cook with kids: cornbread muffin

have been in a little rut deciding what to cook with little one lately so i opted to refresh her skills in mixing, scooping and brushing with a cornbread mix to pair with tonight’s dinner: hearty beef chili. Continue reading “cook with kids: cornbread muffin”

packing school meals: month 3 – pt 1

just so we share morning preparations, m and i are trading off days to prep little one’s meals. the days i don’t do it, i miss it but then it gives me more time to get my juices flowing ūüôā Continue reading “packing school meals: month 3 – pt 1”

palatable palette: turkey and quinoa sloppy joe

little one can’t eat school food because of her food allergies but i do see what the class is eating. last week’s lunch included sloppy joe and i was planning to make it for little one it turns out that … Continue reading palatable palette: turkey and quinoa sloppy joe

learn with food: apple taste test

when little one started solid food, i wanted to show a range of flavors. for apples, there was a variety of choices as there are so many different apples! Continue reading “learn with food: apple taste test”

packing school meals: month 2 – pt 2

when your kid tells you that you should mess up the picture you created because she’s scared of bugs … maybe it’s better to make cute pictures? Continue reading “packing school meals: month 2 – pt 2”

palatable palette: oven baked fried chicken

i wanted to share a favorite food with little one: fried chicken! i found an oven baked recipe that was replicating KFC’s recipe. i made some changes and flavor still was tasty but i needed a little more practice to … Continue reading palatable palette: oven baked fried chicken

learn with food: tri color sweet bell peppers taste test

during little one’s play dates, we usually end the date with a snack. this playdate was no different but it included a taste test. which sweet bell pepper tasted the sweetest? Continue reading “learn with food: tri color sweet bell peppers taste test”

packing school meals: month 2 – pt 1

it’s month 2 and i’m starting to preplan and think of ideas to make meals fun for both myself and little one. when i grew up, i used to love newspapers that had word jumbles. since little one’s class is working through the alphabet, why not play word jumble with little one with her food? Continue reading “packing school meals: month 2 – pt 1”

packing school meals: month 1 – pt 2

after two weeks of just churning them out, i can start to enjoy myself and have fun with the meals. some pictures… some words… but always color and always fruits and veggies. Continue reading “packing school meals: month 1 – pt 2”

packing school meals: month 1 – pt 1 new school

it’s back to school! now little one is adjusting to a public school schedule so we’re learning too. school starts earlier and ends earlier. luckily little one’s after school program is in the same room so no awkward transition there. so the meals are: breakfast, lunch, end of school snack and after school snack. Continue reading “packing school meals: month 1 – pt 1 new school”

cook with kids: eggless buttercream frosting

little one just finished off our last batch of cupcakes we made a few months ago so we made a new batch to stock up. i found a cake mix we hadn’t tried yet: King Arthur’s Gluten Free Yellow Cake mix. Continue reading “cook with kids: eggless buttercream frosting”

recipe: garlic free chili seasoning I

making chili, taco or stews that calls for chili seasoning is a bit of a challenge when i can’t cheat and use a packet. Continue reading “recipe: garlic free chili seasoning I”

cook with kids: gluten free eggless baked chocolate doughnuts

it’s national donut day so for fun little one and i baked together! i’ve never made donuts but the Delightful Adventure’s recipe looked simple. the original recipe used coconut, which little one is allergic to so we replaced a few ingredients. Continue reading “cook with kids: gluten free eggless baked chocolate doughnuts”

rainbow cake baking challenge: signature cake pt.1 & technical bake pt.1

since i got started on this rainbow cake baking challenge, i have been thinking about the cake. for a class party, i made one cake mix and the kids ate them all up. Continue reading “rainbow cake baking challenge: signature cake pt.1 & technical bake pt.1”

palatable palette: sweet potato pineapple crumb pie

it was going to be a 2-pie baking night with the little one but i ended up making them both myself. not to worry though – these were recipes that are worthy a remake so i’ll keep a place holder … Continue reading palatable palette: sweet potato pineapple crumb pie

palatable palette: chick pea cauliflower quiche

my little one was under the weather otherwise it would have been a fun recipe to make together. a savory pie that was free from excess. plant-based recipe with no oils, egg or dairy but let the herbs do all … Continue reading palatable palette: chick pea cauliflower quiche

cook with kids recipe: marshmallow rice treat fun

last¬†winter, i made these¬†impromptu marshmallow rice treat snowmen for dessert at a family gathering. when shaping¬†the snowmen, i squeezed¬†them a bit tight¬†and¬†it made them a little difficult to eat. but little one loved them! Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: marshmallow rice treat fun”

baking challenge: gluten free nut free eggless rainbow cake

a couple of months ago¬†my little one gave me a challenge: a rainbow cake. now this is a big thing as i am not a baker but with my little one’s allergies, i can’t just go out and buy it. i did some online research and then i just stewed on it.

it wasn’t until i started binge-watching¬†PBS’s¬†The Great British Baking Show¬† Continue reading “baking challenge: gluten free nut free eggless rainbow cake”

cook with kids recipe: gluten free eggless lemon ricotta cookies

when prepping for a group playdate, i accidentally bought too much ricotta cheese! so i needed a recipe to use up some of the cheese. one of the mothers brought some DE-LICIOUS lemon cookies from a favorite cookie company: Ohmigod! i had been fantasizing about them since. so when a top result of recipes with ricotta cheese was lemon ricotta cookies, it was an easy decision! Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: gluten free eggless lemon ricotta cookies”

cook with kids recipe: gluten free pork empanadas

for my little one’s playdate this month, i prepared some zucchini ravioli and picked up some empanadas from a local establishment. unfortunately my little one couldn’t enjoy the empanadas but then it got me thinking … how could i try to make it?

little one loves pizza though¬†lately she prefers white pizza. so clearly she loves the crust … so, what if i use the pie crust for empanadas?¬†so on this cold weekend, we set out on the experiment! Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: gluten free pork empanadas”

cook with kids recipe: gluten free eggless brownies

my go-to for¬†savory or¬†sweet gluten free baking mixes¬†is Bob’s Red Mill¬†but i like to¬†try others.¬†It’s Wholesome¬†has an extensive line of sweet baking mixes so for the week before Valentine’s Day, little one and i made brownies! little one¬†mixed the batter and¬†spread it on the pan so we could¬†bake a thin layer of brownies. after letting it cool, we¬†used the cookie cutters to create heart-shaped brownies. little one and i had fun baking¬†and eating brownies! Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: gluten free eggless brownies”

cook with kids recipe: eggplant hasselback

when i see the Tasty videos, i can’t help but feel confident – i can do it! such was the feeling when I saw the video for eggplant hasselback. now i am no fan of eggplant but i love caprese.¬†it also looked so easy and beautiful that it kinda called out for me to make¬†it. SO WORTH IT!

even better¬†is that it was easy for the little one to help make it – almost independently. learning to layer, seeing patterns, finding¬†columns. is it math? is it cooking? it’s all good and delicious too! Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: eggplant hasselback”

cook with kids recipe: dumplings in b√°nh tr√°ng / rice wrapper

i have been trying to figure out how to share dumplings with my little one for a long time but the dumpling wrappers i had been searching for all had wheat or egg.¬†then i remembered¬†some dim sum dumplings use rice wrappers. so i looked for the rice wrappers used for vietnamese summer rolls Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: dumplings in b√°nh tr√°ng / rice wrapper”

cook with kids recipe: dutch apple cookie

dutch apple cookiei love french apple tarts but phyllo dough has wheat so i can’t share it my little one. i was browsing online and found an alternative – apples with graham cookie crust. bingo!

after flavoring the apples, little one layered layered thin slices of apple on top of a graham cracker, just like one would do with a french apple tart. cookies were quite tasty! Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: dutch apple cookie”

cook with kids recipe: spaghetti squash caprese bake

spaghetti squash caprese bakedso my first recipe using spaghetti squash was this caprese bake recipe, which i was super excited about because i love caprese salad! it was perfect because i wanted to make a vegetarian dinner and also wanted to engage my little one in our weekly family cooking time. dumping, mixing, scooping. all good fun and then – eating! Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: spaghetti squash caprese bake”

new vegetable: spaghetti squash

spaghetti squashsince i tried the spiralizer and became a convert to vegetables replacing pasta, i wanted to try more vegetables in like manner. so i¬†bought a spaghetti squash for my spiralizer¬†but¬†for some reason, i couldn’t find a recipe with spaghetti squash in my spiralizer cookbook. Continue reading “new vegetable: spaghetti squash”