Your daughter declared she wants to become a vegetarian. What were your first thoughts? Do any of these resonate with you:
- What am I going to feed her?
- She’ll never get enough protein on a vegetarian diet
- How are we going to eat out?
- It’s just a phase, she’ll grow out of it
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.
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.
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?
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.