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”

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. so i decided to make my own with the help of other tried and true recipes! while my particular recipe doesn’t include chili, as my little one gets older, perhaps it will evolve! 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 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”

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”

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

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”

processed gluten free vegan snack: buckwheat crackers

at Le Pain Quotidien, m got prosciutto, fig and pear tartine with ricotta, honey and wild arugula. usually we have a choice of bread. since we wanted to keep our hands free of allergens when we’re with k, the waiter offered us the option of gluten free vegan crackers.

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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: 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”