Magic Banana Cookies

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Desserts and Snacks, Gluten-free | 0 comments

Magic Banana Cookies

These cookies are really amazing. No oil, no salt, no butter, NO SUGAR!! How can they be so good? This is why I call them Magic Banana Cookies! Anyone I serve these to is amazed by their magical properties and delicious taste. Thanks to my friend Wendy for introducing me to the basic recipe which we have adapted to our own tastes. Add in your own favorite healthy mix-ins (nuts, dried fruit, cinnamon, coconut flakes…the possibilities are endless!) INGREDIENTS 2 ripe bananas 1 cup of quick oats (use gluten...

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Bean Burrito Video

Posted by on Mar 16, 2014 in School Lunch Ideas, Vegetarian, Videos | 1 comment

Over the years our lunches have shifted away from the every day turkey sandwich to a rotation of other healthy plant-based foods. One of the foods we have added to our list is the bean burrito. My kids love bean burritos and they can add their own fillings and variations. Our favorite beans recently are made by a company called Better Beans and are sold at Wegmans. There are different variations but all are fresh, seasoned and all-natural. These beans have made lunch making a breeze! Take a look at our Tiny...

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Squash and Chickpea Soup with Greens

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Babyfood Option, Gluten-free, School Lunch Ideas, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Squash and Chickpea Soup with Greens

This is an impromtu soup I made last week which got rave reviews from the kids. I made this again tonight and wrote down the recipe so I would not forget. Chickpeas are a GREAT source of fiber and protein. The squash and greens make this a nutritional WINNER!! Tonight I’m serving this with some dollop of Greek yogurt, whole wheat bread make in our breadmader, and asian pears. YUM!! Dr. Yum Tip Serve warm leftovers in the morning and pack this hearty soup lunch in a thermos. Pack an apple and some leftover...

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Hot Chocolate Party!

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 in Drinks, Feeding Children | 1 comment

Hot Chocolate Party!

I grew up on Lake Erie, and I have fond memories of playing outside in the snow and coming in for a warm cup of hot chocolate. I always used those hot chocolate mixes in the packets, but looking closely  at labels I have noticed how many undesirable ingredients can be found in store-bought hot chocolate. In the interest of keep things simple and unprocessed we have recently started making hot chocolate with milk, cocoa, maple syrup and vanilla. Easy! This holiday season, why not set up a little...

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Power Grilled Cheese

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in School Lunch Ideas, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Power Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese is a kid favorite. Many of us crave grilled cheese and tomato soup from time to time, especially when the weather gets chilly. However, the traditional processed American cheese on white bread grilled with tons of butter and a can of condensed tomato soup is nutritionally a bit….wimpy.  But there is a way to pump up the muscles on this classic lunch. Start with kale (after all which veggie packs more punch than kale!) This is a great way to get greens into lunch using a familiar favorite....

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Bean Burgers (Video)

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Entrees, Videos | 0 comments

Bean Burgers (Video)

Bean burgers are such an easy, quick way to get plant-based protein. If you are considering getting some meatless options into your cooking repetoire, this one you could do on those busy nights when you don’t have much time. I keep cans of beans on hand for these burgers. Canned beans are soft and easy to smash. I use EDEN ORGANICS brand, which has no BPA in the can lining. Check out our video to see how we make them, and then check out the variations of bean burgers you can make (in the table below)....

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in Desserts and Snacks, Drinks | 0 comments

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

              This is a great fall smoothie that I have made in my fall kids cooking class. Kids love smoothies, and this one has the added fun of crushed graham crackers on top. Kids love to crush the crackers, too! This recipe is part of our preschool nutrition curriculum and is fun for kid of all ages to make. With protein from the yogurt and milk, fiber, vitamins and minerals from the fruit and pumpkin, this makes a great mid-morning or afternoon snack! INGREDIENTS 2/3 cup...

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Breakfast Pitfalls and Solutions

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 in Breakfast, Favorite Topics | 1 comment

Breakfast Pitfalls and Solutions

The research shows that we should all probably care a little more about breakfast. Kids who eat breakfast have better concentration, cognitive function and do better in school (just drinking one glass of water may even improve test scores!) Despite what many of my teen patients think, skipping breakfast may also lead to excess weight gain. However, many of the typical breakfast food choices are not the most nutritionally sound. Here are some of the pitfalls I have noticed over the years in talking to my patients...

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Ratatouille

Posted by on Aug 18, 2013 in Recipes, Sides, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Ratatouille

This is a SUPER simple recipe that looks really fancy and is really fun to make. If you have helpers, the prep goes fast and feel more like arts and crafts than cooking. If your kids have seen the Disney movie, “Ratatouille” then they will love making this fun summer dish (and may end up eating a lot of veggies along the way!) We made this in our cooking camp recently and the kids had a blast. We put the extra cut up raw veggies in “nibble bowls” for the kids to snack on. INGREDIENTS 1/2...

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Whole Fruit Popsicles

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Desserts and Snacks, Recipes, Videos | 1 comment

Whole Fruit Popsicles

All you need for a perfect summer treat is some fruit, a blender and some popsicle molds. Skip the store-bought popsicles and watch how the Tiny Tasters make this simple treat in no time!! ...

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Tangy Broccoli Salad

Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Salads and Dressings, Sides | 0 comments

Tangy Broccoli Salad

This is a delcious salad that may be a great way to make someone into a  broccoli-lover. The sweet and tangy dressing is a great way to win kids over. My friend, nurse Denise (a.k.a. “Dee”) shared this recipe with me. It’s a crowd pleaser, and as you can tell it won the Tiny Tasters over as well. I used “Vegenaise” (a vegan mayonaise substitute) and was able to pack this as a side for lunch the next day I made it (I find it at Wegman’s in the refrigerated area of their health...

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Strawberry Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Desserts and Snacks | 0 comments

Strawberry Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

It’s strawberry season. Here’s a recipe that’s sure to please! This is a sweet and minty take on salsa, using fruit. Strawberries serve as the base, and your favorite fruit ingredients can be added to make the taste more vibrant and the appearance more colorful. I made this with my Kids Cooking class and we even added starfruits and mangoes, which was extra YUM!! The chips can be made using your favorite whole wheat tortillas. Use the smallest dusting of cinnamon and sugar to add a little flavor...

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Kiwi Strawberry Pizza

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Desserts and Snacks, School Lunch Ideas, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Kiwi Strawberry Pizza

This is a VERY simple recipe that incorporates fresh fruit, dairy, and whole grains to make quick snack. This can easily serve main dish for a school lunch but it’s also sweet enough to be a dessert. I love recipes that serve many purposes. Resist the urge to add sweeteners to your puree. If you have nice sweet strawberries, you should not have to have anything. Note the recipe makes several servings, but you may only need one or two at a time.   Baby Food Shortcut: If cut into tiny little peices this...

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Quick “No Can” Tomato Soup

Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in School Lunch Ideas, Sides | 0 comments

Quick “No Can” Tomato Soup

Over the past 1-2 years I have been reducing our family’s consumption of canned foods. The reason for this is that many canned foods can have detectable amounts of BPA (Bisphenol-A), a common chemical used in many plastics and also linings of cans used for food. The more acidic foods have more detectable BPA there is. There are a host of human health concerns linked to BPA exposure, including neurological problems, hormone disruption and cancer. In the past few years manufactures were mandated to take BPA...

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