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Jun 6, 2009 07:41 AM

i need help vegetarian issues

i preface this request with the fact that im a carnivore.i have a daughter who has been a vegetarian since the age of 12 shes now 34 so as you can see im done wasting my breath trying to convert her.or for that matter her me headstrong brat.never the less i enjoy cooking and its constantly 2 meals . im morningstared to death. my question is there such a thing as a vegetarian supermarket in la riverside san diego orange san bernadino ventura county.particular needs are beef and chicken stock as ther needed in 7 million recipes.i realize its an oxymoron but i have to give it a shot.ive tried making them from recipes ive found on the puter and to be honest they taste like s t thanks in advance jim

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  1. Some of the usual suspects in the LA area include: San Fernando Valley: Follow Your Heart vegetarian market and cafe - Fairfax area: Erewon health food market and deli -
    Greater LA County: Farmer's Markets everyday of the week in different cities; check out Wednesdays in Santa Monica and Sundays in Hollywood - and of course throughout greater Los Angeles County: Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe's offer vegetarian-friendly foods and grocery items.

    Santa Monica Organic Farmers Market
    3rd Street and Arizona Ave, Santa Monica, CA

    Follow Your Heart
    21825 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA

    Erewhon Natural Foods Market
    7660 Beverly Blvd, A Los Angeles, CA

    Hollywood Farmers Market
    1600 Ivar Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

    1. i have a couple of suggestions:
      1) look in the bulk foods dept of a whole foods market. they often have powdered stock.
      2) look at the ingredients of the verious brands of chicken bouillon on your supermarket shelves: many brands have no actual chicken in them at all. you will need to omit any salt from your recipes if you use this, as bouillon is saltier than stock.

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      1. re: westsidegal

        thanks for quick response west im going to try chili verde today two pots one pork second tofu yuck

        1. re: JimmyC

          Whole Foods is a great for resolving dietary conflicts. While our family members are general omnivores, my sister is a frickin' vegan. :) Whenever she comes in town to visit, Whole Foods is always first on my list of places if we're cooking at home. Does your daughter eat eggs? If so, Soyrizo is your friend (if you like that flavor range). Eggs and Soyrizo is probably one of the few dishes where ovo-vegetarians and the rest of us can come to a serious "meating" of minds.

          1. re: JimmyC

            for your vegetarian version of chile verde, you might consider adding some shelled soybeans as a substitute for some of the tofu. they can be purchased, already shelled from the refrigerated section of trader joes. just unwrap and dump in the pot.

            also, for mexican-inspired vegetarian dishes made with tofu, i'd suggest fajitas.

            1. re: JimmyC

              Instead of tofu, you can also use TVP (textured vegetable protein), available at Whole Foods, and the like, which has protein, and a thick toothsome feel to it. It comes in kind of a large crumb format, and cooks up like ground meat crumbles.

              1. re: JimmyC

                Do yourself a favour. Freeze the tofu solid the night before and then let it thaw. When it's done it will have a more "meaty" texture, and when you cover it in chile verde sauce it should feel 'better' (since it has more or less no taste).

                I am an avowed porterhouse-two-martinis-and-a-baked-potato carnivore but with vegetarian family. I refuse to eat Morningstar (it would be tastier to fry the box) and I won't eat seitan or TVP or tempeh or any of that "I'm pretending I'm eating meat" thing. The tofu trick above is as far as I'll go with that.

                As for your original question... I suggest you go to Co-Opportunity on Broadway and 16th in Santa Monica. It's a hippy dippy market but you can get things like "not-chicken" broth powder and whatnot, usually in the bulk foods section.

                Down here in OC there's a chain of markets called Mother's Market which is only slightly less hippy-dippy than Co-Opportunity but will have all sorts of stuff. I would skip Whole Foods only because you'll spend your whole GD bank account there with the prices. Down in OC and SD there is a chain owned by Whole Foods called Henry's, which is much, much, MUCH cheaper and less "Goode Family" than WFM.

                And finally... invest in a vegetarian cookbook and learn where the sources of vegetarian protein are. You'd be surprised how easy it is to cook meatless. Cooking vegan is much harder but cooking meatless is actually not that hard. Beans, lentils, cheese, whole grains... it's just not that hard. Italian and Mexican are easiest to make meatless.

                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  bula that soyrizo sounds like a winner she does eat eggs.west ill try the soy bean deal.emme the tvp is a mystery to me but ill try it.das i used to be a hippy now a no colors biker ill check them out also the tofu thing i usually get recipes from the puter. i make stuff and she likes it but i think it tastes like crap.there a place on lake in pasadena like a fast food veggie place she craves like i crave white castle

                  1. re: JimmyC

                    Soyrizo is usually found in the refrigerated vegetarian section or produce rack in supermarkets all over town. I've seen both "Soyrizo" and "Soy Chorizo" at Trader Joe's. The latter has a very pronounced vinegar taste, so if this is off-putting, go with the original. There's a few recipes on the inside of the cardboard wrap-around, but obviously feel free to use your imagination. I usually saute some onions, even brown some diced potatoes. I've also used soyrizo to make vegetarian cornbread stuffing. If your daughter eats dairy, then throw some shredded cheese in there too, or even better, some queso fresco or crema on top to finish, along with cilantro and/or green onions. Here's an image of the product from the maker's website:


                    1. re: bulavinaka

                      having tasted both products, imho, the taste of the trader joe version is not even in the same league as that of the real SOYRIZO. it's not just vinegary, there's more wrong with the tj version than that.
                      so, i recommend getting the real SOYRIZO, not the imitation.

                    2. re: JimmyC

                      Try Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything Vegetarian" (I think that the title is close to that, at least) for tasty, edible, enjoyable vegetarian meals.

                      Locally, we tend to find food for the vegetarians at Middle Eastern/Armenian markets (their delis are grand!) - hummus, babaganoush, tabouli, falafel, etc. and plenty of fresh vegetables for skewers and roasting.

                      1. re: ElsieDee

                        >>Locally, we tend to find food for the vegetarians at Middle Eastern/Armenian markets (their delis are grand!) - hummus, babaganoush, tabouli, falafel, etc. and plenty of fresh vegetables for skewers and roasting.<<

                        Great rec. We're doing this tonight at home for my vegan sister - she loves the stuff. The only thing off-putting about many of these places to no-meaters is the amount of meat that most others dine on...

                  2. re: JimmyC

                    Can you let us know on the home cooking board how the tofu chili verde turned out, please?

                    1. re: Rizza

                      my daughter loved it but i cant comment personally i didnt taste it.i dont care for the texture of tofu

                      1. re: JimmyC

                        give blimpies a try 5bucks for a blimpies best double the meat 2buck lettuce onion tomato extra red vinegar and a healthy dose of oregeno no mayo no mustard. banna peppers on the side.but its ot a godmother

                        1. re: JimmyC

                          see below its a 12 inch sub and blows away subway which i abhor

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