Vegetarian starter kit: Free guide on how to become a vegetarian

So you're worried about the potentially deadly E. coli bacteria in the 5.7 million pounds of beef sold to consumers recently. And you're thinking now might be a good time to go vegetarian.

But you've got lots of questions. Like where you'll get your protein. And what about milk and other dairy products. And what if you are pregnant.

No worries! Because the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has the answers you seek.

The 16-page Vegetarian Starter Kit is a nice combination of information, tips, and recipes. For example:
  • On protein: "As long as one is eating a variety of plant foods in sufficient quantity to maintain one’s weight, the body gets plenty of protein."
  • On cooking without eggs: " In muffins and cookies, half of a mashed banana can be used instead of an egg, although it will change the flavor of the recipe somewhat."
  • On eating out: "International restaurants are the best bets for finding vegetarian food when dining out."
As for food recipes, here's one that caught my eye (see, cooking vegetarian is easy).
Food recipe: Karen's Sloppy Tofu
(Serves 3)
small onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon oil
pepper to taste
3 large mushrooms, chopped
1 carrot, grated (optional)
1/2 tablespoon dried parsley
1/2 pound tofu, crumbled
2 teaspoons tamari or soy sauce (optional)
3 tablespoons tomato sauce

Sauté onion and garlic in oil until onion is clear. Add pepper, mushrooms, carrot, and parsley. Add tofu, tamari, and sauce. Cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Serve as a sandwich filling, sprinkled with nutritional yeast.

Recipe from Simply Vegan by Debra Wasserman.