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Is it just a phase?

Your daughter declared she wants to become a vegetarian. What were your first thoughts? Do any of these resonate with you:

  1. What am I going to feed her?
  2. She’ll never get enough protein on a vegetarian diet
  3. How are we going to eat out?
  4. It’s just a phase, she’ll grow out of it

Sesame Miso Glazed Eggplant

When your kids request a certain meal for dinner how can you say no? Especially when it’s not pasta! I was really surprised when my daughter asked me to make Sesame Miso Glazed Eggplant. I have been making this Vegetarian Times recipes for a few years and she hasn’t really eaten much of it. Maybe her taste has evolved or maybe she has acquired a taste for eggplant. Regardless I am happy to prepare it as I enjoy it as well. Plus, it’s pretty quick and easy to make. Bonus for a busy work night. It was quite the challenge to find the Asian eggplants that day but thankfully after 3 grocery store visits, I was all set.

Are there unhealthy vegetarian foods?

Vegetarian diets are touted for their many health benefits but you can also eat lots of unhealthy food on a vegetarian diet.  The grocery store is full of packaged, processed vegetarian foods with long and complicated ingredient lists.  As with any healthy diet we want to stick to the perimeter of the grocery store and minimize the amount of food we buy from the middle aisles.

Feeding Picky Teenagers

Life with teenagers can be a roller coaster ride; one day they think you are the greatest, next day they think you don’t know anything. Gone are the days when they cry when you drop them off at school and you worry whether or not their friends will play with them at recess. Fast forward to the teenage years and now you worry how they will do on their math exam, will their face clear up before the weekend and obviously, are they eating properly.

I know from personal experience feeding picky teenagers can be a challenge. If my daughter had it her way she’d eat pasta or pizza every night.  How do I ensure she is eating properly?

A Great Noodle Alternative

If your kids are anything like mine they love noodles.  Whenever we go out for Chinese food they always want the fried noodles and vegetables though I think they end up eating more of the noodles than the vegetables.

At home we have several different kinds of noodles.. the typical pasta-type noodle, rice noodles, soba noodles, udon noodles and now I have added another one.. squash noodles.

The lowdown on tofu and tempeh

Mention tofu to some people and they instantly say they don’t like it. I bet half of these people just haven’t tasted a good recipe with tofu. As someone who has not eaten meat or chicken in about 30 years, tofu has always been part of my diet.  I use it in soups, salads, stir fries, salad dressings and sometimes in dessert. It can be confusing because there are so many types of regular and organic tofu; silken, soft, medium firm, firm, extra firm and now you can buy sprouted tofu. Choosing which type of tofu is ultimately based on your recipe and preference. First and foremost it is important to choose organic so that you don’t eat genetically modified soybeans.

My vegetarian rant!

Plant-based protein is all the rage these days and maybe because I have a little bias (ok a BIG bias) I can’t help but say a little hurray. It is about time the world woke up and looked seriously at these food options.  Why has it taken so long??

My Biggest Worry

Even now that I have several years under my belt with a vegetarian child, I still worry about what she eats. I suppose as a mother we never stop worrying but what we worry about changes as they get older. Thankfully I don’t have to worry whether she is napping enough, whether she’ll cry when I drop her off at school or if her friends will play with her at recess. Those days are long gone and my worries have shifted. Now they are more along the lines of how will she do on that math exam, will that pimple on her face go away before the weekend and obviously, is she eating properly.

Happy Holidays and 1-Day Body Reset

We are into full holiday mode now. Try getting into a store these days and you’ll be waiting quite some time in line.

How many parties have you been to so far? How much wine and sugar have you consumed? If you’ve been feeling bloated and stuffed and need a day to give your body a break, keep reading. It’s not always easy to give your body a rest when you are busy running around getting ready for the holidays but it is doable. I’ve put together a super easy Epic 24 Hour Body Reset you can easily implement to get back on track.