Cheese Pizza

Dec
2


Weston has decided to become a vegetarian.


So now I’m cooking for a vegan, a vegetarian, and a couple of meat eaters.

NO PROBLEM.

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By the way, this is what the other pizzas looked like:

The vegan girlfriend wasn’t here last night, so I was spared further culinary gymnastics.

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on December 2, 2010  

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  1. 12-2
    9:10
    am

    What made him decide to become a vegetarian? I know of some people who used to be because of animal cruelty, but changed that when they learned about free range meat. Kids are definitely an adventure. lol

  2. 12-2
    9:12
    am

    He said it was healthier…… I think there was some vegan girlfriend influence. Girls are very powerful when you’re a 17-year-old boy.

  3. 12-2
    9:24
    am

    make him cook his own…it will be good for him in more ways than one! reality is always good therapy…

  4. 12-2
    9:33
    am

    I agree with Joy. I would say, Honey, you know I love you, and respect that you have ideas of your own. You are welcome to cook whatever you like as long as you clean up after yourself and it fits into our food budget. But please respect my ideas too. I will continue to cook as usual.
    You are not a short order cook. You have plenty to do without trying to cook all those different meals. As far as the girlfriend goes, if she won’t eat what you make, she can bring her own food from home.

  5. 12-2
    9:39
    am

    Goodness!!! I don’t quite agree with being a vegetarian is healthier but either way both those pizzas look absolutely delicious!!! I would anything you cook. :-)

  6. 12-2
    9:49
    am

    Suzanne –

    I’ll take two of each of those pizzas! They look scrumptious! Don’t worry, by the time barbeque season rolls around, he’ll be ready for a burger – LOL!
    By the way, I made my 2nd Homemade Hamburger Helper using your recipe the other night. I made the lasagna version, and like the Cheeseburger macaroni one, they loved it! I switch out the beef for ground turkey breast, they didn’t care. No leftovers! Thank you so much for you wonderful recipes.

    Elaine Allen

  7. 12-2
    10:07
    am

    No vegans or vegetarians at our house. Only Meat-a-tarians…..

  8. 12-2
    10:15
    am

    Look’s YUMMY! I love cheese pizza. :snoopy:

  9. 12-2
    10:35
    am

    Ooh, I like Joy’s idea. It would certainly test his sincerity of being a vegetarian if he has to cook it himself.

    When I swore off red meat for about 4 years, I was lucky enough to have a loving husband that would made 2 versions of everything – beef tacos for him / chicken for me. Spaghetti sauce w/ hamburger for him / marinara for me. I don’t know how he survived it. Going to a friend’s house and being served a steak, I’d eat it to not cause any upset. I went back to eating red meat after a while. It was easier for everyone.

  10. 12-2
    10:47
    am

    Good for him! In so many ways it’s better for him.

  11. 12-2
    10:54
    am

    I’d recommend getting him to cook some meals himself, too — but not so much because it might snap him out of it. When I was in college it was swarming with what I call “popcorn vegetarians” — kids who became vegetarian in high school but had no idea how to feed themselves. They tended to live off potato chips and other snack foods. It would be great if he learned (from an obviously fantastic cook) how to make nutritious vegetarian meals. (Tell him that learning to cook will impress his girlfriend). ;)

    And to save yourself some time (because you really aren’t a short order cook) — my mom was no chef, so she bought me my own vegetarian cookbook when I deviated from the rest of the family at age 13. These days you don’t even have to buy a book:

    http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipes/

  12. 12-2
    10:58
    am

    All of it looks scrumptious!! And a perfect use for your wonderful mozzarella!

  13. 12-2
    11:16
    am

    Our ten-year-old granddaughter is loving learning to cook. The cute thing is: while she is cooking, she wants the TV turned on to the Cooking Channel.

  14. 12-2
    11:18
    am

    oh my, both pizzas look so yummy. I’ve begun making my own pizzas too, dough and all. they taste so much better and at least I know what’s in them. I applaud Weston’s decision to explore other options, and perhaps keep his cholesterol lower in the process. good for both him and his girlfriend for expanding their worlds! they can always change their minds, but for now, I respect their choices. :yes: :yes: :yes:

  15. 12-2
    11:40
    am

    When there are omnivores, vegans, and vegetarians eating at the same time, can the vegetarians just eat the vegan food? That might make things a little easier for the cook.

  16. 12-2
    11:53
    am

    Let them eat salad! Or, as others have suggested, cook for themselves.

  17. 12-2
    12:12
    pm

    I don’t think he is a vegetarian if he eats cheese pizza since the product comes from cows….right..?
    A vegan eats some milk, cheese and eggs I think..?

    I worked for a doctor who was a true vegetarian….and he would never eat cheese, or milk products much less meat…all his food milk sources were soy based..(veggie)..yuk…always veggie this and veggie that, of course he had the money to buy a lot of imported varieties in the winter….The breads he ate where chewy, like bricks…ewwwww..It would drive me crazy when we had a Christmas dinner at work…he would ask all kinds of questions about what was in our food that we made…I quit trying to fix anything that he would eat..and decided to let him just bring what he wanted to eat by himself…LOL…I know the wonderful aroma of the foods others brought would just about starved him to death…you know how those dinners are …everyone bringing their own best,favorite and delishious recipe..LOL

  18. 12-2
    12:25
    pm

    Millions of vegetarians have fallen by the wayside having been charmed by the magic of bacon. I suggest becoming an bacon agent provocateur. He will be back into the meat eating fold in no time. Even teenage hormones cannot withstand the delectable aroma of frying baon. Having once aquired the taste,it is never forgoten.

  19. 12-2
    12:27
    pm

    I’ve wondered what would happen if Weston’s relationship with the cutie continued! heh

  20. 12-2
    12:39
    pm

    B. Ruth, no, vegans are the ones who will eat no animal products at all (no eggs or dairy). Vegetarians do eat eggs and dairy.

  21. 12-2
    1:01
    pm

    The cheese pizza would be my pick! Although I’m definitely a carnivore, the sausages and pepperoni on pizza give me heartburn so I actually love a good veggie pizza piled high with peppers, onions, mushrooms and black olives.

  22. 12-2
    1:04
    pm

    I just want your pizza! Do you deliver?

  23. 12-2
    1:09
    pm

    I think it’s great you are supportive of their explorations of food! I look forward to seeing more vegetarian recipes…and I love a nice piece of :cowsleep:

  24. 12-2
    1:10
    pm

    Get him a copy of Laurel’s Kitchen for Christmas and let him run with it.

    I was a vegetarian for several years in my later teens and early 20’s.

    I did my own cooking and shopping because my family didn’t have any idea of how to make something vegetarian. I’m sure they thought I would get some form of horrible vitamin deficiency and die but I survived and I’ve been a happy omninivore for many many years now, lol

  25. 12-2
    1:37
    pm

    Good for you for going with him on this. My daughter has gone in and out of vegetarian life-style for years now. And you know what? It’s not any harder to fix veggie than it is to cook a regular meal. You don’t really have to do two of everything. Keep some cooked beans, cooked rice and cooked grains in small containers in the freezer. I’d like to keep some in there for ME. Fix the meat for you and Morgan. Heat some beans and rice for Weston. The rest of the meal should work for him. If you’re making a casserole, just take out a portion for him before the meat is added, and cook his portion along with yours. Not really a big deal. Your regular veggies, breads, etc should work for him – just like the pizza did.

  26. 12-2
    2:03
    pm

    My nephew has been a vegetarian for probably 25 years and his mother, my sister, for probably 15. It can be contagious lol. I’m just too lazy for one thing to switch. I do like the idea of it though. But it also is a real pain sometimes when having them for dinner. They always say don’t worry about us but of course you have do. I normally always make a pasta dish but then I rarely make any of my potatoe dishes because I hate doing both and I can’t really just serve them potatoes for dinner lol.

  27. 12-2
    2:32
    pm

    Those pizzas look fabulous! I’m glad you are supporting Weston’s desire to explore other ideas. As long as he eats a balanced diet, it will be good for him. (And I say that as one who has no intention of giving up meat in this lifetime, although probably 2/3 of my meals are meatless.) But I also agree it is a great idea to encourage him to learn to cook. It seems fair that he should at least help shoulder any extra work that results from eating differently from the rest of the family. I can see that having 2 people in the kitchen simultaneously preparing different meals could be problematic and it might be easier for you to just do the cooking. But knowing how to cook will serve him well when he leaves home. He’s very lucky to have someone who can teach him!

  28. 12-2
    3:52
    pm

    There is a book, The Idiots Guide to Vegetarianism, which helps them understand how to eat to make sure they get all the nutrition they need. He might want to check it out. There’s also info on raising your kids as vegetarians. That’s for you, not him! lol

  29. 12-2
    3:55
    pm

    I agree that he should learn to cook his own meals, but only because feeding yourself is such a great way to gain respect for your body and the food chain. With such a great, resourceful cook as a role model, it will be easy for him to make the jump healthfully, and be able to decide if it’s really for him.

    We have been gravitating towards less meat without even intending to, maybe one out of every 15 or so meals is non-vegetarian these days, if that. It’s really easy if you cook every day from scratch, like to experiment with different cuisines (we eat a lot of Indian and Thai dishes in addition to chowders, pasta dishes, casseroles, etc.) and refuse to eat cheap meat that lived unhappy lives on corporate farms. I happen to like tofu but my husband hates it, so we never eat that or any fake soy foods (blegh). We get enough protein from a balanced, varied diet.

    Breakfast is usually yogurt or sheepsmilk and müsli, lunch is the big meal where vegetables play the big starring role, and dinner is often a slice of homemade bread and a slice of organic cheese on top, or leftovers, or a soup or salad of some kind.

    It’s really satisfying. :)

  30. 12-2
    4:10
    pm

    Good for him! I was vegetarian for many years and loved it. I got weak and lustful for the turkey one year at thanksgiving and lost it;) (Ironically, it was a show ABOUT turkeys/Thanksgiving that had turned me veggie in the first place).

    I felt really good on a veggie diet, and hope he enjoys it:)

  31. 12-2
    6:35
    pm

    I could really go for a piece of that right now!!! :shimmy: :snoopy: :woof:

  32. 12-2
    6:57
    pm

    Oh how I feel for you. Seven years ago my husband became macrobiotic and I was trying to do different meals for him and the kids and me. He pretty much is a vegan. He still won’t eat sugar. which is very hard. Me I love sugar :sun:

  33. 12-2
    10:20
    pm

    Thanks Suzanne….
    I knew it was something like that….the doctor called himself a vegetarian….but he was a vegan….aha!
    I think vegan is a relative new term also I think?
    At any rate…he would get more colds than any of us at the office…LOL

  34. 12-2
    10:25
    pm

    PS….
    My husband and I are vegatarians in the summer…well, except when the big red tomatoes are ripe and then bring on the bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwichs…
    as long as the garden is good we do without a lot of meat in the summer….LOL

  35. 12-3
    12:43
    am

    Kiddo, after the experience of raising 4 kids to maturity (all 4 have blessed me with grandchildren), I’ll tell ya’ a secret answer to this problem. . . . .

    Just fix a “normal” meal and tell ’em that: “If ya’ don’t like it, there’s the stove, refrigerator and pots and pans. . . . . FIX Y’R OWN MEAL!!!”

    I’ll GAURANTEE that that’ll END that nonsense.

  36. 12-3
    7:18
    am

    Weston doesn’t know how to cook? Imho, all kids should learn how to cook, just like they should learn how to do simple repairs. I sure wish I’d been taught auto mechanics or plumbing in high school instead of being restricted to home ec.

    I agree with Julia, when omnis, vegetarian, and vegans eat together let the vegetarians eat the vegan food, then there are only two things to worry about. It’s pretty simple to do both, use the same base and just throw meat into only half the stuff; if you need more protein, use tofu.

  37. 12-3
    8:15
    am

    Vegans will not eat any animal byproducts – eggs, cheese, honey…
    Lacto vegetarians will include dairy products – cheese, milk, yogurt etc.
    Vegetarians will not eat any meat – this includes fish, sea food, or any meat or fowl.
    I was lacto vegetarian for awhile couldn’t give up the cheese and yogurt!!!
    But my husband weaned me back because of the fish and seafood!!
    You can do a lot of recipes vegetarian and then just add meat to them especially stir fries, omelets, and rice dishes… Good luck with the multi course meals!!

  38. 12-4
    1:20
    am

    Oh wow..both pizzas look delicious..yum !!

  39. 3-7
    9:17
    am

    Wow, are you a restaurant too? I’m with Lynn on this one. My mom had a saying for us six kids around meal times: “Like it or lump it.” My youngest sister grew up on p.b and j sandwiches, and Ramen noodles. Weston is surly capable of making his own p.b. and j and boiling water, because you have enough on your already very full plate! And the girlfriend can cook for the both of them when she visits. Sheesh. Uh – gotta go, my cat just brought in a live bird and is toying with it – poor birdie!

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