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any other stay at home moms out here??  i would love to connect and find out what you feed your kiddos.... ;D

I'm not a stay at home mom.... yet!

Oh, I'm not even a mom.... yet!

But I plan to stay home with my kids when we eventually get around to having some. I think stay at home moms are awesome... so kudos to you, and congratulations on being able to do it! My mom stayed home with my siblings and I until my younger sister was in primary school, and I appreciate it so much that she did that.

Good job!

;)b

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I suppose SAHMs would feed their kids the same thing that WOTHMs (that's work-outside-the-home moms) do:  Soylent Green.  Oh, wait, I read that has "natural flavors."

:howdy:

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I used to be a nanny! But.... that was before I was vegetarian, so I have no advice in regards to your actual topic.... I'm just hanging around to see what happens.

Maybe in 5 years or so we can talk about what I feed my kids! You know... when I have some.

8)

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I nannied over the summer and brought my own food. So, this really has nothing to do with anything except sort of touches lightly on the aspects you mention.

I was grateful I got to go home at night- kids are a full-time job, for sure. Totally rewarding, though.

Even though, like JC, I have none yet. But I will and I will probably be posting this in a few years time. :)

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Meggs! Maybe we can totally be SAHMs together and talk about what we feed our kids ALL THE TIME on VegWeb!

We'll even ressurect this thread!

AWESOME!

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any other stay at home moms out here??  i would love to connect and find out what you feed your kiddos.... ;D

This could be totally dependent on how old your kids are.

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Meggs! Maybe we can totally be SAHMs together and talk about what we feed our kids ALL THE TIME on VegWeb!

We'll even ressurect this thread!

AWESOME!

That would be hilarious. We'll raise it from the dead in a few years.  ;D

This could be totally dependent on how old your kids are.

True dat, but they're probably between infancy and 4, and she asked what you'd feed them so I'd say they're of the age where they can eat, soooo probably 2-4-ish?

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so I'd say they're of the age where they can eat, soooo probably 2-4-ish?

Because before the age of 2, they're just seedlings. You water them twice a day and they're good to go.

;D

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so I'd say they're of the age where they can eat, soooo probably 2-4-ish?

Because before the age of 2, they're just seedlings. You water them twice a day and they're good to go.

;D

You know what I meeeeeean.

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Drats. I only got one of the ages right.
I'm pretty sure I'd have to spread the ages out a bit more, but if I had twins, I'd be done. However, you didn't plan it that way, so...
:o

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I just want one to spoil the crap out of. Or maybe two.

Oh wait. Meggs needs to meet a man first. ugh.

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Arabella, would it be totally inappropriate to ask how old you are? Because if it is, that's cool. I'm all about asking inappropriate questions.

;)b

I thought I'd have had me some bebehs by now... I'm 25. The boyfriend wants to wait until he's got a stable job before we get married... which is great... you know, really responsible and all. But the biological clock! OMG!

I plan to have 2. Unless I get a dose of twins the second time around. Or the first time, even... who knows? I might really enjoy pregnancy and feel jipped if I had two at once! I'm not sure how long I'd wait between them. Get the first one potty trained at LEAST, I'm sure!

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I'm all about asking inappropriate questions.

I thought I'd have had me some bebehs by now... I'm 25.

I <3 inappropriate questions.

AND

I'm so freaking FAR BEHIND. Where's Eric? We need to start on our 4.86 children PRONTO.

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you should check out the vegan dad blog http://vegandad.blogspot.com/

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i am!  :)

i have a 20 month old daughter who eats like a freakin PIG. we talk about her ravenous appetite all the time. one of her favorite foods is tofu, which she calls fofu. the super firm, cubed kind i just heat it up with olive oil garlic and a little bit of sea salt. she eats a LOT of fruit. try frozen grapes! they are awesome. and they last way longer in the freezer. ummm...spaghetti, veggie lasagna, oatmeal, mashed potatoes, the child loves asparagus and sauteed spinach....vegan cheesecake, baked potatoes....i mean, i guess just regular stuff. i should note that i am vegan, but she is not. she doesn't eat meat, EVER...but she drinks milk and eat things that are made with milk/eggs. my husband is omni, so we compromise....

how about you? any interesting ideas?

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I have not found kids to be expensive at all. I don't think Lyle has cost us a dime yet. We have all hand-me-downs.....and Noah wears mostly thrift store clothes. I guess the only thing that costs more is that we do things with the kids that we would not normally do, which is great, because otherwise we might not leave the house. I think perhaps its one reason to have kids....you sort of get to live things over again through the eyes of a kid. Using cloth diapers and breastfeeding help for sure. We are a family of four living off of one teacher's salary and we are making it!

Noah will eat just about anything. He likes his food plain and separate so if I'm making a dish with lots of ingredients I pull some portions out for him and leave it separate and unseasoned. I think he's starting to like flavor though....in time.

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I am trying to remember those ages, but honestly, I just cant.  My daughter will be 16 in May.  hahah  She eats whatever she likes.  She makes cookies from scratch just to make me proud!  hahah

Soy free babies should not be too hard.  They don't have ideas of what they want to eat already; IE: just yogurt and chicken nuggets.  So you are already one step ahead.

Try things like roasted veggies.  Diced or cubed potato, zucchini, carrot, mushroom, cauliflower, bell pepper and turnip all lightly coated with oil and seasoned with salt and pepper.  Roast at 400 for 30 minutes or until the hardest veggie is soft.  This should give you a wide range of baby grabable goodies that will show you which ones they do like.  I would also always have on hand a wide range of raw veggies that they like and whole fruits. 

Make things with beans, lentils and whole grains.  Rice & Beans are awesome and can be any varieties and flavor combinations.  Grains like millet, quinoa, and amaranth are tasty and can be added to rice to give a flavor boost and great texture. 

If you want faux meat make seitan with beans, like ChickPea Cutlets from Veganomicon.  (Google Chickpea Cutlets and you can find the recipe online at Chow.)  I am sure you could make all sorts of meatz from a variety of beans, spices and vital wheat gluten.  Just research, think creatively and experiment.

Also check out the Vegan Lunch Box blog for ideas. 

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can i ask you how you know that your LO is getting enough protein and whatnot? 

i pretty much rely on tofu for the protein. so that isn't really helpful for you. quinoa is pretty packed with protein....you'd be surprised at how much is in there...since i think that she is too young for nuts, i can't look to those for protein...soy yogurt....oh...you can't do that...hmmm. i didn't really realize how much i use soy! :)  i generally don't worry too much b/c she is growing at an abnormally fast pace (she is 3 ft. tall and 31 lbs) so she is obviously not malnourished! hahaha.... you should really look for quinoa. it is so easy, and versatile! are you raising your little ones to be vegan? i have noticed that i get a LOT of weird looks when i say that she doesn't eat meat. i really want to raise her vegan, but my husband and his parents would never go along with it. do you catch a lot of crap for your choices? i'm the only veggie mom i know IRL, so it's tough...

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I can roast veggies, so you can do it, too!

The only prep it takes is chopping, which you can do and then just freeze the raw veggies until it's time to cook. Add yummy spices like rosemary and thyme... and I think I use sage, also. Add just enough oil to coat the pieces, toss it around a bit... and don't be shy with the spices! Put it all in a baking dish and just check it now and then until it smells like heaven and everything is nice and soft, but not mush!

It's waaaay easy, especially if the chopping is done ahead of time.

I'd suggest to get more grains just buy whole grain everything. That's what I do and it's really not too hard. Whole grain pasta is yummy! I bet the kids would love rotini noodles!

I don't think you have to worry so much about protein. People don't need as much as we're led to believe. If you eat and feed them a well-varied diet and include a wide variety of stuff then you've got nothing to worry about. Just don't feed them salad everyday for every meal.

:P

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great tips!! fantastic....i have to admit though, reading the above almost feelings like reading a foreign language.  i wouldn't even know what to do with grains....you're saying like mix them up and put them in like lasagna or something?  or use as meat-sauce for pasta? 

and as for roasting veggies...you're saying cut them up and put them in the oven with oil and spices and cook at 400 degrees until soft?  that does sound good and i am confident my kids would love that.  i'm going to try that....what kinds of veggies should i use?  green pepper...onion...tomato...potato...mushroom....ok, i'm getting hungry again.

To answer the bolded question... No.
If you want to make lasagna use sauted or roasted veggies like mushrooms or eggplant.  If you want to create a pasta sauce, again use veggies that you saute.  If your kids do not like chunky sauce, blend it up into a creamy one.

To use whole grains like millet, amaranth, quinoa and brown rice simply cook them as you would rice.  I like to make a pilaf type side dish of 1/3c rice, 1/3c quinoa and 1/3c millet & amaranth mixed together.  Add this to 2 cups boiling veggie broth, cover, lower the heat and simmer covered 20 minutes.  The rice provides a neutral background, the grains each impart their own flavor and texture making it a very interesting side dish to a faux meat (such as a Gardenburger Riblet or Boca Chik Pattie) and steamed veggies.

If all you cook is pasta, I would integrate whole wheat pasta and brown rice pasta into the rotation as well.

To make rice and beans simply saute half a diced onion, half a diced bell pepper and one clove garlic until softened.  Add in 1 cup of rice (or rice & grain mixture) and 1 can (or 2 cups cooked) beans.  Add in 2 1/4 cups broth, bring to a boil and simmer covered for 20 minutes.  You can have a huge variety of rice, beans and spices so that even if you eat rice and beans every day for a week, you never eat the same thing twice.  If you want to read some more, check my blog here for a detailed post!

The best advice is for you to read vegetarian or vegan blogs by other mothers, read recipes and cookbooks, check out the daily nutritional requirements during development (Google will be your friend there!) and even check out the essay's available here on VegWeb's Home Page.

There is a TON of information out there.  Tap into it.  Research what your kids need and learn from the information you gather.

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