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My fourteen year-old daughter has decided to be a vegan. The rest of the family eats meat. I want to make sure that she is getting a healthy, well rounded diet.<br><br>
The family diet is healthy and sometimes easily adjusted so that she can eat it, but not always. Some things we have regularly are: stir fry with chicken or tofu on the side; lentil and vegetable soup; spaghetti with marinara sauce and meatballs on the side -- I'd love to get some more ideas for meals that are appealing to kids (I have four) and easily adjusted for a healthy vegan meal.<br><br>
Anyone have suggestions for things she could quickly and easily make for herself, for those times when she doesn't want to have/ can't have what we're having? I don't want her to live on Boca burgers!<br><br>
I'll look at some vegan cookbooks too, but I figured I'd get some great advice from MDC mamas! TIA
 

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Tacos are made easily vegan by using refried or black beans instead of meat and are a popular kid favorite. Asian noodles with peanut sauce is delicious and healthy. Black beans and rice is very healthy, yummy and filling (my omni husband eats it as a side dish, me and the kids eat it as a main one).<br><br>
Some staples to keep on hand for her could include different kinds of beans, tofu, tempeh, seitan, vegetable broth and soy milk - many of the meals you are already making can usually easily be modified to be vegan. It might be nice to get her some vegan cookbooks and get her involved with the cooking too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Be careful about buying frozen burgers for her. At leastone brand of veggie burgers as beef juice in it. I think it's the morning star farms original flavor.But I'm not sure. Read the labels. And just because it is veggiethis week, doesn't mean itwill be next week. They change the ingredients on a regular basis.<br><br>
And thanks for being so considerate of your child's beliefs. Not all parents are.<br><br>
Kathi
 

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Don't forget dessert! My brother is vegan and when we have parties I always make a vegan berry crumble - it is delicious! I use the berry crumble recipe from joy of cooking and substitute Earth Balance Buttery Sticks for the butter and Orange Juice for the milk in the dough. It is a huge hit with vegans and non-vegans alike, as well as people who are watching their cholesterol.
 

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Are you sure it was Beef Juice? I know on more than one occassion I read Beet Juice as Beef Juice <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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first, thanks for being such a great, understanding parent! when i went veg at 16, my parents pretty much laughed at me, and i had to fend for myself (mostly PB&J sandwiches! ack!) they refused to cook anything for me.<br><br>
next, if you do get a cookbook, make it Vive Le Vegan by Dreena Burton. lots of yummy, healthy vegan food that your whole family will love.. i cook for 2 vegan kids, me (vegan) and an omni hubby. we all love the stuff. there are also places online, like vegweb.com that have lots of free recipes.<br><br>
other meals that are easily veganized.. chili, bean+veg soups and stews, tacos with beans or fake ground beef. pizza, hold the cheese/use vegan cheese. BBQ's with shish kabobs and veggie dogs. baked beans. veggie pot pie. burritos & fajitas. sloppy joe's made wth lentils. etc, etc!
 

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I'd recommend Vegan with a Vegance, which is a really "cool" book that would appeal to teens with it's postpunk kitchen authors and has some great recipes that aren't hard to make. What about a weekly or biweekly cook with her night where you make something together for the whole family that is vegan?
 

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You could be right about the beet juice. I justwent totheir web site and to Boca's and neither site has any beef in them. All most all of them have egg whites in them. But Morningstar Farms has one that is vegan. My main point was to read the labels. I can't tell you how many things I have eaten since I bacame vegetarian that had animal products in them and I didn't know it. I would never have thought about sugar and jello and worchestershire sauce. But they all have animal products in them. You can buy a worchestershire sauce without but it is hard to find. Unbleached sugar is animal free. And Kozy Shack now makes an animal free gelatin.<br><br>
For cookbooks, I love From The Vegetarian SlowCooker and How It All Vegan.<br><br>
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I did that too!!! My dp laughed his behind off for what seemed like an eternity when I stomped up to him holding a box of burgers complaining...my face was BEET red lol<br><br>
Good for you mama! I wish my dad was like you growing up! I think i would have stuck with the many times I tried being a vegetarian(ended up living on pasta with tomato sauce..not good)<br><br>
Heres a "burger idea"<br>
canned kidney beans<br>
chopped onion<br>
garlic<br>
Puree in blender<br>
Add crushed cracker crumbs<br>
spices of choice<br><br>
Meld into burgers, fry or grill(ive used the george forman never a bbq)<br><br>
Atleast these arent full of additives, I always just eyeball the ingredients<br><br>
How about a smaller tofu lasagna when making lasagna?<br><br>
Just make extra noodles and tomato sauce and instead of cheese use pureed tofu as layers and spinncih and other veggies as filling<br>
Same idea for stuffed shells<br><br>
Theres always curries potato/chicken for meat eaters...potato/chickpeas vegan<br><br>
Hope these help
 

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Keep in mind that things like chilli can be cooked up and frozen in individual portions, so she can pull a meal out of the freezer if some night you are all eating something that isn't vegan.<br><br>
I am a new vegetarian so I can only tell you the things that I have found very easy since starting. I have made up a few batches of refried beans to keep in the fridge so I can make myself a bean burrito anytime I am hungry and in need of a quick meal, I made a bunch of hummus as a snack, I made a vegetarian lasagna (could be made vegan) and froze it in 4 different containers so I could pull out small meals of it, and vegetarian chili has been a huge hit here as well.<br><br>
I am actually finding that I am eating more nutrient dense foods now than I was before! And I have started to loose a little weight too! So, it isn't as hard to eat well and be vegetarian than it seems. It is just important for her to not replace her meat with junkfood... know what I mean? (I went veg. for a few months in junior high and lived off corn chips and bread and crackers... no fruits, no veggies, no beans, nothing decent) If she is eating meals, real meals, then she should really be ok. Good for you for supporting her decision and trying to find out more about how to help her eat well!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Be careful about buying frozen burgers for her. At leastone brand of veggie burgers as beef juice in it. I think it's the morning star farms original flavor.But I'm not sure. Read the labels. And just because it is veggiethis week, doesn't mean itwill be next week. They change the ingredients on a regular basis.<br><br>
And thanks for being so considerate of your child's beliefs. Not all parents are.<br><br>
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very good suggestion (oh and gross about the beef, they use battery caged hens for their eggs too)<br><br>
A lot of veggie burger brands put 'vegan' on their box now, I know boca and gardenburger do, I am not sure about MSF
 

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It might be nice to cook more vegan meals for the whole family, not every night necessarily but once in a while. You should check out vegweb.com and some of the online vegan shops if you have a hard time finding stuff in your area. I like foodfightgrocery.com and veganessentials.com but there are many many more. You can find tasty, healthy vegan 'junk food' which is nice to have on hand. PETA has a list of 'accidentally vegan' items too, that is worth checking out <a href="http://peta.org/accidentallyvegan" target="_blank">peta.org/accidentallyvegan</a>. Pick up some nutritional yeast for her, it's good on pretty much anything, from popcorn to veggies and is a good way to get some B12 in your diet (as well as other vitamins). Most 'regular' dishes can easily be veganized like shepards pie with organic corn, peas, veggie burger crumbles, thickened vegetable broth, spices mushrooms, etc (and of course mashed potatoes). Homemade pizza is another great easily veganized dish. You can have a few mini pizzas each with different toppings, I love cheeseless pizza or you can use soy cheese.
 

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My mom used to make AWESOME chili with zucchini instead of beef. One big pot of meat chili for my parents, one big pot of veg chili for me. Yum. :) The zucchini gives it great texture and it tastes just the same. She did the same w/ vegetable soup. She used veg stock instead of beef stock. You can do a LOT with existing soup recipes just by using a veg stock or subbing something yummy for the meat.
 

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Here are some great books for you to read about your daughter's going vegan. Hooray for both of you.<br><br>
Becoming Vegan: The Complete Guide to Adopting a Healthy Plant-Based Diet<br>
By Brenda Davis, Vesanto Melina<br><br>
What, No Meat?!: What to Do When Your Kid Becomes a Vegetarian<br>
By Debra Poneman, Emily Anderson Greene<br><br>
and ther is one by Carol J. Adams for parents but I can't think or find the name of it. Oh here it is Help My Child Stopped Eating Meat.<br><br>
Adams is a fantastic author and I highly recommend her book as well as Becoming Vegan. I have read all three that I listed and think they would be helpful to you and your family.<br><br>
Good luck and let us know how it is going.
 

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Thanks for all of the great suggestions everyone! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbsup"><br><br>
It's going well so far. Daughter is a picky eater, so I am a little afraid she'll get too thin (she seems like she's not eating much). But, I'll wait and see how things go.<br><br>
I will definitely be checking out some of the recommended books.<br><br>
Thanks again. Keep the ideas coming!
 
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