Feb 2, Become Vegetarian: 10 Tips to Stay Motivated

It can be difficult to become vegetarian. It can be even harder to stay motivated to sticking with a vegetarian diet. Changing your habits is notoriously challenging at first, but not impossible.

From personal experience, I can tell you that sometimes it can be hard to stay motivated to stick with a vegetarian diet after awhile.

Even if you have been a vegetarian for awhile. Try some of the following advice to help you stay motivated to become vegetarian:

Why do you want to become a vegetarian? This is a question that you need to consider seriously. If you are considering it more out of curiosity than any other reason, that’s fine and a pretty good reason by itself. However, if you want to stick with it, think about why you feel motivated.

If you have trouble with this, try journaling about it or talking it out with someone you trust.

Not to mention, in my experience, people ask why you are a vegetarian a lot. It is nice to have a solid answer that you feel good about.

It’s not enough to just know why you want to become vegetarian. Write it down on a piece of paper and hang it somewhere that is very visible to you.

This doesn’t have to be fancy. Even just a sticky note on your desk that says something like, “I’m a vegetarian because I love animals and I no longer want to eat them.”

When you are starting to feel unmotivated, having this reminder can help keep you on track and remember why you decided to become vegetarian in the first place.

It’s important that the people in your life are aware of how important your decision to become a vegetarian is to you.

While they may not understand it, many will at least respect the fact that something is important to you.

It’s important that the people in your life are aware of how important your decision to become a vegetarian is to you. While they may not understand it, many will at least respect the fact that something is important to you.

At some point, you will likely share a meal with family or friends. If you know that you are going to be the only vegetarian at a party or family get-together, it is usually a good idea to bring a vegetarian dish with you. Just let the host know before you arrive.

Having a support system while in the process of making a significant change in your lifestyle is extremely helpful and valuable. If you already have friends who are vegetarian, make an effort to ask them for advice about how to become vegetarian. If you are shy, that’s fine don’t rush into anything you aren’t comfortable with. Consider looking for forums dedicated to discussions about vegetarianism.

In addition to support, it is nice to spend time around people who understand why you are a vegetarian and don’t make annoying comments about how you won’t get enough protein or how the animal is already dead anyway.

They will also be able to give you useful advice and help you come up with ways to respond to odd questions from non-vegetarians.

Of course, not all non-vegetarians are going to ask questions like this. Some are very supportive and will even make an effort to eat vegetarian meals when they are around you

These may or may not be your reasons for becoming vegetarian. However, whatever your reasons are it is a good idea to remind yourself of other benefits of being vegetarian.

Consider posting a sign somewhere that says, “As a vegetarian, I’m doing my part to help end the suffering of animals, reduce my impact on the environment, and improving my health so that I can live a longer, healthier life.”

Posting this sign near your list of more personal reasons for vegetarianism is probably a good place for it. Again it doesn’t have to be fancy.

Just jotting a few thoughts down on a piece of notebook paper or even a napkin can be helpful. As long as you see it regularly, it can be a helpful motivator.

When I first decided to become vegetarian, it seemed like my diet had just become quite limited. Then, I did some research and realized how many recipes are available vegetarian meals and snacks.

Particularly if you are preparing them at home. Checking out the recipes on this site is a good place to start. There are also many excellent vegetarian cook books to consider buying or checking out from the library.

Ok, I may be a bit biased. After all, I run a recipe site and obviously enjoy cooking, but really try out some new vegetarian recipes whenever you can.

Not only will you avoid getting bored, you will see how much variety is available to vegetarians. If you come up with a tasty recipe that you think other people might like, submit it to Recipes-for-Vegetarians.com.

Most restaurants, especially fast food places, aren’t exactly vegetarian friendly. Sure, they might have a few vegetarian options, but they normally aren’t very nutritious and only a few to choose from. Again, this is from personal experience, so this may not always be the case.

Anyway, my point is going to restaurants where you have limited options can make it unnecessarily difficult to stick to a vegetarian diet.

Not to mention the fact that you may be tempted by some of your old favorites, which can make you feel discouraged or even guilty at times. Avoid this bad situation all together and try cooking at home while you are getting used to being vegetarian.

Small changes can have a huge impact. This is why people collecting donations for charity don’t mock or shoo away people who only donate a handful of change.

Making tiny, gradual changes when you become vegetarian, particularly at first, is beneficial, effective, and actually is more likely to last.

Even if you are not completely vegetarian, just a few vegetarian meals a week makes a huge difference. I have a friend who says she follows a vegetarian diet, except for tacos.

Is she a vegetarian? I would say that she is at least a semi-vegetarian and that her efforts to avoid most meat is a good thing.

You don’t have to be perfect. Avoid comparing yourself to others and do what works for you.Habit change can be difficult and takes time.If it were easy to make big changes in your lifestyle all at once, then New Years Resolutions would be a piece of cake!

Considering that research has shown that most people give up on their New Years Resolutions by February, which suggests that habit change is more complicated than we like to think.

Every once in awhile, a friend or acquaintance asks a question or comment along the lines of “Why bother being vegetarian?” While people ask me why I’m a vegetarian all the time and I’m happy to talk about it.

However,when someone is rude or judgmental, it can be frustrating. Especially, if you have recently decided to become vegetarian and are in need of encouragement.

Over time, I’ve found a good way to respond to rude comments, especially ones that are critical. It goes like this: “Well, that may be true, but I’m doing what I can.” This line works well for me in almost every situation.

Try not to get defensive. I know it’s way easier said than done. Besides, not everyone will agree with me, no matter how hard I try. So I don’t stress about it.

Just do your best to accept that not everyone understands vegetarianism and to deal with criticism tactfully.

Some of these tips on staying motivated to become vegetarian may work well for you. Others may not be useful or may not apply to you. Take what is useful to you and ignore the rest.

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Jan 8, Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

Vegetarian stuffed peppers is one of my favorite vegetarian dishes. There are many ways to prepare this recipe. For instance, you can also use black beans or pinto beans instead of soy crumbles if you prefer.

I like to serve this vegetarian dinner recipe with tortilla chips and Salsa. Leftovers can also make a tasty vegetarian lunch, especially if you have access to a microwave during the day.

To make this simple vegetarian dinner recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:

4 bell peppers, any color is fine
1 package of soy crumbles (Morningstar is good for these)
2-3 tablespoons of taco seasoning, any variety
1 cup of shredded cheese (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash bell peppers thoroughly. Cut each bell pepper in half and clean out center. Place in a baking pan.

Microwave soy crumbles according to instructions on package. Add taco seasoning when finished and stir in well. Mix in a little water if necessary.

Scoop into peppers. Top each one with shredded cheese.Cook in oven for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and peppers are tender.

Check on them constantly to avoid overcooking or burning. Serve with salsa and/or sour cream if desired.

This vegetarian stuffed peppers recipe is one of my favorite ways to prepare stuffed peppers.

There are many other ways to prepare them. Use hotter salsas and/or taco seasoning for spicier peppers and more mild varieties of these ingredients for less or non-spicy version of this dinner recipe.

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Mar 30, Vegetarian Wrap Recipes

Vegetarian wrap recipes are great variations of vegetarian sandwiches. Almost every sandwich can be put on a wrap or made into a salad.

These are just a few delicious wraps that you can enjoy on your own for a nutritious vegetarian lunch or to share with others.

vegetarian wrap

Spread about two tablespoons of vegetable cream cheese on a whole wheat wrap.

Add handful of spinach or lettuce, along with several tomato and cucumber slices. Sprinkle on a handful of sprouts, optional.

Roll so that none of the cream cheese or vegetables are exposed to air. Tastes great after being refrigerated for about an hour, but can also be eaten right away.

This is one of the easiest vegetarian wrap recipes to turn into a great vegetarian salad, if you want to make a variation of this vegetarian recipe.

Combine these ingredients on a wrap. Add a little basil or even some vinaigrette dressing to make it a little more interesting.

Heat up a few slices of vegetarian bacon, according to package instructions, and place on top of the wrap. Roll up and enjoy immediately for best quality.

This recipe it works exceptionally well as a wrap because it is easier and less messy to eat this way. Using guacamole instead of avocado slices is another way to make this. Either store bought or a homemade guacamole recipe is fine.

Cook two to three scrambled eggs. One is fine, if you are. using the microwave to make the eggs Keep in mind that the number of eggs used in this recipe depends on the size of the wrap, as well as personal preference. A veggie omelet will also work well for this, if you have the time.

Add a slice of cheese or handful of shredded cheese. Any variety is fine, although sharp chedder or pepper jack are my favorites for this recipe.

Next, add about one tablespoon of salsa, any variety is fine. Mild is good, if you aren’t into spicy foods, but medium or even hot salsa taste great if you are in the mood for something hot

Roll up this wrap and microwave for about 30 to 45 seconds. This is one of many great vegetarian wrap recipes that can also be a great vegetarian breakfast recipe.

Spread wrap with about two tablespoons of plain cream cheese. Sprinkle on a handful of spinach or lettuce.

Next, put on a few slices of meatless “turkey” or any vegetarian deli meat. Add a few tomato slices and a handful of sprouts, if desired.

Like the veggie wrap described above, this wrap tastes great if served immediately or if it is chilled for an hour or so before serving.

Make this a hot sandwich by substituting the cream cheese with either cheese slices or shredded cheese.

Then, add the rest of the ingredients, except the sprouts. Microwave for 30 to 45 seconds. Serve immediately.

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Bring one of these vegetarian wrap recipes to work or school for a great packed lunch that will make non-vegetarians jealous.

For packed lunches, consider bringing the lettuce, avocados, and other vegetables in separate bags. Add these to your wrap right before you eat lunch to prevent them from getting soggy.

The only one of these wraps that may not be as good for work or school is the egg wrap, unless you have access to a microwave or stove at work.

You can either prepare the egg right before you eat lunch or make it ahead of time and heat it up at lunch time. It’s up to you!

If you are on a low-carb diet or just aren’t in the mood for a sandwich, try modifying these wraps by using the same ingredients in a vegetarian salad instead.

This is an interesting way to present these vegetarian sandwiches in an interesting way to friends and family.

These are just a few vegetarian sandwich wraps that I love to have for lunch, whether I’m at home or bringing a packed lunch to work or school.

They are also good to serve to others! Share your favorite vegetarian sandwich recipes with us by submitting them!

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Feb 17, Vegetarian Dinner: 6 Tips to Make it More Enjoyable

Sometimes it can be hard to prepare vegetarian dinners. At the end of a long day, the thought of preparing a vegetarian dinner can be daunting.

After all, evenings are meant to be a time of rest, relaxation, and a chance to enjoy the company of friends and family.

It can be tempting to just go out to eat or mostly consume convenience foods for dinner, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

Not only are these options not as nutritious as cooking at home, they are more expensive as well.

While it is fine to do this once in awhile, it is expensive and not so healthy to do this on a regular basis.

Try these tips for making dinner time more simple and relaxed:

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This sounds obvious. Clearly, you probably aren’t trying to serve a gourmet meal every night.

Although putting in a little extra effort to make a scrumptious vegetarian dinner once in awhile is great, it can be tiring to try to do this everyday.

Dinner doesn’t have to be complicated to taste great!

There are a variety of easy dinner recipes available that can make a great vegetarian dinner. It’s amazing how many excellent vegetarian recipes call for about five ingredients or less.

It is possible to have quick, tasty meals that are full of nutrients without turning to pricey convenience foods or going out to eat at a restaurant.

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Whenever you can, try to have dinner preparations underway the night before or even the morning before, if possible. Decide what you think you might like to have and make sure you have everything you need.

Personally, I find it less stressful to grab an ingredient from the store on your way home than it is to have to run out at dinner time when you are hungry.

Go the extra mile and cook parts of your meal to heat back up later that night. You can even cook the entire meal before hand to heat up later or invest in a slow-cooker.

This way you can assemble desired vegetables, spices, and other ingredients, then turn it on and relax for a few hours before dinner.

While vegetarian kitchen essentials vary from person to person, having certain ingredients in your home at all times or at least most of the time is helpful for making an easy, nutrient-rich vegetarian dinner.

Consider stocking up on the following items: brown rice, frozen vegetables, canned beans, extra-virgin olive oil, spices (like garlic and basil), whole wheat pasta, and tomato sauce.

The ingredients listed above work well for me, but make adjustments as needed.

By frozen dinners, I mean two things. One option is to buy a few of the better vegetarian frozen dinners available, such as Amy’s.

However, I understand that these items are full of sodium, not as fresh as homemade meals, and are costly. For these reasons, I prefer to cook my own easy vegetarian recipes instead of buying convenience foods.

The second option is to cook a large amount of a vegetarian dinner at once and freeze it for later.

For example, you could cook a pot a vegetarian chili or macaroni and cheese for dinner one night, then freeze the leftovers for future meals.

These readily available back-ups have many benefits. You always know that you have something to eat at home. Even if you are short on kitchen essentials. They can also be good for vegetarian lunches when you are at home.

I wish I were organized enough to plan out all my meals for a week or two in advance, then go shopping accordingly.

It is also a challenge for me to keep an accurate inventory of what I have in my pantry and refrigerator. If you are an organized person and can stick to a system like this, go for it.

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However, if like me, you find this difficult, you can still have organized, well-thought-out shopping trips. Here’s the trick: keep future meals and snacks in mind when you shop.

Before you go to the store, quickly look through your kitchen to determine what you already have.

While at the store, think about which foods you can buy to make meals and snacks with things that you already have at home. For example, if you have crackers in your pantry, buy some hummus or cheese for a healthy snack.

If leftover vegetarian chili or soup, buy some bread or potatoes to serve with it. This isn’t fool-proof, but it works fairly well for me.

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This idea may sound counterintuitive, but let me explain. Sharing a meal with others doesn’t need to be a complicated arrangement. Ask your guests to bring a dish, which will save you time in the kitchen.

Or you can make an arrangement to have them over for dinner once week, in exchange for sharing a meal with you within the next month.

They may be able to give you easy vegetarian recipes or easy dinner recipes that can easily be modified into vegetarian dishes that you can cook again on your own.

With guests coming over, even close friends and family that you feel no need to impress, you will likely feel more motivated to cook and way less likely to order takeout.

Plus, in these tough economic times, saving money and appreciating the good things in life is appealing to almost everyone, so this idea will likely be popular with your friends and/or family.

Can’t make this a regular event? No problem, even doing this once in awhile can be nice. Another option is to join a local vegetarian dinner group that meets regularly. Conversation and laughter makes meals much more fun and relaxing.

Enjoying a delicious, nutritious vegetarian dinner does not have to be a hassle or time-consuming.

The advice listed above has helped me to follow a healthy vegetarian diet, stick to my budget, and spend time with my friends and family, despite my busy schedule.

Some of these tips may not be useful for you, so take what helps and forget the rest.

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Mar 28, Vegetarian Soup Recipes

A filling, nutritious meal is never far away if you know a few easy vegetarian soup recipes. Have the flexibility to use fresh or convenience foods, depending on your preference, and still enjoy a great-tasting meal.

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For most of these recipes, all you need are vegetable broth, seasoning, a pot, a stove or crock pot, pasta or rice, beans, and vegetables.

Typically, I use frozen and canned varieties of vegetables and beans, just because they are easier to use. However, when I have more time I do like to use fresher ingredients.

These vegetarian soup recipes are great to make in large batches that can be used for more than one meal. Although this is true for most recipes, soup is especially easy to make in large quantities.

For instance, you can make a pot of vegetarian chili to serve in bread bowls one night, then use the leftovers to go with a meatless taco salad another night or even eat the leftovers for lunch.

You can even freeze leftovers and keep them for a few weeks or even longer. This is incredibly helpful for avoiding fast food or takeout after a busy day!

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Feb 9, Vegetarian Potato Recipes: Part 1

Vegetarian potato recipes are cheap, full of nutrients, and easy to make. They can even be prepared in the microwave.

Similar vegetarian potato recipes are found in my other posts, including in my list of easy vegetarian dinner recipes. These are good for lunch or dinner!

1-2 large potatoes (for each person)

1/2 cup of assorted, steamed (per potato)

1/4 cup of shredded cheese, any type (per potato)

Wash a medium to large baked potato. Cut several small slits on the the top and sides.

Place on a microwave-safe plate and cook on high for approximately five minutes. You may hear the potato make a little noise as it cooks, this is normal.

When it is finished cooking, carefully take it out of the microwave. The plate will be hot!

Next, wrap the potato in aluminum foil and let it sit for about five minutes. This step help the overall taste of the potato.

Add cooked veggies and shredded cheese on top. Microwave for an addition 30- 45 seconds or until the cheese has melted.

Top with sour cream, chives, or any other toppings you want!

If you live with non-vegetarians or have friends who are not vegetarian, it is easy to make this appeal to them by giving them the option of adding meat as a topping.

If they choose to serve this recipe or a similar one to you, it is a piece of cake to make it vegetarian friendly.

This makes a delicious vegetarian lunch with little preparation or cooking time.

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Mar 30, Vegetarian Sandwiches

Most vegetarian sandwiches are easy and simple to make. From hummus with veggies to falafel in a pita pocket, there are so many great sandwiches to choose from.

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They can help make vegetarian sandwiches a great source of vegetarian protein and taste remarkably like the real thing, especially with toppings and condiments.

My favorite brand is Boar’s Head since they are fresh and made without fillers. Use mayonnaise, mustard, relish, and other condiments on sandwiches, if you want.

If you are 100% vegan, try Veggie Shreds or other non-dairy cheeses. Also, use a bit of Veganaise or another brand of mayonnaise that doesn’t use eggs. They make many different flavors, which can add a lot of flavor and more variety to your sandwiches.

Switching the bread has two main benefits. There will be more variety in your vegetarian meals and you will learn which type of bread you prefer to use with different types of ingredients. Both of these mean more enjoyable meals.

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When I was offered a biscuit served with fresh tomato slices on it several years ago, I was horrified. Then, I tried a bite and proceeded to eat three of them.

Some of you may recognize this recipe, while some of you may be having the same reaction that I did. If you don’t like or are allergic to tomatoes, this suggestion is not for you.

Bake a batch of biscuits from either from a tin package or even from scratch if you prefer.

Slice several tomatoes, depending on how many biscuit and tomato sandwiches you plan to make.

Cut each biscuit in half and spread a little butter on each side. Place two or three tomato slices on each biscuit.

Miss bacon, but determined to stick with a vegetarian lifestyle? No worries! There is no need to feel deprived with the wide variety of meat substitutes available.

Find a variety of vegetarian bacon that you like. Morning Star and Smart Deli both offer this tasty meat substitute, as do many other brands. Season the vegetarian bacon with salt, pepper, and other spices while cooking it to add flavor.

Spread about two tablespoons of mayo or vegan substitute for mayonaise on two slices of lightly toasted bread, if desired. For a bit extra protein, add a slice of cheese.

Add lettuce and a few tomato slices. Sprinkle basil on the tomatoes for more flavor. Use as much bacon as you want, without worrying about cholesterol, excessive fat content or animal suffering.

The first time I had this was at a restaurant with a friend of mine. I loved it! When I came to college, I started making it in the cafeteria when vegetarian lunch options were limited.

This one is pretty self-explanatory Just grab some bread, cream cheese and cucumbers. Use a much cream cheese as you want and pile on the cucumbers.

Use a dash of dill on the cucumbers to enhance the overall flavor of this vegetarian sandwich recipe, if desired.

Typically, I use plain cream cheese when making this sandwich. However, I sometimes use garden vegetable or onion and chive for variety.

Increase the nutritional value of this vegetarian sandwich recipe by adding fresh spinach, onions, sprouts, or other vegetables.

Fill a pita pocket with 2-3 tablespoons of tomato sauces. Next,add a handful of shredded Mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup of chopped veggies, such as bell peppers, mushrooms and onions. Use a some slices of vegetarian pepperoni, optional.

Melt this in the oven on a well-greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 5- 10 minutes. Or microwave on high for 30 seconds. If not melted all the way, put it back in for 15 seconds. Continue until finished.

You can use these same ingredients on bagels, mini or regular sized. This is a great alternative to the frozen pizza bagels commonly found in the frozen food sections of most grocery stores.

This vegetarian sandwich recipe to make when you are craving pizza, but want to save money and eat something a bit more nutritious. Great to bring to parties and other gatherings.

If you have a microwave that you can use at work or school, go for it and make this while you’re there.

For best results, bring the ingredients in separate containers and put it together right before you microwave it. You can also prep it the night before and warm it up at lunch time.

These vegetarian sandwiches are great to have alone or to share with friends! A platter of any of these sandwiches is a great item to bring to any social gathering.

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Mar 29, Vegetarian Diet Plans

The goal of these vegetarian diet plans is to give you ideas for meals and snacks. For new vegetarians, they are a good way to better understand what vegetarians eat.

Consult a nutritionist or dietitian for more information about meeting your nutritional needs while following a vegetarian diet. These plans are not meant to replace medical advice.

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Basically, they are a series of guidelines and recipes that one uses on a regular basis to determine what to eat for meals and snacks.

My goal is to provide you help you gain a better understanding of what vegetarians eat on a daily basis and to give you ideas for meals and snacks. I’m not a nutritionist, so please consult with a professional before making drastic changes.

Try out different ways of eating to see what works best for you. Some people feel best when they follow a low carb diet, while others prefer diet that is low in fat. Do what works for you.

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Talk to your doctor or consider making an appointment with a dietitian or nutritionist before you make major changes to your diet. Please do this if you have specific dietary needs, concerns or health issues.

The purpose these plans is to give you ideas for meals and snacks. They will also provide useful information for living a healthy lifestyle.

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Feb 14, 3 Easy Vegetarian Desserts

These easy vegetarian desserts are great for sharing with family and friends or when you are craving something sweet!

All you need are a few chocolate graham crackers and about 1/2 cup of mint chip ice cream or non-dairy ice cream substitute.

Break graham crackers into fourths. Scoop a small amount of ice cream and place between two crackers.
Serve immediately or freeze until ready to serve.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover cookie sheet with aluminum foil or grease with cooking spray.

Combine 1 cup of peanut butter, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 egg in a bowl. Roll into balls and flatten with a fork.

Bake for about 10 minutes or until firm. Let cookies cool for a minute or so.

Next, place a Hershey’s kiss or another chocolate candy in the center while the cookies are still somewhat soft.

Allow 5 minutes or so for cookies to cool before enjoying.

Who says you have to have marshmallows to enjoy smores? Mix about one cup of low-fat Cool Whip and a handful or two of mini chocolate chips together.

Scoop between two graham cracker halves. Chill for about an hour or so before serving.

If you are craving marshmallows, there are vegetarian and vegan varieties available, usually at health food stores.

Make vegan or vegetarian smores by melting a graham cracker, square of chocolate, and gelatin-free marshmallow in the microwave for about 30 seconds

Try serving one of these yummy desserts the next time you get together with family and friends. Or whenever you are craving something sweet that is simple to prepare. Check out these fruity vegetarian desserts

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