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#211 of 223 Old 06-29-2004, 09:04 PM
 
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Schooling: my oldest has been in school for 4 years now, and my youngest is just starting preschool ....they both go to a Montessori school- it is small, there is no cafeteria and I think that helps lots. Everyone brings lunch, although they do offer pizza from PapaJohns on Fridays ( cheese only)
The teachers know I am veg and so do the kids and honestly they seem to think it is 'cool' for now anyway...Both kids take "I am a Vegetarian Kid" stickers with them for teachers and my oldest wears a "I am not a nugget" and "Vegetarian" shirts to school ( she is going in to 3rd grade). I also do a nutrition and the earth lesson for each class and it is well received. We built a "timeline" of the soy bean using boxes and bags of soy foods I had gone through ( soy bean-milk-tofu-burgers-etc)

Occasionally on outings she feels a bit left out, but it is really minor and doesn't cause any real problems
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I asked my dd about being vegi at school. She said nobody will notice unless you say something. She always brought lunch and just avoided meaty things at parties. Nobody noticed. We're home schooling next year and most of the people in that community are used to vegi people. My homeschooling niece even said that it's "cool" to be vegetarian.
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Hi all, I need your help. My mil and sil are visiting in a few weeks, and although they have never made a negative comment about my vegism, I think they're a little freaked about my veganism. So, obviously we're going to eat while they're here, so I was wondering what you all would plan for meals. My sil is a little picky, but mil eats most everything. I would really appreciate your suggestions.
oh, and also, my dad and step-mom, (who still thinks it's a phase after 15 yrs) are coming for dinner next week. Any suggestions?????I always joke that I should find out what she's allergic to and serve it, since she often time has only meat at her meals for us

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Hi isosmom

You could run a few of your ideas by her. Ask her about things she does like - what veggies, grains, etc. and get a feel for what she likes before planning.

For dad and step-mom, I guess you have to decide whether you want to make a vegan version of a normally-non-vegan dish (and risk step-mom's disapproval and criticisms) or make something that never required meat or dairy to begin with. If you go the meat/potatoes route, I'd make a shepherd's pie. I've got a great recipie if you want it. Maybe some salad on the side. If you want a non-meat dish, try something hearty and not too health-foody with a side or two to make the meal seem full.

Let us know how it goes! (BTW - my shepherd's pie recipie came from my meat-lovin' FIL who made it up just for us. Despite his passive-aggresive meat eating, duck shooting comments, he does support our diet most of the time.)

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Thanks Pikku. I'd love your recipie, sounds great

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isosmom,
Some ideas might be: bean and rice burritos with grilled vegis, spagetti in marinara sauce, various soups, a basic lettuce salad with lots of choices to put on top-bean salad, corn & peas, assorted vegis, and a bread product to go with it. Grilled vegan burgers and potatoes. I've got a vegan strogenoff my friend gave me recently that my husband swears tastes like "the real thing":

Vegan Strogenoff-
1 chunk of tofu
1 onion
12 oz sliced mushrooms
12 oz vegan sour cream (Toffutii or that rice based one)
1/2 C. tamari
garlic and olive oil

Stir fry the tofu in the oil until it's a little firm. Add the onion and garlic. Cook on med. about 10 min., add mushrooms and cook until soft. Take it off the heat and add the sour cream and tamari. Mix and enjoy. (You'll probably want to at least double this recipe.)
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hey mamas! So what's up? Do we get a July thread?? Sorry I haven't been posting much, been kinda weirded out by a poster trying to call me and discuss a post she disagrees with!! WTF?

anyhow, my inlaws are coming on sunday and I"m completely NOT looking forward to it. They like to eat the same damn meal every freaking nite (can you tell I have issues here? This is the DH they gave me to work with!). Well, not the exact same thing, but pretty much. Skillet-browned chicken, side of greens or corn, lemon-pepper potatoes, salad with maybe 2 pieces of iceberg and heaps of cheese, egg, etc. ICK! It would be good if they ate it every once in a while, like normal people. So I try to make meals and they just plain don't eat them, and then like an hour later, my MIL makes a seperate meal. She seriously thinks I'm starving DH by not making him chicken every night! I have no idea what I'm going to make while they're here. But that is my life everyday anyhow, so no real change Probably pizza, lasnagna, and I'm assuming they'll just want to eat out the other nights since they apparently think my food is poison. Sorry for the rant! Anyone got a place I can hide out for a few days? They'd probably be so excited b/c they'd think DH got some sense in him and left me!

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Oh, dreadymama, I can hear your stress. I'm so sorry. Maybe you could just pick up a cooked chicken or something for them at a deli and pick up or make your usual for your family. I think if you spend a little more for the convenience and have less stress, you're dh will be grateful and maybe you'll get to enjoy yourself at least a little bit. You don't need the stress.
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I'm having Ils soon too dready, but I love mine, sorry for you.
Hey looks like mamacarey started a July thread, see you all there.........

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Hi - I am fairly new here too - great to find this thread! We are a trying-to-be-vegan family. I have been vegetarian for about 22 years, dh vegetarian for about 3 years, and ds since birth. For the last 2 years we have been attempting to go vegan, although we are at times finding it difficult (esp for dh - when he travelled to vietnam recently there was hardly anything to eat for him:-O). It was hard to give up the cheese, but when that went the only thing left was the milk in the latte! Now that´s no problem as I have switched either to soy milk or espresso
But it seems dairy creeps in every once in a while - for instance if I don´t make my own pesto....favourite of ds! The hardest part is not necessarily the food issues....it´s my "addiction" to gorgeous shoes and bags - made from leather!!! : Basically everything else is as vegan as I can manage at the moment....no animal-testing cosmetics, eco-friendly cleaning stuff, recycling etc. (as well as AP, homeschooling, co-sleeping...)
Anyone else out there who can´t kick this habit??? I love fashion, although I am not a slave....but I like to think that it´s possible to be all of the above, and still be a little bit glamorous.... Proved all my friends wrong (I think) when I breastfed ds till he was 4.5 - in heels and glam jeans!
Am I being silly now??? Rambling - yes....but I needed that today - dh is travelling. Thank you for listening!

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wow so much activity on this thread!

here's our menu for this week;

-arugula & roasted red pepper stromboli
-cajun bean burgers
-mexican night (probably black bean tostadas,rice,etc)
-santa fe style veggie wraps
-shepards pie (we'll make a double batch and freze half)

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#222 of 223 Old 07-07-2004, 08:34 PM - Thread Starter
 
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wow this thread has been active...

sorry havent participated much... havent been around as much as usual... working hard and going to school...

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Hey mammas...don't forget there's a *JULY* thread...so you don't get left out of any good conversation or miss a good recipe!
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