Winter always brings a bit of joy around here. The weather is so nice… it’s the only time when we can truly get out without melting. The only thing is that winter also brings in a hell of a lot less light and the photo quality of these posts tend to suffer a bit haha. Regardless, I feel like crappy quality phone pics of delicious food are better than zero pictures of food, ya know? So let’s jump into it!
Rice bowl. Sushi rice, shredded carrots, red onion (should really be called purple onion, but whatever), avocado, seaweed, romaine with carrot ginger salad, and a bit of green onion and sesame seeds for garnish. We don’t do these bowls often enough. But their nice because everyone gets the toppings they like in the amounts the like.
An easy go-to is sauteing a bunch of veggies in some spices (here it’s just turmeric and ginger) or you can use a curry paste and serving it on a bed of rice. Or I used to serve it over mashed potatoes (I don’t care if that sounds weird, haha. I love potatoes so much more than I’ll ever love rice). And voila: dinner!
Here there are carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, and peas.
Indian byriani and a side of sauteed greens. Again, not a fan of rice, but if I’m going to eat it, I prefer it like this instead of plain rice. Marlowe and Alex think I’m broken since I don’t love rice, but it’s really just a vessel for sauce for me.
Tempeh tacos. She loves these so much. And let me tell you— they are FUNKY. We buy a locally made black bean tempeh and I don’t even know how to describe it. It smells like wine and has a sour taste to it. It’s weird guys. So weird. But she loves it. Topped with some roasted veg (cauliflower for her), greens, avocado, and a tahini ginger sauce. We only ever serve water with dinner, but she got lucky with a kombucha, haha.
We also LOVE this dressing with these. And honestly, she’s happy to eat the raw version (with the cooked tempeh– this one is too funky to eat raw) too.
Hodgepodge meal for sure. Rice + beans, cole-slaw, sweet potato mash (I don’t think she ate this), brussels sprouts. We all love brussel sprouts around here.
Miso soup. She eats a ton of this lately. We were packing acai bowls for school a lot, but then winter came. So now she gets a big thermos of miso soup for lunch. We just love how easy it is! And a side of one of her favorite books.
A giant salad with romaine, radish, and ginger carrot dressing.
A messy plate of broken delicious nachos with a giant salad of romaine, carrots, and an avocado dressing (aka basically guacamole massaged into a salad).
Super simple tomato sauce with carrots on brown rice pasta with a giant side of plain roasted kale.
The next day I took the leftovers and just threw the kale into the pasta when reheating. Big side of peas. The girl loves peas.
I call this a noodle chop dish. I stir-fried a bunch of leftover cooked veggies with noodles– except it was a different type of noodles that I don’t normally buy and they didn’t hold up as well, so it’s all broken. I told her to pretend it was rice, heh. Carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, green onion with garlic, ginger, and soy sauce.
Banana ice cream to go.
Pesto pasta with a ton of peas tossed it. I can’t get behind this, the peas ruin it for me, but she’s a big fan 😉
And there you have it. A ton of pretty basic, not very well thought out, but delicious, and relatively healthy meals that I feed my growing nine-year-old vegan, gluten-free kid 😉
Side note: You should see her arm and back muscles. They are impressive!
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