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I am a young single mother of two wonderful boys. The oldest is 5 and he has a passionate dislike for most meats and asks all the time about going vegeterian. So I finally caved and told him that a couple of nights a week we could and I need some help.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wall.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":wall:">
 

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Hi,<br><br>
If you go here <a href="http://www.vegetarian.musicianfind.co.uk" target="_blank">www.vegetarian.musicianfind.co.uk</a> this is an excellent starter site with all the information you will need to get going.<br><br><br><br>
regards,<br><br><br><br>
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I am a young single mother of two wonderful boys. The oldest is 5 and he has a passionate dislike for most meats and asks all the time about going vegeterian. So I finally caved and told him that a couple of nights a week we could and I need some help.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wall.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":wall:"></div>
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If you're only doing it a few times a week, then could you use a "meat replacer" and leave the rest of the dinner like it is?<br><br><br><br>
You could try vegetarian "hamburgers" or so, and you don't always have to replace the meat, it's also ok to just leave meat out for one or two days a week, without replacing it with something else<br><br><br><br>
Good luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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There's a "Raising Vegetarian Children" forum on these boards where you might get some better ideas. People who frequent that forum may miss your post here...
 

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My older brother went veggie when he was 5. Me and my mum are also veggie. Back then Mum tended to replace the meat with cheese or nuts, we'd also eat baked beans a fair amount.<br><br><br><br>
Nowadays there is so much choice! It really shouldn't be hard for anyone. You can get tinned pulses and lentils so cheaply. Houmous, avocados, peanut butter, tofu there is lots of choice. There are so many meat substitutes that you can try!<br><br><br><br>
My brother is now 28 and very healthy and strong. He's 6 foot tall and regularly does sports such as rock climbing, long cycle rides. I'm just trying to say being veggie has worked well for me. Also for my mum and myself.
 

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Oh, and by the way, it's so nice to see a parent who is supportive of a young child's desire not to eat meat. As a kid I was always not quite forced, but pressured to eat meat even though I found much of it repellant, and it would have been so nice if my parents had been open-minded enough to consider that it was possible to have a healthy diet (even healthier if done well) without meat. Good for you!
 

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Awww, it's so great that he wants to go veggie at such a young age. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> I suggest you check out the "Raising Vegetarian Children" forum, there is lots of info there. Welcome to VeggieBoards by the way! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:">
 

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Welcome, welcome!<br><br>
I've raised three great veggie kids (as have many other parents on thss board) and can try and answer any of your questions as they come up.<br><br><br><br>
Give me an idea what you "normally" eat for a week and I (or the collective "we" that is VeggieBoards) can shoot some quick, easy and inexpensive vegetarian ideas your way. I'm a single parent too and can identify with needing affordable, easy-to-find stuff my kids like and will EAT - yet doesn't take me two hours in the kitchen either...<br><br><br><br>
(Oh, and not to worry, we're not going to jump on you for listing your typical meals and the meat tht might be in them currently - you've explained you're here to learn about things for your son, so hopefully we can be a helpful bunch...)<br><br><br><br>
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Oh, and by the way, it's so nice to see a parent who is supportive of a young child's desire not to eat meat. As a kid I was always not quite forced, but pressured to eat meat even though I found much of it repellant, and it would have been so nice if my parents had been open-minded enough to consider that it was possible to have a healthy diet (even healthier if done well) without meat. Good for you!</div>
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Welcome to VB and good luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sunny.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sunny:"><br><br><br><br>
Maybe you could start by making some things that are 'normal foods' but already veg...like mac 'n' cheese, pasta with a tomato-based sauce, cheese pizza, jacket (baked) potato with (vegetarian) baked beans, etc.
 

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Welcome to VB. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"><br><br>
I agree with isowish, try some naturally vegetarian foods. I agree with everyone else, too. There are many choices that are very tasty and healthy for vegetarians, even things five year olds would like!
 

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Thanks for all the comments and support. I really think that it is the texture of meat mainly that he objects to and it seems to upset his digestion. He has always needed a higher than normal fiber diet so a lot of the foods that we currently eat are already fairly healthy and veggie rich. We generally have whole wheat pancakes or waffles or cold cereal and milk for breakfast. He really likes peanut butter and nearly any type of carb to put it on. Dinner is the hardest for me because I grew up with the meal centered around an main dish that was usually meat. We have tried things like grilling portabello's instead of hamburgers or making sure we have something like coos coos with protein for a side.
 

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Give me an idea what you "normally" eat for a week and I (or the collective "we" that is VeggieBoards) can shoot some quick, easy and inexpensive vegetarian ideas your way. I'm a single parent too and can identify with needing affordable, easy-to-find stuff my kids like and will EAT - yet doesn't take me two hours in the kitchen either...<br><br>
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I think that it is the texture of the meat that he doesn't like. We already eat a lot of fresh fruits and veggies. He likes to have whole grain waffles or pancakes or cereal for breakfast. We also eat a lot of peanut putter on different things. We eat a lot of mac and cheese and other noodles with out meat but dinner is the hard part for me. I was raised with the meal centered around a main dish that was usually meat. We have tried giving him options like grilled portabello's instead of hamburgers with some success. I usually just try to make sure that the sides offered have some protein in them like coos coos or baked beans. We drink a lot of V-8 and other homeade veggie juices but my menu is getting repetitive so I would appreciate some new kid friendly ideas.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:">
 

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As someone else mentioned, spaghetti without the meat is an easy one. Also, pizza, and mac & cheese are good, kid friendly choices. If he likes veggies, you might try some sort of stir fry or something.<br><br><br><br>
I'm going to sound like a broken record to the regulars here, but I will once again suggest the book "Becoming Vegetarian" by Melina and Davis. It covers nutritional requirements, and has a chapter that goes into extra detail on the nutritional needs of growing kids.<br><br><br><br>
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A quick update the first veggie only day was a smashing success not only with the 5 year old but with the whole family. It completely took the drama out of dinner by leaving out the meat we also left out all the whining and complaining and it only took us 25 min instead of the normal 45 to get him to eat! In fact it went so well that we did it for three days in a row before my other son decided he needed chicken nuggets a favorite in our house. We look forward to trying it again in a couple days.<br><br>
We have had a lot of fun experimenting with different bean and pasta dishes and everyone seems to love them.
 

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that's great <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
will your son eat "mock meats" or does he really hate things similar to meat, too? You could try some kind of fake chicken nuggets. I've never tried the Quorn ones, but my girlfriend fed them to her meat eating brother and there were no complaints so they must be pretty realistic, and maybe that way you wouldn't have to serve two different meals for your sons?
 

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I like the Boca brand fake chicken if you want to try for meat-free chicken nuggets.<br><br><br><br>
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Fake chicken nuggets are scary real!!<br><br><br><br>
I love Nava Atlas' Vegetarian Family Cookbook. It's a lot of "normal" foods! (Actually so is her Vegetarian Express cookbook, which is veg meals in 30 minutes or less! Great recipe for Peanut Butter Pasta with Peas in there!!)
 
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