Veggie Kids is full of easy, nutritious plant-based meals the whole family will love. Whether you're a raw foodist, vegan or a meat eater teetering on the edge of vegetarianism, you'll find something to inspire you to lead a
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What's your favorite vegan or vegetarian friendly product?
There are so many amazing plant-based products out on the market now which makes it so much easier to go vegan. Some of my faves are Earth Balance butter, So Delicious ice cream, Beyond Meat faux meats (great for non-vegs!) and Amy's Vegan Mac'N Cheese. But there are so many more!
What's the biggest misconception people have about being a vegan or vegetarian?
Most of the people I encounter ask "well then what do you eat?" when they learn my kids and I are vegan. I tell them once I went vegetarian, then vegan, a whole new world of foods opened up! The variety of sources you can find your protein, calcium and all the other vitamins and nutrients our bodies need is plentiful.
What's your best tip for families who want to start living a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle?
Take baby steps and do your research! Ease yourself into it by going vegan or vegetarian every other day to start, then work your way up. Also, by making a meal plan and stocking your pantry and 'fridge full of healthy vegan/vegetarian foods you'll be less likely to "fall off the veg wagon". Find websites, books and resource groups to help you stay on track and inspire you!
Whenever a sweet craving hits I turn to something that feels guilty but truly isn't that bad; Honey Fried Bananas. They are so sweet and satisfying while feeling sinful...perfect for a late night treat!
I love bringing potluck goodies that don't require refrigeration which is why I love this Colorful Pasta Salad recipe which is also full of healthy veggies! http://veggie-kids.blogspot.com/2011/06/colorful-pasta-salad.html
One can never have enough muffins stocked in the freezer, ready to take to a friend's house, bring along on a car trip or pack in those kids' lunch boxes. I seem to have a love of all things mini when it comes to food so these mini muffins are easy to just pop right into your mouth!
Out of all the muffins we consume around here, this is definitely a family favorite!
Vegan Banana Muffins
Since my family is vegan, I've created two delicious chocolate and vanilla cupcake recipes that we always share with non-vegans who never seem to know the difference! I use all natural food coloring which creates the most beautiful colors and came up with a yummy creamy frosting to go with it! The cupcake recipes can also be made into regular cakes which we've done before too.
Raw veggie sticks with sunflower seed dip or kid-friendly coleslaw. Both are refreshing, healthy and do not require refrigeration so they're great for lunches!
Sunflower Seed Dip:
From peach pies and berry cobbler to lemon shortcake and watermelon popsicles, fruity desserts are perfect for summer. Please share your favorite fruit-based dessert, and include a link to the recipe and photo.