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.
With school winding down it is time to start getting ready for summer camp. I am airing out duffel and sleeping bags, washing towels and sheets and printing off packing lists. Does your daughter go to sleep-away camp? If so, you might be concerned that she won’t be able to follow a healthy vegetarian diet while she is away from home. I know I was worried when my daughter went away for the first time.
The Lowdown on Smoothies
Did you know that smoothies have a Wikipedia listing? I stumbled upon it while explaining to my kids that when I was growing up smoothies were not really a thing. Looks like it wasn’t until the 60’s and 70’s when health food appeared on the scene that they started to make an appearance. Unfortunately they never made it to my house. I didn’t start making smoothies until I had kids and really only when my daughter decided to stop eating meat, chicken and fish. Smoothies, I thought, would help me get lots of good stuff in to her before she went to school.
We all know that a diet based mostly on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes is good for our bodies. But is eating less meat, eggs and dairy good for the Earth? Many environmental studies tell us that raising animals for human consumption puts a huge strain on water and land resources, and make a strong case for eating more plant-based foods.
Over the past few weeks my kids have requested this recipe 4 times. What kid doesn’t love broccoli and cheese? This recipe is super easy, tastes great and makes a great breakfast or lunch.
Broccoli and Egg Muffins
6 free-range eggs
1/2 cup milk (dairy or unsweetened non-dairy) or water
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup chopped broccoli
1 small onion, diced
Parmesan cheese – optional for topping
Preheat oven to 375. Line a muffin tray with muffin liners. Cook broccoli and onion on the stove until tender. Mix eggs and water in a bowl. Add the cooked broccoli and onion to the eggs, stir in the cheddar and pour into the prepared muffin tray. Grate a tablespoon of Parmesan cheese onto each muffin and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the eggs are set.
The summer weather brings weekends away and family vacations. Fun, yes? Only if everyone is happy and well fed. Well fed is key, especially if you have someone with dietary restrictions amongst you. How do you manage this when travelling? It can be quite simple.
Here are a few tips to keep everyone healthy and happy when traveling:
When I decided to give up meat and chicken I had just moved out on my own. I was looking forward to cooking for myself so I picked up a copy of the infamous Moosewood Cookbook. If you were a vegetarian in my day, Moosewood was THE authority on vegetarian cooking. What a treasure the cookbook was! I was so excited to try out all the new recipes and discover new foods. Every week I made a list of the recipes I wanted to try, making comments on each page as to whether or not they were worth making again. To this day I still have a few favourites from this cookbook like the Gypsy Soup and Vegetable Stew.
So your child has decided to become a vegetarian. Or so she said she wanted to be a vegetarian. Since there are different degrees of vegetarianism we should start with a proper definition. A vegetarian is a person who does not eat meat, and sometimes other animal products, for moral, religious, or health reasons. (Or they might just not like the taste of meat). Does this sound like the type of diet your child wants to follow? There are quite a few variations of vegetarian diets so make sure you understand exactly what your child wants to eat and what they want to avoid. A few of the more popular types of vegetarian diets include:
We usually eat one tofu meal a week in our house. We often eat edamame and use miso quite a bit. All of these foods are made from soybeans. Soy, it seems, is quite a controversial topic. A simple google search will make your head spin.
Fellow RHN, Bonnie Wisener, recently published a blog post about soy that I wanted to share. You can find the link here.
And if you are looking for something to make with tofu, you can find this recipe I posted a while ago here.
Do you have any favourite soy recipes to share? If so, post in the comments section below. I’d love to give them a try.
What is a legume?
The google search definition is:
. a leguminous plant (member of the pea family), especially one grown as a crop.
. a seed, pod, or other edible part of a leguminous plant used as food.