The musings of an academic geek yogi
If you are just starting out as a vegan this is just a quick overview of three cannot fail meals that picky kids will eat. As I mentioned in my last post going vegan is not a guarantee of weight loss because I still eat plenty of carbs but I do know what ingredients I am putting in my body. I will happily take some carbohydrates and sugar over all the carcinogens that are loaded into processed meat and cheeses that are in almost every pre-packaged meal for kids.
Our favorite family meal is by far the easiest. I wash potatoes and put them in a crock pot with olive oil and pink salt. We poke holes and leave them on warm setting (8 hours) and the potatoes are cooked when we get home. We use the appetizer crockpot which hold 3-5 potatoes which is just enough for there to be no leftovers for our family of 4. When we have extra mouths to feed I just use the bigger crockpot. When you get home open a can of chili or use leftovers from former meal. The other option is just to steam some broccoli and add salt and pepper.
Cream Pasta with Peas or Broccoli
The two important ingredients here are Not Chik’n Cubes and raw cashews. I soak cashews for about 30 minutes then in food processor or vitamix combine seasoning cubes, cashews, sautéed garlic and onion and nutritional yeast. I use the vitamix when I have enough ingredients and freeze half of the recipe. I just blend until its completely smooth then mix in with cooked pasta and peas or broccoli. I must be honest that I do not measure. I just keep adding until it gets to a consistency I like dumping in whatever I have. If I have extra firm tofu or cauliflower they also help with the texture and taste of the cream sauce.
Here is a cream pasta recipe with approximate measurements from the amazing minimalist baker but I must tell you that like potatoes the pasta and vegan cream sauce is a family staple.
Vegan hotdog with prepackaged rolls
Yup, Pillsbury crescent rolls are vegan who-hoo. And you can buy em’ in bulk pretty reasonably if you have a Costco card. I have learned that if you cut the hot dog in half they don’t cook evenly and you get a mouthful of cold hotdog. Just make crescent rolls like normal but longwise quarter the hotdogs and then wrap them. This recipe is so easy my kids make it on a regular basis and they are 8 & 10 years old.
MUST HAVES ON MY BI-WEEKLY SHOPPING LIST
Other Must Haves
Cashew unsweetened milk (Target/ Sprouts)
Not Chick’n Cubes (Sprout’s)
Garlic (frozen Trader Joe cubs are amazing)
Nutritional yeast (trader joe brand great)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Buy Bulk Bins
Whole Wheat Pasta (I like Penne)
Reflection: Today I will remember that I am what I have eaten, so I will strive to know ingredients especially when I share with those I love.