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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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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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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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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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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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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Christmas Tree Veggie Appetizer with Lemony White Bean Hummus

Posted by on Dec 8, 2012 in Feeding Children, Salads and Dressings, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Christmas Tree Veggie Appetizer with Lemony White Bean Hummus

Around the holidays many of us are asked to bring food to holiday gatherings. Instead of bringing the usual chips and dip or Christmas cookies, how about a veggie Christmas tree with lemony Whity Bean Hummus! This 3-D appetizer piled high with veggies and surrounded by hummus will be a hit at the party and will delight kids. You can also feel happy that you are contributing a healthy item to your holiday gathering. I made this last night for a neighborhood Christmas party. My mom saw it and loved it, so we made...

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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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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 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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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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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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