Breaking News: Children Are Annoying Sometimes

Everyone in this family has an unfortunate Sugarfish habit.

When I was about thirteen, I announced to my family that I was a vegetarian. I’m pretty sure I gave them a song and dance about loving animals, cows are our friends, etc etc, but really: I was mostly just trying to be irritating, because thirteen.

A few weeks ago, my ten-year-old announced that he is a vegetarian, and shan’t be consuming meat anymore. “No meat at all?” I inquired.

“None,” he said.

“Why?” I asked.

“Because I love animals,” he said. (And also “I am at the precise age where I start being a pain the butt and enjoying the prospect of making my mother’s life more difficult.” Perhaps that last part remained unspoken, but it was most definitely there.)

“So you know, honey, sushi isn’t vegetarian,” I said.

…And, just like that, he became a pescatarian. Which, you know, fine – healthy, etc – but also like 50% of my recipe repertoire include meat, including personal favorites such as chicken thighs, pot roast, or (literally) killer steak (please click on that last link; you will not be disappointed). I’m on board with reducing meat consumption in our house (which will be a necessity, because mama ain’t making different meals for different family members), but I’m just not super well-versed in vegetarian and seafood recipes. (Not to mention that seafood, if purchased sustainably, is seriously not cheap.)

Leaving a few pescatarian-friendly recipes of my own below, but I’d love to hear your favorites! Help a girl with a pain-in-the-butt preteen out?

Top image by Kim Butan for Cloth + Stone Studio.


Absolutely Perfect Shrimp Rolls

I’m very particular about my lobster rolls – I need them to be juuuust the right combination of lobster meat and mayo, with very few other ingredients gunking up all that perfect simplicity – and it turns out I’m equally particular about shrimp rolls. Which means that when I tell you that the one that I have been making constantly these past few weeks is perfect, I mean it. It’s perfect.


Mom's Spinach Lasagna

This recipe makes children eat spinach. Like, request it. What?! (And it keeps really well in the freezer if you want to eat half now and save the rest for a day when you are too tired to do things like construct layered pasta dishes.)


Little Italy-Style Baked Penne

Inspired by my faaaaavorite dish from a little restaurant in Little Italy that my parents and I used to go to all the time, this pasta is not healthy – no, no – but holy, is it ever good.


Lentil "Bolognese"

This recipe is not only vegetarian, it’s also really healthy (full of vegetables and protein) and REALLY good. Like, as good as “real” (meaning meat-containing) bolognese. Maybe even better. No joke.


Instant Pot Lentil Soup

Feeling sick? This shall cure you.


Fettuccine with Shrimp, Peas & Spinach

I first discovered this recipe from a post that Big Girls Small Kitchen wrote for the Ramshackle Glam Community (those of you who were around way back in the way-back beginning of the site might remember that), and it was so incredibly delicious – and surprisingly simple (and I know, it doesn’t look especially simple, but I swear it is) – that I started making it all the time.


Baked Salmon in White Wine and Herbs

So easy – and super fun to have your kids help make the little aluminum foil “boxes” the salmon gets baked in.

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