We eat vegetarian meals about 50% of the time at the moment, and my children are clearly deprived of meat.
Tonight I served rump steak, baked jacket potatoes and a pumpkin and carrot soup. I gave J her piece of steak, and it was only when she asked for more that we realised that (in almost no time) it was gone. Neither of us even noticed her eating it, and bizzarely, she didn’t even have a knife.
So I gave her some of mine (a bit rarer than her piece), and thought I’d observe a bit more carefully. She gripped it in her hand, tearing pieces off like a lion, blood dripping down her chin and arm. Seriously gross.
When she saw that I was watching, she briefly interrupted her carnivore display to ask, “Mum, does meat have juice?”.
“Yes J, it’s called blood. Steak comes from cows, and cows have blood”.
And continued ripping pieces off with her teeth.
At least the poor animal didn’t die in vain…
I feel like I need to take a lesson away from this, but I’m just not sure exactly what that is.
A. Feed the girl more meat
B. Teach her some table manners
C. Keep her away from pets
D. Never serve her fava beans with a nice chianti
Our low animal protein diet has had some benefits though. I dragged P to the doctor yesterday for a general checkup, and his weight, blood pressure and cholesterol are perfect. I’m sure that would not have been the case in December.
How often do you eat meat? Every meal like we used to? Or are you reducing your intake too?