Veggies and Vegans, please come and talk to me !(16 Posts)
we barely eat any meat over here, not much dairy (apart from in DP's sandwiches every day), but we eat lots of fish.
DS is 16 months.
I'm interested in maybe going fully veggie or possibly at a later stage vegan but not sure what I should be on the look out for in terms of DS's diet as in what nutrients other than calcium & B12 do I need to be careful about. He is still bfed.
i would also like to know realistically how hard it is to cut out animal products, especially when you have a wee one to look after.
And last but not least, any ideas where I can go for interesting recipes !!
Here is my list of what DS (2.10) and I eat. All veggie, some vegan:
Grilled Portobellos w/ roast toms & ricotta on sourdough
Onion & Olive Pissaladiere
Onion & Goats cheese tarts
Tomato & Tapenade Tarts
Sweet potato & chick pea curry
Potato & Onion Tortilla
Spicy Roasted Veg
Veggie/ Allotment Pie
Chunky Veg Chili
Leek and Potato Gratin
Paneer, peas and potato curry
Baked Figs with Stilton
Stewed Okra w/ tomatoes
Aubergine & tomato gratin
Aubergine in cheese sauce
Roasted Eggplant, Zucchini, and Chickpea Wraps
Perciatelli with Roasted Tomatoes and Eggplant
Black Bean Burgers
Mushroom veggie burgers
Carrot Lentil burgers
Pumpkin, Walnut & Blue Cheese Gnocchi
Spinach & Ricotta Lasagna
Roast pumpkin and mushroom lasagna
Goats Cheese and Pesto Cannelloni
Tagliatelle w/ Veg ribbons
Spaghetti w/ asparagus and lemon sauce
Spaghetti w/ fontina & Kale
Conciglie con broccoli
Dahl & rice
Red Beans and Rice
Chermoula Chickpea burgers
Chick Pea Burgers
Tuscan beans w/ tomatoes and sage
Adzuki Bean Stew
Parsley & butterbean stew
Black-eyed peas (w. rice)
Homemade baked beans
2 or 3 bean salad
Crunchy Lentil Loaf
Cheese & Lentil Loaf
Lentil Shepherds Pie
Quinoa w/ avocado and mango
Lemon-scented quinoa (w/ tahini dressing)
Quinoa in coconut milk
Veg fried quinoa
Couscous with spicy chickpeas & veg
Spinach, Goats Cheese & Pepper Quesadilla
Cheese & onion pie
Leek & onion tart
Mexican Lasagna (black beans, salsa, pasta)
Mexican Lasagna with tortillas (refried beans, sour cream, spicy veg)
Barley & Veg sop
Tomato & Lentil
Winter squash (Roast pumpkin/ Butternut & onion)
Cream of watercress & stilton
Pea and bacon soup
Carrot and sweet potato
Pumpkin & Red Pepper
Tortellini Soup (w/ escarole/ spinach)
Tomato Veg soup
Split pea and ham
Pasta w/ green beans & mushrooms
Greens w/ warm bacon & eggs
Beetroot & mint
Fried Halloumi & grape
Tomato, Bean & fried Basil
Watermelon & Feta
Where do you find your recipes UR? Parsley and butterbean stew sounds interesting.
It is very easy to cut out animal products with a little one, with a bit of foreward planning.
Ok, not vegan, but DS was veggie for the first three years of his life, and apart from the occasional bit of chicken or fish we still mainly live off veggie food.
UnderRated's list is pretty consise really.
Just remember, lots of variety, lots of different things, and you will have yourself a balanced diet for your whole family.
Good god, underrated, I need some of your recipes. Are any of them online or printable/postable <<cheeky>>. You will be an inspiration to puffylovet!
lots of good recipes in the veggie section of MN recipe section too.
underrated I want your cook book! your menu is som much more inspiring than ours is.
I've collected recipes over the years, OMB and when I got stuck in a food rut, I went through all my cookbooks and made a list of the things we liked to it. Now I trawl the internet when I can't sleep and if I find something good and it gets eaten, I add it. Even with this list, I still find myself cooking the same things over and over again. And since DS learnt how to make egg mayo sandwiches, that seems to have become a staple
If you let me know which recipes you want, I can post them but it might take me a few days. Some are just chop it up & chuck it in type meals though.
I bet you can google lots of them too.
Parsley, butterbean and cherry tom stew
1 tbs oil
1 red onion
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
2 cloves garlic
1 piece ginger
20 cherry toms, halved
½ tsp sugar
2x 14o cans butter beans
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp paprika
½ bunch parsely
Onion, peppers, garlic and ginger. Cook 10 mins
Add toms cook 5 mins
Dd butter beans, cinnamon and paprika
Season, add parsley
Its very easy being veggie with children, vegan is much harder IMHO.
DS1 was vegan until he was 2(now almost 7) but since going veggie not had any problems at all.
I have three children and they have never eaten any meat or fish. They are completely healthy, no health problems, and are very rarely ill with colds and bugs.
Favourites are; pasta meals,lots of veg and cheese, with pesto. Beans, pulses, veg, and wholegrain rice/bread.
Risottos, veg curry, quorn and bean chilli, morrocan stew.
A veggie diet is easy to incorporate all the nutrients, but a vegan diet, although completely do-able, you do need to keep tally of what they have eaten to ensure they have had enough calcium etc
The vegan society have a large section on their website about nutrition for children.
Good luck with your decision
LOL Ilovemydog !!!
Thank you all for your ideas, wow underrated that's a pretty darn comprehensive list and extremely inspiring, I'm going to print it off and delete the ones I know we won't eat
we already eat tons of lentils, brown rice, chickpeas and beans but sometimes it's hard to get inspired and that's when I wind up reaching for the meat. Also, DP loves pork chops
I think I've decided that i'd like to be veggie, but I'm a bit scared of comprehensively making the decision if I'm honest !! If that makes sense.... Not least because i'd be making the decision on DS's part too, and I'm a bit worried about how family will react to me not feeding him any meat. They already struggle with his diet as it's quite restricted anyway due to eczema
personally I think it's a much healthier diet, and the one veggie little boy we know is 19 months and he's only ever had one cold.
Thank you - it sounds lovely.
Puffy - a really easy veggie thing that I used to make for my two when tiny was: pasta shapes (they liked bows), cooked with a handful of frozen peas so the peas went nice and soft, then mixed with full fat cream cheese so it went all melty. Both of them used to wolf this down and it only takes ten minutes to make.
Rose Elliott does a pretty good book of recipes for babies and toddlers.
We're veggie by accident. It wasn't a concious decision not to eat meat - I realised I very rarely cooked it, I don't like it that much and I couldn't afford to buy decent meat over here so we were eating a more or less totally vegetarian diet anyway. I don't feel bad at inflicting it on DS - he does sometimes ask for meat when we are out and he eats it with his Dad but I really think he's do just as well without it.
Aaah, yes, the salad with bacon and eggs - I pasted the non-meaty bit on my list (from when we did eat meat and in case we start again) but the salads are mixed. I forgot to delete that, sorry!
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