School Lunch #4 + Slow Cooker Food Prep

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Today’s lunch featured a vegan pig-in-a-blanket with ketchup and mustard for dipping, plus some edamame, raw carrots and zucchini rounds with vegan ranch dressing, part of an oatmeal snack bar, and some yummy scoops of watermelon. I sent a separate cup of raw sprouted trail mix with goji and other assorted wild berries for Zander’s snack, and he began devouring it within moments of arriving at school this morning, before I could even get out the door. This surprised me, because the last time he tasted goji berries, he really disliked them. I guess that’s why experts recommend repeatedly offering new foods to toddlers, because you never know when they might change their minds!

On a side note, I just discovered that PlanetBox has come out with a new version of Zander’s lunchbox; it’s designed with larger compartments for older kids and adults. Awesome!

Finally, I’m making a new crock pot recipe for tonight’s dinner. If it turns out well, I’ll post the recipe tomorrow. For now, here is a sneak preview of the prep work (which took place yesterday afternoon).

Zander is becoming a very accomplished sous chef and starting to be truly helpful in the kitchen–for example, he did such a great job de-stemming and tearing the chard into bite-sized pieces yesterday that I didn’t have to re-do any of his work!

The bottom photo shows the pesto we made using fresh basil and oregano from our garden, to serve on top of our summer vegetable soup.

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About Kim McCoy

Kim McCoy is a passionate animal and environmental advocate with a B.S. in Business Administration from UT Knoxville and a J.D. specializing in Animal and Environmental Law. She graduated with honors from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she served as Editor in Chief of the internationally acclaimed Animal Law Review and interned with the National Center for Animal Law and the International Environmental Law Project. Kim is a member of MENSA (the “high IQ society”) and previously worked for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in a variety of roles, including Executive Director, Director of Campaigns, and Director of Legal Affairs. Kim is also the former Executive Director of the One World One Ocean Foundation and the proud mother of a healthy, thriving son who has been vegan since conception. Currently serving as Executive Director of Big Life Foundation, which protects wildlife and wild lands in Eastern Africa, Kim remains deeply committed to the defense of animals worldwide.
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