family breakfast: waffle food art – playing kitchen

two is a little young to actually cook so it’s fun to play kitchen: dramatic play – or – for breakfast.

ingredients

  • gluten free vegan waffle
  • plain yogurt
  • banana
  • blackberry
  • raspberry

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patriotic food art – Fourth of July fireworks

very rudimentary fireworks!

ingredients

  • plain organic yogurt
  • blueberries
  • raspberries

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recipe: grilled fruit skewers

a little variety to the little one’s nightly oatmeal and lentil that is fitting for the Fourth of July: grilled fruit skewers.

cooking tools

  • grill
  • coffee stirrers / short thin straws

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patriotic breakfast: waffle art – Fourth of July!

while June 14 is Flag Day, but the day you see flags everywhere is on Independence Day aka Fourth of July! so for breakfast, how about some stars and stripes with yogurt, fruit and waffles!

cooking tools

  • star shaped cookie cutter

ingredients

  • gluten free vegan waffles
  • plain organic yogurt
  • blackberries
  • strawberries

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all the fruity colors of the rainbow

well, maybe only 5 colors of the rainbow but even so, it was fruity and colorful way to start the morning or a healthy dessert treat any time of the day!

ingredients

  • 4oz organic yogurt
  • red fruit: raspberries, strawberries
  • orange fruit: papaya, orange, butternut squash, pumpkin
  • yellow fruit: pineapple, mango
  • green fruit: avocado, kiwi, grapes
  • blue/purple fruit: blueberries, blackberries

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Father’s Day breakfast: waffle art – Star Wars X-Wing Fighter

to continue with the theme of planes, how about some Star Wars art for a dad with loves the X-Wing Fighter? then to give the hint of the Father’s Day gift two different sized waffle shirts? finally, what’s Father’s Day without hearts? all on a Sunday morning.

ingredients

  • gluten free vegan waffle
  • plain yogurt
  • banana
  • strawberries

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recipe: oatmeal fruit tart

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!

cooking tools

  • small round bowl

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Sunday breakfast: waffle art – airplane!

at daycare, k’s class had a visitor: a pilot! so for this week’s waffle art, i made airplanes. not my finest work but k recognized it!

ingredients

  • gluten free vegan waffle
  • plain yogurt
  • pineapple
  • banana

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Sunday breakfast: waffle art – baseball!

since we were going to take k out to a baseball game, i thought i’d make it a fun baseball themed Sunday breakfast. with just a little fruit, some yogurt and toasted waffles, we have baseball art!

ingredients

  • gluten free vegan waffle
  • plain yogurt
  • raspberries

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recipe: roast sweet potato/yam and beets with rosemary

k enjoyed the roast variations of squash, sweet potato/yams and apple and cinnamon squash and beets so i thought i’d continue the variations of the vegetables and introduce new spices along the way. this time i’m trying rosemary.

cooking tools

  • 1 casserole dish (ceramic)
  • 1 casserole cover (glass or aluminum foil)

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Sunday breakfast: waffle art – bears!

i have missed a few Sunday breakfasts. i am not a morning person! m takes care of k in the morning, from wake up through breakfast while i catch an extra hour or so of ZZZZZZZZs. i had tried to be original every Sunday, coming up with something new (i.e. muffins, pancakes, crepes, etc.) but i realize it would take a lot more planning and time than i am capable of! Continue reading “Sunday breakfast: waffle art – bears!”

recipe: oatmeal and lentil

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”

recipe: fish congee with a “grainy” twist

i love congee – not only is it comforting but it’s also refreshing and not heavy. love love love it and am pretty sure k will too. i’ve always had congee plain (soupy white rice) but when i was sick mom would add egg – the ultimate comfort food. Continue reading “recipe: fish congee with a “grainy” twist”

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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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”

Sunday morning recipe: gluten free vegan blueberry muffins

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: Continue reading “Sunday morning recipe: gluten free vegan blueberry muffins”

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”

recipe: gluten free vegan cinnamon apple crêpes

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”

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”

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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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

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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

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”