daycare thanksgiving meal 2016

for my little one’s daycare thanksgiving party, each family is to bring a dish for potluck. in addition though, i have to make a complete meal for the little one since i don’t know what ingredients other parents will use in their dishes. since we will be making a whole chicken for our family thanksgiving, i didn’t want to make another whole chicken for the school thanksgiving party. luckily my pressure cooker allows me to make a dish so easily that i can throw everything in and not think about it yet know the dish will be delish! menu chicken … Continue reading daycare thanksgiving meal 2016

daycare cooking assignment: gluten free eggless 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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processed gluten free eggless snack: Chickpea Chips

the first food that k showed me lack of interest in was chickpeas – feeding them to me instead of eating it. so when i found these chips in the supermarket, it seemed like a fun way for k to retry chickpeas. i know k can eat chickpeas without an allergic reaction. there are also a few new spices to introduce k to so i picked it up.

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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”

processed gluten free vegan snack: Smartfood Popcorn

we were out and about when i realized i forgot k’s snack! so we went to the deli and looked for something that she could eat. it has three main ingredients: popcorn, vegetable oil and sea salt. k liked it very much!

Smartfood Popcorn
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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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processed gluten free vegan pasta: Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice and Quinoa Pasta

Trader Joe's Organic Brown Rice and Quinoa Pastafor an alternative to only brown rice pasta, i found a variety from Trader Joe’s that included quinoa. it’s also gluten free and vegan so k can eat it.

according to Trader Joe’s newsletter, it has 80% brown rice and 20% quinoa – more than other brands that label themselves as a “quinoa” pasta. Continue reading “processed gluten free vegan pasta: Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice and Quinoa Pasta”

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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Happy Easter! name the title of the waffle art vignettes from books about bunnies

vignette 1:

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vignette 2:

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book 3

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guess the children’s book title? bunny book vignette 3d

can you name the book?

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guess the children’s book title? bunny book vignette 2d

can you name the book?

children's book about bunnies - name the title! 2015-2

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guess the children’s book title? bunny book vignette 1

can you name the book?

children's book about bunnies - name the title! 2015-1

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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”

processed gluten free vegan snack: Van’s Multigrain Crackers

from the same brand that brought k her love of waffles, is Van’s Gluten Free Multigrain Crackers. it has a crispy texture and nice flavor. like most snacks it is a little saltier than i would like for myself and even more so to give to a toddler so i lightly wipe off the top and bottom of each cracker to remove some of the salt and then it’s perfect!

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processed gluten free vegan snack: Glutino pretzels

the Ener-G brand pretzels are a bit crunchy so i haven’t bought them again although i did give k some from the last batch. when i was grocery shopping the other day at a local supermarket, i saw a line of gluten free products: Glutino. I’ve seen the name before but hadn’t tried it before. so when i saw they had a line of pretzels

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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 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”

daycare: first pizza party

at daycare, k participated in her first pizza party. luckily i made gluten free vegan pizza for her a month ago so i knew i could provide a slice of pizza she can eat with her classmates. Continue reading “daycare: first pizza party”

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”

daycare cooking assignment – Australian study: gluten free vegan english muffins breakfast

next country k’s daycare is “visiting”/exploring is Australia. apparently one of the famous breakfasts are english muffins with bananas on top. so i have to figure out how to get/make gluten free vegan english muffins. when i went hunting for it in various grocery stores, i couldn’t find any so i took online to find a recipe to make it myself. Continue reading “daycare cooking assignment – Australian study: gluten free vegan english muffins breakfast”

processed gluten free vegan snack: Ener-G pretzels

i love pretzels and thought k may enjoy some to. i was excited to find these Ener-G brand pretzels that were not only wheat free and gluten free but also dairy, egg, nut and soy free. not only does it satisfy k’s allergy needs but also kids with more allergies than k.

Ener-G original pretzels
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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: happy pancakes

every morning k has plain organic whole fat yogurt with banana for breakfast – sometimes with additional fruit, i.e. avocado, mango, pineapple, etc. but when i looked at the packaging of yogurt i bought one Sunday morning, i realized i bought flavored yogurt instead of the plain. the problem with flavored yogurt is that in addition to added flavor, there is a LOT of sugar. Continue reading “recipe: happy pancakes”

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

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”