A New Recipe Category

This is just a quick post to let my readers know that I have put a new category up for vegetarian, vegan and almost vegetarian recipes, and have nearly finished going back over my archives and adding recipes to that category which seem to fit.

What does “almost vegetarian” mean in this context?

It refers to a recipe which has minimal meat which can easily be left out without changing the recipe much, or it refers to a recipe where a vegetarian or vegan substitution could make the recipe vegetarian with minimal thought or worry.

I am adding this category for several reasons: one, I realized that I have quite a few readers who are either vegetarian or vegan, and while many of my recipes are meat centric, not all of them are, and I wanted to catalog the non-meat recipes in an easy place for folks to find them. Two, I am starting to cook more and more vegetarian, though few vegan (but still some of them–especially if I am cooking Chinese foods) dishes, and I wanted to make sure that folks could find those recipes for their own ease of use.

Also, you may notice that I have been giving suggestions recently on how to change recipes from vegetarian to vegan or from including meat to making them vegetarian. This reflects the growing needs of my readership, and I do hope that these suggestions are helpful to folks. I have been getting emails from readers asking me how to change this or that recipe into a vegetarian/vegan one, so I thought I would just make suggestions from now on in my posts, as applicable. (You are never going to make a tenderloin beef roast vegan, so I won’t make suggestions there, obviously.)

I hope that this new category helps folks sift through my recipe archives more easily.


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  1. Great news, and thank you!

    As a vegetarian I have been classifying entries on my blogroll primarily as vegetarian or non-vegetarian blogs, with the understanding that I find a good number of veg or veg-adaptable recipes on the non-veg blogs 🙂

    Just added you too.

    Comment by Sivani — November 9, 2007 #

  2. I’ve been reading the blog for a couple months now, and I’ve noticed you started adding more of the “how to make this veg” info. It’s been very helpful (as have the step by step How To guides – stir frying, etc).

    Just want to let you know there’s someone else out here that really appreciates the extra work!

    Comment by Chris — November 9, 2007 #

  3. I’m in the “testing” phase for various food intolerances. Wheat is OK but eggs are probably not. As you can imagine, I’ll be leaning on some vegan recipes in the future, not because I don’t eat meat, but for other items especially baked goods.

    But I love your blog no matter what 🙂

    Comment by Nicole — November 9, 2007 #

  4. I’ve been reading your blog for quite a while but this is the first time I’ve commented here. I think its wonderful that you’ve added in how to make recipes vegetarian.. and I’m also not a vegan. I am however starting to look at adapting more recipes to being veggie, mostly because of my budget’s sake than anything else. Meat is getting more and more expensive and none of us are making any more money.
    I can’t wait to try some of your recipes.. and thank you for taking the time to post your recipes!

    Comment by Mouse — November 9, 2007 #

  5. That’s great! It’s much appreciated.

    Comment by Kathleen — November 9, 2007 #

  6. This will be quite helpful. Like Mouse I’m trying to cut back on my meat, mainly because I’ve almost completely switched to non-CAFO meat which is much more expensive (but soooo tasty!).

    Comment by Neohippie — November 9, 2007 #

  7. Yay, thank you! I love the advice and will be excited to browse back in the archives of the new category.

    Comment by Alexis — November 9, 2007 #

  8. You not only write up fabulous recipes and give us photos of your darling daughters, you also organize and archive as well. You totally rock!

    Comment by Nancy — November 10, 2007 #

  9. Another thank you for the new category; I appreciate that you’ve been mentioning vegetarian/vegan substitutions in many posts lately!

    Comment by renae — November 11, 2007 #

  10. Hi Barbara! That’s great news!

    Can I suggest something else? I know it’s quite a bit of work, but it would be great it you would have an index of recipes that lists them by name. At the moment the recipes are shown in 5s when you click on a category, and I find it takes ages to find something. It would be great if there would be a list of recipes for each category, so we could see immediately everything that’s in that category. Thanks very much! 🙂

    Comment by Maninas — November 13, 2007 #

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