What My Plant-Based Kids Ate for Lunch #9: All Green, No Food Dye Needed

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This year my kids’ Spring Break was quite early, with spring not even officially beginning until next week. And it just so happens that our last day of break fell on Day Light Saving Time. Needless to say when Monday rolled around we were all missing that extra hour of sleep so very much. In order to brighten up my kids’ first week back from break, I decided to whip up a fun themed lunch for Saint Patrick’s Day (minus the corned beef). I am not typically a “themed lunch makin’ kind of mom,” but I’ll use any excuse to get those nutrient rich green foods into my kids! Continue reading “What My Plant-Based Kids Ate for Lunch #9: All Green, No Food Dye Needed”

What My Plant-Based Kids Ate for Lunch Today #8: Bento Box Noodles

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Is it just me, or is January the time of year when parents are officially over lunch packing? I know I am. Maybe it’s because most of the colorful fruits of summer and fall are out of season. Maybe it’s the cold weather or the fact that it gets dark at 5pm that has drained me of my creativity. Whatever the reason, I just don’t feel motivated to create fun and interesting lunches the way I did back in August. Continue reading “What My Plant-Based Kids Ate for Lunch Today #8: Bento Box Noodles”

What My Plant-Based Kids Ate for Lunch Today #5: Back to School Edition

School Lunch Title.JPGSchool is back in session (at least here in Texas), and I am back in that lunch-packing groove. This year, I am packing lunches for 2 kiddos and Husband on the daily. That means everything must be prepped en masse times 3 with enough variety that everyone is happy, but not so varied that mom looses her marbles. The added twist this year is that there are new “snack rules” at my kids’ school that dictate that all snacks must contain no nuts, be mess free, and be in single serving sizes. Continue reading “What My Plant-Based Kids Ate for Lunch Today #5: Back to School Edition”

What My Plant-Based Kids Ate for Lunch Today 4 (+ a smoothie recipe)

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Like most parents, I always have an idealized vision of summer vacation in my head at the end of every school year. A few moments of silence to sip my coffee in the morning while the kids sleep in, lazy days filled with swimming and play dates with friends, and warm evenings lounging on the patio watching the sun go down form the picture of a well spent summer in my imagination. Continue reading “What My Plant-Based Kids Ate for Lunch Today 4 (+ a smoothie recipe)”

What My Plant-Based Kids Ate for Lunch Today 3: Pick Plates

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If you’ve ever had lunch with a picky toddler, you know that the golden rule at mealtime is all components of said meal must be separate. Don’t you come at them with some type of “mixed” food like a vegetable hash or casserole. And heaven forbid the sauce be ON TOP of the pasta. That stuff should be on the side in its own dish where it can’t contaminate the pasta. Geeze, mom. Get it together.

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Plant-Based Eating: How to Eat Out and Stay On Track without Being Stuck Ordering a Salad (even at the drive thru!)

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While I love cooking (and blogging about it), I do enjoy dining out with friends and family on occasion. And thanks to growing demand from consumers, more and more restaurants are catering to us veg-heads. Even the most meat-centric of restaurants can be plant-based friendly if you know what to look for. You may not be able to completely avoid oil while eating out, but you can still get a plant strong meal that will leave you feeling powered up.

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What My Plant-Based Husband Ate for “Lunch” Today: Lunchbox Edition

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My husband works 6 days a week. The benefit of working locally is that he is often able to stop by the house for lunch while the little ones nap. We get a few minutes to chat and hang out before he heads back to work and the kids and I head out to run errands or go to dance class. Husband doesn’t usually make it home before 9:30 pm, so he has dinner quite late (#businessownerproblems). Around 5-6 pm he gets hungry, seeing as his last meal was 4+ hours ago. So I always pack him a “lunch/dinner” meal.

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