Are you in this together?
I have to say I am very excited as our community of parents with vegetarian kids is growing. When I first thought about setting up my newsletter and blog I wasn’t sure how many people were looking for support with raising vegetarian kids. I know from my small world that my daughter’s friend’s moms were worried. These moms were brought up on meat and potatoes and let’s admit it, most of us were. My mother fed my sister and I roast chicken, meatballs, brisket and hamburgers.
Most of what our moms cooked they learned from their moms. My mother made all the same dishes my grandmother used to make. When I decided to give up meat my mother didn’t really know what to cook for me. By this time I had moved out on my own and was cooking for myself, armed with a few vegetarian cookbooks. My kids have been eating chickpeas since they were able to eat solid food as this is what I fed them. Believe it or not but my daughter actually loves tofu. I make tofu about once a week. It is interesting to see now how my daughter cooks for herself. Chickpeas and tofu are part of her repertoire, thanks to me.
I know you want to support your vegetarian child. That’s why you are here. I know you want her to eat well. I know you want to prepare healthy vegetarian meals for her or at least show her how to prepare them for herself. But, how about you? Are you going to eat this way too? At least give it a try? Even if you’ve never eaten chickpeas, lentils or tofu, maybe now’s the time to give them a try, together. Maybe you can create a few signature dishes your daughter can learn to make on her own. Something that maybe she can show her daughter how to make one day. Hopefully, you can work through the meal planning together and share the tasks of food preparation. So, are you in it together? I hope so!
Looking for some inspiration? Here is my daughter’s favourite chickpea salad recipe. Looking for support? Sign up for my newsletter here and make sure you like my Facebook page so you stay in the know.