not eating flesh.
So, assuming a technological level roughly equivalent to... let's say 1700s, what would a vegetarian/vegan be eating? I need ideas for all year round since my story will cover at least one full year and a snowy winter will have to be planned for. My climate is roughly equivalent to New England, largely because I know it (Massachusetts). My characters will be living alone in a cottage in a generally wooded area with their own garden but probably not something with a large amount of grain since this area was held and tended by one adult. There will be a town within reasonable distance, and townsfolk would be accustomed to dealing with the cottager for healing and "magic" but not any more than they need to.
The adult is likely not vegetarian, their mythological basis is a phoenix, which is variably described but often includes eagles and herons in the description. I haven't decided yet if the adult character, who will find the kirin based character and take her in as a baby/young child, will know about her dietary restrictions or will have to find it out the hard way. If I do choose "the hard way" what sort of symptoms would the baby/toddler have to show they can't handle meat? I'd assume they'd just vomit it back up and/or have diarrhea, gas, and general intestinal unhappiness.
I'm working on what I will write for NaNoWriMo this year and I have hit a bit of a stumbling block. When pondering one of my main characters it occurred to me that, due to her species, she'd logically have to be at least vegetarian, if not vegan. She's a fantasy character based off a qilin/kirin which is noted for, among other things,