Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Vegan MoFo Day 13: Soccer Mama

Jackson played his first soccer match bright and early Saturday morning, with Tony as assistant coach.

Olivia and I camped out on the sidelines, ready to cheer on our boys.

It was perhaps not the most even match-up. The other team did a lot of wandering around looking vaguely confused, while Jackson and his teammates scored about five goals apiece. Thankfully, the referee did not announce the actual score at any point.

Victory! Go Pirates!

In the afternoon we attended a birthday party for one of Jackson's teammates. It was a Star Wars-themed party, so the kids played "Pass the Death Star." Ha!

Lining up for the pinata...all eyes on the prize!

When the pinata came down...chaos and candy for all!

Finally, we spent the evening at a soccer potluck at the park. I made my go-to potluck dish, Garden Rotini Salad with Inner Goddess Dressing from Vegan on the Cheap. I doubled the recipe, and the entire bowl was empty within fifteen minutes. I love not taking home leftovers!

All the food gave the kids lots of energy for hill rolling.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Vegan MoFo Day 12: Day to Day

6:30 wake-up = bedhead and sleepy Mr. Potato Head play before school. Also, artwork. I think Jackson finds making art calming. Some mornings he will ask for a pen and paper as soon as he gets out of bed. And after a long day at kindergarten, he will come home and tell me he just wants to relax and do some drawing, or build his Legos.

I had some apple butter in the fridge, so I made this Maple Walnut Apple Butter Oatmeal. More of a suggestion than a recipe, a very easy and tasty breakfast.

Olivia and I did our weekly grocery shopping. We picked up a few extra goodies, too. Kombucha, served hot? I haven't tried it yet, but I'm very curious how it will taste. I forgot to bring a snack for Olivia, so we shared a pack of Vega savi seeds in the car. Kind of like peanut M&M's but the savi seeds have an earthier flavor than peanuts, similar to hempseeds.

I had heard about these cotton candy grapes, so I picked up a package. I wouldn't say they taste exactly like cotton candy, but definitely sweeter and less tart than a regular green grape.

I thought I might start sharing some of Olivia's lunches. With just one kid at home, I actually have time to photograph them! Whole wheat bread with peanut butter, cotton candy grapes, cucumber, and grilled corn.

Sauerkraut gazpacho for dinner -- the Pinterest find of the day, in keeping with my somewhat neglected Vegan MoFo theme. Homemade sauerkraut from Tony's coworker added a nice zip to the tomato soup.

Later I sipped on some Cocozia coconut water, which the company very kindly sent me for review. I think it's one of the better coconut waters out of there as it's organic, not from concentrate (some are!) and has no added sugar, resulting in a light, mild flavor. I'm eager to try using it in smoothies, too!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Vegan Mofo Day 11: Around the House

Five mornings a week, Tony and Jackson leave the house together. Tony drops Jackson at school, then heads to work. And the house is quiet.

After fixing breakfast for Olivia and myself, I water the plants, do what chores need to be done, and straighten what needs to be straightened.

Usually I will burn some incense or a wax tart while I am putting things in order and deciding how we will spend the day.

Then Olivia inevitably asks if we can play a board game or two. And I inevitably say yes. If she starts beating me too badly, she will put her little hand on my shoulder and say, "It's okay, Mama. I will win for both of us."

Tonight's dinner: tacos with chickpea chorizo, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and hot sauce. Recipe courtesy of Krys. Such great Tex-Mex flavor in this chorizo. A pleasant variation from our usual lentil taco filling.

Since we have reached the halfway point in Vegan MoFo 2014, I thought I'd share my purely subjective list of daily "must-read" blogs I've discovered in the past couple of weeks.

Veganopoulos - Her theme is "Will My Kids Eat It?" and her commentary is freaking hilarious.

The Silver Threads of Alice B. - She cracks me up, too.

Detroit Made - Shout out to my home town!

Vegan Cookaholic - She's tackling French Canadian cuisine, the food of my mother's people (although my mother never made us a vegan tourtiere...what's up with that, Mom?)

Kittens Gone Lentil is cooking Robin Robertson recipes all month, and we all know how prolific and amazing Robin is!

Mammi is sharing Finnish coffee table culture with the world.

New Orleans in Green is veganizing traditional New Orleans favorites.

Rosie's Vegan Kitchen is sharing vegan versions of Welsh classics.

Finally, not a new discovery for me, but local bloggers Red Hot Vegans are listing their top 20 veggie-centric Austin dishes, and making me soooo hungry in the process!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Vegan MoFo Day 10: McKenna Museum

To celebrate Jackson's successful first week of kindergarten, Tony and I took the kids to the children's museum down in New Braunfels. It was Tony's first visit and the kids were thrilled to show him around. First they did a little construction.

Olivia took a break to exercise her muscles.

Tony kept going with the construction.

I can't even describe the dream lab without using the word "trippy." You put together these little plastic puzzles and it somehow makes a story on the screen. Jackson and Olivia could have stayed here all day.

But there were pizzas to be made.

"Thank you, Chef," said Olivia.

While the kids noshed on plastic food (and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches), Tony and I had Vegan Richa's Tempeh-Broccoli-Jalapeno Popper Wraps, which I made that morning and packed in a cooler. I loaded them with extra pickled jalapenos, yum!

After lunch, the fairy bandit was spotted.

Her mild-mannered alter ego, Dr. Olivia.

Always a fun day at the museum. Blast off!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Vegan MoFo Day 9: Piscean Princess

While Jackson is at school, Olivia often asks to swim. Sometimes we will visit a neighborhood pool, but on the days the pool is closed, she is just as happy to splash around in the tub for an hour or so, until her skin turns all wrinkly. I will hang out nearby with a book, and we are happy. She is a true Pisces, this one.

Today we made one of her favorite snacks, Salt and Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas from the Oh She Glows cookbook. I made a double batch so Jackson can take some in his lunch box.

What a water baby eats for lunch. Roasted chickpeas, black olives, hummus and baby carrots.

Finally, today's Pinterest find. For dinner I made Vegan Yum Yum's Kale Soup. Kale, quinoa and lentils. The vegan trifecta!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Vegan MoFo Day 8: Nut Balls, Hehe

Ah, please excuse my juvenile sense of humor. I've always been that way, and now that I have a six-year-old boy, potty jokes are never far from conversation.

So today's dinner was spaghetti with marinara and Pecan Walnut Balls from Let Them Eat Vegan. Despite being, well, balls made of nuts, they are freaking awesome on pasta or even eaten cold, as finger foods, all on their own.

Olivia was the only family member not down with balls. She opted for a veggie corndog instead.

A pretty chill day. Dress up, board games.

Play-doh fashion design.

(And balls.)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Vegan MoFo Day 7: Heroes

Jackson is my hero because he will try and try until he can do anything and everything he wants to do. Like blowing bubbles. The determination contained within this small body is unstoppable.

Olivia is my hero because she thinks she is six feet tall and made of steel. Do not mess with this girl. As you can see, she is also literally a superhero.

Lauren Ulm is my hero today for introducing me to Japanese 7-spice, via her recipe in Vegan Yum Yum for Udon Noodles with Japanese 7-Spice.

She calls it Shichimi Togarashi, and all I could find was Nanami Togarashi. As far as I can tell they are the same thing except the Shichimi contains poppy seed, and Nanami doesn't. So maybe mine is Japanese 6-spice? It's unclear. But the resulting meal was awesome(x7.)