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vegan recipes and snack ideas for your healthy tot.
Disclaimer:
I am not a doctor, dietician, or nutristionist.

I am just a mother (of a very hungry toddler) with a decent amount of common sense and a library card.

I'm on a mission to re-define the term "kid friendly" because I believe kids deserve more than Happy Meals and type 2 diabetes.
  • February 7, 2013 4:15 pm

    Lasagna Roll-Ups with Cashew Ricotta 

    This is one of those recipes that is a little labor intensive, but so worth it. If you want to save a little time you could make the cashew ricotta the day before, then all you’d have to do is assemble everything before baking.

    • 1 box whole wheat lasagna noodles
    • 4 to 5 cups of your favorite tomato sauce
    • cashew ricotta (recipe follows)

    Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta and lay each one flat on a piece of parchment to prevent them from sticking together. Pour one cup of tomato sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish. Assemble the lasagna by spreading 1/3 cup of the cashew ricotta over each noodle, then roll them up and place them seam side down in the casserole dish. Pour remaining tomato sauce on top. Cover with foil and bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes. Let the lasagna cool for about 10 minutes before serving. 

    Cashew Ricotta Filling

    • 16 ounces of raw cashews
    • 1 big handful of basil
    • juice of one lemon
    • pinch of nutmeg
    • 1 small onion, diced
    • 2 cups mushrooms, diced
    • 10 ounce package frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
    • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
    • 1/2 cup vegan cream cheese

    Soak cashews in hot water for an hour. After they are tender, drain the water off and throw them in a blender with 1 cup of water, basil, lemon juice, and nutmeg. Blend it all together until the cashews become creamy, add more water if needed. The end result should look a lot like hummus. While the cashews are soaking, saute onion, mushrooms, spinach and garlic over medium heat until everything is cooked through. Lower heat and stir in nutritional yeast, cream cheese, and cashew mixture. Salt to taste.

  • February 5, 2013 12:05 pm
    Garden Ranch Dressing

• 2 cups Reduced Fat Veganaise
• 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
• juice of one lemon
• 1/2 cup chopped seedless cucumber
• 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
• 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh herbs (I use equal amounts of flat leaf parsley, dill, and chives)
• 2 tsp. dried minced onion
• 2 tsp. garlic powder
• 1 tsp. salt
• 1 tsp. black pepper

Blend everything together and refrigerate for 24 hours before serving. Eat with your favorite veggies or just straight out of the jar with a spoon (I won’t judge you). Die of happiness. View high resolution

    Garden Ranch Dressing

    • 2 cups Reduced Fat Veganaise
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
    • juice of one lemon
    • 1/2 cup chopped seedless cucumber
    • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
    • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh herbs (I use equal amounts of flat leaf parsley, dill, and chives)
    • 2 tsp. dried minced onion
    • 2 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1 tsp. black pepper

    Blend everything together and refrigerate for 24 hours before serving. Eat with your favorite veggies or just straight out of the jar with a spoon (I won’t judge you). Die of happiness.

  • February 4, 2013 1:40 pm

    Falafel Nachos!

    All you need for these are:

    • Falafel Chips
    • Hummus
    • Tomato
    • Cucumber
    • Paprika/Parsley (for garnishing)

  • February 3, 2013 11:31 am

    Valentine’s Day Treats!

    Chocolate raspberry cupcakes, chocolate covered strawberries, and pink smoothies. 

    Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

    • 1 1/2 cups flour (whole wheat, all-purpose, or gluten free)
    • 1 cup turbinado sugar
    • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/3 cup canola oil
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar 
    • 1 cup fresh raspberries
    • 3/4 cup water
    • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
    • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

    Adapted from Group Recipes.

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a dozen cup muffin tin with 12 liners. Sift together dry ingredients. Make raspberry syrup by throwing the berries, water and agave nectar in a blender and pulse until berries are broken down. Stir that into the dry ingredients along with the oil, vanilla and vinegar. Mix well and pour into the lined muffin cups. Bake for 20-25 minutes until center is done. Dust with powdered sugar.

    Chocolate Covered Strawberries

    • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (make sure it’s Certified Fair Trade!)
    • 1 teaspoon vegetable shortening 
    • 12 large strawberries 
    • vegan sprinkles (optional)

    Melt chocolate and shortening on a double boiler or in a microwave safe container for 30 seconds at a time. Dip strawberries and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Add sprinkles. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes until the chocolate hardens. Serve immediately or store in fridge for up to one day.

    Pink Smoothies

    • 3 cups frozen red berries (I used a strawberry raspberry mix)
    • 1 frozen banana
    • 1 container of vanilla coconut milk yogurt
    • splash unsweetened almond milk

    Place everything in a blender and use almond milk to thin as needed. 

  • January 24, 2013 1:51 pm
    Banana Maple Nut Smoothie

• 2 bananas
• 2 handfuls of ice
• 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
• 1/4 cup almond butter
• 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
• dash of cinnamon 


Blend everything together. Serve in a vintage Star Wars glass. View high resolution

    Banana Maple Nut Smoothie

    • 2 bananas
    • 2 handfuls of ice
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
    • 1/4 cup almond butter
    • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
    • dash of cinnamon

    Blend everything together. Serve in a vintage Star Wars glass.

  • January 23, 2013 12:06 pm

    The last time I posted a recipe on this blog was March 19, 2012. That was kind of a long time ago. Nearly a year. I honestly don’t know why I stopped. This is something I enjoy. I love to cook. I love to take pictures. I love to talk about myself. So what happened? I would blame it on moving and being busy raising a tiny human, but we all know it’s pure laziness and procrastination. (I excel at both.) 

    Anyway, I had a point, or really more of an announcement. I’m coming back. In the next week or so I’ll be churning out more sub-par food pictures along with sketchy recipes that your kids will either love or launch in your face with alarming accuracy. 

    So, yeah. Get excited or something.

  • March 19, 2012 1:26 pm
    Grilled Peanut Butter & Apple Sandwiches 
4 slices of bread
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 apple, thinly sliced
coconut oil for grilling
Mix the PB, syrup and cinnamon together and spread 1 tablespoon on each slice of bread. Put half the apples in one sandwich and half in the other. Grill with a few teaspoons of coconut oil over medium heat. View high resolution

    Grilled Peanut Butter & Apple Sandwiches 

    • 4 slices of bread
    • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
    • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 apple, thinly sliced
    • coconut oil for grilling

    Mix the PB, syrup and cinnamon together and spread 1 tablespoon on each slice of bread. Put half the apples in one sandwich and half in the other. Grill with a few teaspoons of coconut oil over medium heat.

  • March 14, 2012 6:53 pm
    Black Eyed Pea Gumbo
I really wanted gumbo, but didn’t want to go to the store so I just used what I had on hand. I guess it’s not really “gumbo” but this is my blog and I can call it whatever I want.
Ingredients 
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups sliced vegan smoked sausage
1 onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup diced tomatoes
12 ounce package of frozen black-eyed peas
7 cups of water
2 not-chicken bouillon cubes
1 teaspoon cajun seasoning, try to find one without tons of sodium and no MSG
1/4 teaspoon file powder
1 bay leaf
1 small bunch of kale, stems removed and leaves torn
cooked brown rice
In a thick bottomed soup pot heat the oil over medium high heat and brown the sausage, removing from the pan when done. Then saute the onion, pepper and celery for 5 minutes or so until everything has softened. Turn the heat down a little and throw in the garlic, cooking for about a minute. Next add the tomatoes, peas, water, bouillon cubes, and spices. Bring soup to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the peas have cooked through, stir in the kale and sausages then turn off the heat. Serve with brown rice.
This soup is even healthier if you leave out the fake sausage. If you choose not to add them, just add more veggies and peas. View high resolution

    Black Eyed Pea Gumbo

    I really wanted gumbo, but didn’t want to go to the store so I just used what I had on hand. I guess it’s not really “gumbo” but this is my blog and I can call it whatever I want.

    Ingredients 

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 cups sliced vegan smoked sausage
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 bell pepper, chopped
    • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
    • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
    • 1 cup diced tomatoes
    • 12 ounce package of frozen black-eyed peas
    • 7 cups of water
    • 2 not-chicken bouillon cubes
    • 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning, try to find one without tons of sodium and no MSG
    • 1/4 teaspoon file powder
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 small bunch of kale, stems removed and leaves torn
    • cooked brown rice

    In a thick bottomed soup pot heat the oil over medium high heat and brown the sausage, removing from the pan when done. Then saute the onion, pepper and celery for 5 minutes or so until everything has softened. Turn the heat down a little and throw in the garlic, cooking for about a minute. Next add the tomatoes, peas, water, bouillon cubes, and spices. Bring soup to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the peas have cooked through, stir in the kale and sausages then turn off the heat. Serve with brown rice.

    This soup is even healthier if you leave out the fake sausage. If you choose not to add them, just add more veggies and peas.

  • March 11, 2012 1:19 pm

    Banana Bites 

    • 1 banana
    • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter (no added sugars or hydrogenated oils!)
    • 1 heaping tablespoon dark chocolate or carob chips
    • 1 heaping tablespoon chopped walnuts
    • 1/2 teaspoon pure maple syrup

    Slice banana into 12 equal pieces. Mix PB, chocolate, nuts and syrup together and spoon mixture onto half the banana slices, topping with the remaining slices.

  • March 8, 2012 10:15 am
    Banana Nut Oatmeal
2 bananas
1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (you can use plain, but then you’ll need to add 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract)
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup instant oats
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, plus more for garnish
1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup or agave nectar 
Mash one banana, plus half of the other banana in a small bowl. Slice the remaining banana and set aside. In a thick bottomed sauce pan, cook mashed banana over medium heat until it becomes browned and gooey, it should only take a few minutes. Next stir in the almond milk, salt and spices and bring everything to a boil. Then stir in the oats and walnuts, turn the heat down a little and simmer for about five minutes until the oats are cooked through. Add additional almond milk if it starts getting too dry.
Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup, sliced bananas, and walnuts.
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    Banana Nut Oatmeal

    • 2 bananas
    • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (you can use plain, but then you’ll need to add 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract)
    • pinch of salt
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1 cup instant oats
    • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, plus more for garnish
    • 1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup or agave nectar 

    Mash one banana, plus half of the other banana in a small bowl. Slice the remaining banana and set aside. In a thick bottomed sauce pan, cook mashed banana over medium heat until it becomes browned and gooey, it should only take a few minutes. Next stir in the almond milk, salt and spices and bring everything to a boil. Then stir in the oats and walnuts, turn the heat down a little and simmer for about five minutes until the oats are cooked through. Add additional almond milk if it starts getting too dry.

    Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup, sliced bananas, and walnuts.