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My daughter the vegetarian
 

John Maday

Many families have faced this, but it's a new one for me -- my 13-year-old
daughter recently decided she wants to eat vegetarian. What can I say? She's
13 and easily influenced by her friends, the media and celebrity lifestyles.
She's not a "vegan" anyway. She'll eat eggs and dairy, and doesn't object to
her food coming into contact with meat during the cooking process, such as
her veggie burger cooked on the same grill with my real burgers.
We're hoping it's a passing phase. Were concerned with her nutrition, and
talk with her about the role of meat in a healthy diet. Cooking a separate
entre adds to the already challenging process of putting a balanced dinner
on the table every evening. I'm also concerned over the expense.
I know that many nutritious veggies can be purchased at relatively low cost,
including good protein sources such as various types of beans. I eat all
those things too, along with my meat. But, like a lot of vegetarians, my
daughter likes something "meat like" with her dinner. That brings us to the
meat-substitute products that populate the frozen-foods section in your
local supermarket. I've learned they come in all kinds of shapes, textures
and flavor combinations to simulate a range of meat products.
This week, my wife requested I make a particular family favorite dish that
includes Italian sausages. I was making the grocery stop, so she asked me to
pick up the sausages along with other ingredients, and some "veggie
sausages" for the girl. When I reached the meat counter, I was happy to see
the store-brand Italian sausages, which are quite good, were on special –
two 18-ounce packages for $5. I grabbed two – one for dinner and one for the
freezer. Then I proceeded to the freezer section in pursuit of the
meatless-wonder sausages. After some searching, I found them – Morning Star
Farms Italian Sausage: "Classic veggie Italian sausage bursting with zesty
spices."
The nine-ounce package contains four sausages and cost $4.95. Ouch. I did
some quick calculations. The real sausages, admittedly on sale, cost about
$2.20 per pound. The veggie sausages cost four times as much, at $8.80 per
pound. For $5 I took home 36 ounces of actual Italian sausages, while for
the same price I received nine ounces of veggie sausage. (They would not fit
in a vegan diet.)
Now I know that most sausages, Italian or otherwise, are not the healthiest
meat selection. We cook them just occasionally. The veggie-sausage label
boast 66 percent less fat than pork Italian sausages and 120 calories per
serving. The ingredient list begins with "textured vegetable protein (wheat
gluten, soy protein concentrate, water for hydration caramel color), water,
corn oil and egg whites, followed by a long list of seasonings and other
ingredients.
I haven't tried the veggie sausages yet, but I'm guessing they'll taste OK
and do a reasonable job of imitating the texture of a meat sausage.
Nevertheless, they cost four times as much. Like I said, we're hoping it's a
passing phase.

2 comments:

Funny story, but at the same time nice, way to go sir!!!!!! Even you disagree you support her choice.

Exactamente me pasa lo mismo, tengo una hija de 15 años y desde hace 1 año que no come nada que tenga que ver con carne o embutidos. Tenemos una granja donde producimos ovinos y bovinos y algo de huevo de gallina. Es un negocio familiar con mas de 40 años. Saludos!!!

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