|One of the 3 reminders I found dispersed|
around my kitchen this morning after our
conversation about nutrition.
My daughter announced for the third time in two months that she wants to be a vegetarian. Like I need another dietary restriction in this house. We already have one with Celiac's Disease and an allergy to casein proteins, which means no gluten and no dairy, and it's a struggle to get my youngest to eat anything but pb&j or Spaghetti-O's. Why is it the one without any food allergies, intolerances or aversions has to do all the cooking and clean up? A dear friend had the brilliant idea that I go to Costco and buy a case of Ensure smoothies and call it a day. I'm seriously considering that, and hiring a personal chef.
"Are you sure?" I asked the first time, reminding her that she'd be without burgers and bacon. I suggested she think about it a while longer and see how she felt. The second time she asked, I countered with a suggestion that she try going without red meat for a while and then see how she felt about it. So yesterday she brought it up again.
Why do I treat her request as if she'd asked me if she could get a lower back tattoo? It's certainly a healthy choice and better for the environment, better for the animals that won't be "ett" and also easier on my purse. These are all things I would hit the "Like" button for on Facebook. She has made an informed, healthy decision. So why my hesitancy?
It's the inconvenience of cooking yet another specific meal three times a day and the time and energy to do the research to make sure it's done right, the hassle of trying finding kid-friendly vegetarian options at restaurants and the occasional fast food stop (is that even possible?), not to mention packing school lunches everyday.
When I asked her why she wants to be a vegetarian, she simply stated, "Because, Mom, I can get everything my body needs from other foods without eating animals." Enough said. I'm diving in. Who knows, I may end up joining her if I can find a suitable replacement for pulled pork barbecue (Lexington-style, of course).
Tonight's dinner: Tofu Sloppy Joe's with mushrooms and red quinoa on whole wheat bun (+ one gluten-free bun) and a tall glass of vanilla almond milk. (sigh)
Now I'm off to look at "kid-friendly vegetarian recipes" online and buy stock in Morningstar Farms and Amy's (fyi, Morningstar veggie burgers like most other store-bought veggie burgers contain gluten). My veggie friends and my chef friends, please send me your tips, your favorite recipes and websites.