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Meat free meals

Answered 1 year ago

I need a couple of meat free meal ideas please.
My kids are demanding to become vegetarian as my partners son told them that animals cry and have a really sad look in their eyes when they get killed for food!
I have told them that god made animals to keep humans healthy and I am definitely not going to just give into a vegetarian lifestyle at the drop of a hat. They already eat plenty of vegetables. They both usually love roasts & burst into tears last night because it’s mean killing animals.

I am hoping this blows over.

I don’t need a their body their choice lecture, just some recipes please xxx


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1 year ago
I get not wanting to make separate meals but would it be that difficult to just add another veggie to the meal? You said they are getting plenty already, one more wouldn’t have hurt. This would allow them to make the choice to eat just veggies or to eat the meat you fixed as well. The rest of you would still have your normal meals.

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1 year ago
They will need protein

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1 year ago
Yeah the protein was my worry

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1 year ago
Yes, unfortunately lots of people go vegetarian or vegan don't get enough protein.

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1 year ago
Maybe so but we don’t need as much protein as most people think. Nuts, beans, eggs...all good sources of protein. Anyway, they seem to have changed their mind but you never know, they might decide to go vegetarian when they get older. If they do you have been given some good meatless options that they can try.

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1 year ago
Our regular family vego meals are
- black bean, corn and veg tacos/nachos/burritos
- Quorn spag bol
- potato curry - just potato & other veg in a slow cooker with stock and red curry paste for the day and add coconut milk in the last hour or so
- soups
- fried rice
- stir fry
- pesto pasta
- risotto

Rest of the time it is faux meat/tofu and salad or veg.

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1 year ago
Good idea for the slow cooker curry

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1 year ago
Cook horrible food so the fad dies quickly

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1 year ago
Plenty of that tofu shit ha ha

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1 year ago
😂😂😂

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1 year ago
Lol, i love tofu, literally just went out to buy some.

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1 year ago
I told them if they don’t eat meat that they will be getting blood tests to make sure they have enough of the vitamins and iron in their body that eating meat puts in their body. They would possibly have to get iron infusions like mummy has had (they remembered the big bruises on my arms after getting them) and vitamin B injections to stay healthy.

I also told them a lot of people are vegetarian (I think they have friends at school that are ) but they have to eat lots of different stuff they don’t like...... I showed them the tofu and meatless bacon in woolies 🤪 Both agreed real bacon tastes better!

All sorted .... I hope

Thanks everyone for suggestions , I love you guys for stuff like this xxx

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1 year ago
You still need to cook some vegetarian for your step son.

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1 year ago
Oh no he is definitely not a vegetarian, he eats steaks twice the size of mine, he wants to eat vegetables.., but that’s another story lol
it doesn’t affect me if he doesn’t eat his vegetables & it’s not my place to quibble about that 😁

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1 year ago
Glad it worked out! My step daughter went vegan, and she lives with us half the time. World war 3 started when I refused to cook separate meals for dhs daughter. I apologised and said I didn't realise you felt that way about supporting your daughter. Cue chest swelling and speech on how his children will always come first yada yada yada. So we all went vegan to support her. Everything was vegan the lunch meat, the cheese the milk etc. It started with congratulating his daughter on making the healthy and moral decision to a look of horror when he actually tasted the vegan food. First it started with can we please have normal food when she isn't here, well no we can't as I can't fit it all in the fridge. Eventually his daughter changed her mind and I'm sure it was my terrible cooking that did it.

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1 year ago
Having been in your situation I can say the best way to handle kids suddenly wanting to become vegetarian is to make healthy meals, but ones they probably won't like. Still cook meat for everyone else and after a week the vego child will change their mind. If the child still wants to be vegetarian let them make their own food.

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1 year ago
Be careful not to use too much of the vegetarian "meat". It's very bad for you, full of salt and additives.

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1 year ago
And it’s gross lol

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1 year ago
-Meat free sausages with veg - sausages are in freezer section.
-Meat free pies with veg - freezer section.
-Meat free nuggets and chips. - freezer
-Fried rice (no ham) with spring rolls ( make like a cool Chinese night, even some veggie dim sums or dumplings )
- meat free schnitzel with salad and fries.
- Veggie burgers

Now don’t come out me about meat alternatives or this is unhealthy, these are actually good dinners for kids or a beginner vegetarian or just a lazy old vegetarian like myself. 😂

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1 year ago
Mushroom bolognese. Chop the mushrooms very finely, cook with diced onion, shredded carrots and tomatoes....or use your own bolognese recipe and sub the mushrooms for meat.

Black bean burritos are yummy.

Vegetable soup is great for winter.

Sauté spinach, garlic and onion together, can add mushrooms if you like them. Stir in heavy cream and some Parmesan and serve over pasta.

Vegetable stir fry/fried rice. Can also add cubed tofu.

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1 year ago
There's a section on this website for meat free meals looks like there's a fair few

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1 year ago
Just an idea, but could you wait a week, and make them separate vegetarian meals and yourself a roast? I think that would solve the problem.