You might call this a power breakfast – burritos packed with veggies, tofu and plenty of nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is a great flavour booster – we sprinkle it on popcorn and add it to sauces – and as the name suggests, it’s a nutritional powerhouse. If you haven’t tried it, look for it in the health food aisle of your local grocery store.
As you’ll see, there’s big chunks of onion in the veggie mix – that’s because my kids hate onions so whenever I cook with onions, I chop them in big chunks so they can easily be removed. It means the grown-ups tend to get extra onions but we’re okay with that. It saves a lot of whining and complaining – and that’s worth an extra helping of onions.
Getting a good mix of vitamins every day isn’t a problem for vegan kids since they eat a good variety of vegetables – more servings than most North Americans. As long as they’re drinking fortified milk, they’re getting the vitamin B12 they need (I take a supplement because I don’t drink soy milk regularly). My kids drink soy milk every day because it’s also a good source of protein.
They get protein from a variety of sources: beans, lentils, tofu, nuts, etc. are eaten at most meals. But the vegan diet tends to be low in fat. So I make sure they get a fair share by feeding them avocado, nuts and seeds along with the various oils I use when I cook.
It’s going to be a busy day for us – a quick lunch on the run since the kids have an art class at noon – so a power breakfast is a must. They’ll get their snacks too (a handful of nuts is my snack of choice for them when they complain of hunger when we’re running late for something).
We also tried the PC Blue Menu’s Bacon Maple flavour Tempeh. My son doesn’t like tempeh but we make him try it whenever we cook it. He likes familiar tastes so I’ve found if I cook something he doesn’t like but he tastes it many times, he’ll eventually come to like it. We’re not there yet with this one. The rest of us enjoyed it.
And we’re off to art class! What did you have for breakfast?