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frakkinfabulous
08:31 pm - tofu time!
As part of my plan to help heal myself (I've developed a rather bad case of allergies as well as something akin to ADD, OCD and depression), I'm going to slowly make my way onto a macrobiotic diet. My plan for now, until I get used to it, is to make one of my daily meals sort of macro. Generally what this means is that rather than going to Jack in the Box for a burger, fries and soda (and I was vegan!), I'll be eating a meal of miso soup, grain (generally brown rice since one of the allergies that popped up recently was gluten), a mix of raw and cooked veggies, tofu or beans and seaweed (if not in miso soup). A great idea I had was the idea of bringing all the items and rolling up some temaki (hand roll sushi) with the seaweed, some or all the grain, protein and cooked veggies and eat the raw veggies and miso on the side. One of the clearest thoughts I've had in months!

However, in an effort to make this an easier transition, I'd like to add a touch of flavor to the tofu and/or grains. So, long story short, does anyone have any great recipes or ideas for either a marinade/flavor for tofu or perhaps a fried rice/grain?

Thanks!!

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From:frakkinfabulous
Date:August 1st, 2007 05:50 am (UTC)
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Thanks again for all the help! I can definitely see where you're coming from. I felt much better when I was vegan in the past (no congestion, etc.) but it was made rather difficult by the fact that none of my friends are vegan and we either eat out or go to the movies for get-togethers. I guess I'll just have to encourage more trips to Sipz (our local Asian vegan place) over anything else. As a general rule, none of us are fast fooders (except for me lately), we just like to try new places. :)

Another lucky thing for me is that I'll still be living off-campus the whole time (I'm 25 and in a partnership so on-campus living's not really an option for me) so I'll have access to all my nice kitchen stuff.

I'll probably try using the next few weeks to transition to vegan and see where I go from there. I just know that, in the past, I was a lazy/junk food vegan. I was raised on fatty warm foods, so they're what I crave. I rarely eat a raw veggie because I don't like cold crunchy food. I need to get used over that quickly!
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From:_ave_
Date:August 1st, 2007 06:10 am (UTC)
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oh man, I am definitely all about cold and crunchy, or warm and thick and soupy. Really solid chunky stuff not as much.

I think as you more and more become an accomplished vegan cook (or macro if you get that far) you'll end up craving junk food less and less. I'm a few years younger than you but I've found that as the years have gone on and especially in the past couple all my cravings for junk food have just naturally subsided. If anything I would chalk it up to the fact that I've stopped being satisfied unless I actually eat substantial food and the fact that I can cook in a variety of ways and make sure all of my food is flavorful. I know my cousin (who grew up similarly) is also finding the same to be true.

Once your home-cooked meals get more attention and you become more familiar with them and how you like to eat and cook I think junk-food will also start to naturally start to diminish (if you'd be interested in that).
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From:frakkinfabulous
Date:August 1st, 2007 06:18 am (UTC)
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Most definitely. I'm very concerned for my health between my stress and my mother's medical history, so the less junk, the better, right? :)

I'm very much a soup girl. I'm always happy with a soup. I should probably start cooking up crazy amounts of vegan soups and freezing them for lunches. I could probably live off of soup, pasta and stewed vegetables for the rest of my days and be a happy little clam!

I think the most important step for me will be planning my time in advance, making food in large enough quantities, packing it up and remembering to take it with me! I'm naturally spacey and forgetful so this can be toughest part for me. I have no problems eating vegan. It's just that I'll get into pinches where I forgot food and my blood sugar's hit rock bottom, so I'll grab anything!

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