No Biggie Bunch Book Giveaway

If you have a kid with food allergies you’ve probably already heard of The No Biggie Bunch. If you haven’t you are in for a treat!

Last month I went to the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference and bought the whole No Biggie Bunch Collection. They were sold out of a couple of the books so they had to be shipped to me. There was an error and I got sent an extra copy of Trade-or-Treat Halloween. I emailed the No Biggie Bunch headquarters and asked if they would like me to mail it back or if I could give it to a reader. Guess what, I’m doing a giveaway and one of you is going to win this book! You will love it!

trade or treat halloween

I’ve been wanting these books since I learned about them last summer. This one, Trade-or-Treat Halloween follows the No Biggie Bunch as they go trick or treating. The kids talk about their food allergies and what they need to do with their candy. I’m not going to give all of the details away.

Since Halloween is almost here this is going to be a quick giveaway and will end Friday at midnight (AZ time). I’ll email the winner Saturday, they will have 24 hours to respond or I’ll pick a new winner. I want to mail this book out on Monday morning!

Since I’m paying for shipping this giveaway is for US only. I’m sorry to all of my Canadian readers. I got some shipping quotes and it is VERY expensive. I’ll try to make it up to you one day!

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You can also buy the books from the No Biggie Bunch website or from Amazon! In addition to The No Biggie Bunch Trade-or-Treat Halloween you should also check out The No Biggie Bunch Peanut-Free Tea for ThreeThe No Biggie Bunch Sports-Tastic Birthday Party
and The No Biggie Bunch Dairy-Free Dino-Licious Dig. If you have Amazon Prime shipping is free.

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Meal Plan Monday: Family Favorites and Leftovers

Are you struggling to consistently eat a healthy, plant-based diet? If so a meal plan is exactly what you need. Even if you aren’t struggling a meal plan can help save you time and money.

I share a Meal Plan almost every week. Hopefully it will provide you with a little inspiration. Once you find a few family favorites it becomes much easier.

This week in the My Plant-Based Family Facebook Group several of us were discussing this White Bean Green Chili Dip. I’ve decided I must make it (and you probably should too). Here is a tip, you can make this dip instead of the sauce for the White Enchiladas. So Good!

We also have a lot of soup leftover. I hosted Healthy Cravings last week and several people were sick and had to cancel at the last-minute so I bought and cooked way too much food. We have leftover Taco Soup and Broccoli Potato Soup so this week I won’t have to cook too many meals.

Plant-Based Allergy-Friendly Meal Plan

Plant-Based Meal Plan


I’m planning to use my Crock Pot for a few breakfast meals this week.

  • Crock Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes
  • Crock Pot Breakfast Hash
  • Crock Pot Multi-Grain Breakfast with diced apples
  • Cereal


I will rely heavily on leftovers for lunch while my kids and husband primarily pack their lunches.


This plan may change as our week goes on but each of these recipes are favorites so I don’t think I’ll have too much push back.

Are you ready for the week? If not grab another cup of coffee and do your best!


Don’t forget to enter the Le Creuset Giveaway! We’ve had a lot of entries but you could be the winner!

Le Creuset Giveaway

It’s Fall and that means casseroles, well at least in my house. I love casseroles, they are at the top of my comfort food list. As the temperatures lower I love standing in my kitchen near a hot oven and coming up with new recipes.

I can’t (and won’t) tell you how many times I’ve finished off the casserole instead of putting the leftovers away. Yes, right out of the casserole dish. It just taste better that way.

That’s why I’m so excited about this Le Creuset Giveaway.
Fall Stoneware Giveaway

Soon the holidays will be upon us and we will be serving our families deliciously cooked meals. As a thank you for being faithful readers several of our blogging buddies have come together to host a fantastic giveaway that will help make your holiday dinners even more stunning!

Wouldn’t that look beautiful on your table this year? I think so too!

Epi-Family and Vegetarian Mamma, along with My Plant Based Family, Table for Seven, What the Fork Food Blog, My Gluten Free Kitchen, Flippin Delicious, I’m a Celiac and Life Made Sweeter have come together to offer this special giveaway.

One lucky US Winner (lower 48) will get a

Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware, 12-by-9-Inch Covered Rectangular Dish in Cherry Color

Entering is easy….
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Important things to know…This prize will be shipped to you directly from amazon. This giveaway is a thank you to our readers and is not affiliated with facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram, rafflecopter or directly to any of the bloggers listed. The winner will be chosen at random by the widget. The winner will be contacted and given 48 hours to respond with their shipping information. If winner does not respond within 48 hours a new winner will be randomly picked.

Leading by Example

Today’s post was written by my husband, Jim. You can read his last post When the “Vegan” Husband is Tempted or his Weight Loss Story for a little more background. Today he shares the importance of Leading by Example. 
Leading by Example Advice from a plant-based dad

OK so at home, we’ve got little guys, a 3 year old and a 5 year old. For many meals, all the boys want to eat is fruit or cereal.

So what does a good dad\parent do? – Lead by example

Well obviously a good dad\parent has to be patient, consistent, loving and lead by example. Your kids will listen to your actions much more than your words. If your kids are anything like mine, they love to “share with Daddy”. If Daddy is eating corn chips with salsa, that’s what they’ll want. If Daddy is eating an apple and a pear and a peach… that’s what they’ll want. If Daddy is eating spinach, broccoli, sliced apples and blueberries, that’s what they’ll want. OK, so it’s not as linear as I’d like for it to be but, the more they see you eating it, the more they’ll eat it too.

It’s like teaching them to drive – except this is for their health

Have you ever noticed your children doing something that you do while you’re driving… that makes your cringe? I know I have. The sounds of “race ’em Daddy, race ’em”, still make me shake my head. So, as a parent, I want my kids to be good drivers, heck, even great drivers. How much more important is it then, that they have good healthy food habits as they grow up that they learn at home. Once our kids leave our nest, they’ll go off and make their own choices that they will need to live with.

Childhood Obesity

According to the CDC, childhood obesity statistics from 1980 to 2012:
Obesity in children aged from 6 – 11, increased from 7% to 18%
Obesity in children aged from 12 – 19, increased from 5% to 21%
Obesity in children increases many risk factors

Your kids will listen to your actions.

Although I struggle at times with eating a great diet, these statistics are hard to turn away from. Lead by example, eat your fresh vegetables and fruits in front of your kids and with them. They will listen to your actions.

Surely leading by example is one of the most important parts of getting your family to eat healthy. For more tips to get your kids eating healthy check out these popular posts.

My Kids Won’t Eat That! 5 tips for introducing new (healthy) foods.

5 Simple Tricks to Get Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies

Plant-Based Kids


Meal Plan Monday: Back to Routine

Fall Break is over and we are getting back to our normal routine. We didn’t do anything really impressive but my kids got to build a lot of forts, eat So Delicious Frozen Treats, and play with friends.

You can see some of the pictures here!
I had a fun opportunity to provide some treats at Keystone Natural Family Medicine‘s Open House. They enjoyed my Taco MuffinsSpinach Artichoke Dip and Roasted Red Pepper Dip with Luke’s Organic Crackers along with my Gluten-Free Brownies.

This week is Healthy Cravings. Healthy Cravings is a plant-based support group that is allergy-friendly. If you live in the Phoenix area and want more information send me an email. Many of the people who come are not plant-based but they enjoy learning about healthier choices and socializing over delicious eats.

Meal Plan Monday Plant-based, Vegan, gluten-free

Plant-Based Meal Plan


Since Fall Break is over and we have a pretty full week we will be eating a lot of cereal for breakfast. Unfortunately, my kids are getting a little burned out on cereal so I may need to come up with something a little more creative.


I’m back to packing lunch for on of my sons so it’s usually just lunch for my youngest and I. We like to eat soups, sandwiches, potatoes and sometimes GF pasta for lunch. I made a new soup this last week and he told me he only wants soup with broccoli.


I’m planning to use my Crock Pot when I can this week. That means soups and casseroles for me balanced with a few quick cooking stove top meals.

  • Veggie Pad Thai (my husband has formally requested that I made this once a week)
  • Chickpea Noodle Soup in the Crock Pot
  • White Enchiladas If you haven’t tried these yet you should. They aren’t a quick as most of my meals but they are worth it.
  • Food for Healthy Cravings hopefully in the Crock Pot (I’m still waiting on RSVPs so I’ll know what to make)
  • Veggie Pasta with a side salad

What are you eating this week? Were you part one of the folks that made The World’s Best Banana Bread?

Did you know you can buy The Plant-Based Diet Starter Guide: How to Cook, Shop and Eat Well for Kindle?

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