• Sabrina M.

    posted on April 27, 2012 at 11:47 am

    What a great post. I don’t eat a lot of red meat (try to stick with poultry and fish to satisfy my “meat tooth”), but am trying to move toward a more plant-based diet myself this year that I’ve resolved to get back into my healthier habits of old. Not to mention the cost savings of not buying so much animal protein!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Sabrina M., How are you doing? Are you still in school?

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  • Alta

    posted on April 27, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    While I have no aspirations to be vegetarian or vegan, I do really enjoy cooking vegetarian at times and enjoying meatless meals. Have you checked out any of the Moosewood Restaurant cookbooks? They’re oldies, but they have some amazingly delicious, creative vegetarian recipes.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Alta, I have almost every Moosewood book that’s been printed. I love them! They’re my favorite books. I just made some cuban black beans last night out of Moosewood Cooks at Home. Yum!

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  • pdw

    posted on April 27, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I am veg for going on two decades now.

    Regular weekly meals at our house include:
    - pasta/baked potato night (kiddo has pasta, hubby and I have baked potato, same toppings available for both)
    - taco salad
    - breakfast for dinner (pancakes, eggs, and some kind of potato or tofu side)

    Special treats:
    - veggie burgers
    - pizza

    Some things that we have pretty regularly that we really enjoy:
    - curry
    - stir fry
    - lentil soup
    - flatbreads with various kinds of meals
    - falafels
    - glazed sweet potato
    - roasted veggies
    - quinoa salads – fruit or veggie based

    Kiddo likes all types of tofu (yep, raw right out of the package). Hubby only likes it in a really good savoury sauce/marinade.

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  • Allison Holden

    posted on April 27, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    My husband and I have been vegetarian for over 10 years now, and I have been vegan for about a year, once I realized that my second child, just like my first, is extremely allergic to dairy. Not only do we have the challenge of multiple food allergies, but also the challenge of kids being kids and just being a bit picky about their food. There is always a gap between the ideal meal and what my kids will allow to pass their lips. That said, I take joy in cooking for them and in the daily successes: “Yes, Abiline ate maple-coconut kale off of my plate! Or, “Woohoo! Sawyer enjoyed creamy-broccoli soup!” I firmly believe that while kids won’t always enjoy the delicious meals presented to them, as you model good eating, they eventually come to follow your example. Here are a few gluten-free vegetarian meal ideas that my kids enjoyed:

    http://veganmommychef.blogspot.com/2012/02/cabbage-apple-quinoa-bake-with-creamy.html
    http://veganmommychef.blogspot.com/2011/10/miracle-rice-with-creamy-green-sauce.html

    Congratulations on your new baby! You have so many wonderful moments ahead.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Allison Holden, Thanks, Allison! I saw your recipe on SIT and am going to share it this Tuesday. I agree about modeling good eating habits. My sister in law always fed her kids an array of healthy food and today they’ll eat almost anything.

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  • Ellen (Gluten Free Diva)

    posted on April 27, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Once you open yourself up to what’s possible, you realize that the sky’s the limit when it comes to a plant-based diet. When I started my blog, I was still eating meat and chicken, but now my diet is primarily plant-based, with the occasional fish thrown in (like tonight I made a Thai Fish Curry with a TON of veggies). My studies at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition have pushed me even further to be plant-based and I LOVE it! My health coaching for those looking to be gluten free includes a HUGE focus on plant-based. Your Nate will be the healthier for it, no doubt. Best of luck Amy!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Ellen (Gluten Free Diva), Thanks, Ellen! It is a huge shift in thinking and menu planning but I know it’s so much healthier. How do you like the Institute for Integrative Nutrition?

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  • Deanna

    posted on April 29, 2012 at 8:17 am

    I love the plant-based philosophy. While I’m not 100% vegetarian, the majority of my food is plant based. I think it really helps, in that it’s naturally a less-processed way to eat.
    One of the kiddo’s favorites is this Broccoli Red Pepper “Cheddar” Chowder: http://themommybowl.com/2010/10/07/broccoli-red-pepper-cheddar-chowder/

    And, he absolutely adores smoothies: http://themommybowl.com/2011/07/11/kiddo-creations-blueberry-banana-smoothie/

    One of the best ways I’ve found to get him to eat more veggies is to be a little slack about what constitutes a “meal.” He’ll gladly eat a pile of fresh spinach. So, there’s many a night when dinner is a handful of nuts, a pile of spinach, and a fruit smoothie. It may not be a traditional “meal” but it has more nutrition that a slice of pizza. :)

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    Amy Reply:

    @Deanna, You are one smart momma, Deanna! Your recipes are always so creative. I’ll be scouting your site when Nate is a toddler for healthy ideas.

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  • Amy

    posted on April 29, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    We recently watched a documentary called “Forks over Knives,” which made a compelling argument for a vegetarian lifestyle. Though we can’t seem to stray away from chicken and fish completely, we do eat vegetarian about twice a week. Some simple gluten-free vegetarian meals I’ve introduced are eggplant parm (baked with gf breadcrumbs) and stuffed portobello mushrooms with spinach, red pepper and feta (also made with gf breadcrumbs). Vegetable stir-fry, black bean tacos, stews and loaded salads are also a few of our favorites. Simple, quick and oh-so-delish!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Amy, I agree with you – it’s a big switch. I’m taking it slow and am not sure where I’ll end up but more plants is a must.

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  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    posted on April 30, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    We are not vegetarians here (well, I am right now, but my boys and husband aren’t – I hate labels, so I love thinking of it as eating a plant based diet), however our diets are very plant based. I’m really happy that my guys are all on board for this too. I’ve noticed that we all feel better, get sick less and enjoy eating more since we’ve moved in this direction. I made a creamy cauliflower dish that I’m sharing on Slightly Indulgent Tuesday! I used chickpea flour to thicken it too so it has a good amount of protein in it too. It can be a little tricky with picky eaters, but even my picky eater is getting better!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen), I love your perspective, Sarena! I think that what works for each person is most important. Excited to see your cauliflower dish!
    xoxo

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  • kellie@foodtoglow

    posted on April 30, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I am cancer health educator specialising in cancer-preventing diets as well as in-treatment and post-treatment eating, so a plant-based diet is both what I practise and preach. We eat organic red meat once in a while (mainly wild venison), no poultry (I raise hens for their eggs), but loads of fish, beans and nuts, and some eggs too. I used to be vegan but we all feel better and more energised having fish in our diet, however everyone is different and I encourage my patients to listen to their bodies about what foods work for them and what foods don’t. My blog has loads of vegan recipes, g-f recipes and a few sweet treats if you care to come and visit. Tomorrow it is spicy kale and egg breakfast!

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    Amy Reply:

    @kellie@foodtoglow, I agree that everyone needs to listen to their bodies. I think more plant based foods is so important – I am not ready to go vegan or even vegetarian. Right now I’m just focusing on getting more plants into our diet.

    We don’t eat red meat. Organic chicken and occasional fish. And eggs – organic, of course!

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  • Tessa Domestic Diva

    posted on April 30, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    We try and do at least one meatless meal a week…my trick is pleasing the rest of the family! My favorite veg books are probably the ones by Dreena Burton, and Veganomigon…outstanding!! Linda McCartney wrote a book that I use too and always love the results. Enchanted Broccoli Forest is another fav. I have many vegetarian favorites, I just don’t have them up on blog yet…a good reminder Amy!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Tessa Domestic Diva, I just ordered Dreena Burton’s new book. Excited to get it. Yes, post away my dear! I think the whole world would do better to eat at least one meatless meal a week. :)

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  • Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama

    posted on May 1, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    My family has been vegetarian for about 2 years and I am moving to 100% plant based. I actually just checked out the Disease Proof Your Child book from the library.
    It really is amazing how your tastebuds can change. Now a big steak sounds so repulsive to me!
    One of my favorite meals is haystacks which kinda like a DIY taco salad.
    http://www.thriftyveggiemama.com/2011/01/haystacks/

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    Amy Reply:

    @Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama, I have had that taste bud change and it’s amazing. I was reading a book last night about how to transition to solid foods. It said that at 6 months and 4 weeks (almost 7 months…) to feed the baby – get this – braised beef with carrots and potatoes. I’m sure it’s a puree but NO WAY am I doing that. Ugh! And they called the author an expert.

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  • Kristen

    posted on May 4, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Hi Amy!

    So glad I saw this post–just in the past week I have been seriously contemplating adopting a vegetarian/plant-based diet. My daughter is 8 mos. and has been eating fruits, veggies, and grains since 6 mos. I know it’s okay to start giving her meat right now but something just doesn’t feel right about it. Thinking I may refrain from giving it to her for a while (who knows how long) and figure that if I’m going to do it for her, I should be doing it myself too.

    Thanks!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Kristen, The book I read, Disease Proof Your Child, recommends 90% plant based and the other 10% other foods. My friend, Hallie, wrote a great post about this today to and her source recommends high quality, organic meats and 80% plant based. Here is the link to her post: http://www.dailybitesblog.com/2012/05/04/interview-with-dr-ed-bauman-part-1-2/

    I am with you on the meat – I have been doing some research and one book said at 6 months give braised beef with carrots and potatoes. I think not. I’m not saying that I’m going to raise Nate as a vegetarian but I am not feeding him braised beef at 6 months. At least that’s my stance today.

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  • Katie Nolen

    posted on May 12, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Amy, this is great!! I’m fascinated. I’ve been vegetarian for a little over 5yrs now. My favorite thing in the world to eat is what I guess could be considered a salad. I start by grilling a sliced sweet potato and zucchini. Then I add them to a big bowl of cooked quinoa, raw red bell peppers, avocado, and a raw green (usually end up with spinach bc I just like it & my little grocery store always has it really fresh). Something about the mix of cooked and raw veggies just hits the spot for me. It’s quick, easy, and doesn’t leave you in a food coma.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Katie Nolen, Sounds so good! I love a mix of raw and cooked veggies, too. I’ll make a salad out of anything. :) I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!!!
    xoxo

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