Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie
I've been a vegetarian for 30 years this year. 30 years! I'm damned proud of that actually. My boys are also vegetarian - they have been vegetarians from the moment of conception (husband is pescetarian). They have never eaten meat or fish in their lives (eldest is 13 this year, youngest is 10). They are both really cool with this. OK, there have been times when youngest asks about burgers, but, like me, the cruelty associated with the meat trade outweighs any desire to actually eat it. Saying that, I have always been very clear that once they are able to decide for themselves, then I have to respect their choice whether I like it or not. But I can't hide the fact from myself I hope they will always be vegetarians, it's such a wonderful, rich diet to have - guilt free.
Anyway, after I got on the scales after Christmas I was mortified (as expected), so I've been trying to make tasty, attractive food that's low in fat; using Quorn and other meat substitutes, actually makes this easy, especially when feeding the kids; we are vegetarians that enjoy meat alternatives. We do not eat meat because of animal cruelty, not because we don't like the taste of meat, but I know this varies for individuals.
And talking about kids, because if I had a pound for every time a meat eater had tried to "lecture" me about the dangers of babies and children not having meat in their diets (often these people don't have children themselves), my boys are strapping rugby players you would not want to mess with!
So, give it a go.
Even if it's Meat Free Monday, or Fish Free Friday. Linda McCartney, Quorn and various health food shops sell some amazing food products!