So, Chelsea has decided she is a vegetarian. She watched a video on You Tube called "Slaughter" or something, and decided she couldn't in good conscience eat meat any longer. She tried to get us to watch it too, but I was too squeamish and Bill said it would ruin his enjoyment when he ate a burger, to be thinking, "Poor Cow!"
Anyway, you have to realize that there are only two children at home now. This probably wouldn't have happened back when everyone was still home. I wouldn't have felt like I had the time to endulge anyone. My motto back then for meals was, "This is not a cafeteria. If you don't want to eat what I've made, you can make a peanut butter sandwich."
But, as I said, there are only two, so I looked up a lot of vegetarian recipes on Allrecipes.com and printed them out, put them in clear page protectors and put them in a notebook which I then labeled "Vegetarian" on the spine. I also found a list called Twenty for Twenty, Vegetarian Edition. It's twenty items to stock up on at the grocery store that will enable you to make twenty different vegetarian meals. I bought the things on the list and then gave the notebook to Chelsea and told her, "Ok, I've invested in this idea, now it's your turn." She has made several meals, some we have made together, and they've all been delicious. I still make meals with meat sometimes, but I make sure there are side dishes that she will be able to eat. I figure we are all eating healthier this way.