|5:00 AM Just woke up snack: Food for Life Gluten-Free English Muffin,|
with a Veggie Breakfast Patty (aka veggie sausage) and some maple
|7:30 AM Breakfast: Chocolate Ice Cream Smoothie|
Avery had several licks of this as we were getting
ready...she's a fan of it as well.
|10:15 AM Second Morning Snack: Rudi's Multigrain gluten-free|
toast with organic strawberry spread and Earth Balance vegan butter.
|12:15 Lunch: Tofu Mushroom Stroganoff...these are prized|
leftovers at our house- yum!
|2:15 1st Afternoon Snack: 1 organic navel orange|
|3:15 2nd Afternoon Snack: Organic corn tortilla chips|
with "Melty Pizza Hummus" from Chocolate-Covered Katie.
|4:15: "Green Juice" (apple juice + green powder)|
|5:30 Just-got-home snack: "Chocolate Vanilla Smoothie": vanilla|
coconut milk, Chocolate Sun Warrior Rice Protein Powder,
spinach, 1 1/2 frozen bananas, 3 frozen strawberries.
Here's the ingredients:
Raw sprouted whole grain brown rice protein, Cocoa, Chocolate extract, Stevia, Xanthan, Pectin
Short, sweet, and simple...even better it packs 16g of protein per scoop (per smoothie for me).
After packing up our dinner, we headed over to my parent's house for some fun. Avery had a blast looking for all the dogs outside and playing with her grandparents and uncles.
|Looking so old with those teeth and curls!|
|Look at that face...|
|"Rock, rock, rock, rock..." She loves to rock in this rocker.|
|And stand in it as well!|
Then we headed in for some yummy dinner!
|7:00 PM Dinner: Veggie Burger with Vegan BBQ Baked Beans|
(recipe below) and Alexia Crinkle Cut Sweet Potato Fries
seasoned with Salt & Pepper.
|Dessert: 1 gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan vanilla cupcake|
with agave-sweetened frosting...leftover from Avery's birthday
party! I tried freezing a few of the leftover ones (un-frosted)
and then thawed one out for my little dessert. I added
some frosting of course. Yum!
Any other baked bean fans out there? I suppose I can't be from Kansas City, and not have a little love for BBQ in me right? Well, I grew up loving baked beans. We would go every Sunday to a local BBQ restaurant, and one of my favorite things was the slow-cooked beans. My mom had a favorite recipe of baked beans that I enjoyed for many years. All I knew is that she used a can of VanCamp's Baked Beans. So when Brandon and I got married, I was excited to try and make them on my own. So I got the can from the store, dumped it onto a pot on the stove, let it cook for a little bit, had a taste and then spit it right out! Wait a second, I thought, that tastes nothing like my mom's baked beans! Little did I know my mom used the can of beans as the base of the recipe and then she added her own special ingredients (that apparently I never noticed). Once she schooled me on her methods, I was whipping up yummy BBQ baked beans in no time.
Fast forward to a few years later, when I decided to go vegan and that old can of beans was "dunzo" since it had "pork' in it (like that Laguna Beach reference? Gosh I miss that show.). So I found another brand of vegetarian baked beans and it was pretty good. Nothing amazing...but pretty good.
But just recently I came across this recipe from the awesome blog, Nourishing & Flourishing that instructed me on how to make my own baked beans! I don't know if I've said this before, but I love finding ways to take things that I always buy at the store and make them myself. I feel a sense of pride when I walk by something I used to always have to buy and I say, "Ha! I don't have to buy you anymore! I can make you myself...and I make you healthier...and tastes better!" I'm silly like that I know.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
You will also need an 8 x 8 baking dish.
|The "condiment ingredients"|
|1. Chop the red onion and saute it over medium high heat|
for several minutes.
|2. Transfer to a small casserole dish (I use an 8 x 8 glass|
|3. Now add all ingredients to the casserole dish...starting with|
the beans (1 1/2 cups to be exact). Followed by the
ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, and molasses.
|4. Don't forget the liquid smoke...that is crucial for the|
|5. Now add the 1/4 cup of water. I like my beans to be a little|
bit more "saucy and liquidy" but if it's too runny for you,
decrease the water.
|Let the beans cool and then enjoy their awesome, vegan|
|She likes them...|
|Looks like she's going into battle..."bean battle."|
|Let's just say a bath is a must after this meal!|
All joking and cute pictures aside, I know that there's much more going on when Avery eats other than just getting messy. Baby-led weaning or baby-led solids as I like to call it has really taught Avery a lot in the past six months that we've been doing it. I've seen her fingers get stronger, hand-eye-coordination improve, and she's tried more types and textures of foods than I ever would have thought a one year old would be interested in!
Hope you like the beans! Messy, learnin' girl and I will see you guys next week!