When I went vegetarian, I refused to cook meat in any dishes or buy meat. I told my husband that if he wanted it, he had to buy and cook it. I wasn't a witch about it, just that's the way it was. He was a big meat eater. Through that decision and the videos he's seen, he has now been off all meat except fish for a year and a half and he rarely eats fish. So I'm not much help am I is what you might be thinking lol. If you use veggie crumble, they'll probably not even notice the difference.
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I think that same rule works for adults too. I have a friend I have been helping with better eating habits. He always hated cabbage and he has started to like it now, and it's been about 15 times of eating it.
Also, remember that there are lots of ways to camoflaque foods ad make the flavor liven up. You'd be surprised what and couple of cloves of garlic and some lemon juice will do to the flavor of some vegetables.
Incidentally, if you don't like having to deal with cleaning and cutting/mincing garlic, Trader Joes has little packages of garlic separated into individual cloves. They are in the frozen foods section with the frozen veggies. They come in little trays, like miniature ice trays, and it's so neat and easy.
Edited by: WILLBOYWONDER at: 4/1/2008 (12:51)
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I cook vegetarian for our main course and if I know it is something the rest of the family doesn't LOVE, I will have my husband grill a chicken breast to go along with the vegetarian dish. I have read that kids have to try something 13-15 times before their taste buds will 'like it'. Don't give up. As far as adults, it isn't worth the stress trying to change someone else's lifestyle. I have always said "Nobody is forcing me to be a meat eater, so I wouldn't force anyone to be a vegetarian. I would just try to educate them". Fake meat has never worked for us either. However beans and whole foods are always a good choice with kids. If they can visualize the plant it comes from they will usually try it.
Peace and good luck from a 18 year vegetarian and mother of 3 small children. (married to a meat eater for 12+ years). Trust me, it CAN work.
Fake meat products are also more costly. I'm laughing now because we have them in our freezer. When my sons visit, (they're meat-eaters)they will eat them. I have no interest in fake meat. It's can be a good transition food, but don't rely on it too heavily.
I found when I introduce my meat eating husband to vegetarian meals, they were needed to be higher in fat to be tasty to him. He thought his reluctance to eat vegetarian was part of the reason I left him. I did lose between ten and fifteen pounds during the last few months living with him, but that was stress, not only 'meat' in my refrigerator, not that it helped.
I became vegetarian about three years into our ten year marriage and I never cooked meat for my husband. I set that down when I first made the commitment to eating vegetarian. We were married six more years so that wasn't the reason for our breakup.
Edited by: LILLIAN64 at: 4/1/2008 (08:45)
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Hello! I totally understand where you are at. My husband is not only a meat eater, but he generally holds vegetarianism in disdain. I finally had a melt down and refused to continue cooking meat meals. I told him what I've always told my kids. I'm not a short order cook... I make one meal... eat it, or don't, I don't care. He's a big boy. If he wants meat that bad, he'll go take care of it. I did compromise and buy him some lunch meat for his sandwiches. That seems to have pacified him some. There are tons of delicious veggie meals that are still familiar and friendly to meat-eaters. Pasta dishes, for example,rice dishes, potato dishes. I highly discourage you from trying too many "fake" products at first... they aren't really that great for you, so its kind of like replacing one vice for another. Plus, many of them taste like crap and have an icky texture...I guess they are an acquired taste I've never gotten. You aren't likely to convert your family on look-alike meatless meat products.
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I'm sorry about your predicament. I was facing something similar in a husband who thought the most gracious display of love and devotion was to cook a lamb dinner. Well, just because he is a great guy, he now cooks a lot of vegetarian things for us. Matter of fact, we went shopping yesterday and everything we bought was beans, nuts, whole wheat noodles, salad, fruit, etc. I wouldn't worry too much about your kids. They're so young, they will eat what you decide they will eat. Your husband, I don't know. He should make his own meat. You shouldn't have to touch it. It's your moral decision isn't it? Hard to compromise that without making yourself sad. I really hope he will come to understand. Looks like mine has. Good luck with that.
I am in the same boat. My family eats meat. I have recently started making large portions of vegetarian dishes i.e. soups, quinoa with black beans, and some type of artichoke dish that you can serve over pasta (can't remember the name of it). Anyway, I kept some out and froze some. Just started doing this the past week and it has made a huge difference for me. I hated trying to cook 2 or 3 different meals for dinner, as sometimes what my daughter can and will eat is different from what my husband would eat. So now that my dish is out of the way, I can just re-heat. I also keep a can of black beans on hand so that in a pinch, I can heat them up along with a tortilla and salsa and I'm set.
my (2yr old at the time) niece loved yves veggie dogs. she would not touch the burger my sister got her from Sizzler, but she ate my vegan concoctions. I say try a few out and you may be surprised what the little ones will eat!
Most kids like tacos so make some with homemade refried beans, tofu cheese, brown rice and salsa. How about a vegetarian pizza using pesto, spinach, mushrooms, olives and cheese. I love tofu hot dogs and vegetarian hamburgers - so do most kids. There's more - like sloppy joes minus the meat. I just made tofu "egg" salad sandwiches this morning - grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup is good too.
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I need a lot of help. I am a vegetarian trying to lose weight and trying to cook for my family who are not vegetarians it is very hard to pay for both grocery doing both. usually I cook vegetarian meals for the and the add the meat later. but now that i am trying to lose weight i don't know how to cook fat free meal that are vegetarian that my 1 and 3 yr old will as well as my husband.
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