new vegetable: spaghetti squash

spaghetti squashsince i tried the spiralizer and became a convert to vegetables replacing pasta, i wanted to try more vegetables in like manner. so i bought a spaghetti squash for my spiralizer but for some reason, i couldn’t find a recipe with spaghetti squash in my spiralizer cookbook. Continue reading “new vegetable: spaghetti squash”

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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baby feeding schedule: going with the flow

this month my motto had been to keep things simple. most vegetables are just lightly sautéed with a little olive oil (i.e. boy choy – or – spinach and pepper)and paired with a protein which is just cooked in a pan with its natural oil (i.e. fish (salmon and tilapia fillets, beef patty). Continue reading “baby feeding schedule: going with the flow”

baby feeding schedule: beginning of a picky eater?

friends have told me how their kids used to be a good eater but then the kid later became a picky eater. i was always afraid that would come true because we’ve been lucky that k has been a really good eater. then last month, k started to say: “no peas” “no pepper” “no corn” consistently. every now and then she’ll say: “no tofu” “no  blackberries” – which she normally loves. other times, she’ll be selective and say: “only bok choy”, “only fish” or “only pasta”. if we say “no”, she’d tantrum. what happened my happy eater? Continue reading “baby feeding schedule: beginning of a picky eater?”

baby feeding schedule: “grown up” dishes

this month, i worked on making some more meals that we can eat together, including some breakfast foods like gluten free vegan muffins and crepes – to – crab avocado salad and tacos! meals have begun to be easier to prepare. yay! recipes to some new dishes include: Continue reading “baby feeding schedule: “grown up” dishes”

baby feeding schedule: eating together

my goal the past month has been to try to make meals that we can all eat – whether together or not – with leftovers so that it can last a few meals. bi-weekly i’ll make a fish and vegetable fried rice that will last k 2 to 3 meals. monthly i’ll make a batch of garlic free tomato sauce for pasta, pizza or lasagna. i definitely spend less time in the kitchen daily. Continue reading “baby feeding schedule: eating together”

recipe: happy apple-in-the-middle pancakes

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”

daycare cooking assignment: heart shaped sugar cookies

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”

celebrating birthdays gluten free and vegan … with cake!

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!”

baby feeding schedule: cooking instead of prepping food

for the past year, it feels more like i’ve been “prepping” food for k instead of actually cooking. i guess  i’m thinking in terms of not just letting food speak for itself but actually flavoring food.

so this month i focused on adding flavoring and cooking tools – i.e. oil, butter, vinegar, turmeric and yeast. with these ingredients we were able to make some fun dishes: Continue reading “baby feeding schedule: cooking instead of prepping food”

processed gluten free vegan snack: Real Deal veggie chips

Real Deal Veggie Chips

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”

recipe: broccoli cheddar quinoa muffins

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”

avocado caprese salad

i was happy to share with k one of my favorite salads which included arugula, avocado, basil, mozzarella and tomatoes. –> recipe on Palatable Palette we omitted the dressing  this time because we hadn’t tested each ingredient yet but i look forward to when she can experience the salad fully! Continue reading avocado caprese salad

sweet potato / yam corn mittens

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

garlic free pizza sauce

after making the garlic free tomato sauce, the pizza sauce was easy! –> recipe on Palatable Palette look forward to making a variety of pizza dishes for k with this sauce! Continue reading garlic free pizza sauce

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

pasta-less garlic free eggplant lasagna

now that i had my garlic free tomato sauce, i was excited to make lasagna! the first one i tried was eggplant lasagna as a pasta less lasagna. –> recipe on Palatable Palette i look forward to trying many other varieties of lasagna and pasta with my new sauce! Continue reading pasta-less garlic free eggplant lasagna

garlic free stovetop tomato sauce

after thanksgiving, i wanted to continue to find meals that we can eat and enjoy together. so i thought of making lasagna but when i went to several supermarkets, i couldn’t find any garlic free tomato sauce. i never had any interest in making my own tomato sauce before but now i needed to learn. –> recipe on Palatable Palette i tried some to taste the flavor. other than the lack of salt or spice that i didn’t add since it was for k, it tasted just as good as store-bought tomato sauce! i thoroughly enjoyed it. i will be making bigger batches and storing them … Continue reading garlic free stovetop tomato sauce

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.

so here’s my pre-Thanksgiving menu for the five little ones! Continue reading “thanksgiving meal 2014 une: daycare”

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”

processed gluten free vegan snack: Corn Thins

there’s a local natural foods store that i’ve been dependent on recently that i purposely roam through the aisles to see if i can find anything that k can eat. as i have been searching for dry snacks for k’s daycare snack time, i found these:  Real Foods’ Corn Thins. since it’s a processed food, i have to depend on the labels and according to its packaging, it is made from all natural ingredients, gluten free and non GMO.

snacks Corn Thins

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baby feeding schedule: relearning about cooking

with k’s daycare added a cooking class to her schedule, it has been quite a learning experience. baking has been especially challenging – one wrong ingredient and the flavor, texture, etc is off. since a lot of times the cooking for k’s daycare … Continue reading baby feeding schedule: relearning about cooking