Do your kids cringe when they ask you what’s for dinner and it doesn’t involve meat or pasta?
My teens don’t complain outright about vegetarian meals. Rather, after asking, “What’s for dinner?” they deflate if I reply, “Vegetarian.”
What’s a mom to do? For one, I’ve cut back my usage of the “V” word.
It’s not that Louis and Sophie don’t like eating vegetarian meals. Rather, I’ve come to realize that they associate the word “vegetarian” with “healthy” and by default “not yummy.”
So, I’ve begun focusing more on creating flavorful meals that happen not to contain meat.
“Bowl night” vs. “vegetarian bowls” evokes completely different responses.
And “bowl night” is a winner in our household!
Everyone gets to customize their own bowl, and I don’t have to watch my kids eat around or pick ingredients out.
Don’t like tomatoes? No problem!
Anti-olives? Good, more for me!
So the real key to our family bowl night is a freezer item I stumbled upon at Whole Foods- falafel you can bake.