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A Veggie Burger must try- Qrunch quinoa burgers win favorite vegan fast food!

18 Jan

Try it Vegan Qrunch BurgersIf you are anything like me, you have had your fair share of horrible veggie burgers.  Trying to find a good tasting burger without meat and dairy ingredients can prove to be difficult at times so when you find a delish’ one, it’s a reason to spread the good news!  We have a winner!

Gluten-free     Soy-free     Dairy-free     Corn-free     Wheat-free     Egg-free     Nut-free     Low Sodium

Toaster-Ready in Minutes!

I have the boxes resting near the toaster for a reason, by the way.  I was in need for some fast food and that’s exactly what the freezer is for!  I had picked these up on my last shopping trip at Wegmann’s and figured to give them a good ol’ try, today being that day.  The cooking instructions on the box give two options:  toaster oven or regular oven.  I skipped both suggestions and stuck it IN MY TOASTER twice and within minutes, lunch was ready and really good!  (When hunger is a level 10, my patience drops to a level 1 however, I would like to clarify that, on normal days, I tend to use our regular oven for everything.)

Try it Vegan Qrunch LunchUnlike my Greek Cypriot hubby, bread isn’t a necessary item in my diet so you see my burger with romaine lettuce in place of a bun.  I sliced up some Roma tomatoes and a swipe of Veganaise Grape Seed oil spread plus added a side of vegetarian stuffed grape leaves.

The Spicy Italian definitely has a kick so I wouldn’t start the little kids off with that, try their regular ones instead.  (The teenage daughter loved the spicy Italian one though)  This is also lunchbox worthy for the kids at school.   The texture is crunchy on the outside and it doesn’t fall apart like so many other veggie burgers you and we have tried in the past.  The Nutrition facts are surprisingly not bad, for fast food, either!  Have a look for yourself:

Nutrition Facts:  1 burger

  • Calories 190 (Calories from Fat 100)
  • Total Fat 11g (Saturated Fat 3.5g, Trans Fat 0g)
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Sodium 150 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 20g (Dietary Fiber 2g)
  • Sugars 0g
  • Protein 4g

Try it Vegan Qrunch inside FXIngredients are impressive compared to most of what is available:

  • Organic Millet
  • Organic Quinoa
  • Organic Coconut Oil
  • Organic Onion
  • Organic Carrots
  • Organic Broccoli
  • Organic Spinach
  • Arrowroot Starch
  • Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Organic Psyllium Seed Powder
  • Sea Salt
  • Organic Garlic
  • Non-GMO Canola Oil

This one is a keeper- Try it!

~M~

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This dip was a slam dunk! Southwestern Spiced Sweet Potato Fries with Chili-Cilantro Sour Cream

15 Jan

Look no further, you have found an AWESOME dip that is a MUST try!  Collar is popped, this wife and Momma gets a ten thumbs up, yeah Baby!  I have been wanting to make this since I came across the recipe and chose to make it as an appetizer for the family to munch on.

Excuse my lack of photography skills!

Excuse my lack of photography skills!

Just pull out your phone or pencil and old-school shopping list because I’m going to start off with listing the ingredients and you WILL want to make this over the next few days.  It’s OMNIVORE & KID APPROVED and I would imagine a great dip for veggies or shh, chips.  (Oh come on, like you don’t crave them every so often… healthy or not!)

Ok, shopping list… are you ready?  You will need:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, cut in large matchsticks
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chile powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 cup vegan sour cream (I used Tofutti)  (now for the dip)
  • 1 -2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 -4 tsp sweet chili sauce (I liked it with more)
  • 1 small garlic clove minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 heaping tbsp chopped cilantro

I used the food processor to make the fries uniform in size which obviously helps with the cooking time and obviously, cuts back on prep time.

Southwestern Spiced Sweet Potato Fries

Preheat oven to 425.  Toss potatoes and olive oil in a large bowl.  Combine salt, cumin, chile powder, paprika, pepper and cayenne in a small ball and then add spices to potatoes and toss to coat.  Arrange on baking sheet and back 12-15 minutes, then toss and bake for ten minutes.  (The last ten minutes I put the convection oven on).  Remove and dip away!

Chili-Cilantro Sour Cream

Combine everything but the cilantro in a bowl and whisk together, add cilantro and mix.

Whether you are a party of one or need a dish for a party, this is a great alternative to the  others.  The original recipe may be found at food52.com which is one of my go-to places to find some delish dishes!

Try it!

-M

Back to school! Vegan kids Lunch Exposed

2 Jan

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“The more colorful it is, the better it is!” 

– Nico’s answer when asked what his favorite lunch looks like 🙂  1/2/13

Yes, my kids have a Vegan lunch nearly every day.  You are looking at the 11 year old’s lunch box and according to him, it’s a hit at school.  I found this particular box online and it has been worth the investment.

I’ve learned that we eat with our eyes first and this is one of my secrets as to HOW I get my kids to eat healthier.  (Sidenote:  A few years ago it was paper bag lunches with bologna and cheese, a bag of fritos, bar of some kind (all sugar) and juice.  I was not eating vegetables, (I swore I hated them… so how could I possible get MY kids to eat them?) and it’s amazing how much our health showed the results of our poor diet.)

If food is fun and colorful and ready to eat, you will be surprised how easy eating healthier can be!

Menu:

  • Organic English cucumbers (very tasty, few seeds and an awesome aroma) sliced with mandoline
  • Mini apples with Bee’s Knees cucumber sliced with mandoline (see previous post on the topic)
  • Mandarin orange peeled and ready to eat
  • Sandwich with, what we call, “sandwich slices”.  (Lightlife Bologna style faux meat slices, english cucumber slices, mayo (Veganaise with grapeseed) and bread
  • Enjoy life chocolate bar

ELF Boom Choco Boom Rice Milka        lightlife_smart_deli_bologna_box large-grapeseed vegenaise 16 oz

Yes, these are processed but eating healthy is a process and compared to where we were, I feel that it is a step in the right direction.  With the bombardment of “pink slime” and other questionable “food” served in schools and the constant media advertisements on pure JUNK, I learned that it MUST start at home.  Have fun with your food and make it as colorful as possible- after all, “the more colorful it is, the better it is!”

Try it!

M

 

 

Having your Kids Eat More Fruit 101: Have fun and PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD!

30 Dec

Apple Slices

We WILL get to vegetables next but in the meantime, this is definitely one solution to the question, “How do I get my children to eat more fruit?”

PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD!

It goes against every principle that we were taught as little ones but the truth is, we eat with our eyes first.  This is a very simple and incredibly easy snack but one that is incredibly popular in our house.  Sometimes it’s how it’s sliced and the convenience.  Other times it is the sound a food makes when you bite into it that grabs the kids attention.

What you need:

mandolines-slicers

A mandoline slicer (Since purchasing one, I literally use it every day throughout the entire day. I bought this particular one online here)

Apple (Treat yourself to an organic apple reducing the pesticides and free radical damage in your body but also, TASTE!  TASTE!  TASTE!  Go crazy… eat the skin too which is LOADED with nutrients!)

beesknees

Peanut Butter is optional (We love Bee’s Knees by Peanut Butter & Co.)

There are different attachments but what we enjoy most is slicing up the apple and then putting it back together like a puzzle, wrap it and slip in in a lunch box.  When it comes time to eat, you just slide a slice off and the browning due to the oxidizing is at a bare minimum!  Enjoy!!

****BONUS****  This particular mandoline has an attachment where we also make apple “match sticks” that are tiny and fun enough for everyone to snack on and a huge hit when we are serving lunch at home (they brown too quickly to send to school for lunch)

WARNING:  If away at, let’s say, a soccer game or school, pack more than one because there WILL be others asking you for a piece!  It’s a fun way to eat an apple, convenient and as some kids tell me, “tastes better this way.”  (wink!)

Serious WARNING:  A mandoline slicer is NOT a toy and is incredibly sharp!!  To keep all of your digits, I highly recommend investing in a cut resistant kitchen glove.  This little glove has saved me a few times.

So go on out there, Try it!

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