07-19-2017 10:46 AM
Haha @taokat that's exactly where I went with your previous post.
Ok so @LovingThruBlue I'm sure you're probably all over this by now but I just had a chat with my daughter and she reminded me of the dishes I made that were vegetarian for her but made it past the palate of a tween.
So here's what worked for us -
Mac and cheese (until she turned vegan) was super popular with everyone. You can amp up the health factor by grating zucchini and cauliflower into it during cooking. Cover the top with buttered panko crumbs and bake until crispy and nobody mentions the lack of meat.
Veggie lasagne - the trick here was keeping the veggies small and unnoticeable. I would cook up a batch of 'bolognese' sauce with grated carrot and zucchini, eggplant cut into tiny cubes so it practically disappears and mushrooms. Everyone is cool with mushies so I didn't have to hide them. Add tinned tomatoes and tomato paste and all the other things you usually add to a kick-ass sauce
Once that's good you just make the lasagne like normal. If I was making it just for the eldest I would roast vegetables and layer them but the younger kids just pulled them out.
Mashed potatoes and gravy. Or chips and gravy. Believe it or not, Gravox is vegetarian. Maybe even vegan, I can't remember that bit. It's the perfect comfort food. And if you're fancy you can by those jelly like vegetarian stock pots and make the gravy from scratch.
Garlic fried mushrooms with parsley
Sliced zucchini sprinkled with parmesan cheese and baked until crispy.
Tacos or nachos made with beans not mince. The trick is to cook it for ages and then go at it with a potato masher so you can't see the beans anymore. It actually looks like mince!! Or you can buy pre-made, refried beans but I recommend the reduced salt ones because they are salty af. And like three times the price of No Name kidney beans. Top with cheese, guacamole and sour cream.
There's a theme here, which I'm sure you can see. I hid the vegetables so the kids didn't notice them then I added cheese. It's not a vegan diet but it is vego and most importantly, it meant I didn't have to cook two dinners. Which was never going to happen.
By the time she moved out, I had become really grateful that her commitment to animals meant we all ate healthier, and cheaper, than before.
Sorry to bombard you!!
07-21-2017 05:09 PM - edited 07-21-2017 05:10 PM
Another thing to keep in mind is that halal and kosher sections of supermarkets are good places to find vegetarian and vegan products, eg, that Massel (sp?) brand stock is vegan - even the chicken and beef flavours, also kosher margarine, halal jelly etc. I know I mentioned Indian previously but Middle Eastern food also great for vegetarian and vegan options, eg, felafel, tabouli, hummus etc. You can really fill yourself up on that type of food! It is cheap as well.
07-21-2017 05:23 PM
07-21-2017 07:44 PM
Hey @LovingThruBlue, here's my recipe for the Potato and Leek soup. I've taken the bacon out of it.
Potato & Leek Soup
Makes: 2.5 litres
Method - Stock
Method - Soup
Serve with chives.
07-22-2017 08:55 AM - edited 07-22-2017 08:55 AM
Fantastic!! Thanks so much for all of these great tips & recipes Now that it's the weekend I'm excited about getting into these
Keep them coming everyone. We can never have too many recipe ideas.
08-15-2017 10:15 PM
Hi @Beingme2017 , Quiche is my friend 😜 It's all coming along slowly but surely. I have had some luck with toasted chick peas (slips nicely into lunches too) and egg whites are hiding here & there. SHe is getting a tiny bit more adventurous each week and as she does I will be able to delve into more recipes. I'm probably more so introducing her to new tastes at this stage.
Always up for more suggestions btw