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Archive for the month “June, 2014”

Summer of Salads

In our home we find that our family goes in cycles with food. During the winter we find ourselves consuming very hearty soups and chilis. In fact, every Sunday during the winter we have chili for lunch. Our kids love it. When we move towards the hotter months we seek not to eat such warm foods, but lighter and more salad like foods. This summer, we have decided that this is the summer of salads. What does this mean exactly?

 

Create your own salad bar! Dice up veggies, optional vegan "chicken" strips, and let everyone add what they want to they lettuce.

Create your own salad bar! Dice up veggies, optional vegan “chicken” strips, and let everyone add what they want to they lettuce.

 

We decided that for the months of June, July, and August we will try as much as we can to eat salads at both lunch and dinner (who knows, maybe even breakfast on occasion). We have taken all of our best vegan recipe books and looked at all of their salads and added some of our own to the mix and we have tons of amazing salads for the summer. Some of these salads will be completely raw, others will have cooked veggies or roasted nuts or beans and at times we will have bean salads or even fruit salads. We are totally excited about all of these opportunities to try different foods. We hear a lot from others that eating vegan means giving up so much, but looking at our “summer of salad” list we can’t help but think of all the amazing foods that we are adding to our meals and to our children’s taste pallets. It is only an experiment and there may come circumstances along the way that will dictate not being able to have a salad, or the kids may just really not like some of the salads we have planned, so there may be times when they may eat something different from the adults in the house, but we are trying to be as faithful to the plan as possible. So if you want, please feel free to join us for the summer of salad! We will be sharing some recipes along the way! Oh, and if you have a great salad to share with everyone, leave the type of salad in the comment section below.

 

Easy pasta salad: rainbow rotini with veggies of your choice + lemon juice, olive oil, and Spike seasoning for the "dressing"

Easy pasta salad: rainbow rotini with veggies of your choice + lemon juice, olive oil, and Spike seasoning for the “dressing”

Live long and eat salad (or maybe the other way around – hehe)!

— C&S

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