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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Chickpea Curry

Posted by on Feb 17, 2013 in Babyfood Option, Entrees, Vegetarian | 2 comments

Chickpea Curry

Chickpeas are a great source of protein and fiber, and at our house they have become a great meat substitute for our “meatless” nights. Without the saturated fat, hormones, and hefty price tag that meat can have, chickpeas can be a healthy and cheap way to start a meatless night tradition. This chickpea curry recipe uses curry powder to add flavor, cayenne pepper for a little heat and some coconut milk to smooth and mellow out the sauce. The result is delicious!  Budget Friendly: This recipe is not...

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Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Babyfood Option, Entrees | 0 comments

Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

I love this recipe for chicken noodle soup with kicked up Asian flavors. I found the idea for this recipe in a One Dish Meals by Food and Wine Magazine. I made some adjustments to make the recipe MUCH faster to prepare!  Make it mild for your young tasters, and serve with a dash of Sriracha (Asian hot sauce) to satisfy those who enjoy extra heat! Some of the ingredients, like the udon noodles, fish sauce and Sriracha can be found in the Asian aisle of your grocery store (I found everything at Wegmans). Shopping...

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Pasta with Chickpeas and Escarole

Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 in Babyfood Option, Entrees, School Lunch Ideas, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Pasta with Chickpeas and Escarole

I have been looking for more vegetarian recipes as our family is eating more meatless meals. When I’m looking for vegetarian recipes, I try to be mindful that we are including enough protein. This recipe uses chickpeas, which are high in fiber and protein, and I also chose a pasta made with Kamut (an ancient variety of wheat) and quinoa, which also increases the protein by 8gm per serving. I found this recipe in Food Network Magazine, and made a few minor adjustments. A few of my tiny tasters complained...

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Friteenie Frittatas

Posted by on May 3, 2012 in Babyfood Option, Breakfast, Entrees, Sides, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Friteenie Frittatas

I have a lot of swiss chard growing in the garden. I asked friends for ideas on how to use it up, and one good friend suggested making frittatas.  Of course!  Like a giant baked omelette, frittatas are a wholesome vegetarian meal that can be served for breakfast or dinner. They are also a great way to use up extra veggies.  While I started making frittatas I saw a great egg muffin idea from a wonderful facebook page called, “Help! Mom’s on a Health Kick!”  Then it occured to me that I could...

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Spinach Gnudi

Posted by on Mar 23, 2012 in Babyfood Option, Entrees, Uncategorized, Vegetarian | 2 comments

Spinach Gnudi

I would like to thank a fellow physician and bonified chef, Sonali (aka “The Foodie Physician“) for lending me this fantastic recipe and allowing me to try it on the Tiny Tasters. Gnudi is a cool Italian dish that is basially a “nude” ravioli! Think of a big ball of spinach ravioli filling, cooked like pasta, and served with sauce and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Delicious!! I let some of my Tiny Tasters try it, and it went over quite well. Some of these tasters were a little hung up on...

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Sloppy Joe Sliders

Posted by on Mar 14, 2012 in Babyfood Option, Entrees | 2 comments

Sloppy Joe Sliders

My kids have never had Sloppy Joes, so when Chef Kirsten shared this “healthified” version from her awesome website, La MesaVida, I knew I had to give a try! I changed the recipe ever so slightly according to what I had available.  My nine year-old is still not completely sold on peppers, onions and mushrooms, but I find if I chop them really well in the food processor, they don’t bother him as much.  I chopped each veggie in my mini-food processor, but you could just as easily throw them all...

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Veggie Tempeh Stir Fry over Udon Noodles

Posted by on Mar 8, 2012 in Entrees, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Veggie Tempeh Stir Fry over Udon Noodles

Tempeh has become a new staple at our house. It’s cheap, easy to cook, and a great meat substitute.  After my kids asked me to cook more vegetarian meals, I have been searching for alternative sources of protein.  I haven’t been able to get the kids fully on board with tofu, but tempe was much easier sell.  I think the more firm, meaty texture is a bit more familiar, and it tends to soak up the flavor of sauces nicely. I tried this recipe on a few new Tiny Tasters today, with some great reviews...

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Very Veggie Turkey Meatloaf

Posted by on Feb 15, 2012 in Entrees | 0 comments

Very Veggie Turkey Meatloaf

  This is a very easy turkey meatloaf recipe that packs in a TON of veggies.  I can get other nutritious ingredients like flaxmeal and wheat germ into this recipe too without compromising the taste.  Sometimes I will use some whole wheat breadcrumbs or quinoa mixed in.  This recipe has a lot of room for interpretation, so try adding other vegetables you may have on hand. Dr. Yum Tip Try making these in cupcake pans.  It will cook faster and everyone can have their own portion with their own individual...

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Red Beans and Rice

Posted by on Feb 10, 2012 in Entrees, Vegetarian | 2 comments

Red Beans and Rice

This is a great go-to vegetarian recipe that tastes like comfort food but is actually very healthy. The original recipe came from a 2009 Cooking Light magazine. I made a few adjustments to suit my family. First, we have decided to curtail our use of canned goods because of concerns about BPA (Bisphenol-A) exposure. Instead of using canned diced tomato I used 3 medium fresh tomatoes which I diced myself (the result was great). I also used dried beans instead of canned. If you are also concerned about BPA but...

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Brown Sugar-Baked Spicy Salmon

Posted by on Feb 6, 2012 in Entrees | 3 comments

Brown Sugar-Baked Spicy Salmon

This is a salmon recipe I threw together one night after a long active winter day.  The kids just loved it, so I tried to re-create the recipe it the best I could.  Several dry ingredients are blended together and then rubbed onto to the salmon. This is a similar method to how ribs are made. My kids have grown to love salmon, although fish was not their favorite thing at first. If your kids are not too keen on fish yet, start with mild white fish like tilapia, and eventually make your way to salmon.  We try to...

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Crock-Pot Chicken Marbella

Posted by on Jan 11, 2012 in Entrees | 6 comments

Crock-Pot Chicken Marbella

This Spanish chicken has been a top secret recipe in my family for years. It was given to my mother by her dear friend, Francesca who is Spanish. Whenever I make this recipe it gets RAVE reviews, and even better it’s a favorite of kids. The original recipe was written as two steps, with the chicken is marinated overnight, and baked the next day with the with the wine and brown sugar. I rewrote it as a one-step crock pot recipe. The result is just as good as the original and SOOOOO easy. It needs about 5...

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Moroccan-style turkey and chickpeas (over couscous arugula salad)

Posted by on Jan 5, 2012 in Entrees | 1 comment

Moroccan-style turkey and chickpeas (over couscous arugula salad)

This recipe is a nice introduction to Moroccan style spices like cumin, cinnamon and coriander. Use a little dash of red pepper for young eaters, or kick it up more for those who like spicy. The original recipe idea came from Cooking Light. It was written as a lamb recipe. Ground lamb is sometimes hard to find, and can expensive. Turkey works well here as a substitute and is more universally appealing. Chickpeas add extra fiber and protein. When served over the couscous and arugula it is a complete meal. We...

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“Souper” Lima Bean Soup

Posted by on Nov 16, 2011 in Entrees, Sides | 1 comment

“Souper” Lima Bean Soup

This is a wonderful soup recipe given to me  by Dr. Pamela Mancini, who some of you know as your pediatrician at PL Pediatrics!!  Dr. Mancini is a good friend and boss, and she has taught me a lot of tricks of the Pediatrics trade over the years.  She also has shared some cooking tips and recipes (she’s a GREAT cook!) I love this recipe because it’s easy, cheap and VERY comforting. You have to know you are going to make it the night before so you can soak the beans, but otherwise it’s an easy...

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