Rainbow Chard with Ham

Rainbow Chard

We’ve been exploring chard lately – as the star of the show in a cheesy penne recipe, or in a supporting role over baked potatoes. Chard really takes center stage in this side dish; do seek out a bunch of rainbow chard, rather than green or red, since kids will love the rainbow colors.

Ingredients:

  • 3 slices vegan ham, chopped
  • 1 bunch rainbow chard (stems and leaves)
  • Cooking spray
  1. Saute the ham in a large skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat until crisp, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the chopped chard (stems and leaves) and cook for an additional 2 minutes, just until wilted.

We served this with my son’s go-to weeknight meal – sauteed sesame tofu!

Easy Vegan French Toast

Vegan French Toast

It was a lazy summer Friday, and what better way to start than French toast in bed? (!) The secret ingredient in this version? Bananas! If you want the batter a little thicker, just go bananas – use 3 instead of 2! For the milk, any non-dairy milk will do. We like vanilla almond milk.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Bread slices (any kind)
  • Earth Balance butter
  • Maple syrup
  1. In a blender, combine the bananas, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla. Process until smooth.
  2. Transfer the banana mixture to shallow plate. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat – I use about 1 tablespoon for every 2 slices of French toast. Repeat as needed until you’ve prepped all your slices.
  3. Dip the bread slices into the batter and transfer to the skillet. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
  4. Drizzle with maple syrup before serving.

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Mason Jar Terrarium

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Here’s a beautiful project if you want to save any treasured finds from your summer walks!

Knowing that I wanted to put a terrarium together, we first purchased dry moss at a craft store, because I didn’t want to rip any real moss from nature. This element turned out to be the biggest hit of the craft.

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Travis fell in love with the way it felt – how fluffy it was, the way he could pull strands of it apart, etc. So before we began the terrarium, we played with it for a while in a large bin. Then it was time to add the moss to a clear glass jar.

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Next we were off to find other treasures! We returned to add rocks and a few leaves to our terrarium.

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A little sleeping squirrel added a whimsical touch.

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You could keep your terrarium on display for quite some time. However, ours lasted barely a day before Travis wanted to play with the elements inside again. Back to the bin we go!

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