Saturday, January 23, 2010

I'm back...

A week's worth of groceries...
check back and see what's for dinner all week!

No excuses. I haven't been making time for my passion. When things get super busy that's usually the first thing to go (the blog). That and my 5:15 am spinning classes. But I'm back and I have a fun month planned. I am going to (try to) post everyday for 1 month, usually about what I'm making for dinner. I'm hoping that those of you out there will come out of hiding and let me know if I am any help to you at all!

I went shopping today. Fresh and Easy. I haven't always been a fan but they are growing on me. It may or may not have anything to do with $10 coupons you can always find online.

For those of you new to my site, let me clear somethings up - so you aren't expecting something I'm not. Technically I'm not vegan. I will eat some fresh parmesan once in a while, a little turkey at Thanksgiving, and I have a pair of leather shoes. I don't eat vegan for ethical reasons (although I know I should) I'm just not that good of a person yet. BUT I can say that I think about it a lot and need to educate myself more in that area.

I have 4 children who were raised on a varied diet. Not vegan. And although they are very super amazing for eating what's on the dinner table, there are times my 11 year old and 14 year old boys BEG me for steak. It's hard because they remember the old days and the old favorites. And although they have MANY new favorites there are still times that they crave it. And so I will prepare some meat for them once in a while. This blog is about just that.

For many of us, life can not be 100%. Especially if you are just beginning to introduce veggie meals to your family - you need some tips so they don't FREAK out - as kids (and sometimes husbands) will do. But not mine of course. Oh no.

Here are a few tips that will help the natives not FREAK out if there is no meat on the table:

1. bread & butter. Always have some kind of yummy bread, cornbread, rolls, biscuits etc. if you are serving a low-fat vegan meal. Don't stress about it being healthy. YOU don't have to eat it!

2. Whatever you make: soups, quick breads, pastas, etc. - if it is not "rich" enough for non-deprived palets let them add a bit of butter or olive oil to theirs on THEIR plate, instead of putting it in the whole dish. Again, YOU don't have to eat it! And they won't use very much.

3. Once in a while make your kids something they want. We do this about once a month. If we go out we don't force them to eat veggie - but sometimes a few of my kids will anyways.

4. Don't frown on what they eat. (Or make them feel guilty) Just enjoy what you are eating. Eventually they will start to like your favorites too.

Do you have any tips to share?


Jenna said...

It is great to see you back to blogging. Thanks for explaining what you eat. I love the not 100% philosophy - that sounds like at our house. I look forward to your month of food and menus for inspiration.

BTW - I found you from Kristen W. in AZ - she is a dear friend and suggested I check out your blog.

Jenn said...

Jenna - so nice to meet you! (my mom's side of the family calls me Jenna ;) This will be fun!
p.s. I LOVE Kristen too!

Gina said...

You are a lot alike! I'm not a 100% vegan either, and sometimes a few bites of steak just sound good to me. But for the most part I'm a non-dairy vegetarian, and my kids and husband just sort of go along with it. I always enforce a "no thank you bite" for my kiddos when we try something no. They have to take one bite, and if they don't like it they can pass. I try not to be to legalistic about food!

Looking forward to your meal tips!

Jenn said...

Gina, thanks for your comments! Isn't it nice to be able to relax about it all? That part took me awhile I admit. I hope by sharing ideas they may spur a few people on to their own. Love your "no thank you bite" !! I'm using that.


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