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Ok so my 8yr old dd decided she wants to be a vegetarian. She loves animals and thinks it is mean to eat them. We are big meat eaters...like every meal. Any ideas on how to work with her so she gets what she needs and I don't have ot make a different meal for her each time.

She won't eat a ton of beans...bean and cheese burritos are ok. She doesn't like mac n cheese and she is lactose intolerant when it comes to drinking milk or eating ice cream whole. Cheese and baked in things are ok. She doesn't mind eating shrimp and fish. I can't make full meals with soy b/c of allergies and can't have nuts in the house. Thanks for the ideas!
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tostadas with ground beef and beans for the fam and then for her just dont include the meat.

fideo - its vermicelli brought to a simmering boil with tomato sauce and a bullion cube, very tastey.

enchiladas con repollo - its just a tortilla dipped in enchilada sauce, pan fried for about twenty seconds and filled with cabbage. or you could substitute the cabbage with beans or rice or cheese or tomatoes and lettuce.

frito pie - wait a minute.. do those beanless chili have meat in them? idk now that i think about it.

tuna salad sandwich

baked potato and toppings

breakfast for dinner - pancakes/waffles/oatmeal/cereals

if i think of anymore, i'll post them.
 

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Angie-

I've got a vegetarian cookbook gathering dust here. Send me a snail mail and it'll be off to you.

Laurie in Bradenton
 

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Steamed firm tofu? Stir fry with tofu? Meat (tofu) substitutes for your whole family on one night of the week - so she doesnt feel excluded and the family can eat the same meal? Steamed fish day?

Falafels? They're full of chickpeas arent they?

Thats just off the top of my head.
 

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I am the lone vegetarian in my family. I make them regular meals and slight substitutions for myself. DH does not like soy substitutes, he says it upsets his tummy. I see that you cannot have full meals made with soy, but can you make just her portion with a soy substitute?

Around here it goes like this....If they have tacos, I use real beef for them and just heat a package of Boca or MorningStar Farms soy crumblers for myself. The same is true for homemade pizzas, I make sure there is either a cheese, or mushroom, olive, veggie supreme, or a soy substitute one for me. If the family has hamburgers or hot dogs, I have the soy version. I am also a big salad eater. I make my own dressing and put lots of goodies in it. There are also many vegetarian lasagne recipes that are very good.

I also make the family lots of brocolli casseroles, yellow rice & corn casseroles, tater tot casseroles (minus the beef), fillo dough and spinach casserole, homemade veggie soup, chili but we only add the beef (we pre-cook all beef once a month and freeze)after I have taken some out and put in a seperate pot for me. I love to have cheese raviolis with spaghetti sauce over it, angel hair pasta with shrimp and alfredo sauce.
If she will eat tuna, salmon, or shrimp that opens a lot of other options. Tuna melts, tuna salad, tuna casserole - with or without noodles....salmon patties, baked salmon, the ready to eat smoked salmon served with cream cheese... popcorn shrimp, peel and eat shrimp, etc..

I have never been able to eat tofu, but that is just because I have not mastered preparing it ....YET - I am determined to get it right.

Good luck!!! If I come across any other ideas I will add them.
 

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Hi - my son did this when he was 5. Came home from school and announced that he wasn't eating God's animals. Anyway, I wrote down everything he ate for 2 weeks and took it to the school nurse or a nurse at the surgery (can't remember as he is nearly 20 now!!). She said he was eating better than maybe other kids and i think that's because I had to think about what he needed. Imagine the diet of kids who eat chicken nuggets and fries all the time??
Dried fruit is good for iron - especially dried apricots. Baked potato skins are also good for iron.
I would do a search for vegetarian websites and i think you will find message boards where you can get help with any queries.
My son stuck with the veg diet for 6 months. My daughter has been an off-on vegetarian too and I have dabbled!!
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I was vegetarian previous to becoming pregnant, and am planning to go back to it after the baby is born and I stop craving random cheeseburgers so darn badly. I have several really good vegetarian cookbooks. I will look through them this weekend and type up any recipes that seem to fit your requirements.

One option off the top of my head is to do vegetarian sushi for your whole family. It's fun to make, it's yummy, and it sounds like everyone could eat it. You can put basically any veggies/fruit in it that you want. Some of our favorite is apple with cream cheese and cucumber. It is hard to get the hang of rolling it, but you'll have a fun adventure learning! You can pick up a sushi rolling mat for like $1.50 at an oriental market.

Speaking of oriental markets, you should check out some of the ethnic markets. Ethnic food is much more vegetarian-friendly than american food, and food at the ethnic markets is cheap cheap cheap!
 

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Wow, Angie! First food allergies and now a vegetarian in the family! hehehe
Well, you must please your budding veterinarian's palate! :)


Vegetarian Manicotti:
http://www.recipezaar.com/160337

Baked Potatoes?

things with lentils?

Black Eyed Pea Burgers: http://www.recipezaar.com/111177

hummus?

veggie pizza?

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie: http://www.recipezaar.com/46653

White Bean and Spinach Soup: http://www.recipezaar.com/150898

South of the Border Pie: http://www.recipezaar.com/129539

Vegetable Tortilla Soup: http://www.recipezaar.com/38074

Lentil-veggie soup: http://www.recipezaar.com/109607

Lentil-Grain burgers: http://www.recipezaar.com/78029
 

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I love your avi Jen and it is great to see you here!!!

Thanks so much you all for your suggestions. I did get some Boca Burgers, some crumbles, fake corndogs, and one other thing at Walmart a few days ago. i will have to look at some of the recipes and try at least one night to have something that we all eat and just adapt the rest of the nights. Tongiht we are having hamburgers adn she is having a boca burger. Thanks again you all and I iwll looka t those recipes.
 

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Your whole family might like this recipe. Mine does and the vegetarians LOVE it.

Asparagus Roll-Ups

1 package large flour tortillas
1 lb fresh asparagus (cleaned and bottoms trimmed)
or 1-2 cans asparagus pieces, drained
(I always use fresh when available)
1 or 2 squares cream cheese, softened
Butter, melted
Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spread a layer of softened cream cheese over the tortillas. Place asparagus pieces at one end of the tortilla. Roll tortillas up like a log. Place logs
in baking dish. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes until slightly golden. I slice them into half-logs with a pizza cutter when they cool off a little. They can be sliced into smaller pieces and served as appetizers.

bon appetite~
 
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