Vegan Family Meals

There are a lot of preconceived notions about being vegan, especially when there are children involved…

Where do you get protein? 

Isn’t she going to be deficient in calcium?

You just eat salad, right?

It’s just not for me, I need meat.

Blah, blah blah. I have not had a single bite of animal products in almost six years now and B’s two year anniversary is this summer. Evie has been vegan since conception all the way down to the prenatals I am taking. We are all thriving and love the way we eat!

We spend no more than $100 on food a week and that’s including our mostly organic produce and coffees out. We are privileged in the fact that we can afford and have access to beautiful organic foods BUT do not think that organic is necessary to be a happy, healthy vegan. We had a decent phase of life where we bought the cheapest, easiest foods every simply because that’s all we could afford. Without getting into ethics, environment or health, everybody could do with feeding their family a plant based meal every now and then.

Here are a few recipes we frequently cook up, or have modified slightly to appeal to our taste buds more:

Spanish Veggie Paella– We add cauliflower or broccoli and top with a little bit of nutritional yeast.

White Bean Soup– Not only is this meal ridiculously cheap, it’s actually filling and doesn’t require an hour over the stove in the evening.

Buddha bowls- I don’t have a recipe for this one. All we do is bake sweet or yukon potatoes or make quinoa as a base, roast broccoli, carrots, brussel sprouts or sautee greens, roast chickpeas and drizzle tahini and lemon. It’s REALLY easy and we eat these bowls at least once a week.

Black Bean Brownies– Don’t knock ’em till ya try them! We use a gluten free baking flour for me. These brownies are sure to make me feel a little bit better about eating a whole pan of something.

So there you go! Most of these recipes are used bi-weekly in our house and are super easy to adjust to whatever you have on hand or for picky eaters. If you would like any information about eating plants and why we’ve chosen this for our family, be sure to get in contact! It’s not as hard as everyone thinks.

 

Happy Eating!

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Currently No. 2

Listening to: The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson. Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett (don’t ask why, I have no answers). Wild + Free Podcast. All things Ed Sheeran.

Wearing: This category is a little different this time around. I’ve pretty much been living in leggings and a t-shirt or tunic and Birkenstocks. That’s it. So this is more of a ‘lusting over’ list.

 

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Winnie James Layla Sandal in Blue
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Pepper Place Design Curator Jumpsuit
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Elephant Yoga Pants
Piper and Scoot Embroidered Tunic

Loving: Design planning for the house (t-minus 1.5 months until we move!). Early mornings. Sunday farmer’s market.

Eating/drinking: For June, I gave up buying coffee out- which is HUGE for me- and junky processed foods like chips and cereal. The point of it is to become more conscious of what I’m putting in my body and to spend less on lattes, which really adds up considering I get alternative milk.

Quinoa Salad. Homemade mac and cheese. Salt and pepper popcorn. Iced coffee with coconut milk. Still celery and sunbutter.

 

A Mother’s Battle Cry.

I am one to hide and suffer in silence when I struggle. I will sit in the car for fifteen minutes after arriving to the doctor’s office because I’m nervous to go inside. It’s been this way for as long as I can remember but it’s gotten much harder to stay quiet after having a kid. They are going to continue needing to eat every few hours, need clean nappies and constant stimulation regardless of whether you’re feeling A+ or not. Shoot, sometimes dontcha just wish they’d even let you get to a B- before they start screaming again?

I don’t complain in real life. Instead, I remind myself patience and love CONSTANTLY. For example, Evie had probably one of the most explosive days last week. It was wet and smelly and she was very upset about being dirty. You could probably hear me two houses over yelling “patience and love, patience and love, PATIENCE AND LOVE” while I scrubbed the carseat. This is how I stay level headed. This is how I cope.

Why can I have so much patience and endless amounts of love for the children but so very little for myself? 

This is my battle cry, I suppose. This is me admitting that this shit is HARD. Budgeting, breastfeeding, showering, socializing, it is all kicking me in the rear. The older I get, the more I realize the surrender is the turning point. As soon as you admit and release your burdens, the universe will rush to your side.

so……

Help?

 

An Honest Post About Motherhood Right Now.

Life is unexpected. B and I were so young when we found out a little sprout was growing in my belly. Both of us were working full-time and living in two separate houses. We were still learning bits and pieces about each other; in fact, we’re still learning. Sometimes it feels like we entered parenthood too soon, like a phase of our lives ended too early. I haven’t finished school yet, he works more than ever, and we never went on that big road trip we talked about. We argue about the silliest things and pick at each other when really we both need to lift each other up. It’s tough to find a minute to have a conversation away from the subjects of dirty diapers and who is going to walk the dog that day.

I often get frustrated with the lack of help I get taking care of Evie during the day and forget to remember that she isn’t going to be this little forever. It can be irritating when she wants nothing but for mommy to hold her so she can sleep, and trust me. I feel so guilty for feeling that way. Sometimes I don’t want to be touched. Sometimes I just want to be alone. I miss more than anything being able to go on a run for an hour or two and process everything going on in my life. But none of that is going to be the same, even if it did go back to the way it was before baby girl.  I am a different person, I am morphing into a new human being, and I have to remember to look at life (and myself) gently.

I appreciate this phase of life for teaching me patience and appreciation. 

Evelyn is the greatest joy in our lives. Nothing makes me love life more than seeing her smile. Sure, it’s tough when she just doesn’t want to  nap and the dishes are piled so high. She will not remember that, though. She WILL remember how warm it was to be worn against my chest and rocked for hours at a time. And when she’s older, she may need to be held in that familiar way again. Her emotions are so delicate and she’s still so little… Crying for a long time sure hurts her heart. And I want to remember all of the little things. One day, we won’t share all hours of the day together.

Be love and comfort, mama, the kids need it now more than ever.