Fresh Tomato Cannellini Quesadillas

Need to whip up something quick with hungry kids waiting around impatiently? I was in this predicament recently. It was lunchtime. We had just returned from the grocery store so I had only about 15 minutes to pull lunch together before a serious meltdown (not to mention put all the perishables into the fridge)! Well,…

Mini Lentil-Banana Pancakes

Want an easy way to make pancakes for your children without the fuss of frying them on the stove? Try these protein packed Mini Lentil-Banana Pancakes. Great for breakfast or as a snack on the go! These vegan, egg-free and dairy-free Mini Lentil-Banana Pancakes taste great as leftovers cold or heated, or thawed and warmed up from…

Morning Baked Oatmeal

I still remember the time I tasted a baked oatmeal dish made by a friend. It was the first time I had ever had a baked oatmeal breakfast, and it was so good I knew I had to try to make it myself! From the original recipe (which called for about ¾ cup of sugar, 2…

Toasted Corn & Spaghetti Squash

Some time ago when my eldest child was still a preschooler, we were invited to a friend’s house for dinner. Another couple brought in the vegetable dish they had made to contribute to the dinner. It was the first time I had tasted spaghetti squash and I was instantly hooked to its delicious taste and…

Coconut-Lima Bean Dip

Getting a bit tired of the regular chickpea hummus? Want to try something new that everyone in your family can enjoy? Try this easy vegan, egg-free, dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free and oil-free recipe for a Coconut-Lima Bean Dip. It gives a refreshingly different spread for your veggies and whole wheat crackers. The recipe can be used…

Tips on Cooking Spaghetti Squash

Based on personal experience, here are some tips for cooking and using spaghetti squash. While you can microwave or bake the spaghetti squash, I’ve found that it is easiest to boil it before removing its strand-like interior. Here is how I would recommend boiling spaghetti squash: Use a knife to make a few small holes…

Transitioning to a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet – Step 3

STEP #3: CHOOSE SMART SNACKS Need something to tide you over until lunch or dinner? Children tend to need to eat more frequently than adults, so would often benefit from snacks between meals. There are a few key reasons why. Children, especially younger children, tend to have high energy levels and smaller stomach capacities. In general,…

Toastie Corn Black Bean Soup

Have you ever tried combining some toasted corn kernels with black beans? Our family tried this out some time ago, modifying a recipe we found and it became an instant family favorite meal option. It’s super easy to make because it builds on a ready-to-heat can or carton of black bean soup as the base,…