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

(disclaimer: beginner food “artist” … sorry book illustrator!)

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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

(disclaimer: beginner food “artist” … sorry book illustrator!)

… and the title is: Continue reading “guess the children’s book title? bunny book vignette 1”

baby feeding schedule: eating together

my goal the past month has been to try to make meals that we can all eat – whether together or not – with leftovers so that it can last a few meals. bi-weekly i’ll make a fish and vegetable fried rice that will last k 2 to 3 meals. monthly i’ll make a batch of garlic free tomato sauce for pasta, pizza or lasagna. i definitely spend less time in the kitchen daily. Continue reading “baby feeding schedule: eating together”

processed gluten free vegan snack: Beanitos

prices of foods at natural foods stores are not cheap but the one near me would often have sales. so whenever there was a sale, i would look at the items and if k can eat it, i would give it a try. that’s how i found Benitos.

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processed food (gluten free vegan bread): Tapioca Loaf

just like i can eat a variation of bread, when i went to pick up the Ener-G brown rice toast I introduced k to back in November for International Sandwich Day, i found the same brand has a Tapioca Loaf.

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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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baby feeding schedule: cooking instead of prepping food

for the past year, it feels more like i’ve been “prepping” food for k instead of actually cooking. i guess  i’m thinking in terms of not just letting food speak for itself but actually flavoring food.

so this month i focused on adding flavoring and cooking tools – i.e. oil, butter, vinegar, turmeric and yeast. with these ingredients we were able to make some fun dishes: Continue reading “baby feeding schedule: cooking instead of prepping food”

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

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

pasta-less garlic free eggplant lasagna

now that i had my garlic free tomato sauce, i was excited to make lasagna! the first one i tried was eggplant lasagna as a pasta less lasagna. –> recipe on Palatable Palette i look forward to trying many other varieties of lasagna and pasta with my new sauce! Continue reading pasta-less garlic free eggplant lasagna

garlic free stovetop tomato sauce

after thanksgiving, i wanted to continue to find meals that we can eat and enjoy together. so i thought of making lasagna but when i went to several supermarkets, i couldn’t find any garlic free tomato sauce. i never had any interest in making my own tomato sauce before but now i needed to learn. –> recipe on Palatable Palette i tried some to taste the flavor. other than the lack of salt or spice that i didn’t add since it was for k, it tasted just as good as store-bought tomato sauce! i thoroughly enjoyed it. i will be making bigger batches and storing them … Continue reading garlic free stovetop tomato sauce

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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processed gluten free eggless food: Field Day Organic Brown Rice Pasta

pasta usually has gluten which means it’s not for k but luckily there are lots of different varieties of pasta! the first one i found was made of organic brown rice and they’re in fun kid-friendly shapes.

Field Day Organic Brown Rice Pasta
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baby feeding schedule: relearning about cooking

with k’s daycare added a cooking class to her schedule, it has been quite a learning experience. baking has been especially challenging – one wrong ingredient and the flavor, texture, etc is off. since a lot of times the cooking for k’s daycare … Continue reading baby feeding schedule: relearning about cooking

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”

baby feeding schedule: “wet” snacks and the search for “dry” snacks

with k’s allergies i have been preparing all her meals myself. since it has been mostly fruits and vegetables, it has been manageable. at her daycare though they only have 2 meal times. so i had to adjust her meal schedules to accommodate an early lunch and a snack. they originally asked for a dry snack but since they understood her allergy situation, we have been able to just provide some cut up fruit and vegetables. Continue reading “baby feeding schedule: “wet” snacks and the search for “dry” snacks”

prep: food storage

the results of k’s second food allergy test, shows that her food allergies will continue to be a concern. our allergist had suggested that we would clear our house of things that she’s allergic to in hopes that her reaction to them will lessen and then perhaps she will grow out of the allergy.

food storagei do enjoy prepping k’s food so that part is not a burden. other families with children k’s age have been able to share meals with their toddlers and i was looking forward to making meals that we could all eat together but it seems like making separate meals will be a longer term process to make sure her meals aren’t contaminated with anything she is / could be allergic to. Continue reading “prep: food storage”

baby feeding schedule: adding snacks and more allergies

since k was over 1, i wanted to see what the average amount of calories a child her age should eat and i found choosemyplate.gov that shows food types and amount of foods to eat. unfortunately the earliest food group examples and quantity they provide are for ages 2 to 5 but i use it to devise a meal plan: 3 meals and 2 snacks – and – make sure to include all food types in her daily diet: fruit, vegetable, grain, protein and dairy. Continue reading “baby feeding schedule: adding snacks and more allergies”

baby feeding schedule: cow milk and a severe allergy

during month seven of solids, k turned one! a milestone for this is that k starts cow milk! since we had to supplement with formula it was a huge financial cost. now that k can drink cow milk, the cost was a noticeable saving. until babies turn 2, k needs fat for brain development so we started k on organic whole fat milk. Continue reading “baby feeding schedule: cow milk and a severe allergy”

baby feeding schedule: 4 meals a day and more colors

on the sixth month of solids, we upped k’s meals to 4 times a day. we also added some new colors in her diet including red with tomatoes, bell pepper and beets; white with turnip and cauliflower; and purple with blueberries. k continues to have a great appetite!

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