Vegan Beef and Bell Peppers

Beef Brochettes (2)

If you have a grill, you can prepare this dish grilled on skewers instead, cooking for about 15 minutes. If you use the grilling method, marinate the ingredients in the sauce ahead of time, and serve with additional sauce on the side.

Ingredients:

For the sauce:

  • 1 cup steak sauce
  • 1/4 cup balsamic dressing
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1 sliced garlic clove

For the remaining ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 package Gardein beefless tips
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup cubed pineapple
  1. To prepare the sauce, combine the steak sauce, dressing, agave, and garlic in a blender; process until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beefless tips and cook for 5 minutes. Add the bell pepper; continue to cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  3. Add the sauce and the pineapple; cook for a final few minutes, until heated through. Remove the beef mixture from the sauce with a slotted spoon.

Beef Brochettes (1)

Bunny Tail Pom Pom Painting

Bunnies have those adorable cotton ball tails that kids just love. Today, we painted with the “tails” to make the rest of the bunny, thanks to this cute idea from The House of Burke.

To start, I clipped a few small clothespins onto white pom poms, and set these out for Veronika, along with a plate of black paint. For preschoolers, challenge them to hone their fine motor skills and get the clothespins onto the pom poms solo.

For Veronika, the activity was more about the fun of dipping the “bunny tail” in the paint and dotting onto thick white paper. She also liked dotting two “tails” together!

Little did she know that there was a surprise in store for her once the paper was painted; we were about to turn it into a full bunny head! Let the paint dry, then cut out shapes for the bunny’s head and ears, and glue these down on a construction paper background.

A final pom pom makes the bunny’s nose. Glue down wiggle eyes and add a few details with marker, and this bunny is ready to hop into spring!

Easter Egg Pick Up

Here’s a silly game that will have the whole family playing and laughing together! It’s a great game for multiple generations, whether just your immediate household or whether you’re able to celebrate with extended family once more this Easter.

For set up, simply cut Easter egg shapes from a few pastel shades of tissue paper, about 3 inches tall. Scatter these on a table or similar smooth surface and hand each player a straw.

Whoever gets the most Easter eggs with one huff up through the straw wins! For Veronika as a toddler, this was great practice for teaching control of her breathing direction. She couldn’t quite get an egg up by herself, but loved trying to imitate her elders!

Mommy managed to get 4. Daddy was the winner with 6!

Who wins in your family? Please share in the comments!