packing school meals: month 4

it’s December! more holidays are coming up and the weather’s getting colder. what meals will we have for little one this month? Continue reading “packing school meals: month 4”

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recipe: gluten free eggless corn fritters

for the most part, we have one vegetarian and one meat dish a day (not including breakfast) but i’ve been feeling like i need to shake up my vegetarian dishes. Continue reading “recipe: gluten free eggless corn fritters”

Happy Thank*ful-for-food*Giving!

another year and lucky to have so much to be thankful for. we not only have be able to put food and home over our heads but also have plentiful to share with extended family and friends as well as … Continue reading Happy Thank*ful-for-food*Giving!

cook with kids: tomato mozzarella tower

i made a tomato mozzarella tower with tapenade and basil dressing years ago that i thoroughly enjoyed.¬† Continue reading “cook with kids: tomato mozzarella tower”

packing school meals: month 3 – pt 1

just so we share morning preparations, m and i are trading off days to prep little one’s meals. the days i don’t do it, i miss it but then it gives me more time to get my juices flowing ūüôā Continue reading “packing school meals: month 3 – pt 1”

Palatable Palette

palatable palette: turkey and quinoa sloppy joe

little one can’t eat school food because of her food allergies but i do see what the class is eating. last week’s lunch included sloppy joe and i was planning to make it for little one it turns out that … Continue reading palatable palette: turkey and quinoa sloppy joe

packing school meals: month 2 – pt 2

when your kid tells you that you should mess up the picture you created because she’s scared of bugs … maybe it’s better to make cute pictures? Continue reading “packing school meals: month 2 – pt 2”

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”

Palatable Palette

palatable palette: oven baked fried chicken

i wanted to share a favorite food with little one: fried chicken! i found an oven baked recipe that was replicating KFC’s recipe. i made some changes and flavor still was tasty but i needed a little more practice to … Continue reading palatable palette: oven baked fried chicken

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”

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”

recipe: garlic free chili seasoning I

making chili, taco or stews that calls for chili seasoning is a bit of a challenge when i can’t cheat and use a packet. Continue reading “recipe: garlic free chili seasoning I”

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

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: 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 b√°nh tr√°ng / 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 b√°nh tr√°ng / rice wrapper”

cook with kids recipe: Vietnamese pickled carrots and daikon

i love Vietnamese b√°nh m√¨ 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”

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

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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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”

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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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”