Hi all, *attention - rather long!*
as I realized that we eat less and less meat at our home but seem to fail when it comes to repalcing it with other protein sources I decided that it's about time to ask all of you longtime veg*n's for help!
Ever since we moved out from my ILs in march I have been rarely buying meat because we cannot afford organic and I don't want to buy anything else. We *might* eat ground organic beef once every two weeks but that's it. Apart from that we might eat organic lunch meat (cut up ham and prosciutto) 2-3x a week plus the sunday meal my MIL cooks and that inevitably includes meat. I think that DH also eats meat when lunching with his brother. And I try to cook fish 1-2x a week.
So no, we are really far from being comitted and 100% veg*n but it doesn't play a huge role in our lifes either. And since DD is still developing and growing at 30 months I fear that she could be lacking some protein. I tried to introduce beans and lentils to her without any success (this might be because the beans I soaked myself were still a tad tod hard
) and protein from plants only?! Oh my....
Here in Germany vegetarian lifestyle still focuses a lot on whole grains, fruits and vegetables as well as dairy and maybe eggs only (the antroposophic way I think) but I am not sure if that's enough?!
So...after having written a whole novel already
I am giving you roughly what DD and me are eating during the day and I'd like to ask you to read through it and tell me what we could/should change and if she's getting enugh protein. There are no food allergies or aversions (apart from DD disliking pulses)Breakfast
1. soft-boiled or hard boiled egg, toasted bread w/butter and sometimes honey, cut up fruit or tomatoes, a glass of diluted OJ and milk w/foam ('Kids Cappuccino) for DD 2. a bowl of plain yogurt+blueberries, a PB&J, a glass of diluted OJ, decafe caffé latte for me. Variations include: a bowl of muesli for DD and me (rolled oats, cut up fruit, raisins, milk); an egg for me as well instead of the yogurt; a yogurt for DD instead of the milkMidmorning Snack
fruit, sometimes rainsins and/or a few rare walnuts or cashews for DDLunch
Something easy and fast like leftovers (pasta, fried rice, vegetable stew..) or grilled cheese or my homemade fish fingers or veggie pizza (thick ww crust, 3-4 different cut-up or grated veggies, mozzarella and feta crumbled on top). I often eat red lentils for lunch and make myself a kind of mezze/natipasto plater including marinated artichokes, tomato-cukes-mozza-salad, tzatziki, cheese, olivesAfternoon snack
Fruits again and a yogurt for DD if she hasn't had one for brekkieDinner
...the same things that we eat as leftovers for lunch the next day
But I've been experimenting lately and we have had eggplant involtini (filled w/spinach+ricotta, then baked w/tomato sauce and mozza on top), veggie stir-fry + couscous, veggies+chinese noodles w/peanut sauce, fish baked ontop a bed of veggies, ...
No dessert after that apart from a mini cookie for DD plus she still drinks ome warm milk while reading a book with her Dad.
So - what do you think? Anything we should change/make different?
I would really appreciate and help
I'd love to make DD eat more lentils (I don't care for beans a lot myslef apart from kidneys in a chilli...) and if you have any recipes please type them out for me!