Southwest Bean + Corn Pasta SaladAs a vegetarian mama, beans are often my go-to for a rich protein source. I find that they pair well with corn and come together for a full meal when combined into an avocado pasta salad with a cilantro-lime vinaigrette dressing. This dish works well as a main meal or side and can be meal prepped by cooking the pasta beforehand, in addition to chopping your veggies and roasting the corn.
🍱 Perfect for lunchboxes
⏰ Great meal-prep mealBlack Bean Lentil QuesadillasWith Cinco De Mayo coming up this week, I figured I’d share our favorite family-friendly Mexican inspired dishes!
🌱 These quesadillas are packed with THREE sources of plant based protein: black beans, lentils, and our favorite quinoa!
🧀 Such an easy way to change up the classic cheese quesadilla, these are hearty and delicious!
Salmon Veggie PattiesDo your kids eat fish? While Sawyer loves salmon, lately Liv has been hesitant to eat fish unless it’s made into a breaded patty (I find finger foods are always a hit with my kids). I also add caramelized onions and sweet red bell pepper for extra vitamins, potassium, and fiber!
💡 The great thing about this recipe is that we usually use leftover cooked salmon from earlier in the week. I love repurposing leftovers so no one gets bored eating the same foods throughout the week.Black Bean Quinoa BurgersBlack beans are a great source of plant-based protein, fiber, and potassium. For a vegetarian mama like myself, beans and quinoa make up a large source of my daily protein. I love adding quinoa to meals because it's a superfood rich in protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Complete with hidden spinach and bell peppers, this vegetarian burger is a great meal option for little kids and adults alike!Parmesan Crusted Fish SticksHave you ever looked at the ingredients for store-bought frozen fish sticks? It's generally a list of about 20 ingredients that are difficult to pronounce and often aren't healthy such as various gums and fillers. These homemade fish sticks are made with just SIX clean ingredients (and that includes the salt and avocado oil!)… you'll never go back to frozen again!
🧒 Great for baby led weaning
🌾 Gluten-free if you sub ground oats for the breadcrumbs
⏰ 6 ingredientsSalmon Fish SticksLooking for an easy way to get your children to enjoy the benefits of eating fish? Made with just FIVE ingredients, these salmon fish sticks are a kid-friendly and flavorful way to introduce fish to your littles! Rich in omega-3s and a great source of protein and potassium, salmon acts as a superfood with major health benefits.Hearty Dill Vegetable SoupDill is by far my favorite herb to add to soups and salads. It has a wonderfully fresh, citrus-like taste and is rich in antioxidants and vitamins. We begin by caramelizing onions and garlic until golden. Added to the pot are protein rich chickpeas, vitamin packed celery, and sweet carrots. To bring it all together, I add vegetable broth and alllllll the dill! Something about dill and carrots in a soup always gets me warm and fuzzy inside... it’s a wonderfully comforting dish that will please even the kids (Sawyer couldn’t get enough!). A great soup for your Thanksgiving table! Vegetable Pot Pie (Vegan)One of my favorite easy weeknight meals (and perfect Thanksgiving side dish!) involves putting lots of veggies into a whole-wheat crust and baking it in the oven. I love semi-homemade meals because as a mom of 2, time somehow always escapes me. ⏰ This veggie pot pie is made with golden caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, fragrant garlic, sweet carrots, vitamin rich celery, creamy sweet potatoes, and cauliflower rice for texture. The aromatic pie made the kitchen smell SO good... definitely a recipe you’ll want to try! 🌱 You can also bulk it up by adding quinoa for some plant-based protein!Sweet Potato Quinoa TotsInspired by @eatingbyelaine, we make this vegan and gluten-free kid friendly recipe weekly but add a bit of cinnamon + maple sweetness to it! With only 3 main ingredients (sweet potatoes, quinoa, and oats), Elaine’s recipe is a wonderful savory option but over here, we’re generally team sweet! 🍁 Garlic-Butter Chilean Sea BassSeasoned with basic pantry spices, this barbecued white fish holds such wonderful flavor and aroma and cooks to perfection in LESS THAN 20 MINUTES!! Such a crowd pleaser for entertaining, or even for a small family weeknight dinner.(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!)(Hidden Spinach) Chicken StripsOne of my sneaky mom hacks involves hiding spinach in various foods. We've done breakfast muffins, smoothie snacks, and now I've moved on to dinner! The beautiful thing about spinach is that its flavor is so mild that no one ever knows it's there! My husband thinks it's just part of the Italian seasoning I put in the breadcrumbs like parsley, but I know that I'm actually giving my family vitamins & nutrients that my picky eaters would never eat on their own. MOM WIN!