Sorry Mama, I Don't Eat Animals
My older son went through a period where he questioned everything before he ate to determine whether or not it was edible in his mind. For example, with shrimp, he wanted to know if it had a head and legs. The questioning stopped within a few weeks and even though he does not shrimp, he does eat meat. When my 6 six year old declared, "I don't eat animals" I thought it was a phase. That was over 10 months ago. The reality is that we are a family of omnivores except for our vegetarian 6 year old. Cooking for my vegetarian wouldn't be nearly as challenging except he has some strong dislikes - tofu, beans, and egg yolk. Yikes, this has made mealtime challenging, making one meal that the entire family can eat. I have tried to make at least one or two vegetarian meals a week but I am lacking in creativity. Our vegetarian meals consist of spaghetti, pesto pasta or fried rice with at least 4 different vegetables. Another favorite is teriyaki veggies and rice; and the rest of the family will get chicken. I need your help. What are some of your favorite vegetarian recipes? Also, how can I ensure that he is eating enough protein?