
vegetables, you can even add flavor to rice by adding apple juice to the water when cooking it.
Take a trip to your local ethnic market, many of these markets especially ones that cater to
people from the Middle East will have a variety of vegetarian selections available and will be
able to give you some pointers about how to prepare food that you might not be familiar with.
To curb your temptations to fall off the vegetarian wagon while you have a day out, pack some
nuts, granola, fresh or dried fruit, along with some juice

A Sample of a Vegetarian Menu
Making the switch to become a vegetarian does not mean that your daily meals will be filled
with bland food that resembles bark from a tree. There are many choices that you can make to
have delicious and attractive looking meals. For breakfast, have oatmeal, toast with peanut
butter, your favorite fruit, and cereal with soymilk and top it off with a sliced banana or your
other favorite fruit. At lunchtime, you can choose from having a veggieburger, garden salad,
baked sweet or regular potato topped with your favorite vegetable, hummus, or a hearty vegetable soup with crackers, or a bowl of fresh fruit. For dinner, you could choose from having
burritos stuffed with beans, rice, tomatoes, and avocado, or a fresh garden salad. You could opt
for a Chinese stir-fry made with tofu and vegetables such as broccoli, onions, and ginger or
vegetarian sausage. You could also have pasta topped with a vegetarian spaghetti sauce or just a
nice selection of your favorite vegetables with a nice vegetarian dip. If you get hungry during
the day, make sure that you have some vegetarian snacks on hand like fresh fruit, trail mix, dried
fruit, or a soy-based yogurt

This is an extract of the E-Book Vegetarian Food and Cooking.  Click on the download button if you like to read the whole book (42 pages)