christmas recipe: grinch kebabs and fruit salad

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!

cooking tools

  • 8 toothpicks
  • 1 serving bowl
  • 1 serving plate

Continue reading “christmas recipe: grinch kebabs and fruit salad”

daycare cooking assignment: sugar cookie

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.

milk sugar cookiem 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”

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

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”

processed gluten free eggless 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.

Continue reading “processed gluten free eggless cereal: Nature’s Path Organic Whole O’s Cereal”

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”

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!

Continue reading “introducing new foods: lentil”

recipe: apple, parsnip and oat bran

ingredients

Continue reading “recipe: apple, parsnip and oat bran”

recipe: parsnip, banana and quinoa

ingredients

Continue reading “recipe: parsnip, banana and quinoa”

recipe: apple, butternut squash and quinoa

ingredients

Continue reading “recipe: apple, butternut squash and quinoa”

recipe: banana, butternut squash and quinoa

ingredients

Continue reading “recipe: banana, butternut squash and quinoa”

recipe: plum, carrots and quinoa

ingredients

Continue reading “recipe: plum, carrots and quinoa”

recipe: plum, oat bran and chicken

ingredients

Continue reading “recipe: plum, oat bran and chicken”

recipe: plum, zucchini and yogurt

plum, zucchini and yogurt

ingredients

Continue reading “recipe: plum, zucchini and yogurt”

recipe: plum, pear, parsnip and quinoa

ingredients

Continue reading “recipe: plum, pear, parsnip and quinoa”

introducing new foods: plums

in expanding k’s food rainbow palette, i added plums to her diet. the darker the color the better and a little soft but not bruised. when introducing plums, i steamed them first.

cooking tools

ingredients

  • 1 plum, pit removed
  • 1 inch water

Continue reading “introducing new foods: plums”

recipe: chicken, carrots and oat bran

ingredients

Continue reading “recipe: chicken, carrots and oat bran”

recipe: chicken, butternut squash and quinoa

ingredients

Continue reading “recipe: chicken, butternut squash and quinoa”

recipe: butternut squash, pear and yogurt

ingredients

Continue reading “recipe: butternut squash, pear and yogurt”

recipe: pear, carrot and yogurt

ingredients

Continue reading “recipe: pear, carrot and yogurt”

recipe: apple, zucchini and yogurt

ingredients

Continue reading “recipe: apple, zucchini and yogurt”

recipe: parsnip, banana and yogurt

ingredients

Continue reading “recipe: parsnip, banana and yogurt”

recipe: parsnip, apple and yogurt

apple parsnip yogurt

ingredients

Continue reading “recipe: parsnip, apple and yogurt”

recipe: pear, carrots and quinoa

ingredients

Continue reading “recipe: pear, carrots and quinoa”

recipe: banana, butternut squash and oat bran

ingredients

Continue reading “recipe: banana, butternut squash and oat bran”