This past week I challenged the family to eat all vegetarian dinners. A family of four, my younger son and I find this rather natural (I was vegetarian through college and grad school and once I included meat in my diet after marriage I still pretty much never ate red meat....I might be able to count the number of burgers and steaks I have had since childhood on two hands...), but my husband and older son are total carnivores. However, they have become increasingly open-minded in the past year or two. :)
Here is our dinner menu for the week! The entire CSA box was used up before picking up the new box late Thursday. :)
veggies for soup
veggies for soup
SUNDAY: Vegetable Soup (made with vegan broth, onion, carrots, celery, swiss chard stems chopped finey, tomatoes, potatoes, herbs and a tiny bit of wild rice. Served with homemade cheesy garlic biscuits. They LOVED it!
MONDAY: Quinoa with Black Beans and Corn courtesy of Leo Babauta from The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life). Sour cream on the side plus salad. They devoured this!
TUESDAY: I made the Kale and Potato Casserole that I posted about earlier, except that I substituted my swiss chard leaves for the kale. Everyone also got half of a cheddar cheese quesadilla (I think hubby got three halves!). They LOVED it.
WEDNESDAY: Asian-style stir-fry over brown rice. The recipe I built this around is here. This dinner was not loved, but it was agreeable and all eaten. They also got homemade banana bread (recipe here) so that always helps. ;) Both dinner and banana bread were vegan.
THURSDAY: Crazy day and late appointments. Dinner was grilled cheese sandwiches for most (I had greek yogurt with granola) plus a yummy fruit salad I had made with oranges, grapefruit, apples and strawberries.
Cooking from scratch and eating this way forces me to be more creative. It also does require a bit more prep work than I am used to and sometimes after work I honestly just want to collapse because I am so tired! If anyone has suggestions to help with this, I would LOVE it. But I think that moving toward more vegetarian cooking will help the carnivores eat more of their share of veggies, help with everyone's overall health, reduce the grocery bill, and fit a bit better with my overall values. We will see!