Talking to Kids about Veganism – Ruby Roth Books

“Mom, I don’t like anything about Hooter’s.” This is what Trey, my 8 year-old, tells me last week as we drove past a Hooters on our way to his friend’s birthday party.  My first thought was “Thank God!”, but I decided I should inquire further.  “Why don’t you like Hooter’s?” I ask.  Trey says “The sign says they have wings, shrimp and burgers. All dead animals.” One point for veganism and one additional point for the fact that he doesn’t know about Hooter’s other selling points!  His comment made me laugh, of course, but it also made me glad that Trey knows why we are vegan.  Since he was tiny I talked to him about why we don’t eat animals. One of the things that really helped those discussions was Ruby Roth’s appropriately titled book That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals.

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Plant-Powered Families Giveaway & Review

**Giveaway has ended.  Congratulations to Susan on her copy of Plant-Powered Families!**

As I have mentioned Dreena Burton is one of my all time favorite vegan cookbook authors.  Her Vive Le Vegan cookbook was one of the first vegan cookbook’s I purchased that seemed written just for me.  Her cookbooks always include a variety of breakfasts, snacks, main dishes and desserts.  She uses healthy ingredients, but doesn’t sacrifice flavor.  Last week Dreena’s latest book, Plant-Powered Families, was released.   I received my copy from Amazon a few weeks ago and have had a great time cooking through the book.  I love the book so much I would like to offer a copy to one of my readers.  The contest details are below.

Plant-Powered Families (1)

The first thing to know about Plant-Powered Families is that it is much more than a collection of recipes. This is really a resource book for people looking for more information on raising vegan or plant-based children.  You don’t have to be a committed vegan or vegetarian.  Dreena provides excellent general advice on getting your kids to eat healthier foods, especially at lunch.  Her lunch box ideas are fantastic if you are looking to add variety to your children’s lunch.

Dreena provides sections that address some of the challenges vegan families may face.  She discusses how to feed picky eaters and how to plan and attend parties as a vegan.  The party section in particular is very helpful.  Her idea of serving pizza and hot dogs for parties really resonates with me.  Children’s parties are not the best time to try out your new kale and quinoa saute!  Keep it simple and serve vegan hot dogs or pizza…food that the kids will understand.  Your goal with a child’s party is to celebrate your child, not convert kids to healthy living in 2 hours or less.

Recipes

As always Dreena’s recipes do not disappoint.  Recipes are broken down into several, easy to reference sections: Breakfasts, Lunches, Salad Dressings & Sauces, Dinnertime and Desserts.  Each of these sections is further broken down into categories.  For instance the Dinner section breaks recipes into: Soups & Stews, Pizza & Pasta, Burgers n’ Fries, and Casseroles & One Dish Wonders.

Plant-Powered Families French Toast

The first thing I made was the Cinnamon French Toast.  The french toast was completely delicious and very easy to make.  From start to finish we were eating within 15 minutes.  My kind of weekend breakfast! Fun and fast.

Plant-Powered Families Baked Tofu

I also made the Simplest Marinated Baked Tofu.  This recipe is a winner for both ease and versatility.  With just a few ingredients you can bake a batch of tasty tofu to use all week.  My son loved it in his sandwiches and I loved it on salad.  This is a recipe I’ll plan to have on hand most weeks.

Plant-Powered Families Teriyaki

The Ultimate Teriyaki Stir-Fry was a big hit after a cold baseball practice one night.  It was easy to throw everything together and the sauce had a ton of flavor.  Next time I will be adding chili flakes to the sauce, as we like spicy food.  If only a few of your family members like spice you could definitely add chili flakes or sriracha on top, as we did last week.

Plant-Powered Families CC Bars

My favorite Dreena recipe is her chocolate chip cookie recipe.  While this is not in her new book I am compelled to share it, as it is my absolute go to.  I have made it a hundred different ways at this point.  Last week I used half brown sugar and half white sugar in the batter.  I added 1/2 cup of crushed pretzels and then poured the batter into an 8×8 greased pan.  The bars baked for 15 minutes and were totally delicious.

Giveaway

**Giveaway has ended.  Congratulations to Susan on her copy of Plant-Powered Families!**

Since I love Dreena Burton and have found her recipes and ideas so inspiring I want to share her newest creation with you.   I will be giving out one copy of Plant-Powered Families to a reader in the US (sorry international folks).  Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below.  You have 3 ways to participate: like Vegan Gretchen on Facebook, follow @vegangretchen on Twitter, and/or leave a comment below sharing your favorite author’s name.  The giveaway runs until 12:00 AM on May 26.  Thanks for participating!

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