Posts Tagged ‘kid friendly’

We Are the Champions


kids:pumpkin bread + fruit

me: green smoothie


boy: pb&j, blueberries, strawberries, cucumbers, mango and celery
girl: cheese+ tortillas, mangoes, berries, carrots, broccoli, cucumbers, celery

In case you need proof that my kids eat their lunch, I present the School Day report:

My little guy is the ‘lunch champion’ for 9 days and counting.  We’re raising champions over here.  No wonder I’m so worn out at the end of the day.  Champions are demanding little things.

me: white bean+cashew spread from Eat Drink and Be Vegan, veggies

I too ate all my lunch, but there was no report card for me.  I hereby name myself Lunch Champion.  You can be one too.

Tired Mom’s Black Bean Taco Dinner

My 20 minute start to finish dinner:

  • taco shells, baked at 350 for 7 minutes
  • black beans (from a can), heated for 1 minute – sometimes I season them, sometimes that is too much effort
  • shredded lettuce+chopped cilantro+avocado+diced tomato+shredded cheese
  • jarred salsa
  • chopped fruit
  • that’s all

What is your dinner on tired nights?

linking up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons



Muffin Tin Lunches (for the Munchkins)

My daughter has definitely inherited my love of variety in her meals.  She is not a one-food girl.  I hear of kids that will only eat one food and demand that food for every meal.  That is not her.  She wants 4-5 things at each meal.  Sometimes I love that because it allows for a variety of nutrients.  Other times it can be a bit of a burden, like the time we went to a birthday party and they served only pizza and she almost couldn’t eat because she wanted “more things on her plate, please.”  I ended up scrounging for cheerios and pistachios from my bag in order to break the monotony of her plate.

raisins, cashews, cucumbers, strawberries, broccoli slaw, grapes
bananas, peanuts, red peppers, cheerios, celery, crackers

My little guy, however, is another story.  Same parents (no scandal here), same exposure to foods and even a front row seat to his beloved big sister’s full and diverse plates, and, well, he’s fine with one thing on his plate.  He thankfully isn’t the type of kid who only eats one thing, but I think he could be if he had a different mom.  Lucky for him (or unlucky?), I am as stubborn as he is and I fill his plate with several things.  Granted some go untouched, but I keep on keeping on.  He’s actually making progress with his vegetable consumption – last night he only nibbled on his rice and beans and asked for thirds of his cucumbers and carrots.  He won’t be eating red peppers anytime soon like his big sister was doing at his age, but, dog gone it, he may just learn to appreciate foods that aren’t Cheerios.

no one was toothpick stabbed in the making of this picture:

red peppers, yellow peppers, mushrooms, peanuts, strawberries, cucumbers
carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, avocados, cashews, oranges

Both kids really like Muffin Tin Lunches and I try to make them once a week.  It consists of me filling up a muffin tin with twelve different things and letting them duke it out as they jump in and start eating.  Sometimes, if I’m feeling particularly reckless, I give them toothpicks and let them spear the food.  I always keep a box of band-aid handy.  🙂  Other times, when I’m not feeling up to playing referee, I use my mini-muffin tins and make one for each of them.

for my little man: cashews, cucumbers, cheese, frozen corn, carrots, spinach
coleslaw, peanuts, celery, grapes, oranges, cheerios

for my little lady: cashews, tomatoes/cucumbers, cheese, red peppers, carrots, spinach, coleslaw, peanuts, celery, grapes, oranges, cheerios


Banana Bliss x 2

A quick snack yesterday that made me really happy:

Bananas + Chocolate Coconut Butter

And today, in the frozen version:

Banana Soft Serve mixed with Chocolate Coconut Butter

My little guy enjoyed this two.  I had to make two batches since he ate almost the whole first batch before I could get a bite.  I love that it’s a food I can serve him guilt free – bananas, coconut and a bit of dark chocolate – all great stuff!  And, yes, he is wearing a Barbie Band-aid.  It’s all the rage in the 2 year old boy scene.

Mango Tango

Super easy:

  • 1 mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 c almond pulp (left over from almond milk)
  • sweetener of choice to taste
  • Blend in a food processor, drop in circles onto a lined dehydrator tray and dehydrate 8-10 hours, until fruit-leather like consistency, flipping halfway.

Super tasty and my kids loved them.

Chocolate Coconut Crack

Not really crack, but crazy addictive.  If you like coconut and you like chocolate, then marry them and be amazed at their synergistic awesomeness.

I could eat this all day.  Like Bella to Edward, these yummies are my brand of heroin.  Geez, enough with the drug references.

The recipe is from Raw Food, Real World which is one of my favorite of the many raw books I’ve been hogging from the library.  Since I’m not sure what the rules are for posting recipes from cookbooks, and I didn’t make any modifications to the original recipe, I’ll just link to the blog where I first read of this recipe: Happy Foody.

Ingredients:  dried, unsweetened coconut flakes, cocoa powder, maple syrup, coconut butter or oil, vanilla extract, salt.

You can freeze or dehydrate these yummies. That is if you don’t eat it straight out of the bowl….

I’ve done both the freezing and the dehydrating and slightly prefer the frozen version, although it is messier and not portable.

Wanna come over and try one?  The first one is free….  somebody stop me!

Banana Ice Cream

I made this recipe and added in some vanilla.  I’ve also stirred in raw unsweeted coconut.  YUM!

My two year old loves it too.