This is an exciting day at the hive! Our Easy Lunch Boxes have arrived!! Woohoo!
You might have thought that I was about to tell you we won the lottery or something wonderfully fabulous like that.
It feels like I did!
And let me tell you why.
I feed Honeybee about a billion times a day. And I’m tired.
Since we deal with food allergies, anytime we must be away from home, we pack a cooler with drinks and snacks. There is no such convenience as fast food for us. That has turned out to be a very positive influence in the foods we eat and our overall health. Easy Lunchboxes are easy to load with a Sunbutter and jelly sandwich on Udi’s gluten-free bread. Throw in some carrot sticks and fruit and we have lunch!
Another reason I need to simplify lunches is that the girls will begin Classical Conversations coop classes next week where I will be a tutor and we will all need lunches that are easy to pack and that we can throw in a cooler as we zoom out the door while rubbing the sleep from our eyes.
It’s summertime in Texas, which means is a jillion degrees outside and I’m not kidding even a little bit.
As you may know, when it’s a jillion degrees outside, it can be difficult to find the desire to eat.
Or move at all.
As the temps soar, I tend to lose my drive to spend time in the kitchen. Since there are people in my house who think they must eat every single day, multiple times even, I found myself in the kitchen just long enough to make this salad.
The salad is really just leftovers piled randomly so you can get creative here. I used romaine, spinach, baby kale as the base and topped it with a chopped vegan veggie burger, some roasted acorn squash and garnished it with guacamole and radishes.
After piling all the goodness in the bowl, it called for something cool and creamy. Not wanting to undo all the hard work I’ve been putting into keeping healthy, I opted for a light vegan dressing with just the right amount of creaminess to think I was being bad.
Creamy Cilantro-Lime Dressing (Vegan and Gluten-Free)
1 c. coconut yogurt (unsweetened)
a handful of cilantro
juice from half a lime
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar (optional)
Place all ingredients except the apple cider vinegar in a mason jar or blender. I went the mason jar route since I have an ancient blender and the blender blade and ring fits the jar. Easy and no mess.
Blend until all the cilantro is chopped and the dressing takes on a uniform green color.
Taste to adjust salt and pepper. At this point, add the apple cider vinegar if you want a tangy dressing. You can also add more lime. Whatever floats your boat.
Drizzle it on a salad for a healthy meal or use it as a healthy dip for fresh, seasonal vegetables.
For more healthy meal inspiration, visit my Fit Foodies Pinterest group board. If you are interested in contributing to the board, leave a comment and I’ll be happy to add you!
Just about every morning for the past 12 years, I’ve had a green smoothie for breakfast. When I was running the rat race in Big D, my smoothie saved me from crashing and burning when Lunchtime was so sporadic that I sometimes had to rename it Early Dinner. Although I am no longer spending my life in traffic, I still rely on my morning smoothie to help me out in the trenches of Homeschooling.
It’s a jungle in here, folks. Read More
I’m on a mission to feel better and have more energy and so far, it’s working! I have been doing yoga on a regular basis and fitting a little running in when time allows, but mostly, I’ve been making healthier food choices. Over the last few years, I have fallen into a bad habit of letting lunchtime get the best of me. We homeschool so we can exercise healthy food choices, but we don’t always do it. Some days we are knee-deep in schoolwork and don’t allow for a real lunch break. We eat while discussing our latest math concept or history timeline. That’s not always a bad thing, but doing these things over sandwiches and chips is not so great.
I’m not knocking sandwiches. They are what you make them. For the chips, I have no strong argument. I will say, there was a time in my life I didn’t eat chips. I never even bought them. Five years ago, after discovering the need to eat a gluten-free diet, I began substituting the wheat snack crackers I once enjoyed with chips. What was I thinking? I wasn’t. It wasn’t thinking about the extra fat and empty calories until the extra pounds began layering themselves on my person. It isn’t a daily thing, but I put chips on my plate more often than I care to admit and my thighs are angry about it. They’re not gonna take it anymore! (You’re singing Twisted Sister in your head right now, aren’t you? Sorry.) Read More
As Spring is quickly making way for Summer, I find that I am needing a push to get to the end of our homeschool year. So much has been happening, seemingly all at once, and I feel the need to detox and renew. I also feel the need for a long vacation, but that’s not happening anytime soon.
I’m not talking about the need to wring out my liver, although after the large family get-together we just had, that shoe might fit. What I need is gentle and natural approach to clearing out what is slowing me down and zapping my desperately needed energy. Read More
Here at the hive, we encourage kids to help in the kitchen. From a home educator point of view, cooking helps kids gain confidence while practicing life skills. From a busy mom point of view, cooking with kids gears them up for cooking my meals and serving me breakfast in bed.
I can dream.
The older kids have figured out my motives, but Baby Honeybee is still young enough to think it’s all kinds of fun to be in the kitchen. Do not tell her of my plans, please.
In my defense, the people who live in this house think they must eat everyday.
We I spend much of my day in the kitchen. When the opportunity arises to have a helper, I grab it!
This is one of those times. Corn tortillas are so easy a child can make them, so she did!
After IKEA announced its new vegan meatballs, I began craving meatballs. Obsessively craving is a more accurate description.
Well played IKEA.
Because of this craving and the fact that the nearest IKEA is more than an hour from home, I rummaged through my pantry and freezer to see if I could satisfy the obsession. What I ended up with was the most delicious veggie burger in existence.
Makes sense in my head.
To clarify, I did make some of the mixture into meatballs using a small scoop and baking them until firm. They were a nice addition to top of some gluten-free spaghetti. But I just couldn’t leave well enough alone and thought, what if?
That question usually leads me down a long and winding road, sometimes leading to success and sometimes leading to a new lesson learned. This time it led me to an easy and delicious veggie burger. If all roads were this easy to travel, my life would be less interesting.
Let me give you a little nutrient breakdown so you can fully appreciate this humble little burger. With this knowledge, you can feel good about what you are using as fuel for the amazingly complicated machine that is your body.
The chickpeas and green peas pack a protein punch while providing iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C.
Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, so sneak it in whenever possible. It is high in vitamins A, B6, C and K and minerals such as manganese, calcium, copper, potassium, and magnesium. Fiber and protein are some more benefits of kale, so eat up Buttercup!
Sorry I called you Buttercup.
Ground psyllium husks act as a binder to keep the form of the patty while providing fiber. Fiber helps control blood sugar, promotes cardiovascular health and helps provide a feeling of fullness, thereby aiding weight loss. It also helps to keep your skin healthy, did ya know? It helps move yeast and fungus from the body so they don’t have a chance to be excreted through the skin, triggering acne or rashes. Fiber also helps keep things moving along ifyouknowwhatImean.
Flax meal also acts as a binder while providing a healthy dose of Omega-3 fatty acids and lignans. It also is a good source of fiber. Again with the fiber!
Sometimes my sweet tooth gets the best of me. When it softly whispers that it wants something, I usually give in. Nobody wants an irate sweet tooth. At that point, I don’t think it can even be called sweet.
Our family deals with multiple food allergies. Pre-packaged foods are not a convenience on which we can rely. So, when our sweet teeth begin getting rowdy, we must make our own concoctions.
Today, that concoction is in the form of crunchy caramel goodness.
Since the youngest man-child and I are running in a 5k this evening, I figured the family could us a little treat afterwards. It takes energy to cheer on the runners from the sidelines, right?
Thanks to Our Best Bites, our tummies and teeth are happy. My thighs might be angry with me, but we can’t win them all.
I have to brag a little. I have some of the kindest, most beautiful friends in my life. It’s true. I hope it’s true for you as well.
I try to find beauty and goodness in my daily life, but some days it’s hard. Some days are trying and the only solution is to cover them in chocolate sauce to make them good.
Then there are days like today, when an encouraging gift from a beautiful friend arrive in my mailbox.
It’s perfect, isn’t it!
She makes these in several themes. The organza drawstring bag is filled with little inspirational quotes. It’s like a bag of calorie-free fortune cookies!
This is a random handful straight from the bag.
Days like today, gratitude is all over the place.
Mother’s day is quickly approaching. If you have a mother in your life, make her breakfast and give her one of these bags and she’ll probably cry a little.
Be sweet and make your mother cry.
I love the twisted sentiment of that. I need to go into the bumper sticker business!