last winter, i made these impromptu marshmallow rice treat snowmen for dessert at a family gathering. when shaping the snowmen, i squeezed them a bit tight and it made them a little difficult to eat. but little one loved them! Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: marshmallow rice treat fun”
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”
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.
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!
- medium mixing bowl
- baking pan
- parchment paper
- star-shaped cookie cutter
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.
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”
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”
we were out and about when i realized i forgot k’s snack! so we went to the deli and looked for something that she could eat. it has three main ingredients: popcorn, vegetable oil and sea salt. k liked it very much!
more dry snacks for k! i guess you can say once i started looking for them, there’re not that hard to find. so far i’ve only been focused on savory ones and k doesn’t seem to mind. my latest shopping endeavor led me to these quinoa sticks with chia seeds.
m & i were out with k all day and on our way home, since it was nice outside we thought we’d stop to let k see the sunset. i was going to pick up some drinks since m & i were parched on the way and since i didn’t have k’s next meal, i thought i’d pick up a snack in case she gets hungry. i found these: Continue reading “processed gluten free vegan snack: Simple Sprouted Way Better Snacks – Punkin Cranberry Corn Tortilla Chips”
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:
- for one half dozen, i substituted sugar with applesauce. there was no sugar in this version so the muffins were very soft and it really relied on the fruit to sweeten the muffin. it worked well and k enjoyed it. an option to make it a little sweeter is to use mashed bananas.
- for the other half dozen, i used brown sugar so i could taste the recipe in its original form. i meant to use only half of the amount of sugar but ended up using 2/3rds the amount of sugar. it was still too sweet! next time i’ll remember to only use half the amount.
from the same brand that brought k her love of waffles, is Van’s Gluten Free Multigrain Crackers. it has a crispy texture and nice flavor. like most snacks it is a little saltier than i would like for myself and even more so to give to a toddler so i lightly wipe off the top and bottom of each cracker to remove some of the salt and then it’s perfect!
the Ener-G brand pretzels are a bit crunchy so i haven’t bought them again although i did give k some from the last batch. when i was grocery shopping the other day at a local supermarket, i saw a line of gluten free products: Glutino. I’ve seen the name before but hadn’t tried it before. so when i saw they had a line of pretzels
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”
k’s daycare made sugar cookies for the holidays but i didn’t love the recipe i made so i wanted to try another. while i was grocery shopping the other day, i found a gluten free baking flour from Bob’s Red Mill. that says you can just substitute it for any wheat flour! that should mean that i don’t have to look for gluten free recipes – so i went online and found this eggless sugar cookie recipe *see note 1.
since this recipe didn’t “allow” for using a cookie cutter to shape, so instead of flattening it with a glass i let the cookies bake for 5 to 10 minutes first. then i removed it from the oven and used a cookie cutter to cut the shape and sprinkle sugar and/or cinnamon. i put it back in the oven for another 5 to 10 minutes. Continue reading “daycare cooking assignment: heart shaped sugar cookies”
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.
i love pretzels and thought k may enjoy some to. i was excited to find these Ener-G brand pretzels that were not only wheat free and gluten free but also dairy, egg, nut and soy free. not only does it satisfy k’s allergy needs but also kids with more allergies than k.
one of the reasons i learned to make garlic free tomato sauce was so i can make one of my favorite dishes for k: PIZZA! it’s no surprise – she LOVED it!
- large mixing bowl
- parchment paper
- baking pan or pizza pan
the first few “birthdays” parties we had for k – her 1 month and her 1 year – were in some ways more parties for us than for her. it was mostly m & my friends and the food was mostly adult food. since she was so young, it may not have made much of a difference to her.
now that she’s more aware of her surroundings and in school and partaking in her own friends and atmosphere, participating in friends, classmates and her own birthday parties will be a part of life. Continue reading “celebrating birthdays gluten free and vegan … with cake!”
i actually first found this brand chips in my local supermarket for a friend of mine – she loves her sriracha hot sauce and this brand had these sriracha flavored chips so i bought them for her and her daughter for fun. i didn’t think twice about giving it to k since she wasn’t going to be ready for spicy foods anytime soon (since her adverse reaction to garlic). Continue reading “processed gluten free vegan snack: Real Deal veggie chips”
after i made the sweet potato / yam corn mittens, i knew k was old enough to eat foods cooked in different ways. i usually prepare quinoa in a bowl with added vegetables, meat and/or cheese. but then i saw a recipe where you can make them as little bites.
cute, fun and healthy snacks! Continue reading “recipe: broccoli cheddar quinoa muffins”
i saw this online and thought they were too cute to resist! since k is allergic to strawberries per the original recipe, i used raspberries instead. also the original recipe had a marshmallow on top but to keep it completely fruit, i added another piece of banana on top. with the remaining fruit, i made a simple fruit salad with all the fruits k can eat so we all enjoyed a cute and refreshing dessert.
even though k has not read / heard the book yet, she loved how the grinch kebabs looked and wanted more!
- 8 toothpicks
- 1 serving bowl
- 1 serving plate
sweet potatoes / yam and corn – what’s not to love? –> recipe on Palatable Palette bump it up a notch with the shape of mittens? yep! since i bought cookie cutters for k’s daycare cooking class but since i’m not … Continue reading sweet potato / yam corn mittens
i had been thinking of making pizza for k but i haven’t experimented with the dough yet. so this is a fun first step to introducing k to pizza! –> recipe on Palatable Palette the zucchini ended p being a little too crunch for her but i think she enjoyed it nonetheless! Continue reading zucchini pizza bites
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
for the holidays k’s school is making sugar cookies. so i found this sugar cookie recipe and pared it down for k’s allergies – which made it just 2 main ingredients and a few flavoring ingredients (vanilla and salt). the only cookie cutters we owned were star wars cutters that m got as a gift. so for the trial run, i made star wars apple “sugar” cookies.
m enjoyed the star wars cookies but i didn’t love the first recipe so i looked for another. this one had a few other ingredients, including egg, butter and milk. since k can’t eat eggs, i substituted it flax meal with water. i also used a vegan spread instead of butter. m liked the flavor of this milk “sugar” cookie better than the first. Continue reading “daycare cooking assignment: sugar cookie”
when i stop by other natural food stores, i check out their snack section to see if i can find other “healthy” gluten free vegan snack options to give k at school. during one of my searches i found Craklebred.