Vegetarian/Vegan Children

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Re: Vegetarian Children

Post by wendy james » Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:53 am

We have a sausage winner! I didn't try anything like that Thora, as Elvis only liked the plainest pork sausage anyway. But, she gave a thumbs up to the fridge Quorn sausages that come in a pack of 4. :perky:

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Re: Vegetarian Children

Post by Figaro » Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:55 am

Have you tried the M&S veggie/vegan range? I'm addicted to their cauliflower popcorn and both my children love their fake chicken nuggets and fake meat balls.

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Re: Vegetarian Children

Post by wendy james » Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:25 am

We don't live near one, unfortunately. I pop into the Frome one occasionally to see if they the vegan coleslaw, which I still wang on about having picked it up in the Bath M&S once. :lol:

We did get some sausages and burgers the other weekend, though I wasn't keen on them myself (more because they were overcooked on the barbecue - I'd try them again).

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Re: Vegetarian/Vegan Children

Post by wendy james » Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:45 am

Elvis has decided that she wants to go vegan “to save the planet”. I’ve suggested we swap out dairy first but she’s insistent on no eggs too. It might not last but she’s woken up this morning still insistent.

Free school lunches are out of the window*, though she’s agreed to one JP and beans a week (on the day they both have after school stuff so a cooked lunch works better). Today’s she’s gone with hummus wrap, crudités, leftover homemade chocolate coconut rice pudding and a satsuma. She will eat cold pasta (unlike her sister), which will be helpful.

She’s never been the cheese monster her sister is, but this is going to make me bloody think. She’s a tad more adventurous food wise too, which can only help.

I need to research a bit online as I’m concerned about her getting everything she needs , but any vegan packed lunch ideas would be helpful!

*P is going to speak to school and see if he can get a list of suitable lunches (eg we think veggie cottage pie should be) and also get her dispensation to leave something on her plate (eg egg in the all-day breakfast).

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Re: Vegetarian/Vegan Children

Post by Glint » Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:15 am

I'm afraid I don't have any lunch ideas, but if she continues with veganism, this article could be worth having when P is talking to the school.

https://www.scotsman.com/health/scottis ... -1-5033764

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Re: Vegetarian/Vegan Children

Post by wendy james » Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:47 am

Thanks Glint. She has the option of a jacket potato and beans every day, buts she’s not massively keen on them.

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Re: Vegetarian/Vegan Children

Post by olive » Mon Jan 13, 2020 3:11 pm

Will she eat wild rice and chickpeas? I make a wild rice salad for the boys and throw in whatever we have but their favourite combo is wild rice, chickpeas, pickled beetroot, black olives and dried cranberries. I usually make 2 days worth. Sometimes it has roast veggies too if we have any leftover.

Falafel is nice cold too.

I’ve got a couple more and can dig them out when I’m at home. I have to pack lunches every day and try and do meatfree at least twice a week plus T won’t eat cheese. :ruby:

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Re: Vegetarian/Vegan Children

Post by wendy james » Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:22 pm

Thanks olive. We’re having ‘tropical rice’ for dinner tomorrow so might have some leftovers I can try her with on Wednesday.

I did a quick panic shop today and she’s taking a fake ham, fake Philadelphia and cucumber wrap tomorrow, but I wouldn’t want to rely on that sort of thing.

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Re: Vegetarian/Vegan Children

Post by geek_kitten » Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:46 pm

Tom Kerridge has a nice baked falafel recipe (they're more like patties than round falafel) which keep well and are really tasty. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.co ... _09084/amp

Ottolenghi has a really nice pasta and chickpea recipe that's completely vegan: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.thegua ... ta-recipes

Bean-based Bolognese/chilli works pretty well too with pasta, rice or potatoes. Chickpea based pasta is pretty good, tastes much like wheat based pasta and is higher in protein.

Dried fruit and nuts can easily be blended to make little bars or balls (I have one which involves dates, apricots and almonds which is nice - let me know if you want it).

Chickpeas can be baked in the oven with some spices and oil, they go crunchy and crispy and make a nice snack.

Soya or coconut-based yoghurts are obviously vegan.

Tofu is another option for protein but it's an acquired taste/texture. As a child I'd quite happily eat cubes of it with a bit of soya sauce and sesame oil but I freely admit to being odd 😁

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Re: Vegetarian/Vegan Children

Post by Tits McGee » Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:02 pm

geek_kitten wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:46 pm
Dried fruit and nuts can easily be blended to make little bars or balls (I have one which involves dates, apricots and almonds which is nice - let me know if you want it).
I would like the recipe please, geek!

Not much help with packed lunches, but M loves the new Bird's Eye veggie burgers and sausages. I'm pretty sure they're vegan and there are Swedish-style meatballs in the range which might be okay cold.

Oh, I sometimes make a mashed butter bean pate thing for M which might be handy - it's just mashed butter beans with lemon juice, olive oil, a bit of seasoning and sometimes some herbs or a bit of garlic, but it's a good quick and easy option.
I've got ham, but I'm not a hamster

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Re: Vegetarian/Vegan Children

Post by olive » Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:02 pm

Hummus is a staple here for lunches with pitta bread/ chips/ crudités or spread in wraps and I try and vary it.

Beetroot and green pea are big winners here:
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Or black bean hummus:

https://www.thespruceeats.com/black-bean-hummus-2355464

The boys will take hot food in a thermos and often take in rice and dhal or lentil soup.

They love this one (obvs leave out the bacon) with a roll.

https://www.onceuponachef.com/recipes/f ... bacon.html

And this brown rice pilaf - I’ll usually add chickpeas and roast any veg lying around. Mine are quite happy to eat cold rice salads though and I don’t mind them having cold rice either although lots of parents don’t.
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Re: Vegetarian/Vegan Children

Post by Loralei » Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:20 am

I was just about to suggest a thermos. My children's lunches could do with being less bread-based but they are fussy about grains and cold rice/pasta, so I thought soup/hot pasta/leftovers would add variety. Could be useful for Elvis?

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Re: Vegetarian/Vegan Children

Post by wendy james » Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:12 pm

Thanks everyone! We do have a small food flask, though she prefers to open her own boxes (I got a bollocking tonight about the screw top tub I used for today’s yoghurt :ella: ) so I’ll have to check if she can open it when an adult has closed it.

The school is nut free, but I do have an energy ball recipe that doesn’t use them that she mentioned making again. The balls get rolled in raspberry powder and are a lurid pink colour. :lol:

She’s made a list of things she’d like to try, which will get us off to a good start!
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