When my sister and I became veggies there were no vegetarian or vegan foods like there are today. We just omitted or made up concoctions through trial and error. Most were a re-write and a kitchen full of flour, oats, bowls, and an array of casserole dishes and pots and pans.
We made our own veggie burgers like one would make meatloaf, in our casserole bowl holding it all together with peanut butter. Then, taking a large coffee can our neighbor gifted us, lined it with wax paper then stacked a patty, then some wax paper, a patty, another piece of wax paper, and so forth, to the top of the coffee can. Then we would toss it in the freezer and that was that for a week or so.
This book was not going to include recipes. It wasn’t even a thought. Then friends kept saying, “It’s great! But what about parents who do want to eat healthy and feed their kids right. You’ve been eating this way since a kid, but most of this is all foreign and scary. They need your recipes.” They had a point. So I opened the door to more chapters. I included some of my easy recipes for Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinner, Desserts and Holiday non-alcoholic drinks since this is a Kids book. Recipes are geared for those who want to make quick, impressive meals on a budget and packed with a lot of nutrition, even hiding some shredded zucchini in the kids blueberry pancakes. Hey, they don’t need to necessarily know about all those vitamins and minerals, they’ll just dig in with a smile.
And for those who hosts parties and go to lots of potlucks, there are fun dishes you can whip up easily that will wow them.
In the Making a Better World Together theme of my life, and sharing the love, you will also be thrilled by the rainbow of delightful meals from other creative kitchen artists, along with their websites for all to enjoy!
In fact, since the Kids Care book was running upwards to 300 pages, it seemed best to expand it into Vol 1 and II for easy reading. Not wanting to give away too much, there are fun chapters mixed with down-to-earth issues like GMO and environmental actions we can take to empower our lives and our loved ones. These books are for those who just want to swing on the fun rides and those who want a self-help book for answers to many issues that affect parents, children, and singles alike.
Life can be trying, and my goals have always been to bring some sunshine and problem solving to help others…intertwined with my love for other animals and children.