Pita Bowls

Named by my son, because all I could come up with were things like; garbanzo taco-ish things in a pita. You see why his name won. This is actually adapted from a recipe in Country Beans called “Mexi-Pita Bar”.

Here it is the way we make them.

1 can garbanzo beans rinsed and drained.

Mix together with:
1/4 teaspoon each; cumin, garlic powder, and sea salt (Real Salt at our house)
Heaping 1/8 teaspoon onion powder

Heat on the stove, or set on top of the toaster oven while you use it to heat up the pitas. This last option only works if you do not need your beans to be really warm, just slightly warmed up.

Cut 3 whole grain pitas in half, and fill each with 1/6th of the bean mixture.

Top with:
Shredded lettuce
Sliced tomatoes (grape tomatoes in winter)
Diced onions
Sliced black olives
Shredded Daiya cheese substitute (optional)
Salsa
“Sour Cream” – Use one of the many non-dairy recipes floating around, or mix Vegenaise with lemon juice to taste.

For a gluten free version, leave out the pita and use a bowl instead. Still delicious!

Kid-Friendly Version

Fill pita halves with the garbanzo bean mixture. The seasonings called for work in our house. If you need to, use smaller amounts of the spices on all or part of the garbanzos. I suggest using some of the seasonings if possible, just to work towards more possibilities in the future.

Top with any of the above options that will be eaten without too much complaint. Here, that meant lettuce and black olives. My son does not love lettuce, but he doesn’t hate it either, and it’s good for him, so on his pita it goes.

Grated carrots are another option for getting more veggies onto a child friendly version of this dinner.

Another option for younger children would be to serve this all separately. A pita, garbanzo beans, & veggies in separate piles.

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Kid-Friendly Food

I’m adding a new page to this blog (as you can see above). Just thought I would publish this as a regular post so it doesn’t moulder unoticed by any interested parties. 🙂

Some people seem to think that healthy kids should be willing and happy to eat exactly what their parents are eating. Well, some of them are willing, and some of them probably enjoy it too. Depending on their ages, foods they were raised on, and how adventurous their parents taste buds are.

What is kid-friendly? That of course will depend on the kid. If you have consistently used the same taste palate for your child’s entire life, they will probably happily eat anything that contains. Once when my son was about three we had some young missionaries over for dinner. I made a pasta salad and had a bit of extra garlic, I decided to just throw it in. (We ate a lot of garlic, often raw or lightly cooked.) Well…it was a little strong. I apologized, they said no problem (as missionaries are prone to do) and one of them ate it with no problem. The other one seemed to struggle a bit more, and periodically glance in awe (or shock) at the three year old next to him gulping down his extremely garlicky pasta and proclaiming it delicious. So, yes it is possible for kids to like things not traditionally considered “child-friendly”. Households that consistently use the same taste palate are the likeliest place to find kid’s labeled “not picky”.

If however, you’ve become healthier over the course of your child’s life, or you tend to use a lot of variety when you cook, there may be a problem. For instance, I have several times made things that I know my son loved, three years ago, but…he doesn’t remember ever having eaten them before. Usually in that case he doesn’t HATE the food, but is often not crazy about it either.

I’m finding that in the world of plant-based eating there is less out there directed at children, or feeding them, than there is for adults. Probably because in our culture today, adults with health problems are the vast majority of people switching to whole foods plant based diets. But, what about their kids? When you start to feel so much better, you want your children to be healthy and energetic too. (Well, maybe not too energetic.)

So, I’ve decided to label/tag the recipes on this blog that I consider child friendly, with notes on what works in our house and possible suggestions for kids whose taste buds are in different stages of development.

Be patient while we work through the previously posted recipes/ideas, but I think it will be worth it.

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Losing Weight on a Plant Based Diet – Exercise

I am so not an expert on this. In fact I view it as almost a necessary evil. However, since it is important…

Find some type of physical activity that you enjoy. One of my favorites is hiking/walking. To be truthful, I enjoy walking MUCH more than hiking, as long as hiking means a trek uphill.

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But, here in Michigan, hiking is great!

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