The Doctor Yum Project Programs

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Uncategorized, Videos | 0 comments

We are pleased to announce the opening of the Doctor Yum Project Kitchen (pictures coming soon!) We have created this video for our Grand Opening to showcase our programs.

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Every Day is Halloween

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Feeding Children, Obesity, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Every Day is Halloween

I have noticed there are some strong, opposing camps when it comes to how parents approach Halloween. There’s the “You’re only a kid once, so let kids eat whatever they want on Halloween” camp. Then there’s the “We should only pass out water and fruit on Halloween” camp. I would say I’m somewhere in the middle. I LOVE Halloween. I also love partaking in a few KitKats, Twix and Butterfingers. It reminds me of being a kid, and the excitement of Halloween night. It was a special time when we got...

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Dyeing Easter Eggs with Natural Foods

Posted by on Apr 4, 2012 in Feeding Children, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Dyeing Easter Eggs with Natural Foods

For young kids, getting used to eating good whole food can start by playing with it. This past weekend we dyed Easter Eggs using common whole foods.  It was fun and interesting for the kids to see what colors could be made with the foods we eat everyday. My husband said to me, “The colors aren’t bright like the fizzy tablets you buy at the store, but it doesn’t seem to matter.  The kids are having a ball!”  While we dyed the eggs we noticed some natural textures and patterns emerging....

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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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Curried Pumpkin Seafood Soup

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Entrees, Uncategorized | 4 comments

Curried Pumpkin Seafood Soup

  This is a great Thai-inspired seafood soup that uses pumpkin or butternut squash. I adapted this recipe from one I found by Nigella Lawson. You can vary the amount of spice depending on your family’s taste.  I would start with just one tablespoon of the curry paste and add more later if it’s not spicy enough. One tablespoon was perfect for my kids who are 5 and 8 years old. This can easily be made with salmon, but tonight I used a white fish (halibut) and some shrimp.  The white fish will be...

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Grilled Shrimp Kabobs with Pineapple and Cherry Tomato

Posted by on Jun 29, 2011 in Entrees, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Grilled Shrimp Kabobs with Pineapple and Cherry Tomato

This is a VERY easy marinade that goes well with shrimp.  Feel free to use other veggies and fruit on your kabobs. Nectarines or peaches would work very well.  Be careful not to marinate the shrimp too long, as it will get mushy. INGREDIENTS 1 lb shrimp, peeled (tails on or off) 10 large grape tomatoes 1/2 Pineapple, core and cut into 3/4 inch slices and quartered 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar 1 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon sesame oil DIRECTIONS Place soy sauce, rice wine vinegar,...

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Baked Zucchini and Tomatoes

Posted by on Jun 12, 2011 in Babyfood Option, Sides, Uncategorized, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Baked Zucchini and Tomatoes

This is a great summer recipe that uses what is in the farmer’s markets right now. I will admit this was a FAIL with my kids. The veggies take on soft texture that my kids did not enjoy. I’m am only publishing it because it has been a SUPER YUM with adults! Maybe other kids will find it appealing, too.  Plus, it’s so pretty when served and looks more fancy than it really is! You can use yellow summer squash or even better use yellow zucchini if you can find it.  This has a brighter color and...

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Farmers Markets Teach Lessons to Kids

Posted by on Jun 1, 2011 in Feeding Children, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Farmers Markets Teach Lessons to Kids

Over the past 6 years that I have lived in Virginia I have watched my local farmer’s market grow from a just a handful of farmers selling produce to a vibrant market with 35 different vendors selling a variety of plants, produce, meats, cheeses, and baked goods. The farmer’s market is my favorite place to take the kids on a Saturday morning. We have gotten familiar with some of the farmers and learned from them about their produce.  Frequently vendors will offer samples of different produce and other...

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Green Hummus

Posted by on May 18, 2011 in Sides, Uncategorized, Vegetarian | 1 comment

Green Hummus

Some people don’t believe me when I tell them my kids eat hummus. Just watch my video on radishes and you will see the kids happily dipping raw radishes into green hummus. Hummus is a Middle Eastern dip made of chickpeas, tahini (sesame seed paste), garlic, and lemon juice. This recipe was given to me by my sister, and the twist with this recipe is the addition of chopped spinach. It gives the hummus a bright green color and gives it an extra nutritional punch. This is a delicious, nutritious dip for...

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Pasta with Asparagus, Peas, and Spring Onions

Posted by on May 9, 2011 in Entrees, Sides, Uncategorized, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Pasta with Asparagus, Peas, and Spring Onions

This is a perfect creamy but light pasta for early spring, which uses the veggies we are now seeing in the farmer’s market. This recipe comes from this month’s Cook’s Illustrated, and could not have arrived a better time. With a little nudge from my friend Danielle, I joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).  Together we bought a share in Snead’s Farm (in Fredericksburg, VA)  which to our delight still had a couple of shares left in late April. For nineteen weeks get a weekly share of what was...

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Escarole and Orzo Soup with Turkey Parmesan Meatballs

Posted by on Apr 18, 2011 in Entrees, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Escarole and Orzo Soup with Turkey Parmesan Meatballs

I got this recipe from my friend Rose.  It’s like an Italian Wedding Soup with flavorful meatballs, mild veggies, and rice-shaped orzo pasta.  I was recently invited to a friend’s home for the weekend and I took this for all the kids.  They ate it up and wanted seconds!!   This is a great soup that has plenty of good nutrition, but has comforting easy flavors for kids.   I used escarole as a break from spinach, which we eat a lot of.  The escarole has a slightly tougher structure, so it stands...

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