The Semi-Vegetarian Lifestyle

In the past several years, as our kids have grown and we have gotten older, Tracey and I have begun to adopt a six-days-a-week vegetarian lifestyle. We’re not talking just salads or pastas every day, but eating a diet that is heavily produce-and-grain based, one that is fresh, seasonal, and filling. Because of this, we are at work on a new cookbook that will share some of our favorite vegetarian recipes. Do you and your family eat more vegetarian dishes than ever before? If so, what kinds of recipes are you making for your family? If you’re in need of inspiration, check out Real Food for Healthy Kids‘ chapter on Meat-Free Mains. My favorite is the Harvest Tomato Tart, which has a whole-wheat parmesan crust. Yum!

–Tanya

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6 Responses to “The Semi-Vegetarian Lifestyle”


  1. 1 thefoodinista August 11, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I have several friends who take this approach, one of whom is Hugh @ GastroKid. Our family has a slightly different spin, which is to do lean protein M-Thurs. On those nights we eat fish, buffalo or chicken. Also, once a week we do grilled pizza with veggie toppings and fresh dough from Whole Foods. It’s fast and easy and fun for kids to “decorate” their own mini pizza.

    Would love to see a cookbook for more vegetarian options!

  2. 2 Healthykiddos September 15, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I think that adopting a semi-vegetarian lifestyle is a great way to diversify a child’s diet. Too often we depend on meat as our only protein source when there are a lot of other great sources, such as legumes, nuts, while grains and seeds. Then you’re also adding in more nutritional value than you would by using meat alone.

  3. 3 Tamara October 7, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    We have definitely moved to a more plant/grain centric diet. I have been experimenting with Quinoa most notably:
    w/broccoli & garlic inspired by 101 cookbooks
    w/sundried tomatoes, basil, feta, & balsamic
    w/ broccoli & a cream-cheese/parmesan sauce-4&1 year old’s fave

    I have quite enjoyed farro but the chewiness has been an issue for both kids and hubbie

    We also do A LOT of bean based soups and casseroles that have generally been winners with kids.

  4. 4 Stacey November 1, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    I agree with Tamara – beans are a big hit with my kids. We eat them in every form (cold salad, soup, side dish, etc). I am always happy for new bean recipes.

    Hubby & I are HUGE fans if quinoa (our fave way is a pilaf). Kids not too into it (yet). I’d love that broccoli & cream cheese/parm sauce recipe!!!

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