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March 11, 2011 5:34 PM
Now that we are in the first week of Lent I shruggle to find heathly alternatives to fish. I only like tuna fish and no other fish and I can only eat tuna so many times in one day without wanting to gag. It is my fear that if I continue to eat tuna and only tuna for the next 4 Fridays I will end up cheating again like I did today. Please help give me alternatives that is meat-free but has protein!!
March 11, 2011 5:37 PM
In the morning I had eggs, then for lunch I had a grilled cheese sandwich, and for dinner I had fish.
March 11, 2011 5:39 PM
Beans (soups, black bean quasadillas), lentils, dairy (low fat cheeses and yogurt), seafood (not sure if that is included in fish for you), experiment with tofu, Boca burgers, nuts (peanut butter on Nature's Pride bread is a favorite of mine)

Lots of recipes out there for all those things.

Hope that gives you some ideas!!
March 11, 2011 5:39 PM
other seafood, like shrimp & scallops & crap are all low cal :o)
March 11, 2011 5:39 PM
pasta with lots of veggies; tofu with asian sauces, rice and veggies; pizza; eggs (like a strata); mexican (beans, rice, cheese)
March 11, 2011 5:40 PM
Quiche, roast vegetables with poached eggs on them, shrimp or shellfish, breakfast for dinner - waffles, cottage cheese pancakes (a Jane Brody recipe)
March 11, 2011 5:41 PM
i was always taught in school that eggs are considered meat.
theres always pasta with marinara or pesto
pizza ( smart ones makes 4 mini pizzas that is very fillling with a salad
March 11, 2011 5:41 PM
i was always taught in school that eggs are considered meat.
theres always pasta with marinara or pesto
pizza ( smart ones makes 4 mini pizzas that is very fillling with a salad
March 11, 2011 5:41 PM
Portabella pizzas! Top with any and all veggies!
Do breakfast for dinner...minus the meat. Eggs, oats, pancakes...the list goes on.
Someone said grilled cheese.
Veggie lasagna
Eggplant parm.
Do an all veggie dinner...possibilities are endless there. :)
March 11, 2011 5:43 PM
Veggie burgers, any of the fake meats.. veggie bacon, veggie dogs, etc.

I made my own veggie burgers out of chickpeas before. Eggs are really good too.

Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, some multigrain bread is high protein too for non-meat like sources of protein.

You could make vegetarian chili with beans, green pepper, onions, corn, etc.
March 11, 2011 5:44 PM
Besides what others have mentioned -- there is a great black bean/corn quesadilla recipe on (or plenty of other ideas with mexican -- veggie taco salad, veggie tacos, etc.)

Eggplant - yum!

Beans -- black, white, pinto, red beans & rice...

PBJ :)

Cottage cheese is high in protein (but also high in sodium)
March 11, 2011 5:50 PM
Some great suggestions by the others, but you might also consider tofu, tempa, miso, textured vegetable protein, Ives veggie products (fake meat products made from soy), hemp flour, hemp hearts, hemp protein, rice protein powder, pea protein powder, lentils, bee pollen, and spirulina to name a few. But first it might be important to understand what constitutes "protein".

Took this from an article I wrote on my website
Thought it might help.

"The body needs 22 amino acids to thrive, eight of which the body cannot manufacture and therefore needs to obtain them from food. Protein exists in every living thing in varying degrees. Obviously we've all been taught meat is the most valuable protein source. However a cooked vegan diet includes protein sources such as tofu, miso, soy beans and their many by products, and cooked beans, lentils, and grains. In a raw vegan diet the highest sources of amino acids come from green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted grains and sprouted beans including: spinach, kale, broccoli, sprouted wild rice, carob, cacao, oats, raisins, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, sprouted wheat, sprouted buckwheat, sprouted barley, sprouted millet, sprouted quinoa, sprouted soya beans, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, peanuts, hemp seeds, hemp protein powder, mung beans, lentils, aduki, chickpeas, spirulina, alfalfa, maca, avocado, and many more.

Hemp hearts contain all the required proteins and essential fats, many vitamins and enzymes, and only small insignificant quantities of saturated fats and carbohydrates. Too, hemp hearts have no known allergens which are great for vegans with gluten sensitivities. Legumes include alfalfa, clover, peas, beans, lentils, lupins, mesquite, carob, soy, and peanuts. Of all the legumes edamame beans rank highest in protein and iron. 100g of Edamame contains 12g of protein and is an excellent source of potassium, magnesium, iron, folic acid, phosphorus, copper, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, zinc, thiamine, and calcium.

Fava beans contain 22g of protein, lentils 17g, red kidney beans 16g, black beans and navy beans have 15g, and blackeyed beans, garbanzo beans, and lima beans have about 14g per one-cup serving.

Of nuts and seeds, peanuts contain the most protein. 37g per cup. Pumpkin seeds contain 33g, sunflower seeds 32g, and almonds 28g.

When it comes to grains, 100g of oats contains 26g of protein. 100g of quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) packs 14g of protein and is a complete protein source, meaning it contain all eight essential amino acids. Amaranth contains 14g of protein for every 100g of grain.

The best vegan food sources containing all eight essential amino acids and are therefore classified as complete proteins include hemp hearts, seeds and flour, edamame, marine phytoplankton, spirulina, and bee pollen. Other rich vegan sources include dark leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouts, whole grains, soy products, beans and legumes. Rich herbal food sources include alfalfa, brewer's yeast, dandelion, maca, nutritional yeast, and royal jelly extract.

Combining foods is another way to ensure complete proteins. For example when beans are combined with brown rice, corn, nuts, seeds or wheat, complete proteins are formed. The same holds true when combining brown rice with beans nuts seeds or wheat."

hope this helps :-)
Edited by audjrey On March 11, 2011 5:51 PM
March 12, 2011 11:13 AM
We just ate at Palm Palace (Morrocan food). I NEVER thought I would fall in love such diverse foods but I must say that Hummus appetizer, Fatoosh salad, and Majedra make the perfect diner meal during Lent! Majedra is cooked lentils topped with carmalized onions. You can get it with a side of yummy yogurt sauce. Trust me..... Morrocan, and Etheopian food weren't NEARLY what I expected. Now I'm open to anything.!!!! Like they always say... "Don't knock it 'til you try it!" Let me know what you think!!! :O)
March 12, 2011 12:43 PM
I really like the morningstar black bean burgers. I also like the boca spicy patties that actually taste like chicken patties.
March 12, 2011 1:08 PM
check out some of the non-meat alternatives here:


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