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The majority of veggie magazines are just recipe based, which is fine if that’s what you’re looking for, but I want more than that. Magazines with just recipes end up making me feel guilty when I haven’t tried any of them by the time the next issue is out! Vegetarian Living is great in that it does contain plenty of good recipes to give you ideas, but it also has a lot more to offer. Continue reading
As we’re not very far from Cambridge we decided to pay a visit to the Incredible Veggie Roadshow taking place there on Saturday. Although it wasn’t as big as the West Midlands Vegan Festival we went to in October, it started off a lot less crowded, so I actually enjoyed it more as we could get a proper look at all the stalls.
There were plenty of free samples available, which was fantastic, not only because we got to try all sorts of yummy new products, but also because it stopped my kids from getting bored while we were looking around at the various stalls!
I tried a few of the Goodlife products that I hadn’t tasted before and was especially impressed by the Spinach and Lentil grills, so will definitely be getting a few of those in next time I’m grocery shopping. Continue reading
A while back we stayed over with my husband’s cousin and his wife and they organised a BBQ for dinner. To make things easier we brought some veggie sausages and burgers for our vegetarian kids to eat.
What impressed me was that my husband’s cousin, who is not in any way vegetarian and loves his meat, was so sensitive towards my boys. In addition to cooking their vegetarian fare first so that it wouldn’t be “contaminated” by the real meat he was barbequing for the rest of us, he also went to a lot of effort to clean the grill before he started to ensure there was no meat residue from previous BBQs.
Considering that he doesn’t share their beliefs I thought it was great that he, firstly, was even aware that it would be a problem for them without us mentioning it and, secondly, was prepared to go to the trouble of accommodating them completely of his own volition.
Quite often when people hear that our children are vegetarian they are more likely to be worried that we’re not taking care of their nutritional needs, or judgmental about the fact that we allow them to be vegetarians in the first place. It was so refreshing to experience such a different and altogether more open minded response in this situation, and to see someone else treat our children’s beliefs with the same respect that we do.
Another positive was that everyone present at the BBQ also had a taste of the vegetarian sausages and burgers and unanimously agreed that they were delicious!
Obviously we all have our opinions and beliefs and we like to think that while some may be more strongly felt than others, generally we feel that it is our own view of the world that is the correct one.So when our children opinion something different it is interesting to see how we react.
18 months ago, out of the blue my 9 year old son Julian solemnly announced at the dinner table that from that day forward he was resolving to be a vegetarian. For reasons of conscience, he would no longer eat meat or fish and he would be much obliged if in the future we would refrain from dishing said food onto his plate.
Let me be quite honest and state that at this time neither my wife nor I were vegetarian. Pangs of conscience about eating meat or fish were not something I suffered from in any way. Though my wife had been vegetarian when younger she hadn’t shared this with our children, so wherever this idea came from, it definitely was not from us.
Looking back, I have to say that my reaction to my son’s pronouncement was somewhat condescending. As parents who believe it is our responsibility to teach our children how to think but definitely not what to think, it would never have crossed our minds to try to change his mind. Having said that, wasn’t it obvious that this was simply something he had come out with as a result of someone whispering in his ear at school? Wasn’t it equally obvious, as a 9 year old boy, something that he decides today is something that he will forget about tomorrow?
And so it began. As dutiful parents we began preparing meat free dishes for meal times. More often than not this was for the whole family, but occasionally just for Julian alone. How long would this last? In our opinion, not very long.
How wrong could we be?
A year and a half later, not only has my son resolutely stuck to his resolution without wavering but it was not too much later that Douglas, my other son ( and Julian’s twin brother), announced that he too wished to become a vegetarian. Over the last 18 months I have seen both of them graciously accept gifts of sweets containing gelatin or other “banned” ingredients (without I might add ever mentioning to the gift giver their beliefs) and then quietly either put the sweets in the bin or hand them over to some other child to enjoy. I have seen them expand massively the range of foods that they will eat. I have seen them tackle plates of vegetables that I know they are not particularly fond of but which they have eaten because they know that to be healthy they need to eat them.
I have not seen them compromise on a single occasion in any way. In short, they have a belief and I have seen them show the kind of stubborn resolve in support of that belief that I am sure may adults could not muster. I have nothing but the utmost admiration for my children. I am hugely proud of them.
It has been a very interesting and challenging time for my wife and I. While it would be a falsehood to state that we are now a 100% vegetarian family (the two of us have yet to take that definitive step), there is no doubt that our family diet bears no resemblance to that of 18 months ago. Do we eat less meat and fish than we used to? Much, much less. Do we have a more varied and interesting range of family meals that we serve up? Definitely. Have our eyes been opened to the huge variety and choice of vegetarian recipes, meat free sausages , burgers and the like that are available to the modern vegetarian. No question (…and let me add that some of it is absolutely delicious !)
Where will we be in another 18 months time I wonder? Judging by the topics of conversations around the family dinner table recently, I have a feeling that dairy products might be the next thing that my boys wish to cross off the menu. That might be interesting!