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    Default Vegetarian Mum and everyone else not

    Is anyone a vegetarian and the rest of the family not?
    How do you go about preparing meals etc?

    I was one when younger now since being pregnant again and generally just what my body is telling me, I am going down that path again.

    Any helpful ideas / tips?
    Our shopping budget isn't huge so want to make it count!

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    My husband is a vegan. DD 7yrs and I eat meat. I just adapt our meals to suit all of us. For example, if we're having spaghetti for dinner I'll have one pot with meat and one with zucchini, capsicum and beans. I use the same napolitana sauce in both. Same with curries and stir-fries, although obviously different vegies are used. We also have tacos with a range of vegan and non-vegan toppings to choose from. For baked dinners I cook the meat and vegies in separate trays.
    It's pretty easy once you start!

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    I'm a pescatarian ( I'll eat seafood/dairy but no birds or mammals) and eat probably 60% of my meals vegetarian - like pp I just adjust - DS and I will have a falafel wrap and I'll just cook DH lamb for his, I'll have fish tacos he will have beef, ill do roasted cherry tomato pasta and add proscuitto to his, they have butter chicken I have butter fish , I make lentil burgers and beef burgers , I make veggie pizza for me and add chicken to theirs etc - My 3 year old DS prefers fish and veggie meals over meat but he gets such a variety at dinner time and sometimes he will eat a piece of meat and DH eats 2-3 seafood meals a week and usually at least 1 veggie meal

    My sister just went through a raw vegan stage - now that was hard ! She's just vegetarian now because literally was too hard with her family ( and eating out !)
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    Thanks for all your help!

    Meal planning is hard.

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    There's certainly nothing wrong with everyone eating vegetarian meals together a few nights a week if that helps with time and money. Of course there's plenty of good nutrients in meat, but people don't need it every single day.
    A few vege meals helps introduce a variety of different foods, encourages more vegetable eating - that's got to be good!

    Things like pasta or lasagne with grated vegies and mushed up lentils instead of mince, fried rice with tiny bits of chopped up fried tofu or egg for protein, curries with chickpeas, home made burger patties from ground nuts and other stuff. Plus there's lots of 'imitation' meat products that are pretty great substitutes to have occasionally, like nuggets, schnitzels, sausages, fake bacon that goes great in carbonara sauce...

    I'm happy to elaborate or share recipes on any of these or more

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    Im vegan and make the entire meal vegan then there is always the option to adding a steak or snags etc to the meal. We do lots of things like pasta dishes, rissottos, roast veggies, steam veg with polenta, lentil cottage pie, rice paper rolls, chickpea burgers, porridge etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by deku View Post
    There's certainly nothing wrong with everyone eating vegetarian meals together a few nights a week if that helps with time and money. Of course there's plenty of good nutrients in meat, but people don't need it every single day.
    A few vege meals helps introduce a variety of different foods, encourages more vegetable eating - that's got to be good!

    Things like pasta or lasagne with grated vegies and mushed up lentils instead of mince, fried rice with tiny bits of chopped up fried tofu or egg for protein, curries with chickpeas, home made burger patties from ground nuts and other stuff. Plus there's lots of 'imitation' meat products that are pretty great substitutes to have occasionally, like nuggets, schnitzels, sausages, fake bacon that goes great in carbonara sauce...

    I'm happy to elaborate or share recipes on any of these or more
    Thank you.
    My children don't eat any form of pasta which rules out so much but are great with veggies.

    What's your weekly menu look like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bplus3 View Post
    Thank you.
    My children don't eat any form of pasta which rules out so much but are great with veggies.

    What's your weekly menu look like?
    Bummer about the pasta!
    So it's actually just DP and I at the moment (expecting #1) so this might not be entirely useful to you, but we intend on keeping pretty much the same diet and meals once there are children too. (Ha, fingers crossed they'll cooperate)

    So in a typical week for dinners we'll have something like:

    1. A pasta dish I mentioned with tomato based sauce, with grated veggies and lentils. For a pasta-free version, a thick, nutritious sauce is also pretty good in toasted sandwiches, or even just with garlic bread.
    2. Vegie sausages or schnitzels with mashed potato, mixed steamed veg and vegetarian gravy (made from real ingredients too, not just a packet!). I also sometimes mash some mildly flavoured beans (like navy or butter beans) in with the potato too for extra protein.
    3. Baked potatoes with toppings, we'll both have sour cream, cheese, chives, DP will have bacon/ham and I'll have imitation bacon (Sanitarium brand, I love it fried! DP happily eats it too so that's a good sign)
    4. Risotto (or just plain rice if we're lazy) with various mixed vegetables and different sauces or herbs, 4-bean mix is a good one to add to this.
    5. Salad with various oven baked things. Like spinach & ricotta pastries, chicken nuggets, vegetarian 'chicken' nuggets, felafel balls, arancini balls, etc…
    6. Stir-fry vegies and marinated tofu with noodles or rice.
    7. Take away! We just order dishes for ourselves, so I'll get something veg and DP has something with meat. But for a cheaper, fun, lazy Friday option, home made burgers are also good, there's great store bought veggie patties if you don't want to make them by hand.

    So DP eats 90% vegetarian at home, but gets meat if we get take away or he buys lunch for himself.

    …hope that helps! Fullofhope had great similar suggestions too, I second the lentil cottage pie! mmm...

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    Quote Originally Posted by deku View Post
    Bummer about the pasta!
    So it's actually just DP and I at the moment (expecting #1) so this might not be entirely useful to you, but we intend on keeping pretty much the same diet and meals once there are children too. (Ha, fingers crossed they'll cooperate)

    So in a typical week for dinners we'll have something like:

    1. A pasta dish I mentioned with tomato based sauce, with grated veggies and lentils. For a pasta-free version, a thick, nutritious sauce is also pretty good in toasted sandwiches, or even just with garlic bread.
    2. Vegie sausages or schnitzels with mashed potato, mixed steamed veg and vegetarian gravy (made from real ingredients too, not just a packet!). I also sometimes mash some mildly flavoured beans (like navy or butter beans) in with the potato too for extra protein.
    3. Baked potatoes with toppings, we'll both have sour cream, cheese, chives, DP will have bacon/ham and I'll have imitation bacon (Sanitarium brand, I love it fried! DP happily eats it too so that's a good sign)
    4. Risotto (or just plain rice if we're lazy) with various mixed vegetables and different sauces or herbs, 4-bean mix is a good one to add to this.
    5. Salad with various oven baked things. Like spinach & ricotta pastries, chicken nuggets, vegetarian 'chicken' nuggets, felafel balls, arancini balls, etc…
    6. Stir-fry vegies and marinated tofu with noodles or rice.
    7. Take away! We just order dishes for ourselves, so I'll get something veg and DP has something with meat. But for a cheaper, fun, lazy Friday option, home made burgers are also good, there's great store bought veggie patties if you don't want to make them by hand.

    So DP eats 90% vegetarian at home, but gets meat if we get take away or he buys lunch for himself.

    …hope that helps! Fullofhope had great similar suggestions too, I second the lentil cottage pie! mmm...
    Thanks! All so helpful!

    First nice was good, chilli con corne nachos for DH and bean nachos for me!

    Congrats on baby! Are you due in June? Your name looks familiar on the hub!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bplus3 View Post
    Thanks! All so helpful!

    First nice was good, chilli con corne nachos for DH and bean nachos for me!

    Congrats on baby! Are you due in June? Your name looks familiar on the hub!
    Yum, sounds good! I should cook more Mexican style dishes, it's a pretty tasty way to eat beans.
    thank you and congrats to you too! And yes, I'm in the June group too
    Just saw your post about your baby wanting to be vegetarian hehe. I always worried that once I was pregnant I might start craving meat but that hasn't happened at all, so I must be doing something right with my diet!

    Anyway to be more on topic, I'll add - for lunches when we're both home, we have things like sandwiches (easy to add some ham for the meat eaters), bruschetta, homemade hummus with carrot & celery sticks & turkish bread, salad with fried haloumi, certain types of tofu go very well in toasted cheese sandwiches (sounds strange, another vegetarian got me onto that one!)...


 

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