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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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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Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

Posted by on Jan 24, 2013 in Desserts and Snacks, Gluten-free, Vegetarian | 4 comments

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

In our quest to keep improving our diet, our family has markedly cut down the sugar we consume (and I try to counsel my patients to do the same). But I have a confession. I LOVE chocolate (it’s a problem my whole family has!) As someone who eat a mostly healthy and increasingly vegetarian diet,  I still like to enjoy desserts from time to time and don’t mind indulging in small portions of a rich dessert.  However, I have found that with desserts I can find ways to make healthy substitutions (adding...

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Pumpkin Apple Flax Muffin (Gluten Free)

Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 in Breakfast, Desserts and Snacks, Gluten-free | 1 comment

Pumpkin Apple Flax Muffin (Gluten Free)

I have lately observed the increase in demand for gluten-free recipes.  Gluten is the protein found in wheat, barley and rye. More and more people are being diagnosed with gluten sensitivity, but want to be able to eat some of the recipes they love. I adapted this muffin recipe from one I found on bigeatstinykitchen.com.  It uses almond flour instead of wheat flour. Almond flour is pretty pricey, but can be made using blanched almonds and a food processor for a bit less money. I made a few modifications to this...

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Cornmeal Dusted Okra and Potatoes

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in Babyfood Option, Gluten-free, Sides, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Cornmeal Dusted Okra and Potatoes

This is a great recipe for those little ones (and grown-ups) who are not sure about okra. I call it “Intro to Okra.” This recipe idea come from my mother-in-law who lives in the South. It uses potatoes and okra lightly dusted in cormeal and then lightly pan fried (not deep fried). The results is okra with a crispy, textures with NO SLIME!  Pairing it with potatoes makes the dish a bit more approachable, as most kids love the taste of potatoes (what kid doesn’t love french fries?)  One of my...

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Oatmeal Breakfast Cakes

Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Breakfast, Gluten-free, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Oatmeal Breakfast Cakes

This recipe idea came from my friend Debbie who is a vegan and teaches vegetarian and vegan cooking.  I misplaced her recipe, but sort of recreated it the best I could. I hesitate to call these “pancakes” because even though they look like pancakes, they taste and feel quite different. They are dense like a bowl of oatmeal.  Imagine a yummy bowl of oatmeal that looks like a pancake!  I used almond milk which was delicious, and the banana adds a nice sweetness. I have a hard time getting Tiny...

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Mashed Potatoes and More

Posted by on Feb 24, 2012 in Babyfood Option, Gluten-free, Sides | 0 comments

Mashed Potatoes and More

Kids love mashed potatoes and they make a nice easy baby food too. This recipe uses root veggies mashed up with the usual mashed potatoes to create a more rustic, flavorful and nutrition-packed side dish. I modified the recipe idea, which I got from Cooking Light Magazine slightly to make it more user friendly, and added roasted garlic to bump up the flavor.  The result is delicious!  I like to keep some of the skins of the potatoes for more texture and added nutrition. Dr. Yum Tip Potatoes tend to be high in...

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Cara Talks about Risotto (with White Bean-Tomato Risotto Recipe)

Posted by on Oct 3, 2011 in Feeding Children, Gluten-free, Sides, Vegetarian | 1 comment

Cara Talks about Risotto (with White Bean-Tomato Risotto Recipe)

This week Cara, our vegetarian nutritionist, talks about a favorite dish in her house, risotto. Later this week I will post a butternut squash risotto recipe I tried recently. ____________________________________________________________________________ In my family, we LOVE risotto. Last week we had it for dinner 3 nights in a row. Risotto is one of those meals at a restaurant that falls under the “indulgence” category but cooking it at home allows you to enjoy the delicious, creaminess of rice and cheese...

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Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

Posted by on Sep 14, 2011 in Gluten-free, Sides, Vegetarian | 5 comments

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

                      These stuffed peppers make a delicious all-in-one veggie/grain side dish. One time saver is to use a quick-cook brown rice.  The other would be to use a coarse bulgar wheat, which is much faster to cook. I use a flavorful vegetarian sausage, but if you want to use regular sausage, then it can easily be adapted for meat-lovers. We found a smaller sweet orange pepper in the garden and stuffed this too.  It would be a great size for a...

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Nimo’s Chicken and Butternut Squash Stew

Posted by on Mar 7, 2011 in Babyfood Option, Entrees, Gluten-free | 0 comments

Nimo’s Chicken and Butternut Squash Stew

This is one of my favorite stews.  It started out as a foodtv.com recipe but I have changed it so much, I am willing to call it mine!  It uses a variety different vegetables and tender chicken thighs.  The butternut squash when simmered falls apart and thickens the stew nicely, imparting a sweet flavor.  Fresh thyme is worth buying for this recipe, as it really adds a different flavor than dried thyme. The turmeric is added for it color and also anti-inflammatory properties. This recipe makes for great...

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Pad Thai (Thai Rice Noodles)

Posted by on Feb 26, 2011 in Entrees, Gluten-free | 0 comments

Pad Thai (Thai Rice Noodles)

I have been making Pad Thai for years, ever since my parents had a Thai exchange student living at our house years ago when I was in college.  I have traveled to Thailand, my husband and I love Thai food, but we worry about taking the kids to a restaurant where they will not find anything they like to eat.  Pad Thai, a popular traditional rice noodle dish is very mild, pleasant and kid-friendly and can be a great starting point into Thai flavors.  The more traditional Pad Thai is make with tamarind,...

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Kiddie Chicken Curry

Posted by on Feb 26, 2011 in Entrees, Gluten-free | 3 comments

Kiddie Chicken Curry

Chicken curry was one of the recipes we tried at our first “International Food Night” with the Tiny Tasters.  I was a little worried about how the kids would like chicken curry, but to my surprise the kids were really receptive.  My parents were born and raised in Sri Lanka where curry flavors are used similarly to Indian food.  My mother came up withe recipe which uses very mild curry flavors and coconut milk. The curry takes on a yellow color from turmeric, a spice used in many South Asian and...

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Very Veggie Spaghetti Sauce (and Meatballs)

Posted by on Feb 23, 2011 in Entrees, Gluten-free, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Very Veggie Spaghetti Sauce (and Meatballs)

Very Veggie Spaghetti Sauce Most of the Tiny Tasters, with a few exceptions love spaghetti.  Spaghetti sauce is a perfect place to hide tons of nutrients.  This recipe is best made when you have time, like a weekend, because the sauce needs about 2 hours to simmer to get really good. This recipe has a TON of veggies. I would recommend chopping all the veggies in the food processor.  I use my mini food processor for this, and it works great with fast clean up.  When the veggies are really well minced and are...

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Simple Green Beans

Posted by on Feb 15, 2011 in Gluten-free, Sides, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Simple Green Beans

This is the simplest quickest veggie side dish, and is winner among the Tiny Tasters.  I boil the green beans until they are soft but still have a little crunch to them and then cook them down and season them with the garlic and salt.  It doesn’t get more simple than this. Green beans are a good source of fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C and Iron, among other nutrients.  Packaged trimmed green beans make this recipe even faster and easier. INGREDIENTS 12 oz green beans cleaned and trimmed 1-2 tablespoons...

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