it’s sugar cookie day again at k’s daycare so why not try another recipe? this is called a chewy butter cookie but it’s very similar to the ingredients of other sugar cookies i’ve tried so i decided to give it a shot. the recipe called for a lot of sugar – both white and brown so i reduced the sugar and only went with brown.
the cookies were the perfect level sweet (yikes – imagine if i put in the original amount!) and not too chewy (which is good for a cookie). i think this will be my go-to sugar cookie recipe from now on!
- medium mixing bowl
- baking pan
- parchment paper
- star-shaped cookie cutter
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the next country on k’s daycare schedule is China. the teacher asked for my help. years ago i taught elementary grade kids to make dumplings and i thought of simpler steps for k’s class of toddlers to make them but my greatest challenge was k’s wheat allergy. i tried for several weeks to make gluten free dumping wrappers to no avail. they kept falling apart – too fragile for toddler hands.
so m suggested fried rice, as it is something m makes often. since k’s daycare was making it for China study, i figured i’d look into the history of fried rice. according to some research, the recipe was invented by Qing China‘s Yi Bingshou (1754–1815) and the dish was named Yang Zhou fried rice since Yi was once the regional magistrate of Yangzhou and included staple ingredients like: Continue reading “daycare cooking assignment – China Study: eggless Yang Zhou fried rice tower”
when i watched a gf make crêpes for brunch a few months ago, she showed me how simple it was. so when i saw a picture of these cinnamon apple crepes online, i decided to give it try it for our Sunday breakfast. the recipe i found required gluten free and gum free pancake mix or flour, which i didn’t have but i tried the recipe anyway.
well, let’s just say i ended up with big, thin pancakes – but they were tasty with the cinnamon apple filling so it’s all good. when i have the right flour, i’ll try it again to see if i come up with thin quality crepes. if not, they were a fun variation to Sunday morning pancakes! Continue reading “recipe: gluten free vegan cinnamon apple crêpes”
k’s daycare made sugar cookies for the holidays but i didn’t love the recipe i made so i wanted to try another. while i was grocery shopping the other day, i found a gluten free baking flour from Bob’s Red Mill. that says you can just substitute it for any wheat flour! that should mean that i don’t have to look for gluten free recipes – so i went online and found this eggless sugar cookie recipe *see note 1.
since this recipe didn’t “allow” for using a cookie cutter to shape, so instead of flattening it with a glass i let the cookies bake for 5 to 10 minutes first. then i removed it from the oven and used a cookie cutter to cut the shape and sprinkle sugar and/or cinnamon. i put it back in the oven for another 5 to 10 minutes. Continue reading “daycare cooking assignment: heart shaped sugar cookies”
next country k’s daycare is “visiting”/exploring is Australia. apparently one of the famous breakfasts are english muffins with bananas on top. so i have to figure out how to get/make gluten free vegan english muffins. when i went hunting for it in various grocery stores, i couldn’t find any so i took online to find a recipe to make it myself.
my first attempt was to make a gluten free version of the recipe from My Fair Baking: Homemade English Muffin. but after trying it twice and having problems with the dough rising, i gave up and tried this recipe. Continue reading “daycare cooking assignment – Australian study: gluten free vegan english muffins breakfast”
the first few “birthdays” parties we had for k – her 1 month and her 1 year – were in some ways more parties for us than for her. it was mostly m & my friends and the food was mostly adult food. since she was so young, it may not have made much of a difference to her.
now that she’s more aware of her surroundings and in school and partaking in her own friends and atmosphere, participating in friends, classmates and her own birthday parties will be a part of life. Continue reading “celebrating birthdays gluten free and vegan … with cake!”
sweet potatoes / yam and corn – what’s not to love? –> recipe on Palatable Palette bump it up a notch with the shape of mittens? yep! since i bought cookie cutters for k’s daycare cooking class but since i’m not … Continue reading sweet potato / yam corn mittens
after making the garlic free tomato sauce, the pizza sauce was easy! –> recipe on Palatable Palette look forward to making a variety of pizza dishes for k with this sauce! Continue reading garlic free pizza sauce
for the holidays k’s school is making sugar cookies. so i found this sugar cookie recipe and pared it down for k’s allergies – which made it just 2 main ingredients and a few flavoring ingredients (vanilla and salt). the only cookie cutters we owned were star wars cutters that m got as a gift. so for the trial run, i made star wars apple “sugar” cookies.
m enjoyed the star wars cookies but i didn’t love the first recipe so i looked for another. this one had a few other ingredients, including egg, butter and milk. since k can’t eat eggs, i substituted it flax meal with water. i also used a vegan spread instead of butter. m liked the flavor of this milk “sugar” cookie better than the first. Continue reading “daycare cooking assignment: sugar cookie”
after thanksgiving, i wanted to continue to find meals that we can eat and enjoy together. so i thought of making lasagna but when i went to several supermarkets, i couldn’t find any garlic free tomato sauce. i never had any interest in making my own tomato sauce before but now i needed to learn. –> recipe on Palatable Palette i tried some to taste the flavor. other than the lack of salt or spice that i didn’t add since it was for k, it tasted just as good as store-bought tomato sauce! i thoroughly enjoyed it. i will be making bigger batches and storing them … Continue reading garlic free stovetop tomato sauce
since i enjoyed the filling in the apple banana pumpkin pie i made for k’s school, i searched for another recipe that had all three fruits and came across this bread recipe. i pared down a lot of the ingredients to simplify it and adjust it for k’s allergies / foods k hasn’t tried yet. –> recipe on Palatable Palette it came out great. no extra sugar added either – the fruits provided all of the natural sweetness. YUM! Continue reading apple banana pumpkin bread
after making Thomas Keller’s simple roast chicken with just 2 ingredients a few days before, i was hoping to find another easy chicken recipe that would be just as flavorful for Thanksgiving dinner. surprisingly did — this with only 3 ingredients! –> recipe on … Continue reading simple lemon roast chicken
before our family Thanksgiving, k was going to have a Thanksgiving meal with her classmates in daycare! each toddler’s family was asked to bring a dish and they would sit and share a meal together! unfortunately with k’s allergies, she won’t be able to have what her classmates bring in so i wanted to make sure she had a little of everything as well as had some to share.
so here’s my pre-Thanksgiving menu for the five little ones! Continue reading “thanksgiving meal 2014 une: daycare”
the first time i made pumpkin pie, i didn’t know if i could eat pumpkin pie again – knowing the ingredients and amount made me realize why pumpkin pie is so delicious. while i wanted k to experience a delicious dessert, i wasn’t ready for her to take in all the sugar and fat. so i searched online and found a recipe for the filling and a recipe for pie crust that sounded healthier and had very few ingredients given the limited foods that k has tried so far. –> recipe on Palatable Palette i was excited to try this recipe to see … Continue reading apple banana pumpkin pie
i wanted to find a roast chicken recipe that works with k’s food allergies but is also safe to share with k’s classmates at daycare. not only did i find a crazy simple recipe, it is by Thomas Keller – owner of Per Se, where i had the ultimate dining experience a few years ago. that means this recipe is a guaranteed delicious main course! –> recipe on Palatable Palette it was not only easy to make, but the meat was so tender and flavorful. i actually skipped the pepper because k hasn’t had pepper yet and may not be ready for the hint of spice. seriously, the … Continue reading Thomas Keller’s simple roast chicken
a girlfriend and fellow mom of a toddler starting solids mentioned they introduced her to lentil so i was excited to have C try it too! i tried SHILOH brad lentil and picked brown lentils because it has the more iron than the other colors (red or green).
preparation is relatively easy – wash and boil for 30 minutes until soft. sometimes it took a little longer to cook because they weren’t soft enough but it required little attention. i always make an adult serving and save the remainder a storage container.
i started k on lentil, sometimes with savory fruits and vegetables and other times with sweet. either way k took to it pretty well! i’m glad k has a healthy tastebud!
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in expanding k’s food rainbow palette, i added plums to her diet. the darker the color the better and a little soft but not bruised. when introducing plums, i steamed them first.
- 1 plum, pit removed
- 1 inch water
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the next fruit we introduced k to is pears. like apples there are a variety of pears to choose from. i knew Comice pears are very sweet so i looked for others. pears aren’t the dirtiest of fruits but they aren’t the cleanest either. so i went to our local organic grocer and the ones they had in stock were the D’anjou, Bosc and Starkrimson pears. the quality of the D’anjou pear was the best that day so i started k with them. Continue reading “introducing new foods: pears”
we debated about introducing k to meat. m & i were never vegetarians though we don’t eat meat often. but it feels weird to give your child animal meat to eat while reading children’s books to them about animals as cute lovable creatures or as friends experiencing daily lives as we (humans) do.
in the end, it came down to nutrition. meat is an excellent source of protein, which is necessary for baby’s growing body. i guess we didn’t have a choice when we were kids and it’s not like we resent our parents for feeding us meat now. as adults we can make the choices about what we want or not want to eat for various reasons. so when k gets older, she can decide for herself too. Continue reading “introducing new foods: chicken”
to save money i had been using a make-shift steamer with a 2 or 3 quart saucepan and a strainer on top. but as k’s list of vegetables and fruits to cook/steam grew, i needed to find a more efficient way to prep her food. so, i took the plunge and invested in a steamer.
since i’m a fan of All-Clad’s line of cookware, i looked in its specialty collection and found the All-Clad 5 Quart Stainless Steel Steamer. they run $100 (although you can get discounts depending on the house ware store). it is a 3-piece set with: a 5 quart pot, a 4.5 quart perforated insert and a lid.
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parsnip is another food i never ate before. like many others i always thought it was in the same family as carrots because they look alike but they are actually not in the same family.
taste wise, they are a little sweet but is more reminiscent of a potato than carrot, which may be due to its high starch content. they also have a nice flavor.
another aspect about parsnips is its nice aroma that comes out when you are steaming. it smells like bread when it’s baking. mmmmmm. yummy! Continue reading “introducing new foods: parsnip”
so far we only introduced one grain, oat bran, to k so we figured it was time to try another. i’ve been a fan of quinoa (*see recipes i’ve tried and information about quinoa ) and i was happy to find out that it is gluten free. it should be safe for k, despite her allergies so we decided to introduce quinoa to k.
quinoa has been really hot the last few years so it is easy to find. i already had Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Organic Tricolor Quinoa at home so I started k off with that brand. later i found Ancient Harvest Gluten Free Organic Quinoa Flakes that you didn’t have to was and cooked faster, which was great since it cut down the prep time. Continue reading “introducing new foods: quinoa”
zucchini is part of the squash family so water used to steam can be reused for diluting other foods. it doesn’t take long to steam since it softens quickly.
zucchini doesn’t have a strong flavor so i like to pair it with other fruits and vegetables that have a stronger or sweeter flavor – i.e. make a fruit less sweet or make another vegetable less bitter. Continue reading “introducing new foods: zucchini”
most foods, including vegetables and fruits, that we fed k so far have to be cooked first. the only vegetable we didn’t have to cook was avocado. the second is the fruit we’re giving her next: the banana. like the avocado, when exposed to the air banana’s color changes quickly to an unappetizing gray so prepare it just when you are about to feed the baby.
bananas are not part of the “dirty dozen” list because the inside fruit itself is protected by its thick skin. but the many of the chemicals that are sprayed onto conventional banana trees harm the workers who pick them. *read note
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we often see parents feed babies apple sauce. it makes sense since the introduction to most foods, including apples, have to be cooked. i hadn’t made apple sauce before but on my first attempt at preparing apples, i boiled it for too long and voila, it became apple sauce!
whether you boil or steam, it’s so easy to prepare!
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since i was planning to start k on fruits, it might as well be the healthiest of all fruits: the apple! there is such a variety of apples (macintosh, golden delicious, gala, fuji, pink lady, etc.) so which do you choose?
- i look for the choices of organic apples because unfortunately, apples have consistently been on the “dirty dozen” list *read note 1.
- i look for the type that is less sweet: i.e. Honey Crisp apples are very sweet where as Granny Smith apples have a nice tart flavor. so i started k on Granny Smith apples.
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another vegetable in the orange color family – yummy power food sweet potato / yam. you can dilute if you want but it really doesn’t need it. baked sweet potato and yams are so soft it can be enjoyed alone.
i did some research on sweet potatoes vs. yams. the two are not actually from the same family but both are power foods and have lot of nutrition. the orange color vegetable are sweeter vs. the yellow color vegetable is not as sweet. there are also purple color ones but i have yet to try them! Continue reading “introducing new foods: sweet potato / yam”