My youngest decided to turn vegetarian, this summer.
No problems for a keen cook who doesn’t mind cooking different dishes for different people at dinner, right? (For example, if I do spaghetti Bolognese – DH and I will have that, son will have the sauce with home-made wedges, and littlest will have the pasta with roasted Mediterranean veg – before she turned veggie, there would be grilled mini chicken fillets as well.)
Um – wrong. Because littlest hates tomatoes and cheese. Most of the veggie dishes in my repertoire contain a healthy dose of one or both – chilli, pasta sauce, ratatouille, curries (ha – I’ve managed to hide the tomatoes in curry), stuffed mushrooms/peppers/courgettes (zucchini) – and I absolutely refuse to let her live on quorn sausages 🙂
I’m trying to be supportive, so I’m sort of doing it with her (though not totally, because I function best on lean protein, lots of veggies and a few very small portions of slow-release starchy carbs). We’ve been experimenting. We’ve tried tofu in stir-fries (the first time, I discovered how bland the stuff is and it definitely needs marinating first). We’ve tried fish-free scampi (vile, vile, vile – she doesn’t mind it, but I hate the texture). Felafel went down well this weekend, but hummus (which I love) didn’t. Oh, and she’s a little bit finicky about sauces.
So I’m running out of ideas. (Doesn’t help that DH is off and we’re currently redecorating the house, so I’m a zombie from painting. And it’s been really humid at night for the last week in the UK – I would give an awful lot for one cool night so I get some sleep!)
This is where I hope, dear reader, that you might be able to help me – because the best bit of social media is being able to share ideas, right? 🙂 What’s your favourite veggie dish (which doesn’t contain either tomatoes or cheese)? Any links to recipes would be hugely welcomed!