packing school meals: month 2 – pt 1

it’s month 2 and i’m starting to preplan and think of ideas to make meals fun for both myself and little one. when i grew up, i used to love newspapers that had word jumbles. since little one’s class is working through the alphabet, why not play word jumble with little one with her food? Continue reading “packing school meals: month 2 – pt 1”

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cook with kids recipe: peruvian quinoa salad

i have thrown quinoa into my meals in substitution for rice dishes and i’ve added quinoa in my salads before but i didn’t know quinoa is an important grain in peruvian culture. Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: peruvian quinoa salad”

packing school meals: month 1 – pt 2

after two weeks of just churning them out, i can start to enjoy myself and have fun with the meals. some pictures… some words… but always color and always fruits and veggies. Continue reading “packing school meals: month 1 – pt 2”

packing school meals: month 1 – pt 1 new school

it’s back to school! now little one is adjusting to a public school schedule so we’re learning too. school starts earlier and ends earlier. luckily little one’s after school program is in the same room so no awkward transition there. so the meals are: breakfast, lunch, end of school snack and after school snack. Continue reading “packing school meals: month 1 – pt 1 new school”

cook with kids: eggless buttercream frosting

little one just finished off our last batch of cupcakes we made a few months ago so we made a new batch to stock up. i found a cake mix we hadn’t tried yet: King Arthur’s Gluten Free Yellow Cake mix. Continue reading “cook with kids: eggless buttercream frosting”

Palatable Palette

palatable palette: chick pea cauliflower quiche

my little one was under the weather otherwise it would have been a fun recipe to make together. a savory pie that was free from excess. plant-based recipe with no oils, egg or dairy but let the herbs do all … Continue reading palatable palette: chick pea cauliflower quiche

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.

it wasn’t until i started binge-watching PBS’s The Great British Baking Show  Continue reading “baking challenge: gluten-free nut-free vegan rainbow cake”

cook with kids recipe: gluten free vegan lemon ricotta cookies

when prepping for a group playdate, i accidentally bought too much ricotta cheese! so i needed a recipe to use up some of the cheese. one of the mothers brought some DE-LICIOUS lemon cookies from a favorite cookie company: Ohmigod! i had been fantasizing about them since. so when a top result of recipes with ricotta cheese was lemon ricotta cookies, it was an easy decision! Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: gluten free vegan lemon ricotta cookies”

cook with kids recipe: gluten free pork empanadas

for my little one’s playdate this month, i prepared some zucchini ravioli and picked up some empanadas from a local establishment. unfortunately my little one couldn’t enjoy the empanadas but then it got me thinking … how could i try to make it?

little one loves pizza though lately she prefers white pizza. so clearly she loves the crust … so, what if i use the pie crust for empanadas? so on this cold weekend, we set out on the experiment! Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: gluten free pork empanadas”

cook with kids recipe: gluten free vegan brownies

my go-to for savory or sweet gluten free baking mixes is Bob’s Red Mill but i like to try others. It’s Wholesome has an extensive line of sweet baking mixes so for the week before Valentine’s Day, little one and i made brownies! little one mixed the batter and spread it on the pan so we could bake a thin layer of brownies. after letting it cool, we used the cookie cutters to create heart-shaped brownies. little one and i had fun baking and eating brownies! Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: gluten free vegan brownies”

cook with kids recipe: eggplant hasselback

when i see the Tasty videos, i can’t help but feel confident – i can do it! such was the feeling when I saw the video for eggplant hasselback. now i am no fan of eggplant but i love caprese. it also looked so easy and beautiful that it kinda called out for me to make it. SO WORTH IT!

even better is that it was easy for the little one to help make it – almost independently. learning to layer, seeing patterns, finding columns. is it math? is it cooking? it’s all good and delicious too! Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: eggplant hasselback”

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: 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”

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!

cooking tools

  • 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

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

family breakfast: waffle food art – horse and carriage

being winter, it has been cold so we haven’t had much opportunity to take our toddler to the park. on a few nice weekends the last month, we went to Central Park to play but one of the highlights for our little one was to watch the horses trot by with the carriage in tow. so this Sunday, we enjoyed a little waffle art a la horse and carriage. Continue reading “family breakfast: waffle food art – horse and carriage”

Breyers® ice cream

grew up with and happy to share Breyers® Ice Cream‎

when we went to taiwan during the summer my relatives wanted my little one to enjoy ice cream. my hesitation had been that ice cream has egg but my cousin was sure it didn’t so he asked the chef and low and behold, the chef confirmed that the Häagen-Dazs® ice cream they served didn’t have egg. so my little one had the first taste of vanilla, mango and strawberry ice cream. happy toddler! Continue reading “grew up with and happy to share Breyers® Ice Cream‎”

family breakfast: waffle food art – tea for two

my little one has had an abundance of wonderful hand-me-down clothes, books and toys. one of baby’s favorite toys been the musical tea-for-two set. the tea pot sings a few melodic songs and makes a sound when you pour. it’s quite cute! so this morning’s breakfast is dedicated to tea for two or three or four … with a little cake of course!

ingredients

  • 4 to 5 gluten free vegan waffles
  • plain yogurt
  • fruits: banana, kiwi, mango, papaya, watermelon

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family breakfast: waffle food art – Star Wars Reads Day!

yesterday was the annual Star Wars Reads Day. in a local event, this year’s event focused on the retelling of the original trilogy. authors Alexandra Bracken, Adam Gidwiz and Tom Angleberger talked about the books they wrote and then allowed the audience to play Star Wars trivia as well as get quizzed by the fans! so this morning’s breakfast was dedicated to them!

ingredients

  • gluten free vegan waffle

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family breakfast: waffle food art – apple picking

it’s fall and probably the most popular thing to do is: apple picking!

ingredients

  • gluten free vegan waffle
  • plain yogurt
  • fruits: red, green and yellow fruits

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new school, new meal schedule, new system of packing meals

so my little started a new school! but while previously all students brought in their own lunches and snacks in the previous school, the new school provided 4 meals a day: breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner! unfortunately wheat and eggs are common ingredients in their menu so i will have to pack my little one’s meals. Continue reading “new school, new meal schedule, new system of packing meals”

family breakfast: waffle food art – carousel birthday party

if you can’t go to an amusement park, how about a outing at a carousel … better yet, how about a birthday party by the carousel? oh what fun!

ingredients

  • gluten free vegan waffle
  • plain yogurt
  • fruits: banana, kiwi, mango, papaya, watermelon

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