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I'm making the grocery list and have been googling for some new vegetarian recipes to try, and I would like to take this opportunity to point out one small detail that many online-recipe-posters seem to have missed: Bacon is not a vegetable.

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Oh I hear you! Neither is chicken or fish and I wish people would stop thinking that I eat them.

I have a cool recipe that is cooked like a quesadilla but uses kidney beans, tomatoes, and cheese. It's easy and my kids love it (so do me and my husband). Email me if you'd like me to send it your way.

Hi Beth--this is really easy and freakin' tasty. BTW I love your blog and Chris's too. You guys are my parenting guides as we're thinking about having kids....:
1 1/2 cup lentils
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint or cilantro
1 garlic clove, pressed
2 tomatoes, seeded, chopped
1 small red or yellow bell pepper, chopped
2 green onions
7 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

Place lentils in heavy large saucepan. Cover lentils with 4 inches of water. Season water with salt. Boil until lentils are just tender, about 25 minutes. Drain. Cool slightly.

Combine oil, vinegar, mint and garlic in large bowl. Add warm lentils; toss well. Refrigerate until well chilled. (Lentils can be prepared 1 day ahead.)

Add tomatoes, bell pepper and green onions to lentils. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide salad among plates. Sprinkle feta over lentils.

That is funny!

Check out www.allrecipes.com Love that site!

I'm making this for the first time tonight. I'll let you know hot it is.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons canola oil*
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1 1/2 cups frozen bell peppers*
1 (1-ounce) package chili seasoning mix
1 to 3 tablespoons finely chopped chipotle peppers in adobo
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with their liquid*
1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained*
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained*
Chopped green onions (optional)
Sour cream (optional)
Grated cheese (optional)
Method

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and carrots and cook, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes. Add peppers and continue cooking until warmed through. Stir in seasoning mix and chipotles, then add tomatoes, beans and 1 cup water. Gently simmer over low heat, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Ladle chili into individual bowls and garnish with green onions, sour cream or cheese, if you like.
Nutrition

Per serving (about 19oz/533g-wt.): 390 calories (90 from fat), 10g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 5mg cholesterol, 900mg sodium, 56g total carbohydrate (18g dietary fiber, 11g sugar), 17g protein

Wha?!?!?!?! I coulda swore it was a veggie! :) Sorry us bacon lovers are trying to convert the world.

My current favorite site is fatfreevegan.com (easily adaptable for just veggie, since we are ovo-lactos as well).

This and worcestershire sauce. Hello, anchovy paste does not equal vegetarian.

My hubby is going vegetarian now. Let me know if you find any great recipes. I'm having a hard time being creative.

I knew that. We haven't had bacon in this house for years.

WHAT?! It's NOT???

I had no idea! ;)

Bacon is too a vegetable. At least in my house it is.

My pet peeve is when something should be obviously vegetarian and then they do something stupid with it...like using chicken broth to make vegetable soup.

Aaaaand we've stumbed on the one thing keeping me from vegetarianism - bacon.

Someone needs to also advise the wait-staff of most restaurants of that little detail. I've been veg for 11 years and in those 11 years I've been slipped meat at restaurants 3 times . . . all 3 times it was BACON. People seem to be operating under the assumption that its a garnish.

we go through this with family. What kind of vegetable is fish?

Isn't that the truth?

Also, I love how they suggest faux bacon (I call it facon) sometimes. First of all, when I was vegetarian- and I soon will be again. I don't know what happened- I didn't eat bacon because I don't LIKE bacon. I certainly don't want pretend bacon.

I know people love bacon more than they love life, but I don't get it.

I also hate how people assume chicken broth is vegetarian. Or chicken in general. Or fish, or shrimp.

It's like if it isn't a cheeseburger it isn't meat.

I could go on all day about this...

Just a side note - alot of people have trouble with this because many, many, many people who call themselves vegetarians are posers. I know several people who claim to be vegetarians yet eat fish, sea food, chicken, or even bacon every once in awhile. It drives me crazy, and I'm an omnivore.

Here's a good soup. Cutting up the squash is a PITA, but the rest of the recipe is easy.

http://tinyurl.com/df2asx

Awesome recipe for vegetarian or vegan (leave out the cheese) stuffed peppers. Ever since I found it I have made it once a week, and we're not even vegetarian, although I aspire to be. It's wholesome, delicious, healthy and satisfying. I only bake the peppers for 30 mins so they retain some of their texture.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Stuffed-Peppers/Detail.aspx

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