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Dear All,<br><br><br><br>
My eight year old daughter decided she wanted to become a vegetarian about six weeks ago. Because she's so young she doesn't really understand that stuff like hotdogs, cold meat slices and tuna wouldn't normally be part of a vegetarian diet, but she won't eat anything that's obviously from a meat source. In order to support her we are all eating vegetarian every other day.<br><br><br><br>
I've been reading lots of information on the internet about the advantages of a vegetarian diet. From the information I found I had decided to cut out red and processed meat from our family diet for health reasons, however I found a thread on this website by Veggie123 which I used as a springboard to find out more information on food related issues. Some of the stuff is mindblowing. I had never really thought about factory farming before or the side effects which could be passed onto humans.<br><br>
What have I been doing to my family!<br><br><br><br>
The main reason for this post is that I really need help with the following:<br><br><br><br>
* Can anyone tell me how to make quorn taste nice, 'cause its really bland.<br><br>
* We're currently trying to find a meaty tasting sausage replacement because she loves sausages. Tried Quorn leek and pork flavour, and Real Eat sausages, but she didn't like either of them. I ended up giving her pork sausages, but since then I've found two new makes of veggie sausage, so we'll keep trying.<br><br>
* I saw tofu in my local healthfood shop, but I haven't got a clue what to do with it.<br><br><br><br>
Currently I'm trying to get over the fear of making veggie food from scratch, just 'cause I'm so used to relying on meat for the main source of protein and I was afraid of getting the nutritional balance right. However today I saw an item on the internet that said that it was a myth that you couldn't get all your nutrients from a lacto-ovo veggie diet, so that was very reassuring.<br><br><br><br>
I found a decent cookbook, with a picture for every recipe so that I can see what it's supposed to look like, so I'll have a bash.<br><br><br><br>
I'd love to hear from anyone else whose in a similar situation, or can help with the above food issues.<br><br><br><br>
Hazel
 

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Welcome to Veggieboards. I'm afraid I don't have any answers to your questions (never ate quorn, never liked sausage, and I don't use tofu) but I felt I should bump your thread so someone else can answer it. With 1000 threads a day sometimes they get missed.<br><br><br><br>
I think it's really awesome that you're supporting your daughter the way that you are!
 

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Kelly, I'm so glad you bumped this, because I didn't see it. It must have really gotten buried or there would have been dozens of responses by now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/doh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":doh:"><br><br><br><br>
Hi Hazel, and let me say kudos to you for being so supportive of your daughter and for being so willing to educate yourself about the issues involved. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/angel.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":angel:"><br><br><br><br>
I see you're in Scotland, so I don't have good advice about specific brands of meat analogs, since I'm in the US. But we do have a number of UK residents here who I'm sure will chime in shortly. I love Quorn and usually eat the breaded patties in a sandwich with a bunch of other veggies (or sometimes just mayo, onion, and tomato), and I also eat the nuggets dipped in honey-mustard sauce, barbecue sauce, or sweet & sour sauce. I think those two products taste remarkably like chicken, but some of their other products can be a little blah and dry. Try either glazing them with some kind of sauce or marinade, or simply dipping them in a sauce.<br><br><br><br>
You can do dozens of things with tofu, but one thing you cannot do is just toss it in your food without any preparation. I promise, you will not like it that way. It takes a little learning and experimentation to find your favorite ways of eating it. Try this link for some basic information on how to deal with it, and a couple of easy recipe suggestions:<br><br><a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showpost.php?p=1171811&postcount=2" target="_blank">Tip of the Day: Tofu</a><br><br><br><br>
It is true you can eat a nutrionally complete vegetarian diet. And you can do it easily. But it is also true that you can eat a vegetarian diet that's filled with junk food and dreadfully unhealthy. A lot of people who are new to vegetarianism have a tendency to think, "I'm eating vegetarian! I can eat whatever I want and not worry about my health/weight!" Not true, and it has bitten many a new veg in the behind. But you don't have to be a human nutrition calculator to eat a balanced veggie diet. Just fill your plate with lots of different colors, flavors, and textures, focus on fresh, whole foods, and don't be afraid to experiment with new ingredients and cuisines and you'll do fine. If you already enjoy cooking and trying new foods, you're golden. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"><br><br><br><br>
And finally, I'm going to give you a general link to the <a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=50249" target="_blank">Tip of the Day Thread</a>, which contains lots of tips designed especially for those new to vegetarianism.<br><br><br><br>
Hope that helps, and good luck! We'll be happy to answer other questions as they come up.
 

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Yes, you can easily get all your nutrients on an ovo-lacto diet - I have friends who have been vegetarian for life, and they are wonderfully healthy and bright (one is getting a phD in chemical engineering, the other is in med school!) My husband and I are both vegetarian, and plan to have vegetarian children. One of my coworkers has two vegetarian children, and they are as healthy as can be, too! You will find a lot of great recipes here, so be sure to look around. I suggest a lot of yummy bean / lentil dishes. Good for you, high in protein!<br><br><br><br>
You asked specifically how to make Quorn taste good, so here is what I do.<br><br><br><br>
For the quorn roast: cook it much like described for "in bag" cooking - fill it with potatoes, onion, carrot, etc, and then dump on top of that a mix of butter/olive oil, poultry seasoning and thyme. Cook in bag for about an hour, as I recall. It tastes AWESOME cooked this way.<br><br><br><br>
For the cutlets: brush them with your favorite seasonings before cooking (bbq sauce, garlic/olive oil/seasoning salt/pepper, etc.) Cook on a grill/george foreman grill. They taste really good that way too!
 

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There are tons and tons of different brands of "meat", and you realyl just have tot ry different brands until you like one. My personal recommendations:<br><br><b>Boca burgers</b>!!!!!!!!!!! I eat the vegan kind, and they are heaven I tell you!<br><br><b>Tempeh</b>- I tried the smoked fakin' bacon today, and omgosh...I have been vegan for a few months and I don't know how I could have gone so long without trying it! If your daughter likes bacon, tempeh is the perfect alternative.<br><br><b>Morningstar Farms "sausage" patties and chik'n nuggets</b>- The chicken nuggets taste exactly like real chicken nuggets, except that they are "smoother"...what I mean is that you never bite into the occasional tendon or red spot like in the real thing.Oh, and the sausage patties: I ate them loooong before I became vegan or even though about being vegan simply because they are good and can fool diehard carnivores.<br><br>
If you are looking for "quick meals" that are also healthy and vegetarian or vegan, try any of the Amy's brand foods. Seriously... that brand carries a whole bunch of foods from forzen dinners to soups and breakfast burritos that are incredibally yummy, healthy , an quick!<br><br><br><br>
Tofu- don't ever eat it right out of the box, seriously. You have to prepare it somehow, whether you make teriyaki tofu, pudding, or a tofu scrambler. For the first time today I made my own tofu scrambler from scratch and it was amazingly easy to make (this coming from a teenager) and sooooo good! I ate it with a side of toast and tempeh <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":drool:"> You can find plenty of tofu recipes in the recipes section<br><br><br><br>
On a side note, you sound like an AMAZING mom! Seriously, when I was 8 I was like your daugher. I loved animals and didn't want to eat them, but my parents basically spazzed and told me I HAD to eat meat to live, etc. So now years and years later of having forced myself to eat meat (seriously I would cry if someone told me I was eating chicken, or a cow or something) I realized that it is much <i>healthier</i> to NOT eat meat, or any animal products at all. So, moral of the story: keep supporting your daughter and educating her on where her food comes from and how to eat healthy, etc. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dancingbanana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":nana:">
 

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I have nothing to add beyond the already terrific advice posted here, but I wanted to say Hi! and Welcome to VB! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"> and kudos to you for being supportive of your daughter and wanting to feed healthy meals to your family. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">
 

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Thanks to everyone for your help and advice.<br><br><br><br>
I'm going to try them all out, especially the chicken nuggets. I stopped buying the real thing after tv chef Jamie Oliver showed us what actually went into them. Yuk!<br><br><br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Quorn roast</span>. Can I use this in place of traditional chicken dinner? I'll brush or marinate quorn before cooking it in future. I'll look out for the brand names the next time I go shopping.<br><br><br><br>
I discovered by chance that Tesco's Supermarket has a wide range of veggie food, so I'll start going there more often. Got Quorn swedish meatballs there, cause we all love spaghetti bolognese with meatballs, so I'll try marinating the meatballs in the sauce before cooking them.<br><br><br><br>
Incidently, I thought you might like to know that the American Institute for Cancer Research is recommending that people move towards a plant-based diet if they want to reduce their chances of ever getting this terrifying disease. So all you veg*ns are way ahead of everyone else.<br><br><br><br>
I started investigating vegetarianism on my daughter's behalf, but the more I find out the more I am beginning to think that my family would benefit if we all moved towards a vegetarian diet. My son understands my reasons, but whether he will be willing ...?<br><br><br><br>
Thanks again<br><br>
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Thanks to everyone for your help and advice.<br><br><br><br>
I'm going to try them all out, especially the chicken nuggets. I stopped buying the real thing after tv chef Jamie Oliver showed us what actually went into them. Yuk!<br><br><br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Quorn roast</span>. Can I use this in place of traditional chicken dinner? I'll brush or marinate quorn before cooking it in future. I'll look out for the brand names the next time I go shopping.<br><br><br><br>
I discovered by chance that Tesco's Supermarket has a wide range of veggie food, so I'll start going there more often. Got Quorn swedish meatballs there, cause we all love spaghetti bolognese with meatballs, so I'll try marinating the meatballs in the sauce before cooking them.<br><br><br><br>
Incidently, I thought you might like to know that the American Institute for Cancer Research is recommending that people move towards a plant-based diet if they want to reduce their chances of ever getting this terrifying disease. So all you veg*ns are way ahead of everyone else.<br><br><br><br>
I started investigating vegetarianism on my daughter's behalf, but the more I find out the more I am beginning to think that my family would benefit if we all moved towards a vegetarian diet. My son understands my reasons, but whether he will be willing ...?<br><br><br><br>
Thanks again<br><br>
Hazel
 

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i made an awesome lasanga with "fake meat" crumbles and tofu (in place of ricotta cheese) i added some broccilli in it. YUMMY even my carnivore hubby loved it. it was sooo good. there is sooo many ways to use it. i also melt semi-sweet chips and puree it with the silk tofu (really soft tofu) and it makes a good "mousse"<br><br><br><br>
my 15 month old loves tofu any way he can get it (even plain) lol but i cant eat it plain.
 

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Wow, you are very caring to do so much research and ask for help!<br><br><br><br>
I personally LOVE Quorn just how it comes! We have two daughters one of which eats food (the other I'm still nursing), and I swear, she could eat that roast all day long!<br><br><br><br>
We also really like Morningstar Farms hotdogs, nuggets, and burgers. We use Yves lunchmeat, but HATE Light Life!<br><br><br><br>
If you are lacto-ovo I would suggest getting organic milk. The chemicals that they pump into the cows are scary!<br><br><br><br>
Welcome, by the way.
 

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If you are lacto-ovo I would suggest getting organic milk. The chemicals that they pump into the cows are scary!<br></div>
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I forgot to add that, but veggiemama is right. I obviously drink soymilk now (again, my mom and I used to have it as a treat before I went veg), but before that I used to be a milk-aholic. Cereal every morning, sometimes at night, a glass of milk when I got home from school and a little milk carton during school lunch. Basically anytime I had something to drink it was milk. So it's no wonder that I got my period a little before I was 10, and so of course I stopped growing after that, so now I'm stuck being short. And I had to deal with being a little 10 year old that had to wear a C-cup bra! Moral of the story: If you and your family drink milk, buy organic. It is a little more expensive but the health benefits are plentiful. Plus it costs more later on when you become immune to the expensive prescription drugs thanks to all the antibiotics in regular milk.<br><br>
Sorry if this was too much info, but I really want to help. And, again, I really wish my mom had been like you when I was that age.
 
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do you have an independant health food store near you? even a chain like holland and barrett isn't bad for a few veggie products, though i can't remember if they have many of them in scotland.<br><br><br><br>
you might also get some product ideas from the vegetarian societys' website (see link below)- they have approved product lists- including one just for veggie sausages! perhaps the suppliers websites (also listed on the lists of products) will help you find out what stores stock specific brands near you. its only a startpoint, as i think they only approve companies who pay for it- i've found that lots of smaller, local brands can suprise you with tasty veggie foods too, not just the big ones that register with them.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.vegsoc.org/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.vegsoc.org/index.html</a> (vegetarian society homepage)<br><br><a href="http://www.seedlingshowcase.com/db/" target="_blank">http://www.seedlingshowcase.com/db/</a> (their approved products database)<br><br><br><br>
i did a quick google, and also found that goodness direct (an english online health/speciality food store) has quite a long list of veggie foods (seperated into fridge, freezer, and grocery sections) including fake deli slices, frozen sausages, chilled 'meat' pies, etc, that it sells. if buying veggieburgers online from them isn't your cup of tea, then why not use the product list solely for the product names and descriptions, then google for and contact the manufacturers directly, to find out where interesting looking things from the list are sold in shops near you.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.goodnessdirect.co.uk/cgi-local/frameset/sect/OVSB.html" target="_blank">http://www.goodnessdirect.co.uk/cgi-...sect/OVSB.html</a> (goodness directs veggie sausages and burgers section)<br><br><br><br>
also, if you find something you like somewhere thats a pain to get to (like in a far flung shop across town or in another city when you're visiting!), consider asking your local supermarket if they'll stock it for you- i've found that they can be really helpful- especially if you do a lot of the leg work for them, and provide details on suppliers, etc.<br><br><br><br>
ETA: if its any help, from vague memories of my veggie sausage eating childhood in england, i remember liking these items (bear in mind i didn't eat meat from age 4, so my idea of 'what real meat tastes like' was very vague- these just tasted 'good' to me as a kid:<br><br><br><br>
-vegetarians choice vegetable protein sausages: <a href="http://www.goodnessdirect.co.uk/cgi-local/frameset/detail/279549.html" target="_blank">http://www.goodnessdirect.co.uk/cgi-...il/279549.html</a> -nice and dense and a bit meaty- but not scarily close to real meat like linda mcartney stuff sometimes is.<br><br><br><br>
-sosmix: <a href="http://www.goodnessdirect.co.uk/cgi-local/frameset/detail/421362.html" target="_blank">http://www.goodnessdirect.co.uk/cgi-...il/421362.html</a> -this stuff is a dry packet mix, you add water and stir, and it turns into veggie sausage meat before your very eyes. cool for making your own sausage rolls (with chilled/frozen puff pastry- tesco has non suet ones) and fun sausagey shapes to fry or bake- i had tonnes of fun making sausagey things with this with a parent, as a kid- sausage meat based roasts, fake scotch eggs, sausage rolls, spagetti 'meat' balls, little toad in the holes, all sorts of things!)<br><br><br><br>
- granose sausalatas: <a href="http://www.goodnessdirect.co.uk/cgi-local/frameset/detail/484265.html" target="_blank">http://www.goodnessdirect.co.uk/cgi-...il/484265.html</a> -canned sausages- i think these are a bit like canned hotdogs (i've never had real canned hotdogs so not sure!)- they have a nice texture- i never fried them without making a mess (they're a bit fragile for my cooking skills!), but they still tasted good when i made them look bodged.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.goodnessdirect.co.uk/cgi-local/frameset/detail/276606.html" target="_blank">http://www.goodnessdirect.co.uk/cgi-...il/276606.html</a> -nutburgers. these aren't meaty, they're nutty- but they're goooooood! (my sainsburys and tesco stocked them).<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.goodnessdirect.co.uk/cgi-local/frameset/detail/411428.html" target="_blank">http://www.goodnessdirect.co.uk/cgi-...il/411428.html</a> -and just for you, i found a vegetarian haggis. my scottish mother would be proud! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
looking at it, there is a LOT of stuff on that goodness direct site to get you started product wise! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> . i hope your daughter finds something she really likes soon. i think its worth trying to treat a lot of this stuff as 'new exciting foods' as well as replacing old favourites, because its often hard to find something thats exactly the same as an old favourite.<br><br><br><br>
oooh, i just remembered- sainsburys (and probably big tescos stores too) has canned veggie ravioli, canned veggie spagetti bolognase, and tins of veggie sausages in baked beans, from what i recall. i think a few brands make veggie sausages in baked beans, actually.<br><br><br><br>
good luck, i hope you have tonnes of fun trying out new stuff!
 

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I think you've got more than a enough to work with here. I have nothing helpful to add. (As usual.)<br><br><br><br>
I just wanted to say that on a board where we see so many young people wanting to go veg*n but who don't get the support of their parents, I gotta tell you, this thread gave me some much needed hope that there are great parents out there.<br><br><br><br>
I'm seriously blown away by this.<br><br><br><br>
I nominate kikke for the 2006 Veggieboards Awesome Mum Of The Year Award*. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Cheers!<br><br>
TJ<br><br><br><br>
* To take nothing aware from all of the other women here who are also doubtless tops in the mum department. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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That's so wonderful that you're supporting your daughter's choice and actually doing research about vegetarian diets. Defintely pick up a vegetarian cookbook. There's lots of really good ones out there. The Vegetarian Family Cookbook by Nava Atlas is one of my favorites. You could also try experimenting with asian and indian food where meat isn't always the center of a meal.<br><br><br><br>
When one member of a family is vegetarian, if you're willing, it's a lot easier to cook vegetarian food for everyone at home and give everyone their own choice when you're out. That's what I've been doing and everyone's been pretty happy with it for the most part (I've had a few culinary disasters since I've had to do a lot of experimenting in the kitchen.)
 

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If the rest of the family is really resistant to eating veg food more than a couple times a week, you should also be able to come up with some supper ideas where the meat is on the side or added last and it's easy for veggie daughter to simply have hers without the meat. There are compromises between (a) everyone at home eats veggie and (b) cooking two separate meals.<br><br><br><br>
(hcjen, as usual, rules in the advice department. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/notworthy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":wayne:"> I was wondering when someone with UK experience was finally going to get on here with some hard info.)
 

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The main reason for this post is that I really need help with the following:<br><br><br><br>
* Can anyone tell me how to make quorn taste nice, 'cause its really bland.</div>
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--It's good with sauce or gravy. I've only had it once, in homemade Indian curry.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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* We're currently trying to find a meaty tasting sausage replacement because she loves sausages. Tried Quorn leek and pork flavour, and Real Eat sausages, but she didn't like either of them. I ended up giving her pork sausages, but since then I've found two new makes of veggie sausage, so we'll keep trying.</div>
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--If you get Morningstar farms products where you are, they make a really good breakfast sausage in links and patties.<br><br>
--Boca makes a good Italian sausage.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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* I saw tofu in my local healthfood shop, but I haven't got a clue what to do with it.</div>
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--Tofu can be sauteed with stir-fry veggies.<br><br>
--You can mash it up and make Tofu Scramble, in place of scrambled eggs. Just add some veggie stock or boullion, chives or scallions, salt/pepper, add tumeric for the 'yellow' color of eggs. Great with homefries and toast!<br><br>
--If you drain it and take it out of the container, press it between two plates to get the extra water out, then slice it, you can marinate it then bake or sautee until cooked. I've used cajun blackening seasoning, bbq seasoning, soy sauce. It's very versitile and easy to use. Make sure to get the Firm or Extra Firm tofu.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck with the veggie transition, I applaude your daughter for quitting meat!<br><br><br><br>
For other dinner ideas:<br><br>
Bean burritos<br><br>
Spaghetti with sauteed veggies<br><br>
Grilled cheese sandwiches<br><br>
Veggie wraps<br><br>
Veggie Noodle casserole<br><br>
Stew<br><br>
Baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese
 

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Thanks for all your support. I'd especially like to thank Hoodedclawjen for all the information she provided relevant to the UK. I hadn't realised there was such a wealth of vegetarian food available. Great!<br><br><br><br>
Coney thanks for the info on how to use tofu.<br><br><br><br>
Trying to make rest of family understand B's choice to go vegetarian isn't bad thing. Gran was very resistant at first, but I think she's coming round slowly.<br><br><br><br>
As for all family eating vegetarian or making two meals. Because B eats at her friends couple of nights a week, we eat vegetarian for most meals she has at home and eat meat when she's not there. That way her brother doesn't feel like he's being forced into being veggie. I hope! He really liked veggie swedish meatballs and wanted more. Wants me to buy them again.<br><br><br><br>
Personally, I'm hoping eating more veggie meals will make us all healthier in the long run, especially the kids.
 

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HI and welcome and congrats ! You got loads of advice already. I wanted to suggest that you become a member of the UK Vegetarian Society. You would receive their awesome magazine and get tons of product (and other) information this way.<br><br><br><br>
I have also found that BBC Food and the magazine Good Food pay a lot of attention to veggie alternatives and give out local product information for organic produce etc... it's not a cheap magazine but maybe you could look into it at your library ? They are online as well and have a vegetarian section on the website.
 

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Hi kikke, welcome to VB!<br><br><br><br>
Just wanted to say it's great that you are so supportive of your daughter and her wish to be vegetarian and that you're willing to do the research and find out the facts. As has been mentioned before, there seem to be loads of people on here who still live with their parents and want to be vegetarian but the parents won't allow it and refuse to listen anything their kids try and tell them about nutrition, animal welfare and so on, so it's really great to hear from a supportive parent.<br><br><br><br>
As for sausages, have you tried the Cauldron brand? They're not identical to meat but they look kinda similar and they have a range of flavours. You can get them in most UK supermarkets. You can also get Linda McCartney sausages in most supermarkets. If you have a Holland and Barrett or other health food shop near you, go and have a browse in the fridges, there's lots of stuff out there!<br><br><br><br>
You can have lots of fun trying out new recipes, get down to your library and borrow some free cookbooks! A lot of vegetarian cookbooks also have nutritional information in the front, and I'm pretty sure you can get books about vegetarian meals for children. What might help you with learning vegetarian cooking is to stay away from the 'meat-potatoes-veg' formula sometimes and make meals that don't try and replace a lump of meat with a lump of something else.<br><br><br><br>
I don't know anything about kids so won't try and offer specific advice there, except to say that a vegetarian diet can be just as healthy and often healthier than a meat-based diet, and you're doing a great thing for your family's health.
 

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UK books I liked :<br><br><br><br>
Veggie Food for Kids, by Sara Lewis (Hamlyn) - ISBN 0-600-60887-5<br><br><br><br>
Healthy Eating for Babies & Toddlers, by Anne Sheasby and Jill Scott (Bramley Books) - ISBN 1-85833-399-7<br><br><br><br>
Both are meant for (very) young kids but are definitely useful for older children and even adults !
 
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