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post #141 of 173
I am not passing judgement here, but mcd's???? Do they cook the veggie burger by itself on a clean grill with a veggie spatula?
post #142 of 173
I was thinking that, too. Considering their whole french fries issues and all . I reckon they just nuke em though. Seems that what Burger King does (yes, I'll admit to eating there while on a loooong road trip and really hungry). I do know that's what Subway does with their veggie burger-things. but they don't have the option of a grill, either, I suppose.
post #143 of 173
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by love2all
I am not passing judgement here, but mcd's???? Do they cook the veggie burger by itself on a clean grill with a veggie spatula?
We just try and do it as a once a month treat when we drive to visit my parents. While I was pregnant with DD we ate there way too much. Now we limit ourselves to our traveling. I know its not good for us and our house was filled with happy meal toys. YUCK!
post #144 of 173

Bless the little ones for trying!

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Originally Posted by tricia80
and all she kept repeating was "mommy it didnt have milk in it"...so she thought she was helping the animals...
oh thats sad! My girls are the same way, they try so hard to please me and my demands on them as far as food--and it goes beyone meats for my house, no refined sugars, food colors, white bread....occasionally I do cave out of no options, but that is rare ,and sometimes my girls are like " is this a healthy french fry?"
It is hard, I am trying not to be neurotic about food, lest I drive them towards a disorder or something, but I do have firm beliefs and care about their precious bodies...
post #145 of 173
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We almost got bumped to the 3rd page of Nutrition and Good eating. :
We havent been a very chatty bunch lately huh? Everything is going good here, but having trouble with the fact that my DH eats like crap and doesnt want to change to eat healthier. He could live off only meat, oh and white bread. It is hard trying to get kids to eat things that are good for you when daddy doesnt have to. Luckily both of my kids love most veggies. anyone else have this problem? I am wanting DH to eat better because his dad is diabetic and had bypass surgery a few years ago. This was our conversation the other day:
ME: You would have a hard time changing your diet if you had to for medical reasons.
DH: I would probably just keep eating the way I do now.
ME:its nice that you would keep eating crap and die early and leave me and your kids
DH: well I like what I eat
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Anyone else have this problem?
post #146 of 173

? You poor thing!

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Originally Posted by mamacarey
We almost got bumped to the 3rd page of Nutrition and Good eating. :
We havent been a very chatty bunch lately huh? Everything is going good here, but having trouble with the fact that my DH eats like crap and doesnt want to change to eat healthier. He could live off only meat, oh and white bread. It is hard trying to get kids to eat things that are good for you when daddy doesnt have to. Luckily both of my kids love most veggies. anyone else have this problem? I am wanting DH to eat better because his dad is diabetic and had bypass surgery a few years ago. This was our conversation the other day:
ME: You would have a hard time changing your diet if you had to for medical reasons.
DH: I would probably just keep eating the way I do now.
ME:its nice that you would keep eating crap and die early and leave me and your kids
DH: well I like what I eat
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Anyone else have this problem?
**I would be so frustrated with your husband. I have a husband from the midwest. Corn and potatoes (and meat), but he DID go vegetarian and has been for about 4 years now. BUT he's also still as stubborn as a meat and potatoes guy... Just minus the meat?! His lack of concern for his own health makes me just flabbergasted. He doesn't like ethnic cooking. He hates trying new things. He will not eat anything "round" or "that pops"?? I COOK. I cook from scratch each meal and I am an awesome vegetarian cook ... to the worlds' most BORING EATER! What is it with these silly guys?
post #147 of 173
OMG! Mamacarey, do I sense some poligamy (sp?) here? I mean, you just described my husband. Scary, eh? To make it worse, he has heart problems in his family. He has told me he doesn't expect to live beyond 65. WTF? I'm hoping he just thinks thats really old, and maybe when he gets that old, he'll feel differently. Anyhow, he goes through these phases (long ones) where he'll just want to eat one type of food. Well,he's eaten PB&J for lunch every day since he was a kid (he feels he's made tremendous strides changing from grape to strawberry jelly, and from creamy to crunchy PB!) Right now he's on a pork chop thing. ONly on the grill (makes a funny sight in our CO winters :LOL), and he could care less if there's any side dishes. I usually force him to eat a spoonful of whatever I'm eating and my sides. Of course he'd much rather have canned peas, which is the only worth-while vegetable in his opinion. yuck. It seems logical to me to experiment with different ingrediants and differnt methods of cooking. I mean, if I were a meat eater, I think I'd be eating pretty good and varied. I try to suggest different cooking methods for the pork chops to DH, and he doesn't see the point. :
He often says he wishes I ate meat and I'm like, REally?? If I ate meat, I still don't think you'd eat what I cooked! I'd actually use vegetables (gasp!) and make casseroles, skillets, all sorts of things... which he obviously can't handle.
okay, I'm done with my rant.
Just glad to know there's others out there. I'm sicka hearing about you veggie mamas with veg DHs who adore your cooking!!!
post #148 of 173
You could try sarcasm and reverse psychology...

When he says that he would still eat this way even if it meant an early death, I would be tempted to say, "Well I'd better get myself back into shape since I want to be very attractive for my next husband. What fun it's going to be to go shopping around for a new vegetarian hubby. Thanks for giving me some warning. I must get to work on this right away."

I know this won't change anything, really... but you never know, in the back of his mind he might start wondering...

Also, start having the kids whisper things in his ear like, "Daddy, are you going to be alive when I get married (or have kids)?"
post #149 of 173
I thank the powers that be every day that my DH is vegan just like me. It makes things Sooooo much easier. But then I had thought that I wanted the next person I was with to eat like me, rather than falling in love with someone who ate meat - so it was much simpler. And we both decided to go vegan at the same time.

Last night I made my famous seitan/potato tacos and he ate NINE TACOS!!!!

ETA: Confession: Today I was telling DH that I ratted on him about the 9 tacos, and he said "WHAT???" So I have to confess I was just typing and I wasn't thinking. I didn't make the tacos. HE DID. While I was at work so that they were almost ready when I got home. So he's a wonderful husband and I'm a liar.
post #150 of 173
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Originally Posted by Erin Pavlina
You could try sarcasm and reverse psychology...

When he says that he would still eat this way even if it meant an early death, I would be tempted to say, "Well I'd better get myself back into shape since I want to be very attractive for my next husband. What fun it's going to be to go shopping around for a new vegetarian hubby. Thanks for giving me some warning. I must get to work on this right away."

: : :
That is too funny! I'll have to try that
post #151 of 173
I just saw this thread and don't have time to read now because I have to pump before a meeting but wanted to say hi.

I'm Lil and my DH and I are new vegetarians... We're transitioning to vegan and planning on raising our son Nick that way.

Anyways I'm excited this thread exists and am looking forward to chatting with everyone here.
post #152 of 173
Hi Lilg

I wasn't vegi when I met my husband so I didn't know I'd want a vegi husband. Poor guy, he thought he was marying a meat cooker. Well, I didn't cook much meat, but a little. I was vegi for a few years up until I had my first dd when I was 21, then I had such meat cravings when I was pregnant that I would have eaten the neighbor's cat...raw.

Six years later I met my husband and we got married a year later. He went happily along getting meat now and then until about a year ago when I went vegi...partly for his health (high blood pressure and cholesterol)and partly because my 12 yr old dd (the one who gave me meat cravings in the first place) reminded me why I had been vegi all those years ago. She is very much into animal rights.

Now dh only gets meat when we go visiting or on those rare occasions when he keeps talking about it and I give in and get him some organic family farmed meat. He doesn't do the shopping nor the cooking, so he's at my mercy. (evil laugh) haaa haa hoo

It would be nice to have a vegi hubby, but I didn't marry one so I have only myself to blame. sigh...
post #153 of 173
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Any ideas on how to get a 4 year old to eat beans? My ds has never eaten beans, but he is sure he wont like them, which means he wont try them or even have them on his plate. How can I make them more appealing to him?
post #154 of 173
My 7 year old boy, Gibran, hates beans. But, we just kept offering them. Around 3 years of age he fell in love with hummus. I'm surprised at the number of kids who like hummus. Especially if it's homemade. He finally like refried beans. We eat refried beans all the time and he finally likes them. Since, he likes crunchy tacos we put them in there instead of taco filling. You could try spaghetti sauce. Try some ethnic foods, too. My kids will eat the strangest stuff at new restaurants. I really think it's the texture. My second son adores beans and will eat baked beans straight from the can. Gibran is my picky one, but he will often try something if he got to make it.

Good Luck,
Heather
Personally I love beans and will eat them totally plain!
post #155 of 173
When my 12 yr old was little she would only eat beans she could pick up with her fingers (she still likes to eat with her hands). She loved black beans in particular.
The twins love kidney beans as a snack. I just hand them to them one by one as I cook and pretty soon they've eaten half the can.
You could try different kinds of beans hot or cold, plain or spiced until you find one he likes and that may become his "gateway" bean into the world of beans.
post #156 of 173

trick of the bean...

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Originally Posted by mamacarey
Any ideas on how to get a 4 year old to eat beans? My ds has never eaten beans, but he is sure he wont like them, which means he wont try them or even have them on his plate. How can I make them more appealing to him?
**White beans (navy) are easy to puree and add to just about anything... even pudding if you want! I swear! White beans pureed w/ a tbs of olive oil and a bit of rosemary s&p makes a yummy sandwhich spread. Blend them and add them to avacado if your child likes avacado. I often marinate them with the tofu and saute together w/ garlic or onions and my son will eat them.
post #157 of 173
Hey, ladies!!! Can I join? I've been a lacto-ovo veg for about 13 years, I think? I NEED HELP!!! I originally wanted to be vegan because I think dairy/eggs are just as (if not more so) cruel than meat, but I found it to be so isolating and extremely difficult to cook . . .

So, what I need help with is to cut down on the dairy/egg based diet, since that seems to be where I get my main calories from. (The eggs are from free-range hens, but still . . .) I'd prefer to go to an almost completely plant-based diet, but avoiding too much soy at this point (we're TTC and I think it'd mess with my already messed-up hormones).

I need cookbook recommendations, websites with recipes, whatever! I want recipes that are easy, delicious, with readily available ingredients (health food store is far), and nutritious. Ha, I know I'm dreaming, but I'm desperate! I'm getting fed up with my "cooking" (pun intended).

Thanks so much!
post #158 of 173
i just thought i would pop my head in here...i've been veggie since 12 and vegan for 3 or 4 years.
not a mama yet but TTC later in the year...
Mizelenius! i found 'how it all vegan' by tanya barnard and sarah kramer to be a wonderful vegan cookery book...they also have a newer book out called 'the garden of vegan'..
super yummy food and not to complicated or costly.
even more fun for me cos i am from the UK and
had to guess what some of the foods were!
some of the places i get recipes from online are...
http://www.veganfamily.co.uk/
http://www.vegfamily.com - Erin's site (fellow MDC mama)
and my fav message board info sites (besides vegfamily) are..
http://www.veganrepresent.com
http://www.vegansociety.com/html/

post #159 of 173
My favorite vegetarian/vegan-friendly cookbook is by far Lean and Luscious and Meatless by Bobbie Hinman and MIllie Snyder.

The reason is because most of the recipes are naturally vegan or you can just skip the cheese and sub rice milk instead of cow's milk. And all of the ingredients are normal, everyday things you can find in a regular supermarket. So I think it's a great transition book.

Plus, the recipes are very hearty so other non-veggie family members will like them. All around, I think it's a great book. Here are a few recipes from the book I make ALL the time.

Potato Lentil Stew
Turkish Stew
Very Veggie Enchiladas
Corn Creole
Green Beans in a peanut sauce
Curried chickpea casserole
Thai linguine

And so much more. their desserts aren't great. but the meals... awesome!
post #160 of 173
Everyday Vegan by Jeani-Rose Atchison is one I recomend to beginner vegans. I use it alot and was able to use it right away with the things I already had on hand. In addition to all the recipes, it has nutritional info, but she's not too preachy. I get a little annoyed when I get a vegetarian cook book that's half filled with preachiness.
"I already bought the book, stop convincing me and get on with the recipes!!!!" lol
The Compassionate Cook is a PETA publication. It's user friendly too. I recently got The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook. I find I have to think about the recipes in advance because they either take longer or use an ingredient that is something you have to have already made previously. The results are very worth it, though. They use a lot of white beans and cashews so if you want a non-tofu vegan cheese, give it a try. There's tofu too sometimes, but mostly not. They use a lot of nutritional yeast flakes too. You may have trouble locating that ingredient. I guess you could stock up when you make it to the health food store.
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