Thanks Fiona, good suggestions, I will have to try them next weekend. I don't mind the meat substitutes that are made of soy so that might really be worth a try. I actually really love tofu but the way I used to like it is not too heatlhy, sort of cut in cubes and pan fried in some oil. I might be able to do that with just a spray of the spray oil and see if its good that way. i like it with heaps of fresh vegies and rice. Trouble is I would be making it for myself because I can't see anyone in my relatively new step-house even trying it. That's half the battle. I like trying new things or new ways of cooking myself. Being the main cook too, there are always noses hanging around me in the kitchen and either being turned up with a "What's that"
sort of look, or a "Yum, lasagne, oh yeah!"
attitude. It can become disheartening when the noses are screwed up before they've even tried it. I was brought up to eat whatever was put on your plate, so my modern step-family can be a bit challenging that way. I haven't forced my daughter to eat whatever was put in front of her cause I think that was always half my problem with weight gain, but I have tried to teach her to try something before you can then say "I'm not fond of that", and never to say "Yuck" at someone else's plate of food. That's just good manners I reckon.
Thanks for the tips!