My daughter has never loved meat. She'll eat it in some things and like it in others and flat out refuse it if it looks questionable. And then a few weeks ago, she said she'd like to become a vegetarian.
I kind of laughed and said she had to do a lot of planning and learning and she disappeared for hours and came back down with some very well thought out ideas. I said her next hurdle was convincing her dad.
He was, of course, against it. He was, of course, right, when he said it sounds like more work for me. But after listening to her explain, and arguing in a friendly sort of way, he conceded to let her move forward in this new lifestyle.
I said it wouldn't hurt us to try some meatless dinners, besides the old standard of homemade mac and cheese, so my daughter and I poured over my cooking magazines, and tore out everything that looked good (and she tore out a few that didn't, I hate mushrooms) and the adventure began.
I'm not sure how this is going to work, though, since she hated the rice and beans meal, which her brother was quick to point out was very good with the sausage I'd added to the meat eaters plates, and I wasn't too keen on tonight's dish of zucchini parmesan, but the rest of the family had seconds and there is only one tiny little spoonful left in the baking dish, so it's okay, and the spring veggie pasta dish needed quite a bit of tweaking before I attempt it again.
And as much as I thought I didn't like meat, I do. When I took my "rotisserie chicken" out of the crockpot to take the meal over to my new niece and her family, I couldn't help but steal a piece, and it was so delicious!
My daughter's plan is to cook a few meals on Sunday, and freeze them into individual servings, so on nights when the meal plan is chicken with a side of steak and a huge helping of meatloaf all smothered in sausage gravy, she has another option.
She did decide on an exception: she will still eat my spaghetti sauce, meat based and all. Thank goodness! It's my favorite special dinner to make. Christmas wouldn't be the same without spaghetti for dinner!