Author archives: Lauren Parker

Morning Milkshake
  • Morning Milkshake

  • Mornings around here are pretty peaceful—dreamy, really. When Dru's long eyelashes flutter open he wiggles a little, then rubs his eyes and sits up, still a little wobbly. I have watched this scene so many times from the video monitor. A book catches his eye and for (I'm not exaggerating) over an ho[...]
Parmesan-Ranch Butternut Squash
  • Parmesan-Ranch Butternut Squash

  • July has been nuts. We've been traveling all over—living all the life we missed while we were North Dakotan ice cubes during the (8 month) winter. Our most recent adventure was to Chicago where David took his clinical skills board exam. It was a quick trip. It was so quick that we were all a little [...]
Mindful Eating
  • Mindful Eating

  • I decided to change it up a bit today. Instead of a recipe, a mindful exercise that I complete often. When we are around a person regularly, our mannerisms and habits tend to be shared. I think everyone has noticed themselves doing or saying something exactly the way their best friend, spouse, mothe[...]
Balsamic Tomato Basil Bread
  • Balsamic Tomato Basil Bread

  • Maybe it's in my head, but when Dru turned two... he TURNED two. What I mean is all of those impulse control, independence struggle type of situations that parents have experienced for decades and have affectionately deemed "The Terrible Two's", its here. He had his birthday and we dove right in. No[...]
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls

  • Ok guys, prepare yourselves, you're in for a treat. You are going to love these little veggie packed babies! Vegetable spring rolls are on the tippy top of our favorite vegan recipes list. So yummy, so  satisfyingly flavorful, and so filled to the brim with veggies! Dru goes nuts for spring rolls. T[...]
  • Stawberry Roll-Up

  • Last week was Dru's second birthday. SECOND birthday, he's been alive TWO years?! Oh my heart♥, I was tearing up at every little thing last week. The moments really are just so brief, but so perfectly beautiful. I've said it before, but rocking my Dru to sleep tonight all I could think is... I'm goi[...]
Vegetable Pot Pie
  • Vegetable Pot Pie

  • For me, the hardest part of transitioning to a vegan diet is missing foods with full and hearty tastes. I recently caught a whiff of a chicken pot pie that my friend had baked. As soon as the aroma hit my nose, my mouth immediately started watering. There is something so pleasant and comforting abou[...]
Favorite Broccoli-Potato Soup
  • Favorite Broccoli-Potato Soup

  • Brrr… Fall weather has officially been given the boot. It is just plain cold around here! Outside may be gloomy and gray, but that is simply all the more reason to cozy up with a warm, hearty soup. Yummy, dairy-free soups can be difficult to come by. But this recipe yields the perfect soup, witho[...]
Super Quick Stir-Fry
  • Super Quick Stir-Fry

  • I had to try my best not to title this "super-fly, stir-fry". It just sounds right (side bar, do high schoolers say fly anymore?). Okay, it may not be fly, but it is undoubtedly super quick. We have this at least once, often twice a week... I'll openly admit it, I'm not that plan-ahead, perfectly[...]
Tomato-Basil Pasta
  • Tomato-Basil Pasta

  •  Today really knocked the wind out of me. By this time we have gotten used to abnormal test results for Dru. That truly is all that he has ever had since he was born. And while I am definitely used to it to some extent, today's results came completely out of left field... no, somewhere much more une[...]
Orange Cauliflower
  • Orange Cauliflower

  • I'll be honest, well over a year ago when we decided to start transitioning to a vegetarian/vegan diet, I had a hard time getting David on board. After all, taking meat out of the equation meant we needed to change nearly every single one of our staple meals. Until I gave it up, I didn't realize jus[...]
Go-to Green Drink
  • Go-to Green Drink

  • Here's the sad truth… I'm a lazy cook. Majority of the time, I just want something quick and healthy to fill my belly. This green drink takes seconds to make and seconds to clean-up (fellow lazy cooks, rejoice!). Hence, this is our family's go-to meal/snack everyday. The true beauty of this drink is[...]