How Many Chones Are You Wearing?

My little person came sprinting into the bathroom, a place where I have known no privacy for nearly five years, waving a pair of little mermaid underwear at me through the shower door. "Mommy! I want to bring these to school in case I have an accident and need to change!" Now she doesn't normally … Continue reading How Many Chones Are You Wearing?

Yellow Bell Pepper Soup

The little person in my life strolled into the kitchen the other day, a bag of goldfish dangling from her fingertips. She flashed a syrupy sweet, if not patronizing smile at me and said "Don't worry mommy. I love you even when you are angry." I was amused and slightly confused. "Sweetie, mommy's not angry." … Continue reading Yellow Bell Pepper Soup

General Tso’s Cauliflower

I once had an ESL student in South Korea who wrote an essay about how pointless she thought mosquitos were. She made a compelling and detailed argument, which ended with her simple, yet powerful declaration, "My mind is the truth." I feel like that's a mic drop, walk-away-without-looking-back moment of clarity. Nine years later, I still catch myself ironically repeating … Continue reading General Tso’s Cauliflower

Tempeh and Broccoli in Peanut Sauce

As my little person and I were walking into the gym yesterday, I heard an older man behind us, chuckling. Drawing nearer, he amusedly shook his head and said, "she sure is a talker, isn't she?"  Yes, yes she is. My angel girl is as sweet as she is feisty. I love the intensity with which … Continue reading Tempeh and Broccoli in Peanut Sauce

Why Mommy Why? Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Crispy Tofu

"Why" is the word of the day around here.  My love muffin's questions are sweet and thoughtful, with her reasoning skills and contextual connections often surprising me.  In an effort to take advantage of these teachable moments, I try to come up with clear and detailed answers.  That's when the why questions begin.  On repeat. … Continue reading Why Mommy Why? Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Crispy Tofu

Lentil Salad for a Hungry Caterpillar

My little love had the tantrum of her nearly three-year old life recently.  The setting was Barnes and Nobles.  I don't know what I was thinking.  Rows of colorful books and toys, all within grabbing distance.  The caffeine infused air.  Oh, and the Eric Carle display complete with Hungry Caterpillar cookies.  We've always loved Eric … Continue reading Lentil Salad for a Hungry Caterpillar

Tofu’s Identity Crisis

Identity. It's the word of the hour in our household.  My little one has staunchly claimed ownership of hers.  Her sweet voice belts out "It's mine!" in clear tones that vibrate between the walls of our home.  During a tickle-war timeout she'll softly repeat after me "pretty girl" with a shy smile.  When after several … Continue reading Tofu’s Identity Crisis