Recipes and Features by Erika Krebs

Ask Erika: Transitioning to Vegan

By Erika Krebs on January 23, 2018

Dear Erika, Our family made a New Year’s resolution to go vegan. Well, that sure didn’t last. It’s harder than we thought and we have already messed up on numerous occasions. Help— any advice on making a transition easier? Thanks, […]

Ask Erika: Ease Your Kid into Loving Blackstrap Molasses

By Erika Krebs on November 30, 2017

Dear Erika, My pediatrician told me I should add blackstrap molasses to my children’s diet. I’ve tasted it and it’s really bitter. Do you have any suggestions on how to introduce it? –Cindy, Las Vegas, NV Dear Cindy, I had […]

Ask Erika: Meals as a Baby Gift

By Erika Krebs on March 21, 2016

Dear Erika, I’m 35 weeks pregnant, and I have an amazing support system of friends and family. Many of them have asked if they can prepare me a meal after the baby arrives, so I don’t have to cook, but […]

Ask Erika: Create a Holiday Kindness Calendar!

By Erika Krebs on December 8, 2015

Dear Erika, It’s easy to get caught up in the consumerism of the holidays. I want to use the holidays as a time to teach my children that it’s not all about toys and presents. Any ideas? –Charlotte, Gainesville, FL […]

Ask Erika: Vegan Thanksgiving Traditions

By Erika Krebs on November 19, 2015

Dear Erika, This is our first year celebrating the holidays as vegans. I want to recreate the Thanksgiving traditions without meat, but turkey seems to be such the staple for this holiday. What do you suggest in order to change […]

Ask Erika: Fun, Vegan Trick-or-Treating

By Erika Krebs on October 14, 2015

Dear Erika, We are newly vegan, and as I was shopping for Halloween treats, I realized that my daughter might feel completely left out for Trick-or-Treating. What do other vegans do? —Carlee, Providence, Rhode Island Dear Carlee, I get this […]

Ask Erika: Non-Vegan Husband in Charge for the Weekend

By Erika Krebs on September 16, 2015

Dear Erika, I’m headed out of town for a girl’s weekend getaway. I am so excited, but I’m afraid of what my husband will feed my daughter. He doesn’t cook and eats meat. Any suggestions? —Susan, Louisville, KY Dear Susan, […]

Ask Erika: New Vegan Family Needs Protein

By Erika Krebs on August 14, 2015

Dear Erika, I’m new to this whole vegan thing. I’ve read so much about soy being a great source of protein. I don’t even know where to start. Do you have any suggestions on how to add it to my […]

Ask Erika: Meat-Loving Mother-in-Law

By Erika Krebs on July 23, 2015

Dear Erika, I have a mother-in-law who brings a meat dish to our Sunday get-together dinners. I find this quite offensive since she knows that we are all vegan. Should I ask her to stop? —Taylor, Ann Arbor, MI Dear […]

Ask Erika: What’s Your Favorite Bean?

By Erika Krebs on July 14, 2015

Dear Erika, What is your favorite bean and why? –Kyle, Grand Rapids, MI Hi Kyle, Hands down, edamame! It is so versatile and kids love it! It can be eaten as a snack, a dish, used in soups, and even […]

Ask Erika: The Ultimate Picky Eater

By Erika Krebs on June 30, 2015

Dear Erika, My son ONLY eats pasta. Help! –Rowen, Jackson, MS Hi Rowen, I think I have been faced with an ultimate picky eater. My husband doesn’t like spicy foods or “white foods” (huh??). This rules out rice, pasta, potatoes, […]

Vegan Birthday That's Fun for All

Ask Erika: A Vegan Birthday That’s Fun for All

By Erika Krebs on May 5, 2015

Dear Erika, I want to throw a vegan birthday party for my 2-year-old child, but most other kids and their parents aren’t vegan. Any suggestions to how to please everyone? –Shannon, Boulder, CO Dear Shannon, The beautiful thing about 2-year-olds […]

Cooking with Kids

By Erika Krebs on April 16, 2015

Culinary education with our children is essential for numerous reasons. Learning to cook from scratch utilizes many skills they learn in school: baking is truly a science, measuring needs to be mathematically correct, understanding costs of food and budgeting is […]

Ask Erika: Can Organic Be Inexpensive?

By Erika Krebs on April 8, 2015

Dear Erika, I just lost my job and trying to find places in my budget to trim back. I find organic foods to be super expensive. Any tips for shortcuts? –Jeannine, Chicago, IL Hi Jeannine, If in doubt, buy organic. […]