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    a good resource for ideas for such easily prepared meals? I live alone, and don't have much time to cook, and I typically buy a lot of prepared foods, but I'd like to start cooking more food myself and make healthier and more responsible choices in my diet. I'm not currently a vegetarian or vegan, although I have been lacto-ovo-vegetarian in the past.

    Gondwana has always been at war with Laurasia.

    by AaronInSanDiego on Sun Dec 22, 2013 at 12:48:19 AM PST

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    •  An easy way to start is with a crockpot or (2+ / 0-)
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      slow cooker. Throw the ingredients in the pot in the morning, turn on the pot and it's done when you come home in the evening. Loads of recipes available on the internet, just Google "crockpot" recipes, or even
      "vegetarian crockpot/slow cooker recipes", like this:

      Veggie Crockpot Recipes

      You can work up to some amazingly sophisticated dishes cooked that way. The be all and end all of all kitchen machines, however - if you can afford it - is the legendary, one and only
      I live in Germany and know the company that makes it, Vorwerk. I've had their vacuum cleaner for 20 years, and it is a marvel of engineering. I would love a Thermomix, which a friend of mine owns, and will be saving up this year to get one. It's unbelievable.

      „Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.“ - Bertolt Brecht

      by translatorpro on Sun Dec 22, 2013 at 03:36:09 AM PST

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    •  Your oven is a great resource. (2+ / 0-)
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      Turn it on to High, then get a cookie sheet, line it with foil, and spread out vegetable chunks tossed in olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt.  Maybe add some garlic or rosemary.  Roast veggies until browned on edges and cooked through.  This makes for a divine dinner and good leftovers.  Try it with cauliflower, broccoli, butternut squash, zucchini, tomatoes, asparagus…virtually any vegetable can be roasted.

      Then buy some good whole wheat bread and make sandwiches with veggie spreads like artichoke bruschetta, ajvar (roasted red pepper spread), olive tapenades, etc.  Add lettuce (I buy the pre-washed) and some sliced avocado.  You have a wonderful veggie, vegan sandwich.  Add cheese if you eat dairy.

      A rice cooker might be helpful if you like rice.  

      I also buy soy products like soy "hot dogs" which I eat with hot dog relish.  Not bad.  Also I like frozen veggie burgers which I doll up like a regular hamburger.

      As I said, I'm lazy.

      It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

      by Radiowalla on Sun Dec 22, 2013 at 08:10:35 AM PST

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    •  Bittman!!! (1+ / 0-)
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      Mark Bittman.

      Great, simple recipes and ideas.

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