If you recently started reading about vegetarian diets, you have probably read all sorts of strange vegetarian terms and categories like "vegan," "ovo-lacto vegetarian," and "semi-vegetarian."
You probably wondered what the big deal was. Afterall, what is so conceptually tough about not eating meat?
And you were right!
The distinctions between these sub-categories of vegetarian are actually small, but each is very important to members who belong to the groups.
For them, these distinctions aren’t arbitrary lines; they are important dietary or ethical decisions.
Let’s take a look at some of these groups:
Vegetarian is a blanket term used to describe a person who does not consume meat, poultry, fish, or seafood.
This grouping includes vegans and the various sub- categories of vegetarian; however, it generally implies someone who has less dietary restrictions than a vegan.
The term semi-vegetarian is usually used to describe someone who is a vegetarian who consumes dairy products, eggs, chicken, and fish, but does not consume other animal flesh.
Ovo-lacto vegetarians are vegetarians who do not consume meat, poultry, fish, and seafood, but do consume eggs and milk. This is the largest group of vegetarians.
Ovo-vegetarian is a term used to describe someone who would be a vegan if they did not consume eggs.
Lacto-vegetarian is a term used to describe someone who would be a vegan if they did not consume milk.
Vegan is the strictest sub-category of vegetarians. Vegans do not consume any animal products or by-products. Some go as far as not even consuming honey and yeast. Others do not wear any clothing made from animal products.
Important: Take some time to figure out for yourself, what group you will belong to when you become a vegetarian. You will want to consider both dietary and ethical reasons for choosing this lifestyle.
Vegetarian Breakfast Recipes
Oatmeal Raisin Pancakes
Makes: 2 Servings
2 Tablepsoons Baking Powder
3 1/4 Cups Oatmeal
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 1/2 Tablespoons Nutmeg
2 1/4 Tablespoons Cinnamon
2 Egg Whites or Equivalent Amount of Egg Substitute
2 Cups Raisins
2-3 Cups Non-Fat Milk or Soy/Rice Milk
1) Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.
2) Mix wet ingredients in a bowl.
3) Combine & mix wet & dry ingredients.
4) Pour 1/4 cup of batter at at time into a non-stick skillet and
cook until golden brown.
Breakfast Banana Strawberry Smoothie
Makes: 1 Smoothie
1 Tablespoon Wheat Germ
1 Cup Soy/Rice Milk
1/4 Cup Strawberries
2-3 Cups Ice (optional)
1) Puree ice in blender (optional).
2) Add ingredients & blend.
Vegetarian Lunch Recipes
Cucumber and Tomato Sandwich
Makes: 1 Serving
2 Slices Whole Grain Bread
2 Tablespoons Cream Cheese
1/2 Avocado - Cut
1 Tomato - Sliced
1 Leaf Lettuce
1/2 Cucumber - Sliced
1) Spread one tablespoon of cream cheese on each slice of
2) Add leaf of lettuce, cucumber slices, tomato slices, and
Makes: 1 Serving
2 Thick Pieces of Smoked Cheddar Cheese
1 Tomato - Sliced
1/8 Cup Thousand Island Dressing
2 Slices Dark Rye Bread
1/2 Tablespoon Butter
1/8 Cup Sauerkraut - Drained
1) Butter each piece of toast on one side.
2) Add cheddar, dressing, sauerkraut, and tomato
3) Put bread in oven or toaster oven and cook until bread
4) Remove from oven & serve!
Vegetarian Dinner Recipes
Makes: 4 Servings
4 Cups Fresh Mushrooms - Sliced
1/2 Purple Onion - Diced
2 Tablespoons Dry Sherry
1 Cup Vegetable Broth
1/2 Cup Soy Milk
1 Tablespoons Mustard
2 Cups Pasta
1 Tablespoon Flour
1. Add small amount of liquids to a saucepan & heat on a low
2. Add vegetables and saute until tender.
3. Add broth & bring to a boil.
4. Mix in remaining ingredients (other than pasta),
cover with a lid & simmer for 10-15 minutes.
5. Cook pasta in a pot.
6. Add pasta to vegetables and spices & serve.
Black Bean Burgers
Makes: 2-3 Servings
3 Cups Cooked Black Beans - Drained
1 Green Pepper - Chopped
1 Red Pepper - Chopped
1/2 Cup Cooked Corn
2 Teaspoon Fresh Cilantro - Chopped
2 Tablespoons Minced Fresh Garlic
1/2 Teaspoons Jalapenos - Minced
1 Cup Cooked Barley Or Cooked Rice
Salt & Pepper
1. Mash 1/3 Cup Of Beans.
2. Mix mashed beans with remaining beans.
3. Mix in remaining ingredients.
4. Add breadcrumbs & form meat patties.
5. Cook until brown.
6. Serve plain or in buns.
7. Add lettuce, tomatoes, onions, etc
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Here are some links related to Vegan and Vegetarian information.
Vegan and Vegetrarian Information
The Difference Between Vegan and Vegetarian Diets
What is the Difference Between a Vegan and a Vegetarian?
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