Originally Posted by berrymama
Hey OtherMother, I have a few questions for you :) Based on your meals, I am assuming you are vegetarian? Have you been for a while? I have been doing a good amount of reading/documentary watching about nutrition lately and find myself leaning toward a more vegetarian lifestyle (with very little dairy as well), but it is all new to me. My questions:
1. what are those carob-spirulina chunks? something you make or buy? I have been adding spirulina powder to smoothies (along with hemp seeds and ground flax)
2. are your daughter and partner vegetarian? My DH is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, and not a fan of beans (though hasn't been complaining about the frequent bean and lentil soups). I am wondering how to find a balance of meatless dinners while also not forcing him to charge his eating habits. The idea of making 2 dinners is NOT appealing. Luckily, my kids eat pretty much everything, so this is not a concern for breakfast and lunch (my kids and I have been eating these meals almost completely raw for the past few weeks as well).
Just curious, as you seem to eat very similar to what I have been doing/craving.
So it's funny you ask- I actually wouldn't describe myself as vegetarian, since I do eat meat on occasion. I've been vegetarian, vegan, raw vegan, and even fruitarian in the past, and found all those labels to be constricting and ultimately something I want to rebel against. This pregnancy has led me to eating intuitively, though, and my intuition (through trial and error) has led me to a very much plant-based way of eating- I don't even think about it, it just feels right. (It helps that my brain very much likes the idea of eating less/no animal products and lots more plant-based stuff.)
So- the carob/spirulina chunks I buy at the local health food store. They have all different sorts, they're called "energy squares" I think- they have lots of different kinds but I know spirulina is high in veg protein and iron (there's also a bunch of seeds and raisins squished up in there).
I am in the same boat with you with meals too, since I'm the cook and meal planner in the family. It's taken some time to balance our needs- DP is not a vegetarian or plant-based guy, and DD sometimes wants meat. I cook a side of chicken in the form of organic chicken tenderloins (which I sometimes eat) or chicken sausages 1-2x a week. I keep eggs in the house, and DP will make egg sandwiches for lunch or dinner. So that's how I handle it- I make a meat 'side' once in a while, as a protein side, and I also make a veg protein side for myself- tempeh or tofu.
But I try to make the veg meals different and exciting, or DP gets bored and complains, and I get witchy. I guess I can't blame him- for a long time dinner was often sauteed collards with tempeh, or brown rice and tofu. Classic boring veggie fare. Alicia Silverstone's "The Kind Diet" is the best book/cookbook I know of to inspire and inform on veg health and cooking. Lots of yummy stuff.
I've found making a new exciting veg dish at least 1x a week, plus some classic comfort-type veg dinner (with a healthful spin on it) helps keep everyone happy. I also let DP do dinner 1x a week if I don't feel like cooking meat- he can whip up some chicken sausages in a pan or on the grill while the sweet potatoes cook in the oven.
And big salads have helped- the base is the same, but they can add chicken to the top if they want, or I can add tempeh or tofu. I think if it's yummy, has enough protein and mass to fill everyone up, they end up happy. Especially if once in a while you make a fun veg dessert ;) The Kind Diet has lots of those. Her choco-pbutter cups are divine, and there are brown rice squares in there that will knock everyone's socks off.
But it's nice to hear from someone who eats alike! It's been an interesting journey, but I've finally gotten to a place where I'm not eating from someone else's recommendations and instead eating instinctually.