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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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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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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Spaghetti Squash-Video

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in Sides, Vegetarian, Videos | 0 comments

Spaghetti Squash from Doctor Yum on Vimeo.   Spaghetti Squash is a very interesting squash with a unique consistency when roasted. Cut in half, remove seeds, and roast at 350 on a baking sheet (cut side down) until you can pierce easily with a knife. Remove, cool slighly and then “comb” the inside flesh with a fork. Strings of squash will appear, and they can be eaten just like spaghetti, served with  your favorite sauce. High in vitamins, and minerals this is a curious, mildly flavored squash...

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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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Canning Homemade Applesauce

Posted by on Sep 3, 2012 in Babyfood Option, Desserts and Snacks, Sides | 0 comments

Canning Homemade Applesauce

Apple season is upon us! Making applesauce is a great way to use all those apples you pick at the orchards.  Kids love applesauce, but so many of the store-bought varieties of applesauce have loads of added sugar and/or high fructose corn syrup. Making your own means that you control the sugar.  Use naturally sweet varieties of apples and you won’t need any sugar at all! Over the weekend we went to our favorite fruit grower at the farmers market and told her we want to make applesauce. She suggested we...

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Canning Homemade Salsa

Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 in Desserts and Snacks, Sides, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Canning Homemade Salsa

One of my goals this summer was to learn how to can a few simple produce items.  Canning is a great way to preserve the abundance great summer produce, without relying on food in metal cans, which may have Bisphenol A, a compound added to the lining of cans. (There are widely varying opinions about BPA, but some researchers point to its endocrine-disrupting effects, especially in early fetal and childhood development). This recipe uses vinegar to help with preservation so a simple water bath canning does the job...

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Barbeque Kale Chips

Posted by on Jul 16, 2012 in Babyfood Option, Desserts and Snacks, Sides | 4 comments

Barbeque Kale Chips

  Kale is one of the most SUPER of the superfoods. If you think spinach is good for you, wait until you check out the stats on kale! With about 3 times the calcium, almost 4 times the vitamin A and 9 times the vitamin C per cup compared to spinach, kale is a nutritional powerhouse.   We had tons of it in our garden (until recently when the heat and some bugs took it out), so I started making kale chips regularly.  These chips are strangely crispy and addictive, but how can you mind, especially knowing how...

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Yummy Summer Rolls

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 in Desserts and Snacks, Recipes, Salads and Dressings, Sides, Vegetarian | 2 comments

Yummy Summer Rolls

My sister and I have always loved making summer rolls for family gatherings.  They are fresh, easy, and healthy.  Recently my friend Cheryl inspired me to make these again when she brought a beautiful dish of summer rolls she had created for a party.  I love making these because there is a lot of room to improvise with your favorite summer veggies. This recipe is vegetarian, but you could easily use shrimp, pork, or chicken along with the vegetables. These are also fun to make with kids.  They can easily help...

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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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Sweet Curried Carrots with Chive Yogurt Dressing

Posted by on Mar 30, 2012 in Babyfood Option, Sides, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Sweet Curried Carrots with Chive Yogurt Dressing

This is a great carrot recipe that was shared by my friend nurse Trina at our office at PL Pediatrics.  It combines the sweetness of honey with spiciness of curry.  The whole dish is cooled off with a greek yogurt dressing.  This would be great for an Easter Dinner (just make sure the Easter Bunny doesn’t get his hands on these delicious carrots!) The recipe originally comes from Better Homes and Gardens.    Baby Food Option Babies can be introduced to spices at a very early age, and roasting these...

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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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“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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Gnocchi with Butternut Squash and Kale

Posted by on Oct 11, 2011 in Babyfood Option, Entrees, Sides, Vegetarian | 1 comment

Gnocchi with Butternut Squash and Kale

  This is one of the BEST fall recipes I’ve tried in a while!!  It comes from Food Network Magazine. It’s a perfect way to mellow out kale greens, which are SO nutritious!  We made this with roast chicken on the side and fresh grape tomatoes.  There is a ton of kale, but if you have cooked with these kinds of greens, you know that they will wilt down A LOT, Just know they will all fit in your pan if you just give it a few minutes. If you added some white beans in at the end, I think it would...

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