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Can You Go Vegetarian With A Toddler?

My husband and I like to watch documentaries and the other night, we watched Vegucated on Netflix. It was pantry-changing.

NOT PANTY-CHANGING, you dirty minds. PANTRY. As in, the food we eat and the way we eat it. For the first time, we looked at it from an animal’s perspective and while that sounds incredible hippie for my steak-loving self, suddenly beef didn’t seem so appetizing. We decided that in 2013, we are cutting back drastically on our animal-product intake. Truthfully, we love dairy products WAY too much to go completely vegan and I do love a good medium rare steak, so I don’t think I could go vegetarian. But we definitely want to reduce our consumption, which will reduce our carbon footprint, help our waistlines, and even be kinder to our wallet.

But here’s the thing – I like vegetables and fruit, but my husband and son do not. My husband was raised by his dad and while it sounds incredibly stereotypical, they were more mac n’ cheese and Hamburger Helper guys until I came into the picture in 2004. Harrison is just a typical three-year-old picky eater – I offer him fruit and veggies but for the most part, he ignores them and only takes the bites I require. I keep the ones he will eat on hand – green beans, honey crisp apples, and those packaged veggie “smoothies” from the baby section. (God bless those little baby food packs, right?)

Last night I made eggplant parmesan and cauliflower and salad….Harrison ate the spaghetti but he kept saying he didn’t like it, that it was funny. Because, you know, it’s not beef. But I think it’s just that he needs to adjust to the new way we’re eating, along with Momma and Daddy.

Tonight it’s black bean burritos, but those are a usual in our house and a proven favorite. So maybe I just need to keep alternating new, kid-friendly recipes with old staples that don’t contain much animal product.

Have you ever changed the way you eat? What prompted it? How did your kids handle it? Any tips?

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