Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Our oldest son is coming to visit for a few days.
And the only issue is,
He "no eat no meat".
(do you recognize that from "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"?)
He's a Vegetarian.
He is not Vegan, so that gives me
a few more options.

Isn't this a beautiful salad?
Can't get much simpler than this.
(not my creation)
I can't feed him this every meal.

Got any ideas for something I can prepare
that doesn't revolve around pasta?
Seems like I feed him the
same ol' same ol'
each time he's here.

I'd love some ideas,
the simpler the better!

(is "simpler" even a word?)


Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I'm not much help at all. If my vegan child was coming for a visit, I'd have tofu and cooked chick peas in the refrigerator. Then I'd say "Help yourself, Bub!"

Chatty Crone said...

I am sure there are tons of recipes on the internet.

Hummus, peanut butter, ???

Susan said...

I had a friend that was partially vegetarian and she ate quiche and cheese pizza. Unfortunately, she did get quite large. I agree with Chatty, the internet holds a wealth of info in times of emergency. Have fun.

Mary said...

That's quite a dilemma! Baked potato with broccoli & cheese? Ditto on the internet suggestion!
And, if that doesn't work, he could always make his own dinner! :D

Anonymous said...

How about just plain ole bread and water? Oh, right, you want him to come back. Well, you shot down my pasta idea. The Hub, who is a meat eater, btw, sometimes like to go to those old fashioned cafes and order a vegetable plate. Green beans, fried okra, corn, etc. BOR-ING. Being a card-holding member of PETA (People Eating Tasty Animals), I can't think beyond bacon right now, so I'm off to fix me a BLT. Which, if you hold the bacon, would still be a pretty good sandwich.

Just Stuff From a Boomer said...

5 bean salad to go with grilled veggies like corn, zucchini, mushrooms, etc. to serve with rice. Have hummus and crackers or use as a veggie dip on hand. I'm not a big meat eater but I do like poultry and fish.

Good luck.

Sush said...

Hi Sweet Tea,
I personally am not a vegetarian. But I do love to eat vegetarian recipes and sometimes vegan. I also can go Ninny's route and love the PETA recipes as well. I do like this blog...she has great recipes and they are sometimes vegan sometimes simply vegetarian. Check out her perfect veggie burger recipe. You could mix up a batch to keep in the freezer? Or not. Anyhow I'm really interested to learn how you slap the feed bag on this son...and here's the blog:

Good luck, and why do we still aim so hard to please our kids palattes?


Jeanie said...

Veggie burgers on the grill with corn on the cob and baked beans? I bet he can give you some ideas of what he likes but doesn't cook for himself on a regular basis.

Marilyn Miller said...

Good luck! I remember when my daughter went through different stages of vegetarianism. Love, love the picture in the header. Just perfect.

Aloha Acres said...

I have no suggestions, but that salad sure would be good with some bacon on it. LOL

nancygrayce said...

My granddaughter came to visit one year after deciding she was a vegetarian. I just said.....that just won't work here......by the time she left, she had come to her senses! :)

In other words, I have no ideas!

NanaDiana said...

Hmmmm...How about Ceasar salad..almost a meal in itself...and even Taco Bell makes a no meat taco. You will figure it out-and he won't starve. xo Diana

bj said...

Google and you will find lots of inspiration for good meals for him.
May I tell you what Mr. Sweet and I had for dinner tonight..Very plain, downright country, probably, but sooo good.
Creamy Cheesy Potato soup, with sprinkles of chives and bacon...
Roasted veggies..(carrots green peppers, squash, onions, tomatoes...)
Hot water cornbread
Icy cold milk and Oreo cookies...
Now your boy is BOUND to like that.:))
A big pot of red beans is always great to have...
xoxo bj

Mom24 said...

Oh boy do I feel your pain! My oldest son is a vegetarian (brat!). He used to live far away (boo), and it was hard when he came to visit, but now they live right around the corner (yay!), and come to dinner often. It does get challenging.

One of our favorite meals, even among us non-vegetarians, is Prudence Pennywise's (don't ya love the name?) Southwest Brown Rice and Black Bean Burgers. Easy and delicious. I make it ahead a bit, it firms up with a little time in the fridge and sometimes a little more flour and an extra egg. I brown them in a cast iron skillet for a nice, crunchy crust, and serve with cheddar, colby or Monterey Jack cheese on top and a chipotle crema on the side with rolled up tortillas. Yum!

He also enjoys when I make grilled chicken gyros for the rest of the family he uses chickpeas and feta on his pita.

My boys also love Cooking Light's Middle Eastern Chickpea Burgers. They're easy, go together quickly and make them happy when I make burgers for the rest of us. http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/middle-eastern-chickpea-miniburgers-10000001932648/

Good luck!

Mom24 said...

Oops! *blushing* Forgot the link for the brown rice and black bean burgers. I really do recommend these. They're wonderful.


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