I ended up not packing as many lunches this week, because both kiddos got quite sick and missed several days of school. I’m happy to report that they seem to be on the mend and both made it to school today. The kids haven’t been eating much for the past few days, so I kept this lunch on the light side: an apple strawberry fruit crusher, some veggies, a sliced persimmon and chocolate oat cookies. I thought the kids deserved a treat after their miserable sick days, so I made a nice batch of super yummy chocolate oat cookies yesterday. The cookies are the first recipe I’ve made out of my new cookbook: Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. They are so good; I can’t wait to get busy making more vegan cookies this holiday season. I’m not vegan, because I lack the discipline and I love bacon and yogurt. However, I try to make a fair amount of plant-powered meals and vegan baked goodies. The kiddos always ask “Is it vegan?” because they want to know if they can dig into the batter. And, who doesn’t want to eat cookie batter?