My son LOVES "chickenless nuggets!" They are so much healthier than the mcdonalds or other junky chicken nuggets in the stores. It is a great way that I can get him to have protein and veggies all at once! I really like the Trader Joes brand, but there are other brands readilly aviable for people who dont have a trader joes near them. Morning Star farms makes a "mean" chickenless nugget! Also, they have "chik patties." Stores like Safeway/Vons will often have a great selection of vegetarian junk food replacments, which will elliminate high cholestorol and even some saturated fats and offer a unique change to the kiddie palette :)
I am so glad I got him into this stuff now! He will try lots of vegetarian things that are very unique and he likes them. I still give him meat (preferably Kosher) but I like to limit excessive m eat consumption for various reasons Im sure lots of us already know!
I just read more of teh post below, I second the Whole Wheat Pastas, Yum! I am going to make a sauce today actually. I thought of putting in some ground white meat turkey meat balls, but then I couldnt decide on that or a reduced fat cheese pizza with whole wheat dough!!!! Yummy on the whole grains, gotta agree with you there!
If you are interested in knocking down the fats in the suasages you can get "gimme lean" which is avialable in the Safeway/Vons type stores. It is SO good. It made me really dislike real sausages, espceially because they can be so unhealthy (proccessed meats are a major cancer causer, *sad face goes here,* as I recently found out).
Gimme Lean is really tasty though. It comes in Italian Sausage type or Beef type. If you prepare it as directed (I saute my pties in a little olive oil) it is just SOOO good. Good enough that I want to go buy some now! There are also several light life brand of Sausages, like the Itailian Sausage one, myson LOVEs it! And his grandma feeds him ots of real sausage, so for him to like it, you know it has to be a winner!
I think the balance is key, I dont cut out all meat, but I try to reduce it to spark sugggestions (beef once a month, chicken once a week, and then use other healty high proteins) for myself. My son is with my mom a lot, so we just comporomise with balance :)
Edited by: LIFEHASCHANGES at: 6/2/2011 (13:28)
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