Anna June told us recently that she wants to become a vegetarian. At first, I wanted to just say no. She cannot be a vegetarian in our family when her uncle sells meat for a living. I was sad, thinking I would lose the convenience of school lunches. I was kind of mad, too - I did not want to do the math required to make sure she was getting enough iron, protein, etc.
She has so far been OK with where meat originates, although she recently has made more of a connection. She simply claims she does not like the way it tastes. I'm going to go ahead and declare she takes after her dad on that one. Thinking back, I can see this is true.
She also recently saw a news story about Chick-fil-A altering their iconic chicken sandwiches. She tried to tell me about it, citing pneumonia and ammonia, but it actually has to do with antibiotics. Maybe this got her thinking.
After a talk where I mentioned she was going to have to learn to love beans a lot more than she does now, I suggested that we start by having Meatless Mondays and seeing how it goes. She selected a recipe for tomorrow (Midwinter Minestrone from Rachael Ray's Look and Cook Book), and she promised to help. I'm already preparing her lunch twice a week - now one time will be on Monday.
We'll see how it goes.
In the meantime, I will continue to try to do my best at raising a real-life Lisa Simpson.