family meals

If You Give a Kid a Spatula …

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | May 16th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating | tags: cage-free eggs, children in the kitchen, csa, family meals, farm share, free-range chickens, getting kids to eat, healthy-eating, if you give a kid a spatula, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, kids cook, local food, parenting, pastured eggs, pasturized eggs, sustainable farming

I hope my kids learn to cook. And love to it as much as I do.

I truly believe that one of the greatest gifts we can give our children is an appreciation for food. And by food, I mean real food — food that doesn’t come out of a can or microwaveable container. This hope is not just for my children; I hope more and more kids everywhere grow up with a renewed understanding of where food comes from and a respect for the plants and animals they eat.

Instead of citing studies about the rise of childhood obesity and rambling on about why teaching our kids to cook will make the world a better place, I’ve written a hopeful little story (with respectful credit due to Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond, authors of many beloved children’s books, including, of course, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie). I hope you like it.

“More, Peas!” One Mom’s Delicious Take on Plant-Based Dinners

Sarah Matheny by Sarah Matheny | August 24th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: black bean burgers, children, cooking for kids, dairy free diet, family meals, family-style dining, feeding kids, healthy food, healthy-eating, meatless, meatless lasagna, meatless Mondays, milk free, organic food, organic foods, organic ingredients, Peas and Thank You, plant-based diet, Sarah Methany, sustainable diet, vegan, vegan recipes, vegetarian, vegetarian lasagna, vegetarian recipe

Boy eating vegetablesWhen Sarah Matheny, creator of the popular blog Peas and Thank You, decided to eliminate animal products from her diet, she knew there’d be skeptics. Her grandpa was a butcher and her mom cooked with no fear of butter. But now Sarah is a mom who wants to feed her children right. Her new book, also titled Peas and Thank You, is a collection of recipes and stories from a mainstream family eating a not-so-mainstream diet. It’s filled with healthy and delicious versions of your favorite foods, but with no meat, lots of fresh ingredients and plenty of nutrition for growing Peas. From wholesome breakfasts to mouth-watering desserts, it’s easier than ever to whip up crowd-pleasing meals that will have the whole family asking for “more, peas.” Here are Sarah’s thoughts on dinner, along with a few delicious recipes from the book.

Create Your Own “Family Food Code”

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | September 23rd, 2010 | 7 Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: buy local, chemicals, childhood obesity, children, diet, family meals, food code, Food Rules, kids lunch, michael pollan, Nina Planck, recipes, sustainable food, The Matrix, The Omnivore's Dilemma

Little girl sitting at the dinner table

A few months ago I wrote a blog post about how the more I learned about industrial agriculture and food processing, the more I felt like Neo in the movie The Matrix. Once Neo is exposed to the reality of his world (that humans are actually raised purely to create energy for machines, and a virtual reality has been created to placate the people in their “pods” so they never become aware of their predicament), he can’t go back to his previous existence — even though he probably really wants to.