Hello, I have been a member of TPF for since last year, but had never visited the Kitchen Forum. I searched around for a thread on vegan and vegetarian food, I didn't find one, so decided to start one. I am hoping that other members who are vegan or vegetarians can use this thread to discuss recipes, food, cooking tips and tricks, or anything else that we may want to discuss. Hopefully we can also post pictures of our creations so we can inspire each other to try different meals. A little bit about me- I became a vegetarian about five years ago, I initially did it because I wanted to lose weight, feel better, and cut back on my meat and dairy consumption. I didn't lose weight (smile) but I did feel better, this also forced me to get creative in the kitchen with my meal preparation. Then three years ago while I was in Grad school, I did a report on Agribusiness in the USA, and I stopped eating all dairy cold turkey. I lost 15 pounds within six weeks, and have never regained the weight back. I try to cook dinners at home as much as possible, and I avoid going out to eat due to the limited dining options in my area. I try to take a lunch with me to work, this makes a huge difference in my waistline and my wallet. Here are some pictures of dinner last night, I made veggie tacos with fresh salsa (pico and tomatillo) as well as guacamole. I hope that other will contribute their own stories, pictures or topics to discuss, thanks for letting me share!