5 Salads To Wow Those Holiday Parties

  Serves 4-6 Ingredients: 4 cups cooked quinoa (any color) 2 Tb. extra-virgin olive oil 2 Tb. balsamic vinegar 1 C. pineapple chunks 1/3 C. red onion, diced 1/3 C. dried cranberries 1/3 C. celery, diced 1/3 C. toasted pine nuts 1/3 C. edamame 2 Tb. fresh cilantro (or use parsley) 2 Tb. shredded, unsweetened coconut (optional) 2 Tb. pomegranate seeds sea salt to taste Directions: Cook quinoa according to package directions.  Toss everything together and let sit for 30 minutes in the fridge, covered.   Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 C. halved red grapes 1/2 C. thinly sliced celery 1/2
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Favorite Fall Recipes

Ahh fall.  The season of change.  The season of crisper air and shorter days.  The season of getting a little cozier and craving comfort foods.  I picked the three most popular fall recipes, chosen by you, to cook this fall season. The Pumpkin Quesadillas make a great snack, appetizer or lunch dish and are easy to pack in those lunch boxes.  They are a fun and healthy alternative to cheese, yet have a slight sweetness to them that is totally satisfying. The Pumpkin Smoothie is just as fun to look at as it is to drink!  With far less calories than a
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Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

Do you ever get stuck in a rut by buying the same ol' grocery items and cooking the same ol' meals?  Me too.  But my kids keep me on my toes!  Whenever we go shopping together, they'll grab some random item and ask if we can buy it.  Sometimes I say yes, sometimes no.  It all depends on my mood..and my budget.  I'm sure you can relate!  Well the latest such item brought to my shopping cart was a jar of poppy seeds.  I am a seed lover because I know how jam-packed with nutrients those little guys are.  But
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Cooking For The White House (Part I)

Don't you wish you could cook for Mr. and Mrs. Obama? How cool would that be?  Well, two of my three boys were of age to participate in the 5th Annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge in which they had to come up with an original recipe using fresh, local ingredients and following the My Plate guidelines.  Being that my kids love to cook (and eat), they got started right away.  Each kid knew exactly what he wanted to make.  Braylon, my 10-year old, made Rainbow Sushi (see photos below).  Cade, my 12-year old, made a Black Bean Slider (coming up in Part
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Makeover Meals 14-Day Challenge!

Do you feel like you could eat healthier?  Do you wish your kids ate more vegetables?  If you answered yes to both questions then you're normal! Most of us wish our families (and ourselves) ate better. Well guess what?  It's totally possible! I'm here to introduce you to the 14-day Makeover Meals challenge where you can start TODAY by incorporating healthier meals into your day.  The 14-Day Makeover Meals challenge is an easy way to freshen up your meals by adding more fresh produce to your family's diet.   Every little bit counts! The 14-Day Makeover Meals challenge includes... ...14 healthy, meatless

The best thing you could do for your family!

    Happy New Year!  Where did 2014 go?  I feel like it flew by so fast.  Did you make any New Years resolutions?  Have you had it in the back of your mind that you want your family to eat healthier?  I know it's always been one of my goals, although I didn't always have a system that worked.  That's why I developed the Weeknight Vegan eCourse (formerly called The 30 Day Vegan).  I wanted to make family dinners a good experience, not a time where I'm stressed out and the kids are cranky/hungry so they eat something not-so-healthy
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Christmas Green Basil Smoothie

The combination of basil and lemon may sound strange for a smoothie but it is refreshingly delicious.  With the holidays upon us, this smoothie cuts through all that sugar-overload you may be experiencing.  I taste-tested this one with my kids who raved about it!  With guesses like apple, parsley and grapes, they couldn't quite figure out what was in it...but they wanted more!  I love the bright green color from the basil and spinach. Print Christmas Green Basil Smoothie Serves: 2 servings   Ingredients makes 2 servings (~ 2 C.) 1 C. lemon sorbet 6 oz. soy vanilla yogurt (optional for
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Asparagus Soup

  5.0 from 1 reviews Print Asparagus Soup Serves: 6 servings   Ingredients 2 Tb. coconut oil 1 medium yellow or white onion, diced 4 cloves garlic, diced 1 lb. Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1½" chunks 2 bunches of asparagus, (` 2 lbs.), cut into 1-inch pieces 3 C. vegetable stock 1 C. water ½ lemon, juiced salt & pepper to taste test Instructions Heat coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until translucent, about 6-8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 2 more minutes, stirring constantly. Add potatoes, asparagus, vegetable stock
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Lentil Soup

Lentil soup is my go-to meal if I need to add some extra protein into my kids' diets or if I'm craving more nutrient-dense foods.  This vegan lentil soup recipe is easy to make in under 30 minutes.  Makes a great thermos-lunchbox item too! Print Lentil Soup Prep time:  10 mins Cook time:  20 mins Total time:  30 mins Serves: serves 4   Ingredients 1 Tb. coconut oil (or use vegetable oil) 4-5 green onions, chopped 3 large carrots, chopped 2 medium Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped 1 Tb. tomato paste 2 tsp. mild curry powder 3 C. vegetable stock
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Tomato Soup In 20 Minutes!

This vegan Tomato Soup is the 3rd in my  5 Delightful Soups In Under 30 series.  Did you ever know how quickly you could make tomato soup?  This one is ready in 20 minutes!  Add fresh basil for a pop of flavor.  Top with vegan shredded cheese, crackers or croutons.  Yum in a bowl! Print Tomato Soup Prep time:  10 mins Cook time:  20 mins Total time:  30 mins Serves: 4 servings   Ingredients 2 Tbs. olive oil 1 medium yellow or white onion, chopped 1½ Tb. tomato paste 2 cloves garlic, minced 1½ tsp. sugar 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes 4
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Butternut Squash Soup

'Tis the season for butternut squash!  This is one of my favorite soups, although I love butternut squash many different ways (try this recipe, or this one).  Garnish with fresh pico de gallo or chopped basil for a pop of color.  And it's ready in just under 30 minutes! Print Butternut Squash Soup Cook time:  25 mins Total time:  25 mins Serves: 6 servings   Ingredients 2 Tb. Earth Balance butter 1 medium yellow or white onion, chopped 2 lbs. butternut squash, peeled and cubed 2 C. vegetable broth ½ tsp. dried marjoram leaves salt & pepper to taste 1 (8oz.)
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White Bean Basil Soup

We're finally having some cooler weather here in Northern California which means I'm jumping at the chance to make some hearty soups.  This brings me to my new blog series: 5 Delightful Soups In Under 30, bringing you a new vegan soup recipe once a week for the next 5 weeks.  If you've followed Veggie Kids for any length of time then you'll know that I am a lazy cook, meaning I don't like to cook/bake/make anything that takes more than 45 minutes.  Many of the vegan dinner in my eCookBook "The 30 Day Vegan" are ready in 30 minutes
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Thai-Inspired Tofu

Hover your mouse over the picture below for some tips & a link to another great tofu recipe! Another easy vegan dinner ready in under 30 minutes!  I love the flavors in the Thai seasonings along with the crispiness of the tofu.  Add green onions or edamame to add a pop of color.  Serve it over rice or it on on it's own-either way it's delicious! Print Thai-Inspired Tofu Prep time:  10 mins Cook time:  15 mins Total time:  25 mins Serves: 4 servings   2 tsp. sesame oil 2 tsp. coconut oil 1 lb. super-firm sprouted tofu, cut into 1"
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One Minute Vegan Brownies In A Mug

  For those chocolate cravings when you don't want to wait for anything to bake in the oven-this one's for you!  Actually, this recipe was a happy accident and the more I made it the more I loved it and thought I MUST share it with you. It cooks up in the microwave in one minute-no lie!  Although, I must confess that I sometimes cook it for half that time to allow for some oozy-gooey-ness to come through.  It's moist, warm and totally hits the spot and the best part is that since it's vegan, you can lick the batter!
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Red Thai Curry

    Print Red Thai Curry Cook time:  30 mins Total time:  30 mins Serves: 6   This delicious curry soup embraces all of the flavors of Thailand with lemongrass, coconut and chiles. Serve it over rice for a hearty meal! Ingredients 2½ C. vegetable broth 1 tsp. lemongrass paste ⅓ C. coconut milk 2 Tb. Thai red curry paste (add more if you like it extra spicy) 1 Tb. fresh ginger root, peeled and grated 1 Tb. soy sauce 1 tsp. minced garlic 12 oz. extra-firm sprouted tofu, cut into ¾" cubes 1 C. green beans, cut into 1" pieces

Easy As Pie Apple Pie

  Fall is in the air!  And that means apple season...especially in our backyard.  We have a seemingly endless supply of tart green apples; perfect for apple pie!  I love to cook and bake but I haven't had the time to do so properly so that's why this Easy As Pie Apple Pie recipe is right up my alley. Feel free to use whatever color apples you like, of course! Print Easy As Pie Apple Pie Serves: 1 (9") pie   Ingredients FOR THE CRUST: 1½ cups all-purpose flour pinch of salt 1 tsp. sugar 8 Tb. cold Earth Balance buttery
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The new eCookBook is here!

It's official!  Now that The 30 Day Vegan eCourse is underway with our first week of meals about to be cooked (wishing all of my enrollees much success!), the eCookBook is available for purchase.  I designed the book to make your weeknight meals come together easier. I can't tell you how many times I've heard from overwhelmed moms who feel like they just don't have the time to make a healthy, home-cooked dinner.  They feel like they don't have a good meal plan, they're tired of making the same ol' recipes and their kids won't eat any of it anyway. Doesn't
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Walnut White Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Have you signed up for the FREE 14-Day Makeover Meals challenge yet?  It’s 2 weeks of healthy meals designed to help you get back on the right track.  Kid-tested and family-approved! O.M.G.  I never write that but this Walnut White Chocolate Chip Banana Bread brought it out of me.  Good enough for a dessert, this bread works any time of day.  Enjoy a slice with your morning cup of coffee or gobble it up at night when you're craving something sweet.  Either way you choose to indulge, it's delicious!  Click on the recipe below to view or print. Print Walnut White
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Doritos fans rejoice!  Beanfield's chips has come up with a healthy, vegan version of the nacho and ranch flavored Doritos, along with so many other tasty flavors.  I am so happy to hear about great companies like this one that care about what goes into their products.  Beans and rice are the main ingredients in these chips but you'd never know it!   Beanfields was kind enough to send me a huge sampler of their yummy chips and let me tell you, my boys were itching to dig in.  I decided to wait until my family from out of town

Enrollment now open!

I cannot wait to get this eCourse started on August 1st!  Already I've heard from parents, moms and families who have benefited from these healthy, easy meals.  Over the course of 6 weeks, you'll learn how to easily overhaul your mealtime into a less stressful, more nutritious and peaceful time.  You'll be provided with meal plans, shopping lists, recipes, guides, and much more! Sign up at today! You'll also receive the colorful eCookBook that contains all of your recipes along with many bonus recipes at the end of the eCourse.  In addition, you'll receive the beautifully illustrated eBook "How
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Creamy Vegan Shake

You've got to take time to make this Creamy Vegan Shake!  Loaded with nutrient-dense ingredients like hemp and dates, this shake comes together in under 5 minutes!  Dates are not only good for sweetening up a smoothie but are loaded with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fiber.  Just be sure to remove the pits first and blend well or you'll get chunks in your smoothie-not so creamy!  And if you haven't tried hemp milk yet, you must!  I don't often tell you to buy strange ingredients but hemp milk is fantastic for smoothies (though it might not go over well on it's
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    I've told you before and I'll tell you again.  I love finding new, healthy products that I think your family, your kids or you will love.  So today I've got a new one for ya!  If you're reading this blog it means you care about what goes into your family's bodies, and your own.  I do too! Now unfortunately, kids and moms get sick from time to time, right? And if you're anything like me, you hate (with a passion) taking any of those over-the-counter drugs that are designed to make us feel better but you know are
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Slow Bars and Clover Coloring Pages

You know I love trying new vegan products to share with you and this was definitely a new, fun experience for my mouth!  Slow Food For Fast Lives sent me all four flavors to try, although one mysteriously vanished when we had house guests ;)  I don't blame them! The flavors are so unique that I decided the best way to do this was to set up a little taste-testing station for my kids and our guests.  Can I just say wow?  The flavors are so incredibly different than any bar I've ever tasted. Slow food for fast lives was
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From the heart.

My new children's book (coming June 18th!!) is something that I knew I'd write years back.  I'm one of those people who jots down ideas all the time...whether it be recipes, book ideas, designs I like, etc.  I was going through my big binder full of ideas (I categorize them by books, food, art-you get the picture) and found the paper with "Cow Escapes" written on it. I pulled it out and looked at my notes. I had started the basic concept for the story, but it was far from complete.  The timing felt right so I stuck it in

Do you take a daily vitamin?

Summer is in full effect here in my neck of the woods (have you seen any of my instagram posts?)!  This week begins the first week the kids have off school and my husband and I have off teaching.  We've started swimming lessons too which really makes it feel like summer-I cannot complain!  I've also gone smoothie and juice crazy!  If you follow me on Facebook you'll see what I mean. I've been busy, busy getting my book launch ready to go.  (In case you're in the dark, my latest children's book is Clover's Great Escape based on real-life events about a
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3 Must Haves Every Vegan Needs In Their Diet

If you're a vegan or vegetarian then I'm sure you've been asked at least once before "how do you get your protein?"  I know I have!  There are some important foods that I believe all vegans should consume in their diet for optimal health.  My Top 3 Favorites are listed below, the first one being my absolute fave! Spirulina Sun Warrior Raw Vegan Protein Powder (Vanilla) Nutritional Yeast   Spirulina is a blue-green algae (I know, sounds nasty) that is about 60% protein and contains all nine amino acids! It's a superfood and I highly recommend you consume it daily.
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New Vegan Cheddar Cheezits!

If you've been a follower of mine for any amount of time now then you'll know that I am a fan of Earth Balance.  I love their vegan butter for everything from baking to spreading on toast.  Well, they've outdone themselves this time with their newest product; vegan Cheddar Squares!  They're like the well-known Cheez-its, only without the yucky stuff.  When they sent me a box to try, I had to gather my lil' taste testers and get to work.  Such a task, I know. The flavor is totally comparable to Cheez-its.  Cheesy, crunchy, salty, yum.  My boys and I really liked