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”

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: 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”

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”

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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recipe: oatmeal and lentil

the last meal of everyday is oatmeal. it’s a comforting, healthy and k seems to love it. it’s also great because i can make a big batch and make it easy to prep at night. i usually put just a little fruit in it to give it a little variety every day. one day i ran out of fruit so i threw in some lentil. k loved it and kept asking for it. so, it became a new routine: oatmeal and lentil every night. Continue reading “recipe: oatmeal and lentil”

recipe: fish congee with a “grainy” twist

i love congee – not only is it comforting but it’s also refreshing and not heavy. love love love it and am pretty sure k will too. i’ve always had congee plain (soupy white rice) but when i was sick mom would add egg – the ultimate comfort food. Continue reading “recipe: fish congee with a “grainy” twist”

recipe: cheesy tofu steak with mushrooms

when you don’t have time to do a lot of prep work, here’s a fast meal. protein: check, vegetable: check, flavor: check!

ingredients

  • 1 slice of tofu, about ½ inch high
  • 1 to 2 small mushrooms, your choice
  • 1 oz cheese mix

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meal: shrimp, broccoli and pasta

a very simple meal – shrimp, broccoli and pasta  – all quickly boiled.  even better is that k can feed herself with a fork!

ingredients

  • 10 medium shrimp, cooked
  • ½ cup broccoli, lightly boiled
  • ½ cup gluten free vegan pasta

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recipe: miso soup meal

i’m always trying to find new foods that k hasn’t tried yet. i had told m that i was thinking of miso soup since i grew up with it and decades later, it is like comfort food to me. recently m sent me an article about Marukome miso soup anime ads that made me decide yes, the warmth of miso soup is indeed a feeling i want to share with k. Continue reading “recipe: miso soup meal”

recipe: corned beef with cabbage

to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, i thought i would try a traditional dish that is easy to make and flavorful: corned beef with cabbage. Trader Joe’s makes it especially easy to make this meal! they sell Uncured Sliced Corned Beef that is minimally processed and Shredded White Cabbage. it is perfect for the little one – with the corned beef already thinly sliced and the cabbage shredded, i needed to do little but boil everything.. Continue reading “recipe: corned beef with cabbage”

recipe: mini burger with veggies

to introduce k to beef, i started with ground beef. to make it an easy cooking experience, i bought ground beef patties and made little burgers. since k can have a little fat, i bought the 85% lean, 15% fat patties. then i just put them on the frying pan – no oil needed – and let it cook until well done. remaining oil from the meat i used to cook the veggies.  Continue reading “recipe: mini burger with veggies”

daycare cooking assignment – China Study: eggless Yang Zhou fried rice tower

the next country on k’s daycare schedule is China. the teacher asked for my help. years ago i taught elementary grade kids to make dumplings and i thought of simpler steps for k’s class of toddlers to make them but my greatest challenge was k’s wheat allergy. i tried for several weeks to make gluten free dumping wrappers to no avail. they kept falling apart – too fragile for toddler hands.

yang chow fried riceso m suggested fried rice, as it is something m makes often. since k’s daycare was making it for China study, i figured i’d look into the history of fried rice. according to some research, the recipe was invented by Qing China‘s Yi Bingshou (1754–1815) and the dish was named Yang Zhou fried rice since Yi was once the regional magistrate of Yangzhou and included staple ingredients like: Continue reading “daycare cooking assignment – China Study: eggless Yang Zhou fried rice tower”

processed gluten free vegan snack: Beanitos

prices of foods at natural foods stores are not cheap but the one near me would often have sales. so whenever there was a sale, i would look at the items and if k can eat it, i would give it a try. that’s how i found Benitos.

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christmas menu 2014

getting ready for christmas dinner with the family! m is taking care of the main dish so i get to have fun with side dishes and a cute dessert. side dishes zucchini pizza bites • recipe on Palatable Palette sweet … Continue reading christmas menu 2014

thanksgiving meal 2014 deux: family

as for our first family Thanksgiving meal, we sat around the table together, used same plates and served everyone – including k – at the same time. other being than being anxious to eat, as k usually is, i don’t know if she really noticed the difference in how we were eating but it was a nice feeling though nostalgic since it another indicator that she’s becoming a big girl. as usual the end of the meal resulted in an empty plate to our very happy eater despite her food allergies and for that we are always thankful!  menu for Thanksgiving meal … Continue reading thanksgiving meal 2014 deux: family

apple banana pumpkin bread

since i enjoyed the filling in the apple banana pumpkin pie i made for k’s school, i searched for another recipe that had all three fruits and came across this bread recipe. i pared down a lot of the ingredients to simplify it and adjust it for k’s allergies / foods k hasn’t tried yet. –> recipe on Palatable Palette it came out great. no extra sugar added either – the fruits provided all of the natural sweetness. YUM! Continue reading apple banana pumpkin bread

simple lemon roast chicken

after making Thomas Keller’s simple roast chicken with just 2 ingredients a few days before, i was hoping to find another easy chicken recipe that would be just as flavorful for Thanksgiving dinner. surprisingly did — this with only 3 ingredients! –> recipe on … Continue reading simple lemon roast chicken

thanksgiving meal 2014 une: daycare

before our family Thanksgiving, k was going to have a Thanksgiving meal with her classmates in daycare! each toddler’s family was asked to bring a dish and they would sit and share a meal together! unfortunately with k’s allergies, she won’t be able to have what her classmates bring in so i wanted to make sure she had a little of everything as well as had some to share.

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apple banana pumpkin pie

the first time i made pumpkin pie, i didn’t know if i could eat pumpkin pie again – knowing the ingredients and amount made me realize why pumpkin pie is so delicious. while i wanted k to experience a delicious dessert, i wasn’t ready for her to take in all the sugar and fat. so i searched online and found a recipe for the filling and a recipe for pie crust that sounded healthier and had very few ingredients given the limited foods that k has tried so far. –> recipe on Palatable Palette i was excited to try this recipe to see … Continue reading apple banana pumpkin pie

Thomas Keller’s simple roast chicken

i wanted to find a roast chicken recipe that works with k’s food allergies but is also safe to share with k’s classmates at daycare. not only did i find a crazy simple recipe, it is by Thomas Keller – owner of Per Se, where i had the ultimate dining experience a few years ago. that means this recipe is a guaranteed delicious main course! –> recipe on Palatable Palette it was not only easy to make, but the meat was so tender and flavorful. i actually skipped the pepper because k hasn’t had pepper yet and may not be ready for the hint of spice. seriously, the … Continue reading Thomas Keller’s simple roast chicken

processed gluten free vegan cereal: Nature’s Path Organic Whole O’s Cereal

at k’s daycare, she is the same age as a few other toddlers in the class and the teachers decided since they all started walking, to have them begin potty training. with potty training, they will give them a treat. Nature's Path Organic Whole O's  Cereali have read some give candy but at school they plan to give Cheerios. since Cheerios has wheat and eggs, i needed to find a gluten free vegan alternative.

luckily in my local natural foods store there’s a Nature’s Path Organic brand that has gluten free vegan cereal in the shape of O’s just like Cheerios. they have a nice flavor but are a little crunchier. luckily k has all of her front teeth and her molars have started growing so she can handle some crunch. Continue reading “processed gluten free vegan cereal: Nature’s Path Organic Whole O’s Cereal”

prep: food storage

the results of k’s second food allergy test, shows that her food allergies will continue to be a concern. our allergist had suggested that we would clear our house of things that she’s allergic to in hopes that her reaction to them will lessen and then perhaps she will grow out of the allergy.

food storagei do enjoy prepping k’s food so that part is not a burden. other families with children k’s age have been able to share meals with their toddlers and i was looking forward to making meals that we could all eat together but it seems like making separate meals will be a longer term process to make sure her meals aren’t contaminated with anything she is / could be allergic to. Continue reading “prep: food storage”

introducing new foods: lentil

a girlfriend and fellow mom of a toddler starting solids mentioned they introduced her to lentil so i was excited to have C try it too! i tried SHILOH brad lentil and picked brown lentils because it has the more iron than the other colors (red or green).

preparation is relatively easy – wash and boil for 30 minutes until soft. sometimes it took a little longer to cook because they weren’t soft enough but it required little attention. i always make an adult  serving and save the remainder a storage container.

i started k on lentil, sometimes with savory fruits and vegetables and other times with sweet. either way k took to it pretty well! i’m glad k has a healthy tastebud!

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recipe: apple, parsnip and oat bran

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recipe: apple, butternut squash and quinoa

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recipe: banana, butternut squash and quinoa

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