We are generally a family of carnivores. It would take an awful lot for us to pass up a good burger or a steak done to perfection. Chicken done just right? Bring it on. Until last week, that is, when my 13 year old announced she didn't want to eat meat anymore. Okay who are you and what have you done with my daughter? After sitting down and really drawing out from her what brought that on, I feel I should support her if that is what she wants, even if it ends up just being a phase she is going through. I'm really trying to respect her heart on the matter.
So, HELP! WHAT NOW? This is where you all come in. How do I get protein to this child now? I know being vegetarian is more than just cutting out the meat. If you've got a teen vegetarian in your family or know what to do, please talk to me! A few questions have immediately jumped to mind. Other than what to give her for protein, that is. Like how do I not tear my hair out cooking two seperate meals all the time? Suggestions for keeping the family meal basically the same but just switching some things just for her portion would be nice. How was it handled in your family if you have a teen that desired this? How do you handle it when well meaning family members, ie: grandmas, want to insist they eat meat and lecture them in front of everyone. (Not that that has happened yet, but I see it coming on the horizon). Tips for ordering from restaurants. Any hints or suggestions, guidelines, recipes or thoughts are welcome. Comment away.