I've been vegan for about 16 years. Most people say they would miss the eggs and cheese (and I did at first), but man it's fantastic for blood pressure! Vegetarian is good too though, as long as you don't compensate for meat by going overboard on dairy.
This link looks good, and I've definitely heard of the organization: http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/
If looking for recipe ideas, you could go to recipezaar.com or allrecipes.com and type "vegetarian" in the search window. Then you can search by "ratings" and see what others thought of the recipes. I find that really helpful.
This link contains a vegetarian food pyramid:
Thanks for the great tips! I'm beginning to enjoy my meals with very little meat. I think I can give up meat but not dairies so I'm going to start slowly and learn as much as I can about it. I'll let you know how it goes.
i was vegetarian until i was 5 or 6 (tricked into eating meat by my mums ex husband ... nice guy!) and became vegetarian with the exception of fish occasionaly, over a year ago. my fiance is a big meat eater, so it's been interesting. i haven't missed red meat at all, i was never fond of it to begin with, and i've never eaten pig meat in my life. chicken i thought would be difficult but to tell you the truth, the more i went without it, the more i would think about everything that can go wrong with a piece of chicken flesh before cooking and it grossed me out.
i admit i am a bit different than the average vegetarian, because i for the most part, decided to not eat it as i didn't LIKE it, so some meals i cook with meat, for my DF, and just take it out of mine. i am not majorly fussy like that. if someone can pick olives off a pizza, i can pick meat out of my tikka curry!
i've never had a problem with iron, but i have on going issues with calcium. i take calcium supplements and try to eat unhulled tahini daily as well as yoghurt. i would suggest getting a blood test before you fully start on your vegetarian quest, and then get another one 6-12 months later, to see how you are going. there's no point in taking vitamins or supplements if you don't need them.
recipe wise, hmmm, i don't know. www.taste.com works well for me, and usually i just supplement things with meat, or leave it out completely. i don't feel the need to have 'something' on my plate in place of meat like some vegetarians do, but there's plenty of that stuff out there if you like it good luck! sorry i rambled on a bit!