Lentil Noodles with Veggie Sauce (Grain and dairy free)

I am eagerly anticipating spring. I do miss the luxury of walking out into the garden to pick our fresh herbs and veggies for the day as I describe in this post, The Garden Bounty. Until then, I rely on some hardy herbs that survived the snow, local farmer's markets and organic produce from the grocery … Continue reading Lentil Noodles with Veggie Sauce (Grain and dairy free)

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Butternut Squash and Veggie Frittata (dairy free)

I love making frittatas for lunch because they are delicious cold (in the lunchbox) or warm (at home). Considering my tag line...every bite counts. Frittatas fit that bill perfectly. Leave out the cheese, sausage and bacon! Instead pack it full of antioxidants and polyphenols found in red onions, garlic and herbs! EGGCELENT EGGS! Make sure you … Continue reading Butternut Squash and Veggie Frittata (dairy free)

What did we eat over track out?

The boys are in year-round school so they enjoy short, three week breaks every nine weeks. When they are tracked out I plan their lunches differently. They have a lot more meat, veggies and hot meals. They are in first grade and going through the phase of being sensitive to others opinions of them. So, … Continue reading What did we eat over track out?

Grain Free Crackers

Homemade crackers? Really? Is that absolutely necessary No, it is not absolutely necessary. But, if you are going to use crackers in your snack or meal plan for the kids, this is an easy and tasty recipe to make. Baking your own crackers at home allows you to control the ingredients and avoid inflammatory ingredients. … Continue reading Grain Free Crackers

Blueberry Seed Bars (Vegan, grain and nut free)

It was time to make a new batch of bars today. After a rare morning excursion to a local museum, I settled into the kitchen to batch cook some bars. Nut free is always a win for school snacks! These energy dense bars are pack a lasting nutrient punch to carry the boys through the … Continue reading Blueberry Seed Bars (Vegan, grain and nut free)

Rosemary-Garlic Rutabaga French Fries

This dish boasts both immune system health benefits as well as anti-inflammatory actions. Four simple, but powerful ingredients olive oil, rosemary, garlic and rutabaga all work together to build health! Read on to see how this simple snack or side dish builds great health in your kids!! OLIVE OIL The dominant fat in olive oil … Continue reading Rosemary-Garlic Rutabaga French Fries

Lunchbox: Offal Meatballs (grain and dairy free)

Packing school lunches can be a real challenge. The boys are in first grade and I have learned that the main lunch dish must be both appealing to the eye and also not a distraction for fellow lunch mates. By a distraction, I mean it must not be too green, smell too fishy or look … Continue reading Lunchbox: Offal Meatballs (grain and dairy free)

Lunchtime for kids: Pack in the nutrients

A while back, I wrote the post, EVERY BITE COUNTS: veggie pasta sauce and a sardine sandwich on seed bread with sautéed veggies where I discussed my view of feeding children. I look at everything I give them as an opportunity to build their bodies. The first three years of a child's life are critical as … Continue reading Lunchtime for kids: Pack in the nutrients

Chickpea Salad with Bacon and Veggies

Every once in a while I put beans in the kids’ lunch menu. Lentils are a favorite. But, chickpeas take some convincing. That is where bacon and tons of amazing fresh vegetables come in. The girls have been taking shorter and shorter naps which means they are “helping” me more in the kitchen. Even though … Continue reading Chickpea Salad with Bacon and Veggies

Garden Turkey Burgers and Garden Organ Meat Tacos

Get into a rhythm! Is that even possible with kids? YES! Especially young kids! How does that happen? DEDICATION! I know how difficult establishing a rhythm can be. With two three year olds and two seven year olds, trust me I understand. As soon as you think you are in the clear...something new comes up … Continue reading Garden Turkey Burgers and Garden Organ Meat Tacos