Cooking : Feeding A Non Vegan
A Little History
So I want to say, I’ve been vegan for about 4 months now. Yay to me! One of the hardest things I discovered was cooking for my family. My youngest is 1 and he is being raised as a vegan, but my oldest son is a different story. He loves eggs, cheese, meat, and pretty much anything under the sun. It’s hard. I spoke to him about becoming a vegan. He understands about animal suffering but doesn’t want to give up his meat. As a parent, I allow my son to make his own decisions. I don’t want to force any type of lifestyle change on him, but enough is enough. I told him “This is the last time I’m buying eggs just because you want to eat them.
Since I do the cooking in this house, I feel I have the right to say, ‘Hey you either eat it or starve.’ Up to you.“ What ever happens outside of the house is on him, but I had to take a stand. I just couldn’t do it anymore! Now, my son says “Mom, can I have a tofu sandwich?” LOL. I'm like “Yes, yes you can” LMAO. I felt accomplished LOL. My children have been adjusting well to their vegan lifestyle. The only issue I have is finding inspiration. I would hate to constantly cook the same things over and over again. We eat a lot of tofu and Beyond Meat. This was expected. He wants to eat the same kinds of meals I made before, which makes sense because it makes the transition easier. Don't get me wrong, the meals taste amazing, but I need to focus on incorporating more whole foods. We all know meat alternatives can be highly processed.
He's Still Not A Vegan LOL
We made progress, but I wouldn't call Bash a vegan. He definitely takes more of an active role when we buy groceries. I allowed him to make his own list of things he likes. He hates cabbage lol, but loves broccoli. Allowing him to pick his foods is helping us eat better as a family. We are trying to have a fruit and veggie night. That will be fun! Everything takes time, and I will never push something on my child. Its up to him to decide for himself if he wants to be vegan or not. One thing I can say; going through this with him has forced me to find that inspiration I was lacking. I am slightly more creative than before.
How is it cooking for your family? Are there any vegans cooking for non vegans? Comment below!