“Mom, I’m going to try to go vegan this week, to see if I can do it, ” Claire announced a couple of weeks ago. Claire, is my thirteen year old who once told me she was going to “try” being a vegetarian two years ago, and hasn’t touched a piece of meat since.
“Okay,” I said hesitantly, worrying that about her becoming anemic, and her bones cracking from protein and calcium deficiencies. Then, I started to get overwhelmed about spending extra time in the kitchen preparing separate meals for her.
Like most busy working moms, getting food on the table is a challenge as it is. This has added a whole new dimension to the mealtime mix. At first, I started to panic, however, Claire assured me she would give me a shopping list and meal ideas. As promised, every week when I go shopping she gives me a list plus her meals for the week.
Here are this week’s top five picks that Claire is loving from Trader Joe’s.
- Thai Vegetable Gyoza– These are great for an after school snack. They can also be used for a light meal, paired with with veggies and rice.
2. 72 % cacao dark chocolate- This satisfies the sweet tooth, plus it has a boost of iron.
3. Jalapeno Lime Almond Dip- It is a little spicy, but is perfect with chips, veggies, or in a wrap.
4. Vegan Kale, Cashew, and Basil Pesto- Delicious on pasta, and wraps.
Help this newly vegan cooking mom with your favorite products! What are your vegan go to’s? Comment below!