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How do I modify vegetarian recipes to exclude beans, lentils, and soy?


Q. I have a lot of food allergies, I can find a lot of vegetarian and vegan recipes, as that is the easiest way for me to eat, but most of the recipes are beans, lentil, tomato and or soy based, any idea where I can find recipes without those items? Thank you


A. Vegetarian/vegan recipes include beans, peas, lentils and soy products as a protein source. Any recipe (vegetarian or not) can be modified to meet your needs. If you find a recipe that sounds really good, but it contains lentils for example, swap them out for meat or an alternative protein such as quinoa. Recipes are a guide. Search online for alternative ingredients that can serve as a nutritious substitute if you are having a hard time. If you still are not sure what to do, work with a dietitian in your area to create balanced meals that are allergy friendly.

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