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Cooking for kids who want less meat

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 26, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Hi everyone,

I am quite new to the paleo/primal lifestyle. I found it searching for ways to help members of my family who suffer from obesity. I need to move slowly with my children so I won't have an outright mutiny. So far I have cut out nearly all of the added sugar and hfcs and cut way down on the grains. The biggest problem I have now is that my kids are not really interested in meat as a main part of most meals. They miss things like lasagna and pasta. Please give me some suggestions for dishes that don't revolve primarily around the meat?

Thanks!

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on July 27, 2012
at 01:59 PM

Luckily for us, our two boys are total carnivores. My youngest (5) has been funny about veggies lately, but we just stand our ground. We also do a sticker chart for good behavior. When he accumulates 10 stickers, he gets a small trinket (worth $5 or so). If he puts up a fuss at meal time, no sticker for that day! It also helps get him into the bath, too :-)

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on July 26, 2012
at 11:30 PM

Thanks for the great links. I will try the lasagna this week.

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on July 26, 2012
at 11:30 PM

Thanks for the link! I will definately try to involve the kids more in cooking. Its so hard to watch them go completely off the rails when they are out of the house but I know I have to go sloowwwww.

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on July 26, 2012
at 11:29 PM

Thanks for the great link. One of the side benefits of this new lifestyle is that I'm finally learning to cook!

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on July 26, 2012
at 11:28 PM

I've never heard of meatza but it sounds like a great idea!

590ab6ce79d083f46f8bf5288b70bce7

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on July 26, 2012
at 11:28 PM

Thanks. This is great advice and encouragement. Sometimes its hard to go slowly when I'm so fired up about this. I have to remember that the rest of the family just isn't there yet. I really appreciate this website and all of you wonderful people!

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on July 26, 2012
at 07:16 PM

My favorite alternative to spaghetti. Shredded coconut + homemade vodka sauce.

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at 07:13 PM

Haha @ gratuitous method of digital entertainment. It soo works! But I agree it should be used as a last resort. Meals can and should be stress free.

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Spaghetti squash with meat sauce.

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on July 26, 2012
at 05:08 PM

make the meat part of the meal, not a side item. like:
moussaka - http://www.thefoodee.com/recipe/867/
lasagna (omit flour it's not needed) - http://www.food.com/recipe/zucchini-lasagna-lasagne-low-carb-749
stuffed peppers - http://paleogurlkitchen.blogspot.com/2011/06/mexican-stuffed-bell-peppers.html
etc.

0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

(5150)

on July 26, 2012
at 07:16 PM

My favorite alternative to spaghetti. Shredded coconut + homemade vodka sauce.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on July 26, 2012
at 06:55 PM

Spaghetti squash with meat sauce.

590ab6ce79d083f46f8bf5288b70bce7

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on July 26, 2012
at 11:30 PM

Thanks for the great links. I will try the lasagna this week.

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5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

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on July 26, 2012
at 06:03 PM

What helped for us was to simply explain why we have chosen to eat this way and why they should, too.

If you want a little help in that regard, check out the book "Eat Like a Dinosaur" http://paleoparents.com/eat-like-a-dinosaur/

They do a pretty good job of adding in ways to involve the kids in cooking, which makes it fun and makes them feel like they are a part of this new way of eating, instead of just being subjected to it.

If that fails, there is always the "Eat what we fix, or no Xbox/TV/iPod/Kindle/Computer/Movies/(insert gratuitous method of digital entertainment here)"

We don't have to resort to that very often, but it is VERY effective. Best of luck!

590ab6ce79d083f46f8bf5288b70bce7

(10)

on July 26, 2012
at 11:30 PM

Thanks for the link! I will definately try to involve the kids more in cooking. Its so hard to watch them go completely off the rails when they are out of the house but I know I have to go sloowwwww.

C0c839648b31512515daaffe8e4e9ad1

(468)

on July 26, 2012
at 07:13 PM

Haha @ gratuitous method of digital entertainment. It soo works! But I agree it should be used as a last resort. Meals can and should be stress free.

5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

(3614)

on July 27, 2012
at 01:59 PM

Luckily for us, our two boys are total carnivores. My youngest (5) has been funny about veggies lately, but we just stand our ground. We also do a sticker chart for good behavior. When he accumulates 10 stickers, he gets a small trinket (worth $5 or so). If he puts up a fuss at meal time, no sticker for that day! It also helps get him into the bath, too :-)

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on July 26, 2012
at 06:57 PM

Definitely don't worry about going too slowly. I was horrifyingly worried that my daughter would never cross over to a grain-free diet, but I added her fav (chicken nuggets) on TOP of her pasta, and put butter on everything, and now she just wants the chicken nuggets with butter and no pasta.

If you've succeeded at all, that's a success. Take it one day at a time and if your children have succeeded in ANYTHING, praise them. They are healthier and working at it and it is working. Anyone can only change one thing at a time.

When the stress from this situation dials down, try again (with my daughter it only took 1 or 2 days). Offer meat again when they are not agitated about it. In the meantime, offer more of what they like as far as veggies and fruits and eggs, butter, oils, milk, yogurt, etc. I found that sweetened dried fruit may even be a better option than candy.

Edit: *By the way: Don't say they can never have some things they love. If it's against the rules and they love it, give it to them (although less of it?), but maybe on an increasingly less frequent basis. My advice.

By the way: You're doing a great job!

590ab6ce79d083f46f8bf5288b70bce7

(10)

on July 26, 2012
at 11:28 PM

Thanks. This is great advice and encouragement. Sometimes its hard to go slowly when I'm so fired up about this. I have to remember that the rest of the family just isn't there yet. I really appreciate this website and all of you wonderful people!

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on July 26, 2012
at 05:34 PM

I get a lot of my kid-friendly recipes from http://www.paleoparents.com. Even my pickiest child who is a die-hard bread and pasta eater will eat the mock pastas and such from those recipes.

590ab6ce79d083f46f8bf5288b70bce7

(10)

on July 26, 2012
at 11:29 PM

Thanks for the great link. One of the side benefits of this new lifestyle is that I'm finally learning to cook!

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on July 26, 2012
at 05:22 PM

Try using thin slices of familiar meats as bases for veggies and sauces. Like little stacks or the ever-popular meatza.

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on July 26, 2012
at 11:28 PM

I've never heard of meatza but it sounds like a great idea!

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