7 yo PA DS going vegetarian . . . . some ideas please

Posted on: Sat, 11/05/2005 - 2:48am
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I had a feeling this was going to happen. For the last year and a half or so DS has mentioned that he's uncomfortable thinking about where meat comes from. I told him a while back that there are people who don't eat meat for various reasons, that being one of them. At one point, I told him that if he ever decided to stop eating meat that we'd be okay with it and would support him. One of his big obstacles has been McD's mcnuggets--and that would be one for us. There is one day a week that we absolutely depend on being able to stop at a fast food place. Oh

On Thursday he announced that he was going to be a vegetarian. This was after a dinner containing meat.

He's not planning on going vegan it seems. Frankly, we've not really brought that up because it's in his and our best interst right now for him to continue eating yogurt and cheese. With our schedules, this is going to make our difficult family life much trickier, and I don't know what I will do if he goes vegan. But so far that's not an issue with him--I don't know if it's because he doesn't know it can be or what. But I don't feel the need to share that it can be right now. I'll wait on the full ethical extent of his decision.

Of course, I'm debating on whether to inform him of one thing: lard. If McD's is out (and I think he's willing to go the side salad and Apple Dippers route, but frankly, it won't be filling for him) we may need to consider Taco Bell's bean burrito as an option (now that we don't need to boycott Taco Bell anymore). I can't tell if the beans are vegetarian. Anyone know?

And my real question. I make a veggie cream cheese for lunch, and he takes Sun butter sandwiches, and we do fruit, veggie, and cheese skewers anyway, but do any of you have brilliant vegetarian ideas for PA kids? Not just for lunch, but cookbooks that aren't nut heavy? I have Moosewood, and I can use pecans and walnuts as long as we shell them, as DS isn't allergic.

The problem is that I don't cook with a lot of beans. I uh hmmmm personally can't eat them. I guess we can make some for DS, but I can't eat them much. So I'm worried about DS' protein intake. I know what it's like to count every protein gram (I did when I was preggers with DS, as I had a meat aversion--and I ate NUTS). I already feel so overwhelmed with our lives right now, and I can't imagine this is going to help. But if DS feels he can't eat meat, I can't ask him to. I've been there so many times in my life.

Anyway, your ideas would really help, and I haven't seen a post that seems to really address this.

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