Home-cooked vegan meals... without losing your mindGet organized to nourish and delight your family
Are you losing your mind trying to feed your family healthy vegan meals… that they will actually eat?
I hear you. I always enjoyed cooking for myself and also having friends and family over for meals. But cooking for my husband and our children every single day is a lot trickier.
Of course, I want the food to taste good – otherwise even I will be reluctant to eat it. But that’s not the only thing!
- Nutrition: Iron, calcium, omega 3s, fiber, vitamin, protein… are they getting enough? All moms worry about this but vegan moms perhaps more so.
- Picky eaters: My children are still discovering the wide world of ingredients, so nearly every meal I make can be deconstructed to let them taste components separately.
- Whole foods: I cook with whole grains, beans, vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds as much as possible, avoiding prepared and processed foods.
- Diversity: We enjoy a variety of meals and cuisines. It’s also a way to ensure we get the whole spectrum of nutrients.
- Avoiding food waste: Rotting produce and uneaten leftovers are a waste of money and effort – both the farmers’ and my own!
- Time: Cooking is not the only thing I have or want to do in life.
Plus, I want everything to be vegan.
You, too, can adopt a few simple routines to plan, prepare and serve vegan meals that will nourish and delight your family every day.
Recent posts and recipes
10 strategies to get your child to eat more vegan foods – Guest post by Joanna Olson of Raised on Veggies
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