Mac & Cheese and Chicken Nuggets

Sometimes Foods v Always FoodsI’m keeping it real for you. My name is Bonnie and I’m mostly vegan but tonight I ate mac and cheese and chicken nuggets for dinner.

I didn’t think I’d ever write about mac and cheese and chicken nuggets.

It’s been over a year and a half that we’ve been eating clean veggie-based meals and the kids have done really well. Although they still complain about eating salad, I’m constantly amazed at how far we’ve come. I am not making this up, I have actually heard my kids say stuff like:

“Mom, can I just have a salad for lunch?”

Or “I think I have a tummy ache, I need to eat some healthy food.”

Or “Let’s mix pomegranates in.” (I like the random ingredient idea)

Or “I want jamba juice pancake ronies. That’s going to be yummy.” (yes, that’s made a made-up recipe)

Or “Mom, you’re going to be so happy. Today at school there was a lady who came in and was talking about eating healthy foods.”

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

But kids, like adults, have cravings and peer pressure of their own to combat. My whole goal for my family, is that when choices are presented, we will choose the healthier options. That between cookies and fruit, someday, the kids will choose the fruit. I want them to see food as a way to fuel their bodies and not as an emotional crutch. I love food and I pray my kids will learn to enjoy food and healthy eating as much as I do. Continue reading

Bean Dip with Creamy Cilantro Sauce {Vegan}

Bean Dip with Creamy Cilantro Sauce

When I create, I’m fulfilled. When I experiment, whether or not I fail, I’m fulfilled. When I inspire others to create, I’m fulfilled. It’s not always about the outcome and as the quote on my mantle says, “happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” (from Margaret Lee Runbeck) My little heart beats to encourage others, to inspire, and to leave having helped, encouraged, or lifted. I’m not very good at it all the time, but I really try hard. It takes time to know people. You really have to listen to them, their stories, their hopes, and then share your stories. That building together creates an opportunity to trust, share, and inspire each other. I love it. And there’s really so many cool people that I want to be friends with, it’s getting out of control. Continue reading

Taco Tornadoes {Vegan}

Taco Tornados

We’ve been on holiday this week. A spring break holiday. We decided to kick it off with a lovely celebration of lice.

Yes, lice.

It’s Monday morning, I’m snuggling with my 7-year-old, then remembered he’d really been itching his head. So that, along with a classroom outbreak, got me out of bed rather quickly. After a literal 2 second head check, I could totally see small lice crawling around in his hair. 5 seconds later, yes, that was what I saw.

“Oh – my – word.” (That’s about as expletive as I get.) Continue reading

How To Make Quinoa

How to make quinoa

First off, I’m going to point out my sweet smile cheek wrinkle! Hello 30 years and going strong. :)

Now let’s get down to business.

It’s been a blizzard here in Portland for the past several days. My car has been snowed in for 4 days now. This leaves us with lots of family time (always a good thing), helping my sweet 2-year-old with his croupy coughing fever sickness, sledding, house cleaning, and generally coming up with other fun things to do. We rented redbox movies and wii games and squeezed in some home gym time, too. Today (since church was been cancelled due to super slippery roads) we playe games, cooked, read, crafted, and played some more wii.

Really, as long as we stay somewhat busy I don’t feel like the walls are closing in; the claustrophobia stays at bay. That can’t be said for the first part of the week – before it was even snowing. I have a thinker, an independent, and a problem solver in my children and they are wonderfully challenging and busily joyful all wrapped together. Continue reading

Coconut Carrot Curry with Chickpeas

Coconut Carrot Curry

Sisters can be awesome.

My sister Anna came to visit me recently and each day just blended into the next as we visited, she helped me with the kids, and we had simple, easy, and fun conversation together.

We each made ourselves vulnerable, the only way to make a relationship grow, and came away with a stronger bond and hopefully a closer future. Continue reading

Chickpea & Rice Soup With a Little Kale

Chickpea & Rice Soup with a Little Kale

This is my favorite soup right now. I’m pretty sure I raved about my black bean stew, but you’re going to like this one. It’s creamy comfort food that warms you and makes you want to do a little jig.

In my browsing, I found a vegan blog called Post Punk Kitchen. Isa runs the show there and is witty, real, and makes some awesome food. Just watch her videos if you need proof. I made four of her recipes in one week! Each of them combined things I hadn’t thought of and were put on my to-make-again list.  This Chickpea & Rice Soup With a Little Kale is going to be something you’ll want to make again too.  Continue reading