Cathe Olson

Nourishing Your Independent Toddler

Applesauce with cinnamon

Somewhere between 12 and 18 months, your easy-going infant becomes a toddler striving to take control of his or her activities. Mealtimes are a challenge, so here we’ll explore not only what to feed a toddler, but how to make healthy foods more enticing. While your baby ate anything you put in front of her, you may now have a finicky eater on your hands. Don’t let the table become a battleground. Here are a few ways to make meals enjoyable for the whole family and to help your child develop a healthy attitude toward food. more→

Chocolate-Raspberry Ice Cream

chocolate raspberry ice creamRich dark chocolate tinged with fresh red raspberries—a wonderful flavor combination. To make this even more decadent, add a couple of tablespoons of Chambord liqueur. Recipe and photo courtesy of Cathe Olson, from Lick It! Creamy, Dreamy Vegan Ice Creams Your Mouth Will Love.* more→

Lavender Ice Cream

vegan lavender ice creamLavender blossoms give this ice cream a unique, delicate flavor. I love it with a mild-flavored cake like pound cake. It’s also delicious topped with berries. This is one of my most-requested recipes. Recipe and photo courtesy of Cathe Olson, from Lick It! Creamy, Dreamy Vegan Ice Creams Your Mouth Will Love.*
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Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream

Vegan pumpkin spice ice cream

Combining coconut milk, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and sweet spices, this ice cream is a fall treat, on its own or served over a warm dessert.You can cook a fresh pumpkin for this recipe if you like, but canned works just fine. You can also substitute puréed sweet potato or squash for the pumpkin. This makes a generous quart. Recipe by Cathe Olson from Lick It! Creamy Dreamy Vegan Ice Creams Your Mouth Will Love(Book Publishing Company; reprinted by permission). Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

Sweet Potato-Spelt Biscuits

Vegan Sweet potato spelt biscuits recipe

These simple vegan sweet potato biscuits are so moist and flaky, they practically melt in your mouth. Fantastic to serve with fall meals, especially as an accompaniment to chili or other stews, these are also a welcome addition to your vegan Thanksgiving menu. Contributed by Cathe Olson from The Vegetarian Mother’s Cookbook.* more→

Eating More Vegetables: Tips for Families

Colorful fruits and veggies

There are children who devour plates of crunchy salads and gobble up steamed broccoli, like it was candy, but what do you do if your kids refuse to eat anything green? Children need the vitamins and minerals vegetables provide. Here are tips for how to get your family eating more vegetables.

Vegetables from the cabbage family are exceptional sources of calcium, vitamins A and C, and beta-carotenes, especially kale and collards. Rather than trying to get your child to eat food she doesn’t like, fix the vegetables in a way that she will enjoy. And do add fresh fruit to the mix. Some children who are balky about veggies like fruit just fine. more→

Superfoods for Vegetarian Pregnancy and Lactation

Healthy plant-based foods

Knowing about the best foods for pregnancy and lactation is something expectant and new mothers want to be aware of. What you eat makes a big difference in how you feel physically and emotionally while pregnant or breastfeeding. Your diet also directly affects the health of your baby.

Vegetarian and vegan women are usually extra careful to ensure they’re getting the nutrients they need for themselves and their babies to thrive. more→

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