My seemingly vegetarian daughter

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My daughter is 21 months old, and she has never liked the taste of meat. She eats a LOT of cheese, and she does eat hard boiled eggs. What other forms of protein can I give her? Do you have yummy kid friendly tofu recipes?

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Quinoa!!! An ancient Incan grain that you can add to any food, because it has such a subtle flavour.



You can buy it at Trader Joes and most grocery stores in boxes. It's much lower fat that cheeses, and lower cholesterol than eggs -- but very high protein. We add it to our daughter's breakfast cereals, vegetables, pretty much anything.

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My 21 month old loves beans, especially chickpeas. She eats them straight out of the can, and she and I can go through hummus in no time.



 



I honestly don't worry much about protein for either of us. When I first quit eating meat, I counted grams of protein for half a day before realizing how quickly I got enough (especially still eating eggs and dairy). As long as she is getting a variety of fresh, healthy foods, she's probably getting enough protein.

User - posted on 02/06/2009

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My son really like quinoa. I either get quinoa flakes for "oatmeal", or mix it with anything. I actually made an awesome quinoa hash recipe that I found on vegweb.com (nutty quinoa has). My son and I are both sensitive to soy, so we get the Quorn brand meat substitutes. Although, you can make great veggie burritos by using tofu  instead of eggs. Make sure when you use tofu that it is non GMO. There are so many great recipes out there...enjoy:)

User - posted on 02/06/2009

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even spinach and broccoli have protein. Everything has protein--furthermore, I read Raising Vegetarian Children--I think it was that book that said children that age only need 1/2 of their body weigh in protein. That is sooo easy to get! Also, chickpeas are a great source of protein in their pure form or you can make/buy hummus. You can also make mashed potatoes w/ cashew gravy--the cashew gravy has protein--

go to www.fatfreevegan.com

I try to just look for easy recipes. Also, check out the previous post for recipes and ideas. Everything has protein, you don't have to focus on that. What they need is the phytonutrients, fiber, antioxidants......as many green veggies as possible, and blueberries and kiwi are amazing foods for anyone--especially babies and toddlers. Good luck!

Twilight - posted on 02/05/2009

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sometimes you need be careful with what brand of tofu you are purchasing...there has been much debate about soy products and genetic modification and enhancements...

i recommend making your own veggie burgers with rice, barley, and/or any combo of nuts, veg, and whatnot - - it's like science experiments :)

also check out veganlunchbox.blogspot.com. She has lots of great recipes for kids!

have fun!

Melanie - posted on 01/26/2009

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I have a 17 year old who has been a vegitarian for about 6 years. The only one in a family of five. As she gets older you can make regular recipes and add firm pieces of tofu which generally pick up the flavor of whatever sauce they are cooked in. Also firm tofu chunks breaded and seasoned like chicken nuggets are pretty good.

Myriam - posted on 01/26/2009

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My kids love PB & J. That has protein on it.

I feed my kids lots of mixed nuts too and they love bean burritoes.

Melissa - posted on 01/19/2009

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Most American are obsessed with protein! She will be fine, get some deep green veggies in her diet and keep it well rounded. I would suggest to balance the cheese with fruit--so she does not get plugged up and have issues with going potty easily. My 7 YO still does not care for large amounts of meat. I would get a VItamix or/and a Cuisinart food processor--between these two machines you can make a plethora of great tasting, whole, yummy foods.

Dana - posted on 01/10/2009

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My son and I invent our own recipies with tofu. We use the silky mixed with lots of fruits for his smoothies. When I make tacos or enchiladas I use the firm tofu for him and simply cut it into small cubes season it the same as our beef or chicken and he loves it. Hope this helps.

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You should check out [ http://theppk.com ]. There are tons of recipes there that might suite you well. Also: [ http://www.vegforlife.org/eats.htm ] & [ http://www.chooseveg.com/vegan-recipes.a... ]. There are tons and tons of recipes online but those are the best places to go, in my opinion. You should also check your library for these books: Vegan with a Vengeance, Veganomicon, 12 Steps to Raw Foods and Rawvolution. Raw foods have so many vitamins and nutrients! 12 Steps have some really great smoothie recipes. My 4 year old LOVES the Strawberry-Banana-Romaine smoothie... he calls it "strawberry soup". Many greens have all the protein you could ever need... but Raw... not cooked! Happy hunting!

Stacy - posted on 01/05/2009

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Sorry, I don't do the tofu things because it never turns out right! Still learning :D

Beans are full of protein... pintos, black, garbonzo or chick peas

Peanut Butter

Soy protein is good for her



Hope this helps some!

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