veggie art: roasted brussels sprouts Christmas Tree / Tannenbaum / Ω Έλατο

for little one’s class holiday performance, they sang the German song, “O Tannenbaum” Continue reading “veggie art: roasted brussels sprouts Christmas Tree / Tannenbaum / Ω Έλατο”

pancake art: Won’t you Guide my Sleigh Tonight?

one of little one’s favorite holiday songs is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Continue reading “pancake art: Won’t you Guide my Sleigh Tonight?”

Happy Thank*ful-for-food*Giving!

another year and lucky to have so much to be thankful for. we not only have be able to put food and home over our heads but also have plentiful to share with extended family and friends as well as … Continue reading Happy Thank*ful-for-food*Giving!

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

new school, new meal schedule, new system of packing meals

so my little started a new school! but while previously all students brought in their own lunches and snacks in the previous school, the new school provided 4 meals a day: breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner! unfortunately wheat and eggs are common ingredients in their menu so i will have to pack my little one’s meals. Continue reading “new school, new meal schedule, new system of packing meals”

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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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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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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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”

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”

daycare cooking assignment: chocolate muffin

next assignment was chocolate muffins. i knew flour would be an issue because of wheat so i originally tried a quinoa flour recipe. but quinoa flour gave the muffin a funny flavor, not my first choice of a dessert flour substitute. so i went to the grocery store and found a gluten free flour which as made of oats. as oats is something frequently eaten with something sweet and k can have oats so i tried a double chunk chocolate oat muffin recipe Continue reading “daycare cooking assignment: chocolate muffin”

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”

processed gluten free vegan snack: cracklebred

when i stop by other natural food stores, i check out their snack section to see if i can find other “healthy” gluten free vegan snack options to give k at school. during one of my searches i found Craklebred.

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processed gluten free vegan snack: KA•ME rice crackers

since little one can eat rice, i look at all the dry snacks that say “rice” since wheat is not an option. these crackers are called rice crackers so it was promising. they tasted like the japanese sembei crackers my parents used to buy when i was a kid. personally, i was not a fan but little one took to them. they come in original, sesame and seaweed flavors that little one can eat. other flavors are also available. success! found another dry snack for little one’s school snack time! notes product site: KA•ME rice crackers Continue reading processed gluten free vegan snack: KA•ME rice crackers

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”

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

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 breakfast food: Van’s gluten free flax waffle

bkfst Van's Foods waffles k’s daycare cooking class was going to have waffles so i had to either find or make waffles that k could eat in class. easiest would be to find one that was gluten free vegan and with concerns of k’s allergies, they also had to be made of ingredients that k has already been introduced to.

luckily there was one in our local store that we could try: Van’s gluten free flax waffles. it has no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. it is sweetened with fruit juices instead of high fructose corn syrup. in addition, it is gluten free, egg free and non GMO Project verified. Continue reading “processed breakfast food: Van’s gluten free flax waffle”

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.

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processed gluten free eggless 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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sandwich: gluten free eggless grilled cheese

Happy Sandwich Day! Named after John Montagu, the fourth earl of Sandwich, who in 1762 spent 24 hours at a gaming table without any other food, the sandwich has become a culinary staple for just about everyone on Earth. *see note 1

k’s daycare wanted to celebrate the day by asking all of the kids bring a sandwich to school. so a few days earlier, i had k try the brown rice loaf i found in the supermarket and luckily she didn’t have any problems with it.

so for k’s sandwich on this fun “holiday”, the easiest sandwich in the book: grilled cheese!

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self-feeding: starting the fork

k started to feed herself with the feeding spoon, though not entirely independently yet. we scoop the food and she holds the spoon with food into her mouth, takes it out and hands the spoon back to us herself.

we didn’t start thinking about the next step of self-feeding yet. but as k’s daycare was growing in number of students, they thought the toddlers could learn to eat some of their meals independently with a fork. Continue reading “self-feeding: starting the fork”

processed food (gluten free eggless bread): Brown Rice Loaf

k’s daycare wanted to celebrate International Sandwich Day which is on Monday, November 3rd this year. i haven’t introduced k to bread yet since it’s mostly made with wheat flour and egg – both of which are no-no’s in k’s diet.

Ener-G Brown Rice Loafbefore i considered looking for a recipe to make bread nor do i own a bread baking machine — although a friend got one for her wedding years ago and i did think they were really cool – i went shopping at my local natural foods store. luckily i was able to find Ener-G Foods’ Brown Rice Loaf. i like that it was free of gluten, wheat, casein, dairy, egg, soy, nut, low/no sodium. in addition it was non GMO Project Verified. Continue reading “processed food (gluten free eggless bread): Brown Rice Loaf”

daycare cooking assignments

k’s daycare had been playing “kitchen” for a few weeks. then they informed me that they are starting a cooking class in their weekly schedule. i thought: how fun! but  the new class comes the concern about k’s food allergies. not only do we have to make sure k doesn’t eat the food she knows she’s allergic to, we also have to be more careful about what she hasn’t tried yet because there are plenty of things she hasn’t eaten yet! Continue reading “daycare cooking assignments”

feeding schedule: solids 2 times a day

after k recovered from diarrhea, we resumed her introduction to solids. at daycare, we can only bring food that she is not allergic to (so it must have been tried for at least 3 days). since k is in school 4 days a week all day and we were only feeding her 1 meal of solids a day, we were only able to try one new food a week on the days she is home with us. therefore the introduction to solids went rather slow.

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