5 Vegetarian Dishes & Snacks That Taste Great
The older I get the more people I know that are vegetarian, pescatarian or vegan. It is hard to have healthy meals or snacks to accommodate everyone but here are a few favorites. Just grabbing food doesn’t work. You want it to be tasty and delicious for everyone. Dive in and enjoy some new ideas that can work for your friends and family.
1. I love the Cauliflower Pilaf from Cedarland Natural Food. They also have tamales, burritos and breakfast foods. The Roasted Chile Rellenos are fantastic too.
2. UrthBox is a monthly subscription box full of vegan treats. Chips, cookies, dried fruit, on-the-go bars and even drinkable soup. They are from a variety of companies and have healthy ingredients and all are 100% vegan. You can join their club and earn member points too. Not all boxes are vegan but they are organic and all natural. There are four box sizes to choose from and you can send them as a gift too.
3. You can’t go wrong with nuts! Nuts are high in protein and a delicious snack. Setton Farms has a variety of pistachio products including these Pistachio Chewy Bites. They are a mix of pistachios and cranberries with agave nectar. Each one is only 8 carbs, 6 1/2 grams of fat and they have 7 grams of protein.
4. When all else fails, make a salad. Great idea for at home or a potluck where you need to bring a vegetarian dish. You can make it a summer salad, green salad, fruit salad, etc. Get creative. Just make sure any ingredients that are not fruits or vegetables are still vegetarian. I love my Quick Dry Salad Spinner by CaveTools. It is built well and is sturdy and is a great way to get rid of excess water in your lettuce so that your salads are wet or watery. The salad spinner even comes with 30 delicious salad recipes.
5. Make a simple dish, like spaghetti. It is foolproof and you can throw in some garlic bread and a salad for a complete meal. Just make sure the sauce does not have meat in it.
When in doubt, consult a vegetarian cookbook. I like Forks Over Knives (good movie too). It has over 300 plant-based recipes you can make at home.
Ways To Create An Easter Basket Hunt For all Ages
I love celebrating Easter. It is my favorite holiday of all times. My family celebrates it a little different than most. We have kids in the family from ages from 6-16 and want them all to have fun. My parents and siblings all gather for a potluck brunch and we decorate and dye hard boiled eggs. More than 1/2 of my family is vegetarian so I like to bring dishes that everyone can eat. Having healthy food is good, since after the kids get their baskets they will be eating candy.
The kids were never raised believing in the Easter Bunny, instead the call my mom Patty Cottontail (the female name for Peter Cottontail that my mom made up). When the eggs are all decorated the kids will find color-coded Post-It notes on the wall. Each child has one color. Each one has a clue on it. They follow them all around the house and yard, clue-to-clue. Each child’s clues are easy or hard, depending on age and ability. Once they find their last clue (there is usually about 5-6 total) they go report to Patty Cottontail to get their basket. All of the baskets are hidden in the extra bedroom until they kids find that clue.
- The easiest way we are able to tell who’s basket is who’s is to make a label and print each child’s name on the basket and handle. I love Brother’s P-Touch Label Printer. It has a million uses, especially for homeschooling parents and even comes with different colors of ink.
- We also make sure each kid gets enough eggs and the youngest kids don’t get left out. We do this by having a certain amount of each color of the plastic eggs (filled with candy) and each kid can only get their color of plastic eggs.
- When the kids are hunting for hard boiled eggs there are easy/hard hiding spots. The eggs that are in clear view or barely visible are for the younger kids. The older kids have to search a little more, like in tree branches or places they can reach higher.
- Give younger kids a 5 or 10 minute heads start on their egg hunt.
- Team up. Have the older kids help the younger kids. The buddy system makes it where they are all having fun together.
- Have snacks for the adults too (we have adult-only ones, just to be fair). I love the trail-mix creations by Trixi’s Treasures. They come in a large variety and are great for everyone. My favorite is the Lemon Lime Yogurt Pretzel Twists Treasure Mix. *(They are great for road trips too). Each bag is 2.8 oz and they have special treat bags for Easter.
We also have one lucky golden egg (my sister started this). Inside this egg is a $1 bill. They kids are all excited to search for this egg.
Hidden egg in a hanging ornament up high on the awning. Something for the older kids to reach.
New DVD: The Gospel of Mark
This is a series coming out March 14th, available on DVD at Walmart. last year The Gospel of John was released. now you can watch The Gospel of Mark, Just in time for Easter. This is the second book of the New Testament. I’ll be watching this with my kids as a family movie night that is uplifting and spiritual. I love that the movie was shot on location in Morocco with expert theologians and biblical scholars. The DVD also has some behind-the-scenes bonus features.
According to The Gospel of Mark, Jesus is a heroic man of action, an exorcist, healer, and miracle worker — the Son of God who keeps his identity secret. This critically acclaimed, epic production — five years in the making — is based on the latest theological, historical, and archaeological research, and offers an unforgettable, highly authentic telling of the Jesus story — ending with the empty tomb, a promise to meet again in Galilee, and Jesus’s instructions to spread the good news of the resurrection.
Win Your Own The Gospel of John DVD
Right now one lucky person can win their own The Gospel of John DVD. Winner must be of the age 18-years-old, or older, and live in the Continental U.S.
When Life Hands You Lemons, And Your Children Drink The Lemonade!
None of us can escape the occasional stressful experience. In an ideal world, things would be good all the time. But, that’s not reality. In fact, reality can be quite harsh when we least expect it. It’s never easy when disaster strikes. And, it’s even harder when you’re trying to work around your children. With a bit of luck, you will have kept them safe from hardship. That’s how it should be. But, it can make it hard for them to understand the gravity of certain situations. As such, they will continue to play you up and make life difficult. Why? Because that’s what children do. When something major is happening, it’s the last thing you want. That’s why we’ve come up with a checklist of how to cope with children during those times. Whether you’re moving house or visiting someone in the hospital, this list has you covered.
GET THE KIDS OUT OF THE WAY
It may seem cruel, but getting the kids out of the way is often the best option. If you’re visiting someone in the hospital, taking children with you isn’t practical. Not only will they drain the person you’re visiting, but they could also disrupt other patients. Most children struggle to realize when they should be quiet. If you have nightmares of your kids running around the hospital, don’t take them! As well as keeping your visit peaceful, not taking the kids will save them facing an unpleasant reality. Hospitals aren’t pleasant places, and you want to avoid taking them there if possible. That’s especially true if the appearance of the person you’re visiting could upset them. Speak to family members or friends and see if they could look after your children. You could even arrange a playdate for them and use that time. Other parents are sure to be sympathetic to your plight.
USE THEIR HELP
If you can’t get your children out of the way, you could use their help. Of course, this depends on what stressful situation you’re facing. If, for example, you’re moving home, getting them involved could be the best thing. Instead of letting them run riot while the moving company tries to work, get them packing in another room. Kids love to be involved and are sure to rise to the challenge. If they have trouble knuckling down, express how helpful it would be if they packed some things. If nothing else, children love to know they’re helping in the process!
KEEP THEM ENTERTAINED
If all else fails, come up with methods of keeping your children entertained. Giving them things to do is sure to give you time to cope with the situation in peace. We don’t encourage sticking kids in front of the television. But, it is an excellent distraction. If your children are absorbed in a good film, you don’t have to worry about them. Books and games also work as great distractions. That way, you can cope with what’s happening, and they can remain blissfully unaware.
Surprising Things That Could Help Your Kids To Develop Faster
Kids tend to develop at their own rate, and you definitely shouldn’t rush them. Just because you know a child who is slightly more advanced than your own, doesn’t mean that they need to hurry up or that they are behind. That being said, the following things could help your kids to develop at a faster pace:
Giving your child music lessons, even while they are young, can make your kid advance faster in the classroom. Music lessons in their own time can be a brilliant hobby for them, and kids tend to pick up these things faster than adults do.
Music lessons can also help aging – your child doesn’t need to worry about this yet, but it’ll certainly be a bonus when they grow up. They’ll thank you when they look and feel half their age! If you’d like to experience the benefits of feeling younger, maybe you could have lessons together?
Some people tend to think that you can either be fit or smart, not both. This isn’t true at all! True fitness experts are seriously intelligent, and many can explain the science behind the way the body works. Exercise will improve the part of the brain that focuses on memory and learning by 30%, so you can expect your child to do better at school when they are active. Not only that, kids learn words 20% faster when they are fit. Any sport or exercise will do, but obstacle course planning could be a good choice. As your kids think about their next move, they will be forced to organize their thoughts faster.
Getting A Dog
Getting a dog can have a ton of different benefits for children. By getting them to take on certain tasks, such as applying their Frontline flea and tick medication, they’ll feel a sense of responsibility. They’ll also reduce stress, feel happier, and become healthier in general. The benefits are too vast to ignore!
Reading With Your Kids
It’s normal to read to your kids, but do you read with your kids? Reading with your kids rather than just letting them look at the pictures is much better for them. This helps them to better build their reading skills and improve literacy, so they should become a whizz at literature in the classroom. They may also improve their spelling, communication, and the list goes on.
All kids love to make believe, but you should definitely encourage it more. By pretending to be somebody else or making up a play, they must stay in the role of somebody else, which needs flexible thinking as they adapt to situations and different emotions. Make sure you’re enthusiastic about watching the plays they put on for you!
Make sure you encourage your kids to do the things here, and you won’t believe how much it speeds up their development. People might even comment and say that they are advanced for their age. Leave your own thoughts on this below. Come back soon!