I realized I’ve been spending much more time on Instagram rather than blogging. It’s quick and easy and I’m finally getting the hang of it. That said, I haven’t been able to share many recipes of what we’ve been making. So here were some of our foodie highlights and family favorite of 2016:
Prix Fix Vegetarian – so a nice prix fix is fun and sometimes fancy. This used to be for special occasions with my husband and I. However now my kids appreciate these dinners as well. Our favorites this year were vegetarian and vegan meals from The Whale Wins and Harvest Beat in Seattle. Also musician, Moby’s, L.A vegan restaurant, Little Pine.
Cholula – my son has always liked hot sauce and hot peppers, but since discovering Cholula it’s on the table at every meal from eggs in the morning to nachos and burritos at night. My husband got into the act too. Yes, the hottest trend at our house.
Tempeh Bacon and other vegan mysteries – this year marked the switch of my daughter from eating a vegetarian diet to going vegan. We’re discovering more and more plant based foods and meat alternatives all the time. My daughter loves when her aunt and uncle make fake bacon, however I never got the hang of it until recently. This time I watched my sister and brother in law. Basically you cook it in a pan in a bit of oil for much longer than the package instructions. Then it gets crisp.
Avocado Toast – my daughter has always enjoyed avocado on everything. However once I started working at Juice Girl, not only do I make avocado squares for others I make them at home too. The bread is key. I am also amazed at all the creative and beautiful looking toasts on Instagram. Great inspiration.
Kale – like everyone else we are on the kale bandwagon. Whether it’s sautéing in garlic and olive oil, chopping fine for a salad or adding to soups and smoothies. Kale is here to stay in our fridge.
Spiraling – I didn’t think I needed another appliance but we’re having such fun with this. Kids are eating lots more veggies and they love making the noodles. They even shape the left-overs into interesting sculptures. Our favorite is veggie noodles sautéed in garlic and tossed with spaghetti noodles.
Messes – I am very excited to have my kids cooking so much. Also fun to see our Cook This Book! published and being used by friends and family. However in 2017, we’re going to work more on the clean up. Teaching to clean up as they cook has been a challenge as dishes and ingredients pile up everywhere.