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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:"> My husband and I have switched to vegetarianism just recently and have up until recently had our daughter on chicken and fish. Can any parents out there share some recipes that a toddler would eat? especially recipes that our whole family would like.<br><br>
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hello, i have a vegan toddler (will be 4 in july). she has been since birth.<br><br><br><br>
lilly eats nearly anything i make. what types of food has your daughter generally liked. most anything she eats now can be made vegan/vegetarian.<br><br><br><br>
we have pasta and mexican a lot because lilly loves them so much. give me some ideas on what you daughter seems to like the most and i will see what i can come up with. if there are things you already know you would like to have recipes for let me know and i will post some for you.
 

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My daughter likes tomato pasta, greens, perogies ( do you know what those are?) and carrots. She doesn't like peas so much as with all veggies, they have to be in with other things. I am worried about the amount of pasta we/she eats as I have heard eating too much can make you gain weight and are more prone to diabetes. Basically she will eat just about anything though. I am also concerned about the amount of iron she needs and calcium.
 

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Well both of my girls are veggies (my oldes does eat some meat at pre-school and at other people's houses.) I was vegetarian through both pregnancies too and none of us have ever been anemic. My daughters are 3.5 years and 14 months. Do you eat eggs and dairy? My girls both love:<br><br><br><br>
grilled cheese sandwiches or cheese toast<br><br>
pb&j<br><br>
bean enchiladas, tacos, refried beans<br><br>
spaghetti, lasagna (you can add lots of veggies to pasta)<br><br>
vegetable soup<br><br>
chili- (they both like beans of all kinds, I put TVP in it too.)<br><br>
yogurt<br><br>
breads-waffles, bagels, raisin bread, pancakes, etc.<br><br>
apple sauce and fruit of all kinds (canned and fresh...they love fruit!)<br><br>
canned, frozen, and fresh veggies<br><br>
veggie hot dogs, veggie sausage and veggie chik nuggets are favorites of both.<br><br>
macaroni and cheese<br><br>
cold cereals of all types...dry or with milk<br><br>
cheese and crackers<br><br>
They both love hummus on pita!<br><br>
raisins<br><br><br><br>
My oldest loves nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. Also raw cucumbers and tomatoes. (these, of course would be choking hazards for the baby.)<br><br><br><br>
Hope this list gives you some ideas.<br><br>
Christa
 

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Thanks for all the great ideas. I love that name, Fiona, it was one our baby name list.<br><br>
We do eat eggs, our Sara loves them with cheese. Its a good source for protein and a great source for those B12 vitamins ( I think thats right) that we need. We also have a lot of dairy too.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks again! Have a sunny day.<br><br>
Kendra
 

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If your tot likes chicken, you might try baked tofu (already baked and subtly seasoned). I'm a nanny for an omni family, but they think it's great that the little girl likes tofu! We like this brand: <a href="http://www.quonghop.com/products/default.htm" target="_blank">http://www.quonghop.com/products/default.htm</a>
 

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Oh yes, my girls both like scrambled eggs. I forgot about this since I don't eat eggs and have never liked them. My husband makes eggs for them from time to time.<br><br><br><br>
They both like tofu too. Also, they love the Morningstar Farms veggie dogs, chik nuggets, and sausage patties/links. These are not vegan (they contain egg whites) but you might want to give them a try. They are readily available in most grocery stores (we live in a very small town so our selection is limited.)
 

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I have a 15 month old vegan little boy. He loves falafel! He also is a big fan of Amy's pasta and bean soup. He also loves brussels sprouts.<br><br><br><br>
Don't forget to feed your little ones plenty of avocados and things with flax in them for the essential fatty acids.<br><br><br><br>
An excellent book to consult is Super Baby Foods by Ruth Yaron. She covers making your own baby food but it's also filled with nutritious recipes for toddlers and the whole family. I would be lost without her book.<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
-Sally
 

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My husband and I are both vegetarian and we are raising our 8 month old son to be vegetarian. I would suggest reading 'New Vegetarian Baby' and 'Vegetarian Children', both by Sharon Yntema. I got them from Amazon.com. They are both very informative about nutrition and about how to incorporate vegetarianism into your family's value system and how to explain it to your child.
 

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My 3 year old loves Quorn fake-chicken nuggets. She never would eat chicken unless it was breaded anyway. She also loves pasta and rice, PBJ, corn on the cob, nuts, all kinds of fruits and veggies, vegetable and chicken-style soups, and she loves cheese that has been cut into animal shapes with cookie cutters.
 
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