have them go for a tour of a slaughter house or watch a PETA video... that should end any meat cravings they may have!
Originally Posted by earthmama369
We haven't done this ourselves, as dd is only 16 months old and thus far content with a vegetarian diet, but I was "dd1 going vegetarian" when the rest of my family was omnivorous, oh so long ago.
I think getting some pet chickens and reducing that disconnect is a GREAT idea. Finding a local farm that welcomes families on a walking tour of their fields and barns could be cool, too. When I went to UConn, the Ag. Dept. loved to have kids come watch chickens hatch and livestock give birth in the spring.
In terms of meal planning, I was pretty young when I did this, but as far as I can remember, Mom started making meals where the meat was its own dish, like a plate of roast chicken legs or sliced roast, and then there was the salad and a small side dish. She always did several-dish meals anyway, but she started making sure that the salad or the side dish had a source of iron and protein in it -- dark leafy greens (kale is a great one) mixed with kidney beans, for example, quinoa with black beans, or spinach with walnuts and mandarin orange slices. Vitamin C makes iron much easier to absorb, btw.