When Your Kid Turns Vegetarian

What should you do if or when your child decides to become a vegetarian? Here are seven ways to make family dinners work without losing your mind.


When a child decides to become a vegetarian, many parents react with dismay.  Many fear it will be too hard to cook for them.

For me, I was proud of my daughter Celia for following her heart and conscience, and I was determined to fully accommodate her choice.  However, I recognize that Celia was fortunate to have me at the helm of our family kitchen, since I am a professional cook and recipe developer with a particular focus on meatless recipes.  I understand that for many families, a transition like this can be very stressful.

Over the years I’ve found ways to make it easy to accommodate Celia’s vegetarianism. Here are seven quick tips, and places to focus on as you prepare your meals.

To learn more, read my latest column at The Washington Post.

When Your Kid Goes Vegetarian - Aviva Goldfarb

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