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”

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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”

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”

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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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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family breakfast: waffle food art – playground

it’s summertime so we have been spending a lot of time in the playground. so i made a fun park scene as well as a swing and slide.

ingredients

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

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family breakfast: waffle food art – playing kitchen

two is a little young to actually cook so it’s fun to play kitchen: dramatic play – or – for breakfast.

ingredients

  • gluten free vegan waffle
  • plain yogurt
  • banana
  • blackberry
  • raspberry

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family breakfast: waffle food art – shoes

k is learning to put on shoes “by myself” so for Sunday morning breakfast i made shoes!

ingredients

  • gluten free vegan waffle (3-5 waffles)
  • plain yogurt

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patriotic food art – Fourth of July fireworks

very rudimentary fireworks!

ingredients

  • plain organic yogurt
  • blueberries
  • raspberries

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patriotic breakfast: waffle art – Fourth of July!

while June 14 is Flag Day, but the day you see flags everywhere is on Independence Day aka Fourth of July! so for breakfast, how about some stars and stripes with yogurt, fruit and waffles!

cooking tools

  • star shaped cookie cutter

ingredients

  • gluten free vegan waffles
  • plain organic yogurt
  • blackberries
  • strawberries

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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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Father’s Day breakfast: waffle art – Star Wars X-Wing Fighter

to continue with the theme of planes, how about some Star Wars art for a dad with loves the X-Wing Fighter? then to give the hint of the Father’s Day gift two different sized waffle shirts? finally, what’s Father’s Day without hearts? all on a Sunday morning.

ingredients

  • gluten free vegan waffle
  • plain yogurt
  • banana
  • strawberries

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daycare cooking assignment: gluten free eggless 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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Sunday breakfast: waffle art – airplane!

at daycare, k’s class had a visitor: a pilot! so for this week’s waffle art, i made airplanes. not my finest work but k recognized it!

ingredients

  • gluten free vegan waffle
  • plain yogurt
  • pineapple
  • banana

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Sunday breakfast: waffle art – baseball!

since we were going to take k out to a baseball game, i thought i’d make it a fun baseball themed Sunday breakfast. with just a little fruit, some yogurt and toasted waffles, we have baseball art!

ingredients

  • gluten free vegan waffle
  • plain yogurt
  • raspberries

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Sunday breakfast: waffle art – bears!

i have missed a few Sunday breakfasts. i am not a morning person! m takes care of k in the morning, from wake up through breakfast while i catch an extra hour or so of ZZZZZZZZs. i had tried to be original every Sunday, coming up with something new (i.e. muffins, pancakes, crepes, etc.) but i realize it would take a lot more planning and time than i am capable of! Continue reading “Sunday breakfast: waffle art – bears!”

daycare cooking project: fruit sweetened eggless 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 eggless chocolate muffins”

recipe: cucumber and cream cheese

a new food for k to try: cream cheese. k was skeptical about it but liked touching the cream cheese. no allergic reactions for consumed cream cheese which is a good sign. if k can have cream cheese, maybe some cheese cake someday? Continue reading “recipe: cucumber and cream cheese”

Sunday breakfast: gluten and egg free bread and butter

this isn’t really very original after all bread and butter is quite simple but since we hadn’t introduced k to butter yet, i thought it would be a very easy Sunday morning breakfast. just to make it a little more fun, i cut them with a fun shape with my cookie cutters. yum.

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open face sandwich: gluten free cheesy mushroom sandwich

bread has gotten a bad rep due to the carbs but one way to still enjoy it but not have TOO much is to make an open faced sandwich!

k has been enjoying mushrooms so i topped the bread and cheese with it. she ate it all up, as expected!

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Sunday morning recipe: gluten free vegan blueberry muffins

this week’s Sunday breakfast, i thought i’d try a muffin. blueberry muffins are popular for breakfast and i found this recipe that looked good and simple to make. as usual, i substituted flax meal instead of eggs to make it vegan. there is a lot of butter and sugar in the recipe. for butter i used a vegan spread and for the sugar, i tried two versions: Continue reading “Sunday morning recipe: gluten free vegan blueberry muffins”

open face sandwich: gluten free broccoli sandwich

bread has gotten a bad rep due to the carbs but one way to still enjoy it but not have TOO much is to make an open faced sandwich! to start

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recipe: gluten free vegan cinnamon apple crêpes

when i watched a gf make crêpes for brunch a few months ago, she showed me how simple it was. so when i saw a picture of these cinnamon apple crepes online, i decided to give it try it for our Sunday breakfast. the recipe i found required gluten free and gum free pancake mix or flour, which i didn’t have but i tried the recipe anyway.

well, let’s just say i ended up with big, thin pancakes – but they were tasty with the cinnamon apple filling so it’s all good. when i have the right flour, i’ll try it again to see if i come up with thin quality crepes. if not, they were a fun variation to Sunday morning pancakes! Continue reading “recipe: gluten free vegan cinnamon apple crêpes”