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: 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: 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”

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: grilled fruit skewers

a little variety to the little one’s nightly oatmeal and lentil that is fitting for the Fourth of July: grilled fruit skewers.

cooking tools

  • grill
  • coffee stirrers / short thin straws

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all the fruity colors of the rainbow

well, maybe only 5 colors of the rainbow but even so, it was fruity and colorful way to start the morning or a healthy dessert treat any time of the day!

ingredients

  • 4oz organic yogurt
  • red fruit: raspberries, strawberries
  • orange fruit: papaya, orange, butternut squash, pumpkin
  • yellow fruit: pineapple, mango
  • green fruit: avocado, kiwi, grapes
  • blue/purple fruit: blueberries, blackberries

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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!

cooking tools

  • 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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processed gluten free vegan snack: Chickpea Chips

the first food that k showed me lack of interest in was chickpeas – feeding them to me instead of eating it. so when i found these chips in the supermarket, it seemed like a fun way for k to retry chickpeas. i know k can eat chickpeas without an allergic reaction. there are also a few new spices to introduce k to so i picked it up.

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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.

cooking tools

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

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daycare cooking project: fruit sweetened vegan chocolate muffins

k’s cooking class is making chocolate muffins again. honestly i haven’t made any chocolate muffins since then but i did know if i did, i would try a different recipe. so here’s my opportunity of a do-over. i chose this recipe because it doesn’t have sugar as an ingredient, instead it uses fruits: dates and banana. i didn’t have any dates and i think they are a bit too sweet, so i added apples instead. the recipe also used “nutty” ingredients, i.e. almond milk and peanut butter. k is allergic to nuts so i used cow milk and butter. finally i found a baking flour that claims it can be substituted for any baking flour, so i used it instead of wheat flour. Continue reading “daycare cooking project: fruit sweetened vegan chocolate muffins”