cook with kids recipe: marshmallow rice treat fun

last winter, i made these impromptu marshmallow rice treat snowmen for dessert at a family gathering. when shaping the snowmen, i squeezed them a bit tight and it made them a little difficult to eat. but little one loved them! Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: marshmallow rice treat fun”

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baking challenge: gluten-free nut-free vegan rainbow cake

a couple of months ago my little one gave me a challenge: a rainbow cake. now this is a big thing as i am not a baker but with my little one’s allergies, i can’t just go out and buy it. i did some online research and then i just stewed on it.

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cook with kids recipe: dumplings in bánh tráng / rice wrapper

i have been trying to figure out how to share dumplings with my little one for a long time but the dumpling wrappers i had been searching for all had wheat or egg. then i remembered some dim sum dumplings use rice wrappers. so i looked for the rice wrappers used for vietnamese summer rolls Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: dumplings in bánh tráng / rice wrapper”

cook with kids recipe: Vietnamese pickled carrots and daikon

i love Vietnamese bánh mì sandwiches and while you can have it many ways – with pork, tofu, chicken – the staple is the pickled carrots and daikon. Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: Vietnamese pickled carrots and daikon”

cook with kids recipe: spaghetti squash caprese bake

spaghetti squash caprese bakedso my first recipe using spaghetti squash was this caprese bake recipe, which i was super excited about because i love caprese salad! it was perfect because i wanted to make a vegetarian dinner and also wanted to engage my little one in our weekly family cooking time. dumping, mixing, scooping. all good fun and then – eating! Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: spaghetti squash caprese bake”

new vegetable: spaghetti squash

spaghetti squashsince i tried the spiralizer and became a convert to vegetables replacing pasta, i wanted to try more vegetables in like manner. so i bought a spaghetti squash for my spiralizer but for some reason, i couldn’t find a recipe with spaghetti squash in my spiralizer cookbook. Continue reading “new vegetable: spaghetti squash”

Palatable Palette

palatable palette: creamy or creamless stroganoff

with my new pressure cooker i can make lots of beef stews quickly! i was able to make this stroganoff multiple ways without blinking an eye: with and without the cream. it’s an easy family hit! go to recipe on Palatable Palette. Continue reading palatable palette: creamy or creamless stroganoff

cook with kids recipe: gluten free vegan pumpkin muffins

gluten free vegan pumpkin muffinpumpkin bread is one of my favorite baked goods and i wanted a recipe that my little one could enjoy as well. i found this vegan pumpkin muffin recipe and tweaked it with my child’s allergy restrictions. the original recipe was sweeter than i liked so i reduced the sugar and i added some pumpkin seeds to give the muffins a little crunchy texture. Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: gluten free vegan pumpkin muffins”

cheesy grilled tofu with chives

recipe: cheesy grilled tofu with chives

cheesy grilled tofu with chivesfinding a article for garlic substitutions brought me to find recipes with chives. this dish fit perfectly for tonight’s dinner with tofu as the protein paired with leftover roasted vegetables.

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  • grill

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cook with kids recipe: lemon and herb roasted vegetables

lemon and herb roasted vegetablesi picked up some beets, butternut squash, brussels sprout and parsnip in preparation for thanksgiving dinner but hadn’t really decided on a recipe yet. then i read my cousin’s social media post and saw that she had a recipe for roasted vegetables that had all of the ingredients i picked up and others i already had at home! so thx cuz for helping me find this recipe! Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: lemon and herb roasted vegetables”

cook with kids recipe: no bake pumpkin mini cheesecakes

no bake pumpkin cheesecakesince my little one was helping to make dessert, i wanted to find something simple and fun. this no bake pumpkin cheese cupcakes fit the bill. my little one enjoyed mixing and smashing and filling. after dinner was done, everyone enjoyed eating them!

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  • muffin pan
  • 1 small ziplock bag
  • meat tenderizer -or- potato masher
  • icing spatula -or- butter knife

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daycare thanksgiving meal 2016

for my little one’s daycare thanksgiving party, each family is to bring a dish for potluck. in addition though, i have to make a complete meal for the little one since i don’t know what ingredients other parents will use in their dishes. since we will be making a whole chicken for our family thanksgiving, i didn’t want to make another whole chicken for the school thanksgiving party. luckily my pressure cooker allows me to make a dish so easily that i can throw everything in and not think about it yet know the dish will be delish! menu chicken … Continue reading daycare thanksgiving meal 2016

cook with kids recipe: sweet potato mash

little one’s school is having a pre-thanksgiving party! each family signs up on a list with what they will bring. m decided to make sweet potato mash and with our little helper, they were mashed up quite deliciously!

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  • potato masher

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cook with kids recipe: dill pickles

dill picklesmy favorite pickles are new pickles – crunchy, salty and garlicky. unfortunately with my baby’s garlic allergy, i thought pickles were out of the picture. but my little one saw me have some pickles and wanted to have some. so i figured that before i give the bad news that it was impossible, i did a quick online search and found this recipe from Alex Guarnaschelli. Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: dill pickles”

cook with kids recipe: zucchini wrap ravioli

this is a fun cooking activity to do with kids – from mixing to scooping to folding – making zucchini ravioli together! it’s a perfect recipe for my gluten free child and healthier than eating pasta. yum!

i looked at several recipes to make this. the first time i tried this recipe i used a spiralizer to create the zucchini strips but the strips were too thick so little one and i had a hard time folding the zucchini ravioli. zucchini wrap raviolithis time, i used the vegetable peeler to slice the zucchini and it was just right! Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: zucchini wrap ravioli”

cook with kids recipe: salmon fishcakes

salmon fishcakei found this cookbook in a local bookstore and thought it would be fun to find recipes of foods popular in other countries. this recipe was easier to make with the little one so we worked on it together.

k got to mash, fork, juice, mix and scoop. all good fun! little one also LOVED eating these fishcakes. Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: salmon fishcakes”

Palatable Palette

palatable palette: cauliflower and citrus salad

for a refreshing summer meal, this salad is the perfect blend of sweet and savory. the original recipe had a spicy vinaigrette with red pepper, anchovies and capers so I simplified it for the little one but it is just as … Continue reading palatable palette: cauliflower and citrus salad

recipe: vegetable stock

when your child has a garlic allergy, some things are tough … savory snacks and stock. when m makes stock, it takes half day. but with my handy new pressure cooker, it can be done in less than an hour. i threw in my staples and voila – stock that i can make, can and save for future use! Continue reading “recipe: vegetable stock”

Palatable Palette

palatable palette: red lentil chili

i happen to have a bag of red lentils but had not decided what to make with it . then i opened my first pressure cooker and found this recipe in the cookbook that came with the cooker. it was the … Continue reading palatable palette: red lentil chili

recipe: garlic free pesto

pine nuts is the only tree nut that k is able to eat (according to the last allergy test) so i decided to make pesto! basic pesto recipe includes garlic and cheese but i decided to go even bare bones with just pine nuts, basil and oil.

my first dish for k with pesto was with pasta. k ate it all up!

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recipe: garlic free hummus

first time i introduced chick peas to k, my little picked out the chick peas and offered them to me..since then i’ve given k chick peas mixed up in a dish as well as chick peas chips. both k ate up with no prejudice.

so i decided to make some hummus. to introduce it to k, i added hummus as a sauce on a tofu sandwich. k gobbled it up. yay! Continue reading “recipe: garlic free hummus”

recipe: mini cheese tofu sandwich

my little one loves tofu – so much that once i offered k one mini tofu sandwich and one mini cheese burger. my little one didn’t want the cheeseburger – so i gave k two mini cheese tofu sandwiches. Continue reading “recipe: mini cheese tofu sandwich”

recipe: cream cheese frosting

i was thinking of making cheesecake for Father’s Day since I knew k could eat cream cheese but i didn’t find a recipe i could be sure of yet and i didn’t have time to experiment with any recipes. but i found a great alternative! i had made gluten free vegan chocolate cake but had not come up with a topping yet. so how about cream cheese frosting?

i found a few recipes i was interested in trying but this one was great because it was a no-cook recipe and had lots of flavor option ideas! i used whipped cream cheese so it may have made the consistency softer and i wasn’t able to pipe a swirly top above the cupcake. but it tasted good with the chocolate cake. i’ll be sure to try it again as well as try the other flavors.

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recipe: oatmeal fruit tart

unless you’re using oatmeal to bake, most of the time oatmeal looks like porridge. even if you add something sweet (i.e. fruit and honey) or savory (i.e. crab or veggies), it still looks soupy yet comforting, of course. but that doesn’t mean you can’t dress it up a little!

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  • small round bowl

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daycare cooking assignment: gluten free vegan brown sugar cookies

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!

cooking tools

  • medium mixing bowl
  • baking pan
  • parchment paper
  • star-shaped cookie cutter

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children’s books to read, cook and eat together!

i love the idea of cooking with my little one. though k’s not yet 2, i look forward to it! it was exciting though a little intimidating to see the kids on Master Chef Jr. – the kids are so young (ages 8 – 13)  yet can chop with a sharp knife better than i can (or so it seems)! not that i am thinking of my baby to become a master chef but it is curious to think of how old you start kids cooking? k’s daycare already has cooking class in school, so i guess it can start as early as 1 year old to just mix fresh and/or dry ingredients — it doesn’t just have to be pretend (although that is fun too!) Continue reading “children’s books to read, cook and eat together!”

recipe: roast sweet potato/yam and beets with rosemary

k enjoyed the roast variations of squash, sweet potato/yams and apple and cinnamon squash and beets so i thought i’d continue the variations of the vegetables and introduce new spices along the way. this time i’m trying rosemary.

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  • 1 casserole dish (ceramic)
  • 1 casserole cover (glass or aluminum foil)

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