Any suggestions for baby (just starting finger foods- 10 mos) and young children's/family vegetarian meals? My honey just told me he wants to try out vegetarianism! All on his own! Never expected it to happen! :D
I was starting to have qualms about introducing meat to my baby, but when my other boys were infants (seven years ago) I fed them (organic) meat because I often pureed what my ex and I ate (he was a huge meat eater) and didn't think into it. I knew I was really hoping to keep my baby on a vegetarian diet (he still breastfeeds constantly), but am not sure about what good starter proteins are for babies that young? Really want to avoid soy as much as possible too. Now that my Husband is on board, he also suggested just having the whole family got veg, which is AMAZING :)
Books? sites? favorite meals? Baby meal suggestions? Thank you! <3
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with our first, due in November. We can't wait to:
i think you and your hubbie might find it easy going veggie - but your boys might be a different story. they have excellent meat substitutes (by excellent i mean tastes like the real thing - including bacon) that you might need for your boys.
about baby and protein - how about lentils and beans. i had dd eating lentils and rice with avocado.
gosh. there are a TONNE of vegetarian cookbooks and sites.
this is the google result on 'vegetarian recipe blogs' https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&rlz=1C1_____enUS445US445&ion=1&ie=UTF-8#hl=en&gs_rn=7&gs_ri=psy-ab&gs_mss=vegetarian%20reblogs&tok=INxo4k8mtUEHw3Fqg5OnwQ&cp=20&gs_id=4a&xhr=t&q=vegetarian+recipe+blogs&es_nrs=true&pf=p&newwindow=1&rlz=1C1_____enUS445US445&sclient=psy-ab&oq=vegetarian+reciblogs&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.44342787,d.cGE&fp=b14455ca06d57956&ion=1&biw=1092&bih=514
We are just transitioning to a vegetarian diet (I am leaning more vegan, but currently pregnant and haven't gotten rid of greek yogurt yet), so i have been trying to build a recipe base recently, trying lots of new things. Some current winners:
Creamy Avocado pasta: http://www.flourishingfoodie.com/2012/03/creamy-avocado-pasta.html
Tuscan Chickpea soup: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/tuscan-chickpea-soup-10000000231724/
Falafel (I made a tahini sauce and baked them as per some of the reviews) - http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Seans-Falafel-and-Cucumber-Sauce/Detail.aspx
Red Lentil Coconut soup: http://www.scalingbackblog.com/savory-bites/16117996741/
Pho (left out the chicken, added tofu for me) - http://www.eatliverun.com/asian-chicken-noodle-soup/
Tacos with beans instead of meat
Homemade veggie pizza
My two boys (5 and 3 yrs) eat just about anything, and haven't noticed the disappearance of meat. When they were less than a year, we gave them a lot of beans and lentils. With our first, we pureed everything to start, but with our second, we just gave him whatever we were eating, smashing a bit with a fork if necessary. If it was soup, we just scooped out the veggies/noodles onto a plate for him. He is much less picky about textures as a result. Until DS2 was 2yrs, if we were having a salad, I would just steam him some carrots or broccoli instead.
So I second the ideas about lentils, beans. Also quinoa and other grains. You can also get brown rice and quinoa pasta for fingerfoods if you want to avoid wheat.
Hummus dip - you can do lots of various dips actually...adding different beans, veggies, etc. (black beans, artichokes, edamame - if you are ok with whole soybeans)
And eventually, nut/seed butters (almond, sunflower) spread on tortillas/crackers
If you eat dairy/eggs, it opens up a bunch of options
Married to my best friend, mama to two boys (12/5/07, 2/12/10) and a sweet little girl (5/2/13).
Get The Vegetarian Mother's Cookbook. I found it at a thrift store when I had just decided to go Veg when my kids were pretty little. I still use it ALL the time! My favorite recipe in it is black bean and sweet potato enchiladas. So much other good stuff, too, though!
Single mama to DD 10/18/03 and DS 9/15/05
DS has been vegan since birth/conception. He breastfed exclusively for 6-8 months and began picking at solids soon after. He wasn't really eating solids in any quantity until he turned one or so. His first solids were sweet potato, avocado, banana, etc. After that he ate mixed meals containing quinoa, rice, ww pasta, couscous, beans of all kinds, tempeh, chopped greens and veggies. Cut friuts and veggies, whole grain cereals, and healthy snack bars were his favorite finger foods/snacks and still are. We never worried about protein as long as he was eating a variety of whole, healthy plant foods.
My favorite book re: children and veg diets is Joanne Stepaniak's 'Raising Vegetarian Children'
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