Lunchbox Inspiration- “Ladybugs on Leaves”If you're looking for a vegetarian, vegan, or plant based lunchbox idea for your little ones, we got you covered with this semi-homemade lunch comprised of mini avocado toasts, sweet bell peppers filled with hummus, plant based maple sausages made from millet, lentils, dates, and apples, and a dessert of blueberries and chocolate.Apple Slice “Donuts”If you’re looking for a wonderful seasonal food activity to do with the kids, I highly recommend these apple "donuts"! Both Liv and Sawyer had the best time painting and decorating their apple slices. It’s great for fine motor skills and sparks creativity. All you need is 2 apples, a cup of Greek yogurt (nondairy yogurt works great too if vegan!) and 2 starter spoons to act as their paint brushes. (Also note that the yogurt can easily be replaced with chocolate spread, peanut butter, or hazelnut spread. The options are endless!) Fill some bowls with different toppings, and let their imagination take care of the rest!
Apples ‘N Honey CakeAn easy and flavorful autumn recipe that incorporates warm apples, spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, and of course sweet honey! Drizzle some of our maple glaze over the top for extra goodness!!Apples ‘N Honey MuffinsThese apple muffins are a great make-ahead snack or breakfast option for both kids and adults alike, and are a great way to use all your autumn apples! Made with nutritious apples, whole wheat pastry flour, and oats, these muffins are made fluffy with protein-rich Greek yogurt!Peanut Butter CRUNCH PopsiclesThese popsicles are a MUST MAKE treat (or even breakfast) before summer ends! These gems taste like indulgent creamy peanut butter ice cream with little yummy oatmeal chunks but contain healthy, clean ingredients without any of the refined sugars!Blueberry Zucchini Banana BreadA great breakfast or snack recipe to get your kids to eat zucchini!! Naturally sweetened by ripe bananas and pure maple syrup, this bread uses yogurt to make it moist and whole wheat pastry flour for fiber and vitamins. The added blueberries add such a deliciously sweet flavor that's a must try in your banana bread!Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast CookiesThese breakfast cookies are nutritious enough for breakfast, yet taste like dessert! Made with wholesome sprouted oats, potassium-rich bananas, creamy peanut butter that's high in protein, and naturally sweet pure maple syrup, these cookies have easy, clean ingredients and come together in about 20 minutes! Vegan + gluten-free!Blueberry Yogurt MuffinsThese blueberry muffins are great for a hearty breakfast or afternoon snack because they're filled with good-for-you ingredients such as nutrient-dense whole wheat pastry flour and sprouted oats, protein-rich Greek yogurt, and of course juicy sweet blueberries that are high in antioxidants!Black Bean + Sweet Bell Pepper TacosThese vegan bean tacos are my favorite easy weeknight meal because they're made in under 30 minutes, are high in plant protein, have an entire bell pepper hidden in them, and taste absolutely delicious. My 3 year old can't get enough of these!Apple Spinach PancakesThese pancakes are perfect for picky eaters who need some extra fruits + veggies in their diet. With an entire apple and a cup of spinach, these gluten-free almond flour pancakes are great for a hearty breakfast or sweet treat. I even have my husband hooked on these, and he's the pickiest of all my kids!!(Hidden Carrot) Chicken StripsLooking for a way to hide veggies in your kids' meals? We've got you covered with these (Hidden Carrot) Chicken Strips! The great thing about hiding carrots is that the orange color blends right into the breadcrumb mixture. The carrots add a wonderful sweetness to the chicken that you can even supplement with a honey drizzle (or if your kids are honey addicts like mine, they can even use the honey as a dipping sauce rather than ketchup!)Roasted Spaghetti Squash Chickpea BologneseSpaghetti squash is a such a great nutrient-dense vegetable that's low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals. It's a wonderful substitute for regular spaghetti and is extremely kid-friendly (and they don't even know how good it is for them!!). Paired with either our vegan chickpea Bolognese sauce, or my husband's turkey or chicken Bolognese sauce (also linked in the recipe), it makes a complete and nutritious meal with plenty of leftovers for the week.