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2003/06/02 19:19:12 (permalink)

Quorn

Hi, first time poster here.

After an almost 10 year lay-off from weight-training, I have decided at 29 to give it another shot. Usual reasons, noticed that I was starting to way a little too heavy on the scales, not too keen on the way I am looking at the moment. That kind of thing......[:I]
Back in the old days I had no problem with finding suitable protein sources, though these days it's a little more difficult as, for the last 4 years, I have been a strict vegetarian.
So, I was wondering if anybody had any good recipes for any Quorn products?
Also, what other vegetarian friendly food should I be eating a lot of?
Thanks in advance.
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    veganlifter
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    RE: Quorn 2003/06/02 19:43:52 (permalink)
    tofu, tempeh, soy yoghurts with pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds you name it, beans & rice, soy products in general (watch out - some of them are really high in fat!), low glycemic legumes like black beans, lentils etc.

    Also, if you fancy it, add a couple of soy protein isolate shakes to your diet for additional protein boost.

    No worries with getting enough protein while being strict vegetarian. I've been vegan for 12 years, gaining about 50 pounds of muscle in the two years I've been lifting. Nowdays I eat 200+ grams of protein a day purely from vegetable sources.

    Soy (and some other not so significant vegetable sources like hemp and some seaweeds) have complete amino acid chain, but otherwise you need to keep your diet varied to get the full protein from different sources.

    Hope this helps.
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    RE: Quorn 2003/06/07 18:29:31 (permalink)
    Welcome Bubblezzz. That is great that you have returned to lifting. You're still so young!

    It is more difficult being a vege and getting adequate, quality protein. I was raised a vegetarian and I realise it. So I've just finished writing a recipe book - Muscle Menus Vegetarian - that will be available shortly. It offers a range of tips and recipes. So we'll let you know when it is published.

    In the meantime try lots of different nuts. Walnuts, pine nuts, soya nuts and almonds are a great source of protein. Add these to salads or cooked foods to bump up the protein levels.

    I'm not too fussed on quorn personally unless I combine it with loads of sauces and cook it for ages. But we are all different. There is a great range called Sanitarium that is available in Australia. It will be here in the UK shortly. They have a huge range of "Notmeat" products that do taste fantastic. So I'll let you know when they are here.
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    RE: Quorn 2003/06/07 20:24:01 (permalink)
    Good news about that new range & your coming book. one good high protein source I forgot to mention is seitan, check it out. Also forgot to mention that can't really help you with the quorn question as it has egg in it, so it's not for vegans.
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    RE: Quorn 2003/06/08 15:12:09 (permalink)
    Waht is seitan?
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    RE: Quorn 2003/06/08 15:12:50 (permalink)
    Let me try that again. What is seitan?
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    RE: Quorn 2003/06/08 15:31:53 (permalink)
    Im also a vege mate, but ive never had any trouble putting on muscle!

    Quorn pieces in a low cal curry sauce (Uncle bens medium curry is lowest ive found) and rice is one of my fave meals! as for all the other prods i cant be bothered with them...

    Other good vege foods i eat are:

    a bag of nuts every day (200g = approx 60g protein!)
    eggs, scrambled
    milk (skim)
    yoghurts (low fat)
    baked potato wif beans/cott cheese
    cottage cheese itself (lowfat)

    ....the list goes on.

    Been a vege is no prblem if u wanna improve ur body, u just gotta eat intelligently and often. I do think supps such as protein are esp important for us....
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    RE: Quorn 2003/06/08 15:53:44 (permalink)
    seitan is "wheat meat", it is very meaty like wheat gluten food. If you've ever eaten mock-duck or vegetarian meat dishes in chinese restaurants, chances are you have been eating seitan. It is high protein, low fat and naturally doesn't have any cholesterol. The nutritional breakdown varies but it is usually around 18-30g protein, half of that carbs and 1g of fat per 100g, so not too bad!

    respect bear1981, good to hear there are more 200+lbs vege's on the board.
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    RE: Quorn 2003/06/08 16:02:15 (permalink)
    cheers veganlifter, i try not to let been a vege hinder me!

    Are u a "full" vegan then? if so, more respect to u!

    I love it wen people say vege's are pale little freaks! My boss at work said he thought that but i destroyed his view! I thought yeah, u fat little tosser! haha!
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    RE: Quorn 2003/06/08 16:08:45 (permalink)
    lol, true, I am the biggest guy at my workplace of 70+ lads (and I am NOT even that big) and many there have hard time believing that I don't eat any meat etc. They are constantly checking out my lunch, sanis, snacks etc.

    Funny that ever since I started lifting seriously and gained some muscle no one makes them "bunny" jokes anymore :)

    yeah, I am 100% vegetable muscle (and quite a bit of fat as well lol!), weighing currently 201 lbs.
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    RE: Quorn 2003/06/08 16:21:43 (permalink)
    yeah, the rabbit food jokes get boring!

    A girl at work the other day said something funny; i eat evry 2.5hrs so i eat on my first break, lunch and second break as i work 9-5. She says i have to eat so often because i dont get proper nutrition because im a vege, if i ate meat i wudnt need to eat so often! i tried explaining that i eat every 2.5hrs because i chose to for my bbing and to giv my body all the nutrition it needs but she insisted still that i wudnt even need to if i ate meat! Jesus christ!!! lol!
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    RE: Quorn 2003/06/09 11:08:16 (permalink)
    Bear, i know exactly what you mean bro, people make quick assumptions and act like they know it all. I am quite embarrassed to take my protein shakes at work because people equate that with me being vegan and not me being a bodybuilder. Everytime someone sees me taking the shakes the first thing they ask is that "is that because you are vegan and you need to supplement". damn...
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    RE: Quorn 2003/06/09 20:19:50 (permalink)
    Is Seitan not available in the UK yet?
    It sounds promising, so I'm going to have to check it out.

    I've had a look around the boards, and it seems that there are plenty of friendly people here - very knowlegable too.
    I'm looking forward to posting here on a more regular basis, and hope that given time will be able to be as helpful to others as you guys seem to be. Here's to a bright future!
    Thank you all for replying.
    Another related question though : does anybody know any way at all of making Linda McCartneys food taste half decent? I have been very disappointed with her products - especially the sausages. Vile beasties indeed.
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    RE: Quorn 2003/06/09 20:43:54 (permalink)
    bubblebuzz, you're welcome. Yes, people here are friendly and the combined level of knowledge is just unbelievable. But like in so many things, also in weight lifting there are many schools of thought and this place is a good one to see them work together.

    Anyways, to the questions, seitan is available in uk. Check out your local health food shops, usually the independent more food oriented (as opposed to the supplement and pill shops) ones are better that say Holland & Barret.

    It comes in a jar, or something called seitan slices or something. I think it had hemp in it as well. haven't tasted them though.

    Also chinese shops carry seitan in many forms, and with many names as well :) It might be called wheat gluten, vegetable meat, mock duck etc. The downside with these tinned ready made chinese foods is that they are usually high in fat. But worth checking out your local shop, they might have some special stuff in.

    Linda McCartneys sausages were good on their own I thought! But they are not vegan anymore - I probably wouldn't be eating the anyways as they are so high in fat. watch out though, if they dry when you make them they really are vile.
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    RE: Quorn 2003/06/11 10:37:44 (permalink)
    Been veggie for 14 years now, but I still cant stomach mock-duck. Quorn is great, also Safeways do some veggie Gammon and veggie Lamb. They taste great and are very high protein. I live on them, quorn, eggs and tofu.
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