Re Casein (in the lf parmesan-like item): Casein is derived from milk
therefore not vegan but still ovo-lacto-vegetarian.
Re "fried" rice: This isn't very authentic Chinese but it's how my mom
always made it and I like it:
Spray large frying pan with whatever spray you like to use (I never
omitted this step but have considered not adding any oil product at all --
I haven't experimented yet). Add 1 cup white rice and "fry" over
medium-high until lightly toasted (don't burn it -- it's disgusting). Add
2 cups boiling water (watch out it really steams and sometimes sets off my
smoke detector) in which 2-3 veggie bouillon cubes have been dissolved.
(My mom actually added powdered soup mix -- this is my adaptation). Cover
and simmer 15 min or so until the liquid is absorbed and rice is done.
The fun part: toppings: "Fried" tofu slices, steamed bean
sprouts, steamed peas, whatever you like but always a sprinkling of green
onion (yum) and of course a liberal dumping of soy sauce.
Re: a very old sensitive topic: I forget how long ago this was but a new
vegan was having difficulty with gas because of the sudden addition of so
many healthy foods (beans, cabbage,etc.) to her diet. I saw a remedy of
eating 1 tsp of freshly grated ginger root and 1 tsp lime juice immediately
after eating. I don't know if this works or not because evidently my body
has adjusted to my diet, but maybe this will help someone.
Hershey Medical Center/PSU