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My Cousins Invade Genghis Grill

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The last day of my cousins’ visit to Texas went by in a whirlwind. We swam– Oh yes, we DID venture into the cold water!

We took a long walk around my campus (SMU).
We met up with some of my friends, who LOVED the twins.

And then we went to Genghis Grill! While my parents and aunt filled their dinner bowls with meat, all three of my cousins opted for vegan meals! And Charlie kept repeating, “Tofu is my favorite food ever,” as he devoured piece after piece of his teriyaki tofu. You don’t hear that very often out of an omnivore’s mouth!

No one told Charlie that kids aren’t supposed to like tofu. Apparently, no one told Abby either. Look at all that tofu in her bowl! And look at that huge smile on her face!

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Jennifer says:

    You all look so cute! Sounds like you and your cousins had a blast. Way to show ’em a good time – vegan style.

  2. shellyfish says:

    Given the chance I think kids *love* tofu! My almost 3-year-old is thrilled when I take out a package of tofu from the fridge and I hardly have time to rinse it before she starts nibbling!

    And thank you for being so polite & asking about adding me to your blogroll – of course – I added you sans your permission…sorry… :)

  3. Jess - The Domestic Vegan says:

    I think you have the coolest cousins ever. That’s really awesome that they are being exposed to delicious vegan food before anyone gets the chance to place a stigma around it!! (Gotta get ’em while they’re young!) :) Just kidding. (Sort of.)

    I am extremely jealous of the green grass & sunny skies in your neck of the woods… However, all our snow should be gone by this weekend! Yay! FINALLY.

  4. laura jesser says:

    What fun!!! Looks like you had a great time.

    Of course you can add me–I’d be delighted! :)

  5. DJ says:

    Yay Tofu! That’s brilliant to hear – my little boy loves tofu too, but my daughter, who can remember a time before tofu, won’t go anywhere near it… one day…

  6. Bianca says:

    It’s awesome that you’ve been such a great influence on your cousins. You’re planting seeds and hopefully instilling food ethics that will stick with them for life.

  7. Romina says:

    I think you may have converted them to veganism! I can’t believe they like tofu, that’s so cute!

  8. aTxVegn says:

    You are all so cute! What a fun outing for everyone. Introducing tofu at an early age must be the trick to converting omnis to vegans.

  9. Rach-ums says:

    Adorable pics! Seems like you all had a grand time.

  10. Cody says:

    I can’t even imagine explaining veganism/vegan food to my cousins, nieces and nephews that are around that age… let alone convincing them to eat it.

    Looks fun, though. And I’m also a little jealous of the green and sunshine. The temperatures are rising here, but it’s still pretty dreary.

  11. pleasantly plump vegan says:

    i like kids that loke all kinds of food, especially tofu!

  12. loveofoats says:

    Awww I’m so jealous to see you swimming 😉 I can’t wait til our weather gets nicer! Looks like a fun time w/ your fam!

  13. Whaling Station Believer says:

    You seem like such a good cousin/host! I want to come visit hee hee!

  14. Kumquat Peekapoo says:

    What a sweet family you have! And it sounds like you serve as a very positive role model for them.

  15. Melody Polakow says:

    Looks like you all had a great time!

    My kids LOVE tofu… and always have.. people get so freaked out by tofu.. not sure why.

  16. Jenny says:

    What cool kids! And brave to get in that cold pool! Brrrr!

  17. Liz² says:

    I love Charlie’s tofu-eating face! It’s adorable, and what he said is adorable too. 😀

  18. Lizzy says:

    Adorable pictures! Now I wish my family would come visit me!

    I’ve had them since I was a kid, they’re so comfortable. The pair I own now is this one. I never thought I’d see someone my age wear Birkenstocks *high five* 😉

    I love the fact that they enjoy tofu so much!!!

  19. Alice (in Veganland) says:

    those tofu-eating-kids are so cute…If I ever have kids, I hope no one will tell them kids are not supposed to like tofu either!

  20. Vegan_Noodle says:

    Looks like lots of fun with the family!! I didn’t even try tofu until a few years ago… congrats on getting your cousins exposed to it, even better they actually like it!

  21. Rural Vegan says:

    I can’t believe you’re swimming! I had to scrape ice off my windshield this morning. Clearly I need to move!

    Isn’t tofu amazing? Everyone I’ve ever had try tofu loves it, despite its reputation for being “icky vegan food”.

  22. Mel says:

    Those are terrific pictures :-) You look like you had a great time with you cousins !

  23. Bonnie says:

    That’s amazing! I don’t think any of my cousins like tofu. Then again, maybe they haven’t tried it or haven’t tried it prepared the right way.

  24. Hey, I like tofu a lot, and I’m an omnivore and always will be! (Unless my body, God forbid, becomes intolerant toward animal products, anyway.)