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I see <3 all the time.  What does that mean?

It is the symbol for a heart

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Q: Why do people choose to become a vegetarian?

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Q: Why do people choose to become a vegetarian?

animal rights, compassion, the environment, health reasons, allergies, religion, ethics... and on and on and on

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thnks amymylove  ;)b

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Q: do you ever get tempted to eat meat? and how did your close friends and family re-acted when they found out that you turn yourself as a vegetarian?

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Q: do you ever get tempted to eat meat? and how did your close friends and family re-acted when they found out that you turn yourself as a vegetarian?

meat: hell to the no... dairy sometimes but i remind myself that it has animals in it and my ethics are more important than my cravings... as far as family and friends: you're always gonna have the idiotic comments, but my family was supportive and many have been trying to eat less meat or eliminate it completely themselves... but it's your life fuck the haters and do what's best for you!

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Thanks Amy, you've been a help. Im not really a vegetarian. I love to eat vegetables tho. I have couples of friends that are vegetarian. Sometimes its kinda hard coz i have to think about them when we eat out.

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Q: do you ever get tempted to eat meat? and how did your close friends and family re-acted when they found out that you turn yourself as a vegetarian?

Vegetarian: my parents were fine. Vegan: they thought I was totally weird. Nobody else in the family understands, either, and they all act like I'm an alien. But somehow I'm the only one that doesn't have heart disease or diabetes or whatever health problems they're dealing with...

I'm not tempted to eat most meats, although we were out for sushi with friends and I really missed me some awesome fishy sushi. It's been the first time since I went vegan that I felt tempted by anything.

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I did miss meat at first, but the longer I was away from it, the less that was true.  A couple of years ago, I was at a relative's house and she was baking chicken legs (I know, gross already).  Anyway, it smelled like old garbage and I went to empty the trash, only to discover that wasn't the problem.  No one else smelled anything, just the chicken.  My point is that now even the smell is gross to me.

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I am very NEW to all of this, my little 1 year old has some serious food allergies and we are now getting to know all about a vegan life style.  I have what is probably a stupid question.  In many of the recipes I  see nutritional yeast- I am a big bread maker so I know what yeast is, but I am just wondering about nutritional yeast how it works and such.  Also can I find that in health food stores?

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I am very NEW to all of this, my little 1 year old has some serious food allergies and we are now getting to know all about a vegan life style.  I have what is probably a stupid question.  In many of the recipes I  see nutritional yeast- I am a big bread maker so I know what yeast is, but I am just wondering about nutritional yeast how it works and such.  Also can I find that in health food stores?

It is nothing like regular yeast... It's yellow in color, flakey. I find it in the bulk bins at the health food store. It gives food a "cheesy flavor'

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If you make a normal 'white/bechamel' sauce, sans cheese, add a tablespoon nutritional yeast and it males it 'cheesy'.

It also has LOTS of B vitamins and ogther nutritional benefits, depending on the bath/source/freshness.

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i like fired fish

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Q: do you ever get tempted to eat meat? and how did your close friends and family re-acted when they found out that you turn yourself as a vegetarian?

Since my diet was kinda "forced" *** on me due to health, my friends/family were really cool with it actually.  Some of them forget, but some of them will even check labels and tell me "that's got *insert animal bits here*  in it, just wanted you to know!" at our potlucks!

There has also been increased instances of "OMG that was yummy can I have the recipe? What do you mean it's vegan??!! No way!"

***At first, but I liked it, and ran with it, and I have the kindness and support of the awesome VEGWEBBERS to thank for that!

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Found on a comment section of a recipe:

How to make Homemade French-Fried Onions

Homemade french fried onions are really good and really easy. Slice onions thinly and let soak in ice water for 1 hour. Meanwhile, mix 1/2 c. flour with 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Thoroughly dry the onions when finished soaking. Heat canola oil and fry until golden and crispy. Drain fried onions on a cooling rack instead of paper towels for effective drainage.

Thanks to VWer BalboaLust for this!!

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Another good tip in a comment on the Thanksgiving Meatloaf recipe:
hope this helps for VEGAN ONION SOUP MIX problems.

ONION SOUP MIX
4 TBSP. dry minced onion
1 TBSP. onion powder
2 TBSP. veggie bouillon or 4 cubes
1/2 tsp. celery salt
1/4 tsp. sugar

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Another good tip in a comment on the Thanksgiving Meatloaf recipe:
hope this helps for VEGAN ONION SOUP MIX problems.

ONION SOUP MIX
4 TBSP. dry minced onion
1 TBSP. onion powder
2 TBSP. veggie bouillon or 4 cubes
1/2 tsp. celery salt
1/4 tsp. sugar

Sounds great! Can't wait to make this recipe.

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Found on a comment section of a recipe:

How to make Homemade French-Fried Onions

Homemade french fried onions are really good and really easy. Slice onions thinly and let soak in ice water for 1 hour. Meanwhile, mix 1/2 c. flour with 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Thoroughly dry the onions when finished soaking. Heat canola oil and fry until golden and crispy. Drain fried onions on a cooling rack instead of paper towels for effective drainage.

Thanks to VWer BalboaLust for this!!

I assume you are supposed to put the onions in the flour at some point? ;)

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Must apple cider vinegar be refrigerated?  I bought some Bragg - raw unfiltered. It said does not need refrigeration.  However, I started noticing something in it - not growing just floating in there.  Is that normal?  It seems to still be doing that after refrigeration.

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Must apple cider vinegar be refrigerated?  I bought some Bragg - raw unfiltered. It said does not need refrigeration.  However, I started noticing something in it - not growing just floating in there.  Is that normal?  It seems to still be doing that after refrigeration.

Yes, it's normal. That's the "mother"--the "starter" if you will of the vinegar. In a sense, vinegar is already "spoiled"...it's cider or wine that has turned sour because of bacterial growth. That's the mother, which they put in there on purpose to make the vinegar. Refrigeration won't change it but it can make it look cloudier because it "settles." Don't worry, it's supposed to be there.

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