What could be more all-American kid than this? A vegan bologna sandwich on multigrain oat bread with Vegenaise, some lightly steamed green beans, a kiwi fruit, and yes, that's right -- a vegan Twinkie!
How did I do it? Watch the whole process and get the recipe here.
Why did I do it? Last week at lunchtime shmoo's friend waved a packaged Hostess treat in front of him. "Have you tried Twinkies? Have you? Have you? They're soooo good!"
Shmoo looked up at me questioningly. "You haven't had one, but I can make you one," I said. Shmoo grinned and looked confidently back at his friend.
Looking at this lunch and comparing it to the veggie-filled lunch below, I see the two extremes of my vegan kid cooking side-by-side. On the one hand, I want him to eat the healthiest diet possible; on the other hand, I want him to feel that veganism doesn't mean deprivation or missing out on things that other kids are enjoying.
Verdict: Little shmoo packed his fluff-filled confection in what he has now dubbed "Mr. Twinkie Brain". He ate everything but the sandwich crust. 4 stars.