I let my vegetarian kid cook a steak.

We’ve raised our kids to be mostly vegetarian.  We have fish once every week or two, but we never cook any other meat at home.  We sometimes eat meat in restaurants or in other people’s homes.  So it’s really more accurate to say we eat a low-meat diet than to say we’re vegetarian.  It’s more … Continue reading I let my vegetarian kid cook a steak.


Become a Temporary Vegetarian!

This is one of the easiest things you can do to make a positive difference in the world.  Every time you choose a vegetarian meal instead of meat, you conserve some resources.  You don't have to be vegetarian full-time or forever to make a difference. Meat production has a huge environmental impact.  Growing plants and … Continue reading Become a Temporary Vegetarian!

Four Weeks of Pesco-Vegetarian Dinners (winter, with a baby)

A pesco-vegetarian is someone who eats no meat except fish. That’s what we do when we’re at home and most of the time when we eat in other places.  Our 8-month-old daughter, Lydia, is abstaining from cow's milk until after her first birthday, because I have some family history of dairy allergies that may have … Continue reading Four Weeks of Pesco-Vegetarian Dinners (winter, with a baby)

Vegetarianism and Animal Rights: Explaining to Children

Welcome to the June 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Kids and Animals This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories and wisdom about kids and animals. *** When my cousin Samantha was three years old … Continue reading Vegetarianism and Animal Rights: Explaining to Children

Three Weeks of Vegetarian Dinners for Late Spring

I've previously posted four September/October weeks and four January/February weeks of my family's pesco-vegetarian menu, including a few seafood meals among the vegetarian ones.  In these three weeks in May and June, we did not include any seafood in the meals we made at home, so this meal plan is vegetarian.  However, we ate in … Continue reading Three Weeks of Vegetarian Dinners for Late Spring


I've done it again--suddenly thought of a word that nobody else ever used or, at least, that Google says nobody else has written on the Internet. Scientists will breed the grildebeest especially for barbecuing. This raises the deep moral question of whether it is very sad for the grildebeest or the grildebeest ought to be … Continue reading Grildebeest

Speedy Sushi and menu planning with a six-year-old

The obvious solution was to have Nicholas work with me on the menu plan. A side benefit is that he's more likely to eat meals he planned. I know that it usually works better to get him involved in what I want to do than to try to keep him occupied somehow so I can do it, yet sometimes assumptions like, "Children don't like to do that sort of thing," creep in and talk me out of even trying!