It went down roughly like this:
Me: Why aren’t you eating your soup? (soup, of course, being Owen’s favorite food)
Owen: I think I need to become a vegetarian. [tears spill into his soup]
Me: Can you tell me a little more about that?
Owen: I just read this book where the animals… [More tears. He can’t continue.]
Moriah: Me too! [no tears] I’m going to be a vegetarian, too!
So I have one Vegetarian for Reasons of Conscience (which I completely respect and support) and one Food Fad Follower (not so much respect or support…)
All this happened right before I left for Chicago. My friend (who is doing Whole30 right now) arrived with her 3 children (who can’t eat pasta or rice or bread) to entertain and care for my kids while I was at the funeral.
I left her with two pans of marinated chicken and two children who would only eat pasta or rice or bread.
Anyhow… we’ve been changing up our food. I hard-boiled two dozen eggs on Monday and made some lentils as a add-in-protein for our salads and pastas. I checked out a bunch of books and magazines from the library and asked the kids to go through them and choose some recipes that looked go to them.
Owen picked strawberry-rhubarb slab pie” and Moriah picked “coconut custard crèmes.”
This is what I found when I came home from work this week. I’m not sure they are entering into this adventure quite seriously.
So I need some help.
Can you recommend some resources for an 11 year-old and a 9 year-old on how to eat healthy as a vegetarian? I have adult-friendly ones, but nothing age appropriate, and pasta-with-a-side-of-raw-vegetables is going to get old fast.