Albert Einstein said “Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means”.
I pride myself on being a positive influence and strong role model for everyone I meet.
Those closest are often the hardest nuts to crack, however I think I managed to crack the biggest nut.
I’m often asked what to feed meat eaters.
This could be for a number of reasons:
-I have a high number of visitors to Vegie Head each month, who love the variety of filling and delicious recipes (vegans, vegetarians, meat eaters, raw foodies, paleo’s and gluten freebies!)
-Most of my recipes are easily adapted to have a protein added
-When you visit here, you generally want to eat less meat (or at least have a few dedicated nights where you don’t cook meat for your loved ones)
And I love all of these reasons!
It could also be that I have a meat eating husband.
When we first moved in together, there was quite a transition period.
He had come from a home where it was a 7-night-menu-of-meat. Lunch as well. Lots of white bread, cheese, milk (stupid though, as he is lactose intolerant) and minimal vegies.
I tried everything. We fought. Argued. He wanted more satisfying meals. He’d sneak in lunches with the boys most days and have drive through. He’d drink cans of coke (one of my most hated things!) and energy drinks.
So one day, I gave up.
I gave in.
I stopped trying to change him and force him. I told him he could eat whatever he wanted.
I’d cook my meals and eat them, while he would use the BBQ to cook sausages or steaks with my food as a side dish.
Then, something happened.
It was after 5 months of him eating whatever he wanted, when he came to me and said “I need some vegies. I need your food”.
For the three weeks he was in the USA earlier this year he also ate whatever he wanted. He came home and said exactly the same thing to me.
Now, he eats whatever I make without complaint (most of the time!) and has favourites that he will often ask for.
I don’t keep any animal products in the house, nor do I cook meat for him.
He often gets as many questions as a vegan does;
“Don’t you miss meat?”
“Is she starving you?”
“Is she turning you into a rabbit?”
“Do you sneak in a steak here and there?”
So I asked him to share his favourite Vegie Head recipes that even the biggest meat eater would love.
Crispy Kale and Pumpkin Croquettes
Vegie Head Vegie Bake
Vadais – Lentil Chilli Patties
Kale, Mushroom and Roasted Beet Pita Pizza
Thai Red Curry
Pumpkin and Chickpea Tagine
And just quietly, Mr Vegie Head had to approve of all of the recipes that went into the new eBook ‘Main Essentials’
These were his faves!
Coconut and Vegetable Curry
The Best Spicy ‘Brinner’ Beans
Smoky-Sweet BBQ Tempeh with Roasted Sweet Potato + Cheezy Ranch Dressing
And I’m proud of him. He is listening to his body. He knows how he feels when he eats less meat. He looks and feels better.
It’s easy now- there are no arguments and no expectations. He looks forward to dinner and I love making it for him.
He’s my biggest fan, and the biggest pain in my arse.
But I love him.
He’s a meat eater, and that’s ok with me.
Setting an example is easier than you think. Just be positive, enjoy the moment and allow the delicious smells of food to waft past the noses of your loved ones.
They won’t be able to resist the delicious-ness!
We can all positively impact those around us by doing the smallest things.
I’d love to hear how you positively impact the people in your life; and what Vegie Head dishes are favourites in your home??
I’m going to cover more of this topic in The Vegie Head Academy (which is looking to be a full intake already!). If you want to be the first to know more about the academy when it goes live, be sure to keep an eye on your inbox!
Sending you love,
Mrs and Mr Vegie Head xxx