You could make a list of foods you like that are already vegetarian. When I went vegan I started with making a list of foods that I consumed regularly and enjoyed that were already vegan such as oats, lentils, sweet potatoes, carrots, bell peppers etc. I based meals and recipes around those while continuing to read tons of vegan recipe books and blogs and learn about how to cook and eat as a vegan. Libraries nowadays have tons of vegetarian and vegan cookbooks and nutrition guides. There are tons of vegan and vegetarian websites also with loads of ideas too. Take an hour and go through the kitchen and make a list of all the ingredients and foods that are vegetarian or vegan, and start there. Most vegetarian food is fairly inexpensive and can be incorporated into your meat eating family's meals. Vegetarians tend to use beans as a main course whereas meat eaters see them as a side dish. A can of beans can run between a dollar and two dollars depending on the size and bean. Dried beans run the same cost but you get way more beans for the same price, you just do more work soaking and cooking them. Potatoes can be dressed with vegetables, vegetarian sauces, beans, nutritional yeast, even ground up nuts as a "parmesan". Peanut butter on toast is as basic as you can get and is vegetarian. Fruits and vegetables are part of everyone's diet as someone said.
I have no idea of your age or work status, but can you go on grocery trips with whoever buys the groceries and offer to pitch in and help with planning and so on? Maybe help prepare meals?
I never had meat cravings but I did crave Greek yogurt for a while. It took a good month for that to go away. I found that using frozen banana, plant milk, and protein powder in my blender helped with cravings and gave me that creamy bland consistency I was after. It wasn't exactly the same but over time I have found that there are many vegetarian foods I crave now and look forward to.
ps I see you found the bean burger thread. Yeah!
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