Bentoriffic

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I blog weekly about my family's waste free, plant based, bento lunches. I use creativity and color to find new ways to introduce vegetables, fruits and alternative protein sources to your family. Thanks for reading!

Sarah is a winner of Top 25 Foodie Moms - 2013

What's one of the first recipes you taught your kids to make?

Vegan Cornbread Muffins(dairy free and oil free) are simple to make, and the kids love them!

1/2 cup stoneground organic cornmeal
1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (or gluten free mixture)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (plus 2 TBSP) applesauce
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup agave nectar

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease a muffin pan.
Combine the cornmeal, flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl; stir in the applesauce, almond milk, and agave nectar. Pour the mixture into the muffin pan.
Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick or small knife inserted in the top of a muffin comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes.

What's a delicious no cook recipe?

No Bake Energy Bite Cookies

1 cup oatmeal,
1/2 cup peanut butter (can sub other nut butter or SunButter for nut allergies),
1/3 cup agave nectar
1 cup coconut flakes,
1/2 cup ground flaxseed,
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips,
1 tsp vanilla
Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy! Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

What's a great breakfast for a special occasion?

I love this Apple Cinnamon coffee cake by Lindsay Nixon, The Happy Herbivore. Her recipe tops any of mine! It's dairy free and could be made gluten-free with a flour substitute.

http://happyherbivore.com/2009/12/apple-cinnamon-coffee-cake/

What's a great finger food that your kids love? Please include a link.

Sarah Felder

My children are toddlers so they like tiny sandwiches, pieces of fruit and hummus and guacamole for quick dipping. I recently made these EasyLunchBoxes snack containers for a trip to the pool for the afternoon. Quick bites of protein and fresh fruit are what I choose to keep them happy. I use a lot of mini cookie cutters to make things bite sized. I also like colorful silicone cups and small picks to hold things in place & make the presentation exciting for them so they'll try new things. http://bentoriffic.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/pool-party-snacks/
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