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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recipe: zucchini pizza bites

a fun simple recipe that is easily adjustable to various food preferences and restrictions! cooking tools baking pan cooling rack aluminum foil ingredients 1 to 2 large organic zucchini (sliced in ¼ inch slices) garlic free pizza sauce 2 oz shredded organic … Continue reading recipe: zucchini pizza bites

recipe: garlic free pizza sauce

after making my own tomato sauce, i had no problem making my own pizza sauce! now to make some zucchini pizza bites! cooking tools medium saucepan food processor liquid storage containers ingredients 10 organic Roma tomatoes 1 large organic sweet bell peppers, diced 2 Tbsp … Continue reading recipe: garlic free pizza sauce

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: italian seasoned pork chop with vegetables

for dinner, i made pork chops. usually i pan fry the pork chops but i thought i’d simplify the dish by baking it in the oven with vegetables. this way was quick, easy and yummy!

ingredients

  • 3 boneless pork chops
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 small organic potatoes, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 sweet bell pepper cut into strips
  • 1 to 2 cups of broccoli, cut in bite-sized bunches

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pasta with garlic free stovetop tomato sauce

i have always been one to add more – even double – when a recipe calls for garlic. so why am i even considering a life without garlic? our little one currently has a garlic allergy — unfortunately it is the worst of … Continue reading pasta with garlic free stovetop tomato sauce

recipe: garlic free stovetop tomato sauce

i never had any interest in making my own tomato sauce before but since the little one has a garlic allergy, i needed to learn. online i found a flexible recipe that allows you to add any ingredient you choose. it was perfect for those with allergies.

cooking tools

ingredients

  • 2 large organic tomatoes (or ~ 10 Romas)
  • 1 organic red sweet bell peppers, diced fairly small
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning – or –
    • 1 tsp basil
    • 1 tsp oregano
    • 1 tsp thyme

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recipe: italian seasoned baked vegetables

i chose different vegetables than i used for thanksgiving meal 2014-une and baked them instead of steam. i used the same italian seasoning but to bump up the flavor, i added some drippings from the roast chicken. the flavor was a success. YAY!

cooking tools

  • porcelain casserole dish with glass lid
  • tongs

ingredients

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recipe: italian seasoned steamed vegetables

it is my first attempt of seasoning k’s food and when better than for a happy holiday occasion? italian seasoning seems like a safe bet. hope k likes it!

ingredients

  • 1 cup steamed broccoli
  • ¾ cup boiled corn
  • 1 cup steamed sweet potato / yam
  • 1 Tbsp italian seasoning (i.e. mix of basil, oregano and thyme)

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genetically engineered 2014 – yup, we’re talking about food

in addition to the dirty dozen and clean fifteen, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a list of foods that are genetically engineered. especially since i’ve been making baby’s food at home, i’ve been more focused on introducing fruits and vegetables in its freshest and purest form possible. but the government and food corporations are not making it easy.

the foods i have heard of being genetically modified are corn and papaya but apparently some zucchini are – although because of improper labeling, it’s hard to know which is which. according to the EWG, the best thing to do is to buy organic for those foods as well as look for the Non GMO Project Verified label. unfortunately that’s not the worst of it – more vegetables and fruits are up for application to be genetically engineered. here is the list: Continue reading “genetically engineered 2014 – yup, we’re talking about food”

dirty dozen 2013

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) new Shopper’s Guide to Pesticide list. Many on the list are repeats, i.e. apples, strawberries, grapes, spinach, sweet bell peppers and potatoes, but there are some new ones including cherry tomatoes and hot peppers. So for those items it is safer to buy organic.

“The National Institute of Environmental Health Services acknowledges that scientists do not have a full understanding of the health risks associated with exposure to pesticide residues through food, soil, water, or air. Still, notes EWG, various U.S. and international government agencies have linked pesticides to a slew of health risks, including cancer, hormone disruption, brain and nervous system toxicity and irritation to the skin, eyes and lungs.”

While it’s hard to weigh the potential health risks of pesticides with the benefits of fruits and vegetables, the EWA notes that “eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all.”

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