You can also try vegweb.com for really great recipes. I've been enjoying brown rice, beans (all kinds.) I make a fresh pot every Sunday. I love collard greens and pick them up from farmers market on Fridays. I do use meat substitues as well to keep meals interesting.
My husband and I are also on the new side of being vegan, and we have a deal that we will try any recipe once (even if it doesn't sound as appealing to one party). I would suggest this approach, as then you'll really get to see what you like, what you don't, what takes entirely too much time to prepare, what's fast and tasty, etc.
Just made mac'n'cheese w/ broccoli and my husband said it was better than I used to make. We've been able to substitute soy products for most of the dairy ingredients in "regular" recipes with very few problems.
BethI started out just making what I usually did but without the meat. If you like veggies and pasta there are so many different ways to make it. I made a veggie lasagna that I thought was better without the meat. Also meals with rice. Veggie stews, chili. I have been vegetarian for only a few months but it seems I am so excited about cooking again. Oh I just read what Diane said about pasta with marinara sauce. I picked up a trader joe's sauce and it is to die for. I added some things and although my boyfriend isn't real crazy about red sauce we thought it was wonderful. My house smelled like a pizza parlor, I think that is a great smell. LOL.
Hi Beth. I've been vegan since December, and I manage to do Superhero about 40% of the time. I was much more zealous when I started; it was winter, and spending a lot of time cooking was fine. I'm much more relaxed about it now and am enjoying spring too much to want to spend time cooking. So I've been making wraps and burrito with beans, rice, and vegetables. I try to eat whole, unprocessed food as much as possible and use the Superhero recipes that appeal to me. Quite a few of them don't, or are ok but not yummy enough to make frequently. I would also recommend Christina Pirello's wonderfully flexible recipes: http://www.christinacooks.com/
Thanks everyone. I have checked out sooo many books at the library and get really excited to try some of the new things. Sucks cooking for one though. I was just leafing through TKD superhero recipes and can't find or feel the need to eat some of the weird stuff. I am trying to be super healthy though and just hope that can happen with "popular" vegetables. My fall backs are vegetable sandwiches with sunflower seeds and dijon, black bean/salsa wraps on brown rice tortilla and quinoa. I also follow lots of veggie blogs.
I had to search through Whole Foods to find some of the ingredients and half the time I didn't know if I was looking for produce, a spice, sauce, etc... After diligence I found what I was looking for most of the time. I had no idea what to expect in taste. I've been a vegetarian for many years, but kept to salads, peas, broccoli, corn, etc... I have been so pleasantly surprised by these recipes. They are so tasty! I just keep trying new recipes and tell my husband, "We're trying something new tonight!" He told me yesterday, "Nothing you have made from that book has been bad, so keep going!" Just try something. Last night I had the mushroom pizza. I have never liked mushrooms because of the texture, but it was delicious. I'll admit I didn't look at the mushrooms too much, but the flavor was great!