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.Citrus Honey Orange MuffinsIt’s pure magic when sweet golden honey combines with fresh citrusy orange and creates an explosion of caramelized goodness in muffin form. 💫 Grain-free and made with almond flour, these muffins are also perfect for Passover!
We love baking these honey orange muffins because they’re perfect for little hands & lunchbox snacks, they’re a great vitamin C-rich meal prep breakfast food, and also because they’re oh so crave-worthy 🤤.
(#sponsored) These sweet + springy muffins are made with organic orange juice from @unclemattsorganic. We love this family owned company because their products are truly clean label: certified glyphosate residue free, no toxic pesticides, no GMOs, and no preservatives. And did I mention their orange juice tastes so fresh + sweet? Sawyer goes through bottles and bottles (and bottles) 😂.Chocolate Caramel Matzah “Crack”ersThe Jewish holiday of Passover commemorates the exodus of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. During the 8-day holiday, it is forbidden to eat leavened grains such as wheat, spelt, barley, oats, and rye. The reason for this is that in their haste to escape from Pharaoh and slavery in Egypt, the Jews did not have enough time to wait for bread to rise. Instead, they ate matzah, unleavened bread.
While matzah usually gets a bad rap for being dry, when combined with the proper ingredients, it turns into an addictive dessert that even my picky husband can't resist. This chocolate caramel matzah has become a yearly Passover tradition that the kids help make which gets them excited for the holiday. It's fun to include the kids in holiday baking so they learn about their familial traditions and make lasting memories (swipe to see the kids make it through the years!). Chag Sameach (Happy Holidays) to all who celebrate Pesach (Passover)!(Plant-Based) Easter Egg Charcuterie Board🐣 With the holidays approaching, I’m always looking for nutritious yet easy holiday-inspired snack ideas to feed my kids (and any guests that may stop by 🏃♂️ ). I’ve found snack plates to be such a great option to incorporate veggies into my kids’ diets while making it fun. In addition to veggies or fruits, I love adding a healthy fat (avocado from our homemade guacamole) and plant-based protein.
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💲Use promo code code LIVLAUGHCOOK25 to get 25% off your first order on eatNowadays.com.Easter Charcuterie BoardOne of my favorite ways to teach my kids about traditions & holidays is through food! A little snack art also gets my kids excited to try new veggies that they normally wouldn’t eat (hello bell peppers… we see you!)!
🌱 #sponsored We’re obsessed with @beanitoschips mac ‘n cheese baked bean crunch snacks & their white bean tortilla chips. With 5g of plant-based protein and 4g fiber per serving, it’s a clean snack I’m happy to serve to my children. I love that the main ingredient in their chip recipe is fresh whole beans, which they proudly source from American farmers.
🌱 On our charcuterie board we also used @thegoodbeansnacks crunchy chickpeas. We love that one serving has as much protein as almonds, as much fiber as two cups of broccoli and as much folate as three cups of spinach!No Bake Easter Egg NestsAlthough we don’t celebrate Easter, Liv & Sawyer learned about the holiday through Peppa Pig’s Easter egg hunt, and once they saw chocolate was involved, they begged me to join in on the festivities 😂.
These no-bake nests taste like oatmeal raisin cookies and are naturally sweetened by dates. We used coconut flour, making it a grain free and gluten free treat. Oh, and for all those celebrating Passover, this works for that holiday too (as long as peanut butter is part of your tradition)! Cookies bring us all together✌️
Frosted Rainbow Carrot Muffins It always feels like a win when my kids think they’re getting dessert for breakfast, and I’m just silently laughing that they’re eating (and enjoying) carrots for their meal. It’s payback for all the grey hairs they put on this head. 😝
These muffins are perfect for breakfast or a make-ahead snack for lunchboxes. They contain whole grains, protein from Greek yogurt, and are naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup.
Recipe inspired by @tastyBanana Spinach MuffinsWe’re continuing our GREEN week and made these blender muffins in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. These chocolate chip banana muffins are always a hit with the kids and their friends (and no one even complains that the beautiful green color comes from SPINACH!!). We love using spinach because it adds such great nutritional value without compromising the sweet flavor of the muffin. Spinach is a such great source of fiber that helps fuel growth of healthy gut bacteria.Chocolate Caramel Hamantaschen🔺These triangular stuffed cookies are for the Jewish holiday Purim, and many believe they resemble the 3-cornered hat that the evil Haman wore.
❌Supposedly, taking a bite out of the cookie is in defiance of bowing down to Haman and preventing him from carrying out his evil plan.
🧺 On Purim, we also make baskets each year with the kids, filled with candy and hamantashen cookies. We give the baskets out to our neighbors and friends to ensure that everyone has enough food for the Purim feast held later in the day, and to increase love and friendship.Shamrock ShakeWith St. Paddy’s day coming up, I figured it was time to share all our favorite GREEN foods with you!
A kid-friendly spin on the classic shamrock shake, we use kale + spinach to naturally color our shake green. Our version tastes like a banana milkshake and is naturally sweetened by dates!