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Weight gain and potatoes [Dec. 22nd, 2009|01:51 am]
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Weight gain foods/recommendations anyone? I'm pretty sure I'm near to hitting underweight for my height and I just haven't been feeling in the mood to stuff myself or anything. So I need some high calorie recommendations.

Also if anyone has any favorite potato or sweet potato recipes that'd be helpful too. I've been doing a lot of just microwave potatoes out of laziness. I also haven't found any decent vegan sour cream recipes. Do they exist?

In return, Spicy Orange Yams (which I've also been making quite a bit lately). They're really easy and healthy. (Off of VegNews)

2 tablespoons non-hydrogenated margarine, melted
Juice of 2 oranges (1/2 to 3/4 cup)
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
5 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/2 cup pecans, toasted (garnish)
What You Do:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine the first 4 ingredients and stir until well combined. Add the sliced potatoes, stir well, and transfer to a lightly oiled 9x13 baking dish.
2. Cover and bake until the sweet potatoes are just tender, about 40 minutes. Stir once or twice during that time to distribute the liquid over the potatoes. Uncover, and bake until the glaze thickens, about 10 to 15 minutes. Keep warm and sprinkle with pecans before serving.

[User Picture]From: asmallplanet
2009-12-22 07:24 am (UTC)
I've been eating heaps of nuts (calorie dense foods as fat has more energy than carbohydrates), flax oil, to balance the omegas, and loads of beans and doing weightlifting and have gained 15kg in the last two years, none of which is fat. I was almost in the underweight category at the start, and am aiming to be overweight, just with muscle not fat. :)

I tried earlier with more carbohydrates than nuts/oil, and just couldn't stomach that much food to gain weight, so I can't help with potato recipes. I do the weightlifting at home with cheap adjustable dumbbells, as I find gyms expensive and mostly unnecessary. If you're interested in a very good and knowledgeable site on women and weightlifting: http://www.stumptuous.com/
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[User Picture]From: dead_power_line
2009-12-22 08:41 am (UTC)
i really like the knish recipe in vegan with a vengeance but here's one online if you don't have/don't want to get the book:


and a random recipe that makes me pack on the pounds:

baking powder biscuits

anything with a lot of margarine will do it for me, though..

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[User Picture]From: oleanderrrr
2009-12-22 02:45 pm (UTC)
I agree with what the first poster said about nuts. They're probably the easiest way to gain weight without stuffing yourself. Nut butters are REALLY good too, especially if you mix them in with smoothies. Pastas with sauces, and cooking with lots of olive oil. Muffins are good too, especially if you can make your own because then you can make them more nutritious/cater them to your own tastes. Add lots of flax seed or sunflower seeds to them if you do bake your own and that should help too.
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[User Picture]From: dangerdhotrod
2009-12-22 03:00 pm (UTC)
try to make your diet high in protein and fat if you want to gain weight. nuts, oils, olives, avocado, cereals, coconut cream...carbohydrates are good too but try to increase the proteins and fats for weight gain. eat before bed, and snack a lot.

start lifting weights, or doing some exercise that has some strength building in it. it will increase your appetite, and will give your body a use for the increased calories to go if you do indeed start gaining weight.

also, this page is pretty good for suggestions
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[User Picture]From: xxoldscratchxx
2009-12-22 04:33 pm (UTC)
hummus, peanut butter, healthy oils, nuts and seeds, dark chocolate and cookies/cakes/muffins etc are always fun!
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From: vena_cava_x
2009-12-22 04:53 pm (UTC)
Potato Latkes:
* 1-1/2 pounds russet potatoes
* 1 small yellow onion
* 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
* 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
* 1 teaspoon sea salt
* 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* Safflower oil, for frying

What You Do:

1. Peel and grate potatoes, then place in a colander and set over a large bowl. Using your hands, squeeze out the excess liquid from the potatoes. Pour off the liquid and place potatoes in the bowl. Grate the onion and add to the potatoes along with the parsley, flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper, and mix well.
2. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Heat a thin layer of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Take a heaping tablespoon of batter and flatten it before gently placing it in the hot oil. Make three or four more potato pancakes this way, and add to skillet (without crowding pan). Fry until golden brown on both sides, turning once, about 8 minutes total.
3. Repeat with remaining potato mixture, adding more oil as necessary. Remove the cooked potato pancakes to paper towels to drain, then transfer to an ovenproof platter and keep warm in the oven until all pancakes are cooked.
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[User Picture]From: harvestl
2009-12-31 12:11 pm (UTC)
latkes are the best!! I've just used the recipe from vegweb, but it looks really close to this one. I could eat ten pounds of potatoes in one sitting with latkes. So stinking delicious! With applesauce on top, oh my goodness. Best potato-food ever!
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From: annielb85
2009-12-30 03:51 am (UTC)

LOVE potatoes!

I'm underweight also and making it part of my new year's resolution to gain some healthy weight. I am just getting started and looking to try a couple of different approaches and see what works. Potatoes seem like a good place to start. Can't wait for an update to see how you're doing!
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