I was speaking with my friend Dani last night and she used to love meat and especially hearty dishes like ribs. I asked her why she became a vegetarian, she did so for health purposes – many families these days are vegetarian families and there are many great ways to make sure your kiddos get the nutrients they need.
“I can’t eat that, I’m a vegetarian!”
You may have heard kids in the cafeteria or at a birthday party say this as they passed on a burger and grabbed a slice of cheese pizza instead. Did you wonder what a vegetarian is exactly? A vegetarian is someone who doesn’t eat meat, and mostly eats foods that come from plants, like grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
Did you know…there are many types of vegetarians?
Here are some of them:
- semi-vegetarian: eats meat, but only fish and chicken
- pesci-vegetarian: eats only fish
- lacto-ovo vegetarian: eats no meat, but will eat dairy products (milk, butter, cheese) and eggs
- ovo-vegetarian: eats eggs, but no meat or dairy products
- vegan (say: vee-gun): eats no meat or animal products
Can Kids Be Vegetarians?
Kids can be vegetarians, but they can’t do it alone. They need grown-ups to help them make sure they get the vitamins and minerals they need. Eating a nutritious diet helps kids develop and grow as they should. Meat is a good source of protein, iron, and other important nutrients. So someone who’s a vegetarian needs to take care to replace those nutrients with non-meat foods.
CLASSIC VEGGIE BURGER RECIPE
These easy meatless burgers are prepared with bulgur wheat, canned pinto beans, grated carrots, and Swiss cheese. Cook the patties in a skillet!
Serving: 4 ppl
- 1/2 cup bulgur
- 1 can (15.5 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese
- 1/2 cup finely grated carrots (from 2 medium carrots)
- 1 scallion, thinly sliced
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 buns
- Sprouts, for serving
- Avocado slices, for serving
1. In a large bowl, combine bulgur and 1 cup boiling water. Cover tightly and let sit until bulgur is tender, 30 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing to remove liquid, then return bulgur to bowl. In a food processor, pulse pinto beans until coarsely chopped. Add beans to bulgur, along with Swiss cheese, carrots, scallion, and egg. Season with salt and pepper; mix well.
2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium. Add 1/2 cup bean mixture and press lightly with a spatula to flatten. Make 3 more patties, working in batches if necessary (add more oil for second batch), and cook until browned and cooked through, 3 minutes per side. Serve burgers on buns with sprouts and avocado slices.