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The start of the school year can bring with it many ups and downs. There are many things to look forward to such as a regular schedule (I’m definitely excited about that one), new friends, old friends, fun after school activities, and more.

There are also unexpected things like receiving a letter from your daughter’s school on the first day saying that all nuts, nut butters, sesame, soy in any form, as well as strawberries are forbidden. Not only is that kind of notice a huge bummer for any mom trying to offer variety everyday in her kids’ lunch, but it’s left many parents at our school in a tizzy. And it’s especially challenging for kids who prefer a vegetarian or vegan diet. One mother told me that she’s at a total loss since her daughter basically lives on peanut butter and hummus (both on the no-no list) and she dislikes cheese and any kind of meat.

However there’s still hope. I’m determined to turn this negative into a positive and this month I’ve devoted myself to working on recipes for families whose children fall into any of the aforementioned allergy categories. I’m hoping these new recipes have the added benefit of opening kids’ and parents’ eyes alike (my own included) to a whole host of new food ideas they may have never thought of before.

Take for instance these Vegan Veggie Buns. It may not be high in protein, but it’s a filling sandwich and Chloe loves it because it features some of her favorite foods. It’s a lunchtime entree with tons of eye appeal and a supremely satisfying taste. Plus it passes a lot of allergy tests!

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Vegan Veggie Buns

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Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 1 persian cucumber, seeds removed
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • kosher salt
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 whole wheat hot dog buns

Instructions 

  • Grate the cucumber on the large holes of a box grater, and squeeze out the water.
  • Place the avocado, lime juice, and salt in a bowl and mash with a fork until chunky. Gently fold in the tomatoes.
  • Spread the avocado mixture inside the hot dog buns and top with the grated cucumber.

Nutrition

Sodium: 220mg | Sugar: 7g | Fiber: 10g | Calories: 280kcal | Fat: 16g | Protein: 7g | Carbohydrates: 35g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

Comments

  1. adding garbanzo beans to that will help boost up the protein and keep them full longer. all those ingredients tastes great as a salad too. thanks for the idea

  2. So happy to run into this post. My usually-great-eater is in a lull right now with veggies and has pretty much been subsisting on fruit and cheese. I’m going to give these a try for dinner tomorrow night -they seem like they’ll be a hit!

  3. Cannot wait to make this…looks great!

    Why is there such a feud between parents regarding the food allergy issue? I have friends with kids with food allergies, and definitely understand the seriousness. But I agree with Catherine, if our school were to go nut free, I would be at a loss!!! Does it make me a horrible, insensitive person that I would be frustrated and clueless? No, and stop acting like it does. I would have no problem complying, but it would be a difficult transition for my kid who loves her PB. I would be more than willing to adapt to keep other children safe, but let’s honest, for us non-allergy parents, it would definitely take some creativity (and awesome recipes from Weelicious). It does NOT mean I don’t understand food allergies, or that I don’t want to do what I can to keep you child safe.

    We need to stop being so judgemental of each other, and let’s come together to educate parents and keep kids safe.

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  5. Hi
    I know this post is a little old but for those looking for vegan / vegetarian options I thought I would mention I make “hummus” without the tahini. My Husband doesn’t like the flavor of tahini but I like my hummus… So I add either an extra garlic, a little more sun-dried tomatoes or green chilies(flavor how ever you want)instead of tahini and we love it. You can also make black bean “hummus” add a bit of chili powder. It is not a true hummus but gives you the protein you need with out the sesame. Children who choose to eat vegan might like this as an alternative. Just a thought. Best wishes

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