Category Archives: Plant-Based

Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food

Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food
In the classic book, The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food, by Stan and Jan Berenstain, mama bear tries to help the rest of her family learn how to eat a healthy and balanced diet.  While the roles in this story are stereotypical, the story is a familiar one of family members who are driven by their desire to eat junk food and resist their veggies.  Fortunately, mama bear is finally heard, and some balance is achieved in this family.  Perhaps the lessons will transcend to yours too. Join...

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Soup Swap Cookbook – Service + Minestrone

Soup Swap Cookbook – Service + Minestrone
When I ran my mobile cooking school for children, my absolute favorite classes revolved around community service.  My students and I did lots of events in our community to raise funds to fight hunger and to support homeless organizations. Soup was a type of meal that we could all consistently rally behind.  It was always warm, nurturing, and seemed like the closest thing to getting a hug, from the inside out. Get Social Since soup brings me feelings of do-gooding nostalgia, I was thrilled...

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Homemade Cup of Noodles

Homemade Cup of Noodles
I am a sucker for foods that make me feel cozy and comforted.  Perhaps that's why I love to use my slow cooker in the winter time to make big batches of split pea or mushroom barley soup.  But I am also a carb-lover, and am a huge fan of noodles and any type of meal that contains them.  With our busy family schedules, I thought that it would be nice if I could develop a recipe that would both be comforting to my kids while they were eating lunch at school and be healthier than the convenience...

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Vegetarian Chili – Healthy and Kid Friendly

Vegetarian Chili – Healthy and Kid Friendly
When my kids were little, it was so easy for me to imagine what it would be like for the rest of their childhood.  I saw the mom that I wanted to be - how I would feed my family, and how we would eat our healthy meals around the table every night.  When I look back, it's hard not to laugh at how naive it all seemed.  Sure, I still make healthy meals.  But with our hectic schedules, we hardly eat together every night...let alone around the table.  This recipe for vegetarian chili is a nice...

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Ugly Dip – and Taking the Pulse Pledge

Ugly Dip – and Taking the Pulse Pledge
Raising children to be good eaters feels like nothing short of a miracle.  When our daughter was young, not only did she gag a lot when she was eating, but she was fussy - often refusing most foods that we offered her.  For the longest time, her diet consisted of fruit and "noodles with snow cheese." (What? Didn't you know that parmesan cheese looks like snow when it is being grated onto a mound of noodles?)  Anyway - fast forward 12 years and now I have a lovely 15 year old daughter who is expanding...

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Bold Flavors – Asian Wild Rice Salad

Bold Flavors – Asian Wild Rice Salad
I'll be the first to admit, that I tend to be cautious in the flavor department, especially in my own kitchen.  It doesn't help that there are two kids in the house who tend to have taste buds that are apparently in transition all the time.  But my Rouxbe plant-based cooking course is helping me to push my boundaries and I am really loving the result (even if my kids aren't fully on board.) For the past several days, I have been learning about grains and how to use them in a variety of ways....

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Bird Seed for Breakfast

Bird Seed for Breakfast
When my daughter came into the kitchen this morning, she started to giggle.  And then she asked me why I had bird seed on the counter.  "Isn't that what we used to feed the parakeets?" she asked.  Yep - I suppose millet IS a main ingredient in bird seed, but I tried to convince her that this was slightly different, since it was intended for people instead of our former avian friends. [caption id="attachment_5984" align="alignleft" width="260"] Coconut Millet, photo from Rouxbe.com[/caption] One...

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Make Your Own: Cup of Noodles

Make Your Own: Cup of Noodles
When I saw this version of homemade cup of noodles, I knew that I was going to have to give it a try.  I have become obsessed with using glass jars in the house - to store, to freeze, and to reuse all over again.  And the jars for this recipe were too cute to pass up.  Plus, I love how they look when they are packed and ready to grab from the refrigerator. I am trying to use as few unprocessed ingredients as possible, and am not thrilled with these little packages of concentrated vegetable...

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Planning Ahead – and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Planning Ahead – and Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Since I am not at work all day, I am spending a good portion of my time trying to be efficient so that I can be more "emotionally available" to my family.  One strategy that seems to be working well is to spend some time early in the week prepping a ton of veggies and planning my meals so that most of the heavy lifting is done prior to the dinner time crunch. This week, I got a lot of knife skills practice (which is GREAT for my Rouxbe cooking class!). I diced a butternut squash, cut kale leaves...

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Lesson Plans Aren’t Just for the Classroom

Lesson Plans Aren’t Just for the Classroom
It has finally come and gone - the start of the new school year. And for the first time in several years, I didn't return to the classroom with my children and former students.  After losing my job, I wasn't sure how I would handle the transition.  But I am handling it.  Because I have to. Of course, I couldn't resist thinking about what I would have done on the first day of school with my students.  How would I have inspired them or lit the spark to encourage them to try harder than ever...

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