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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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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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”

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 pizza

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!

cooking tools

  • large mixing bowl
  • parchment paper
  • baking pan or pizza pan

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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.

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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

zucchini pizza bites

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

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

italian seasoned baked vegetables

i chose different vegetables than i used for thanksgiving meal 2014-une and grilled them instead of steam. i used the same italian seasoning but to little richer flavor, i added some drippings from the roast chicken i made. –> recipe on Palatable Palette the flavor was a success. YAY! Continue reading italian seasoned baked vegetables

zucchini and sweet potato rolls

i did a quick search with vegetables i bought for tonight’s meal and found this recipe. it was so pretty and simple that i had to try it! –> recipe on Palatable Palette they were a fun way to start a holiday meal! Continue reading zucchini and sweet potato rolls

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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cheesy mashed potato

potato is a staple for Thanksgiving and mashed potato is a family favorite. we haven’t introduced k to butter yet and k can’t have garlic so i had to alter the recipe. i remembered k’s daycare cooking class potato pancake day, i made cheesy potato pancake, so i made cheesy mashed potato! –> recipe on Palatable Palette i received the greatest compliment from the teacher at the end of the day: “what did you add to the mashed potatoes? the kids couldn’t get enough and were so upset when it was finished!“ Continue reading cheesy mashed potato

italian seasoned steamed vegetables

for a simple vegetable dish, i added three different colored steamed vegetables and then tossed it with some italian seasoning. usually i chose yellow sweet potato / yam for k but since corn is already yellow, i thought it would look nicer if each vegetable was a different color. –> recipe on Palatable Palette Continue reading italian seasoned steamed vegetables

daycare cooking assignment: potato pancake

k’s daycare’s second cooking class / my cooking assignment was potato pancake. the teacher told me there would be eggs in the recipe and when i looked online for potato pancake recipes, i saw quite a variety of recipes, most included eggs, some uses grated potato while others used mashed potatoes, some is flavored with onions and garlic while others are flavored with cheese. Continue reading “daycare cooking assignment: potato pancake”

daycare cooking assignment: pumpkin bar

first assignment was pumpkin bar. i’ve never had a pumpkin bar before so not only did i have to modify the recipe, i also had to figure out what it should taste like! luckily k is a new eater, so i don’t have to create something to taste like what others know it would be. i just had to find a way to make it look somewhat like what her classmates are having and fit within her taste range that she can experience her cooking class fully.

i knew about this project a week before the daycare cooking class so i had time to research pumpkin bar recipes and find a way to modify it so k can eat it. some factors in the ingredients include eggs (due to her allergy), flour, cinnamon, sugar, baking power and baking soda (which she hasn’t had yet) and sugar (which i wasn’t ready to introduce her to yet since she’s just 1). Continue reading “daycare cooking assignment: pumpkin bar”

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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