recipe: fig and prosciutto sandwich

fig and prosciutto sandwichso m and i stopped at Le Pain Quotidien for dinner and m gets a prosciutto, fig and pear tartine with ricotta, honey and wild arugula. standard to have your child try new things is introduce one new thing at a time for 3 days straight and observe any changes.

we’ve introduced a variety of cheeses, arugula and pear but there were several new ingredients: prosciutto, fig and honey. taking a step away from being the neurotic parents with a child with food allergies, we let our little one take a bite. k enjoyed it very much! Continue reading “recipe: fig and prosciutto sandwich”

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quick and delicious: Kitchens of India Just Heat & Eat – Dal Bukhara

another dish in the Kitchens of India Just Heat & Eat family: Dal Bukhara / Black Gram Lentils Curry.

dal bukhara / black gram lentils curryif you asked me a few years ago to eat lentils, i’d say “no thank you!” but since i’ve been cooking for k, and i see how much she likes it, i have been more receptive to foods i previously avoided.

so, with a package of Dal Bukhara, some grain – today i made a huge put of millet so that is the grain for the day – and lots of vegetables: asparagus, bell peppers, tomatoes and spinach! i am SO full!

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quick and delicious: Kitchens of India Just Heat & Eat – Rajma Masala

another Kitchens of India Just Heat & Eat package i picked up: Rajma Masala / Red Kidney Beans Curry. i’m more familiar and prefer to eat / cook with chick peas or black beans so i’m happy to try the other beans when it already has been flavored and indian curry is a wonderful choice!

as with the other Kitchens of India Just Heat and Eat package, dilute it with a few cups of water and add a lot more vegetables, thereby creating feast! indian food is usually paired with rice but as in my previous post, i had discovered adding quinoa or millet is equally wonderful. enjoy!
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quick and delicious: Kitchens of India Just Heat & Eat – Pindi Chana

i have definitely been a lazy cook these days by the time k goes to bed at 9:30pm and no dinner ready, all i want to do is lie on the couch and sleep or order take out Japanese food. but dinner still has to be had. there used to be a few good indian restaurants in my hood but they has since closed. anyhoo, one day while shopping for k’s grocers, i found these Kitchens of India Just Heat & Eat packages on sale. i’ve seen them before but how good could Indian food-in-a-box be? but at 2 for $6 bucks, why not give it a try? well, the real question is why didn’t i try them earlier? Continue reading “quick and delicious: Kitchens of India Just Heat & Eat – Pindi Chana”

PBJ day combo: TJ unsalted crunch peanut butter with mix of 2 Sarabeth’s preserves

i don’t usually partake in TBT but since it’s PBJ day (April 2nd), i changed it to TB…P(regnancy) since there was a whole lot of PBJ consumption! Ingredients 2 slices of 100% whole wheat toast *see note 1 1 to 2 tablespoons unsalted peanut butter *see note 2 1 tablespoon jam *see note 3 1/2 – 1 organic banana, long thick slices Preparation lightly toast your multigrain bread spread peanut butter on one slice of toast. spread jam on the side of the second slice of toast. notes my favorites: bread: Trader Joe’s 100% Whole Grain Multigrain Fiber (6 grams) Bread peanut butter: Trader Joe’s Unsalted Crunchy … Continue reading PBJ day combo: TJ unsalted crunch peanut butter with mix of 2 Sarabeth’s preserves

recipe: colorful tortilla rolls

for a fun appetizer with friends on new year’s eve, this was a very easy and tasty treat.

ingredients

  • 2 packages (8oz size) cream cheese, softened
  • 8 whole burrito-sized flour tortillas
  • 1 whole yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced finely
  • 1 whole red bell pepper, seeded and diced finely
  • 1 whole green bell pepper, seeded and diced finely

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christmas dinner 2014

for christmas m & i collaborated on our family dinner. i made the side dishes, m made the main dish and i decorated a cute fruity dessert with family bringing chocolate and cake. we a barely felt the limitations of feeding … Continue reading christmas dinner 2014

recipe: apple banana pumpkin bread

since i enjoyed the filling in the apple banana pumpkin pie i made for k’s thanksgiving meal, i searched for another recipe that had all three fruits and came across this bread recipe. i enjoyed it and so did the family!

cooking tools

  • parchment paper
  • loaf pan
  • wire rack

ingredients

  • 1 over ripe banana, peeled and mashed
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ⅓ cup of applesauce, extra if desired
  • 1 tsp of alcohol free vanilla extract, optional
  • 1 cup gluten free (oat) flour
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 2 to 4 Tbsp of water or saved liquid

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hummus & veggie wrap

when you want a simple no-cooking lunch, don’t buy it – do it yourself and save money! wrap, layer and roll. the original recipe included cheese and olives which gives it a mediterranean flavor but kept it simple. the hummus has so much flavor that i topped it with extra vegetables instead.

enjoy this yummy vegetarian wrap – several times a week by shaking it up with different vegetables, like baby spinach, micro greens, mushrooms – whatever you have in your fridge!

Ingredients

  • 1 9″ round spinach wrap or whole wheat flour tortilla
  • 1/4 cup hummus
  • 1/2 cup persian cucumber strips, sliced lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup colored bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 thin slice of onions

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seasoned dry tofu salad

seasoned dry tofu is pretty yummy. it’s also a great substitute for your meat or protein because it’s chewy and dense. you probably can’t find them in a regular supermarket but they are pretty easy to find in an asian grocery store.

my gf introduced me to this salad dressing: Annie’s Organic Asian Sesame dressing and it is delish! together with dry tofu, veggies and a little flaxseed, it creates a yummy and healthy salad.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounce seasoned dry tofu
  • 1 small color bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1-1/2 cups organic baby spinach – or –
    1-1/2 cups green leafy vegetablet
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1 persian cucumber, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons dressing ~try Annie’s Organic Asian Sesame dressing
  • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil*
  • 1 tablespoon dry seaweed flakes, optional

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6 foods that fight pain

instead of taking medication, changing one’s diet can help fight pain. Anti-inflammatory herbs and spices: turmeric, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, tart cherry, curry rosemary Non-animal sources of protein: fish (canned salmon, black cod, tuna, sardines, halibut, mackerel, herring, anchovies), legumes, dried beans (lentils, soybeans, black beans), grains (quinoa, millet, spelt), and plant (pumpkin seeds, walnuts, flaxseed) Healthy fats: coconut oil, olive oil, grape-seed oil, avocado, ground flax, nu butters, omega-3 fortified eggs Wide variety of plants: kale, whole grains, beans, lentils; whole rainbow: dark green, red, orange, yellow, blue and purple fruits and vegetables; whites (cauliflower, garlic, onion); blacks (black beans) … Continue reading 6 foods that fight pain