i love french apple tarts but phyllo dough has wheat so i can’t share it my little one. i was browsing online and found an alternative – apples with graham cookie crust. bingo!
after flavoring the apples, little one layered layered thin slices of apple on top of a graham cracker, just like one would do with a french apple tart. cookies were quite tasty! Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: dutch apple cookie”
a little variety to the little one’s nightly oatmeal and lentil that is fitting for the Fourth of July: grilled fruit skewers.
- coffee stirrers / short thin straws
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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!
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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”
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”
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.
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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”
after enjoying the happy pancakes with k, i was excited to try other alternatives. i found this biscuit battered fruit rings recipe *see note 2 because it sounded fun! apple wrapped in pancake – how awesome is that? the process looked like it would be fun to watch so i had k join me in the kitchen while i dipped the apple into the pancake batter and then cook – she enjoyed seeing the process and more importantly she had a great time eating them! Continue reading “recipe: happy apple-in-the-middle pancakes”
next assignment was chocolate muffins. i knew flour would be an issue because of wheat so i originally tried a quinoa flour recipe. but quinoa flour gave the muffin a funny flavor, not my first choice of a dessert flour substitute. so i went to the grocery store and found a gluten free flour which as made of oats. as oats is something frequently eaten with something sweet and k can have oats so i tried a double chunk chocolate oat muffin recipe *see note 1.
i omitted chocolate chips since it was for my toddler to eat and she didn’t need the double cocoa – after all, it’s caffeine! i also skipped the oil – i could have substituted it with pumpkin puree but since the amount was so little (1 teaspoon), i just added a little more applesauce. the applesauce made the muffin moist.
finally, in the recipe there was 1/2 cup sugar since there was already applesauce in the recipe, i thought it would provide enough sweetness. in hindsight, i should have added more applesauce as a substitute for sugar so the muffins didn’t taste sweet. this was resolved with an easy fix, before serving the muffins i dolloped some applesauce on top and k ate it up! Continue reading “daycare cooking assignment: chocolate muffin”
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”
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
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
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.
so here’s my pre-Thanksgiving menu for the five little ones! Continue reading “thanksgiving meal 2014 une: daycare”
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
in order start introducing each fruit and vegetable to k, i looked for toys that would help k recognize them. there were plastic versions but i didn’t want k to put plastic in her mouth all of the time. then i found this stuffed toy set online. what made me decide was that they are machine washable so i can clean them often. Continue reading “play: stuffed fruits and vegetables”