I’ve learned that with my kids I can say any vegetable is “chips” or “fries” and they’ll eat it! So I often make vegetable chips or wedges, roasted in the oven to be healthier, and they eat them all up. I’ve tried this with sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnip, beetroot, etc. so decided to combine them and make rainbow fries. They love all the different colours and I love seeing them eating their vegetables!
We love houmous is our house and usually make a big batch of it every week. It’s really nutritious as it is but the really great thing is that I can blend in any kind of vegetable and the kids will eat it! I came up with this roasted cauliflower and cannellini bean houmous with pine nuts and smoked paprika and it’s one of my new favourites.
It was such a lovely sunny day yesterday that we decided to have a picnic in the park. Me and the kids spent all morning baking some yummy and healthy vegan treats. They really love baking! It’s usually messy and slightly stressful for me, but also fun. We made blueberry muffins from Keep It Vegan by Áine Carlin, pumpkin seed breakfast bars from Plant Powered Families by Dreena Burton and also these cashew butter and blueberry cookies. The boys loved them!
We love “omelettes” made with chickpea flour in our house, and the kids always eat them all up so it’s a great way for them to get plenty of protein and iron. I used sweet potatoes in this Spanish omelette, instead of regular white potatoes, to make it a bit more nutritious, and added some fresh herbs to add more colour and flavour, and I think it tastes really nice! This makes a lovely brunch or easy dinner, served with a simple salad (and the kids like it with ketchup!). It’s pretty versatile so you can add other vegetables and herbs if you like.
I came up with this very simple granola recipe as yet another way to get my kids to eat more cashew butter. Any nut butter would work in this, but I really love cashew butter in it! My kids love dried blueberries and they are really nice, but if you can’t find them, feel free to use raisins, dried cranberries, chopped dates, dried apricots or whatever you have. I didn’t add lots of seeds or anything, like I usually would for granola, because Rian tends to pick them out but he really loves oats, and I wanted him to eat it, but you could definitely add whatever seeds you like (or add them to individual portions afterwards for people who like them). I added desiccated coconut and ground flax seed because kids wouldn’t even notice it’s there, and the coconut gives it a nice flavour.
So the other day I decided to treat us, and bought three huge 1kg tubs of Meridian nut butter. I love it because it’s made from 100% roasted nuts, so is healthy and doesn’t have any added sugar, salt or palm oil. Buying 1kg tubs is the best value too I think. I’ve been using a lot of cashew butter the last couple of weeks to get more iron in our diets. It’s more pricy than peanut butter but has more than twice as much iron! So I came up with this recipe for healthy rice crispy squares, using cashew butter, but feel free to use peanut butter or any kind of nut butter that you have. You could also make it nut-free by using sun butter.
This one is for the tired parents, not vegan kids (though I bet you could make a nice chocolate version instead of coffee). Even though I feel like I have more energy than I should have, there are still times (a lot of the time) that I’m very, very, very tired. Fresh fruit smoothies help to give me energy, but I also need coffee. So for anyone looking after kids, waking up for night feeds, or who just likes/needs coffee, I’ve made this coffee banana shake. Enjoy! Read More »