Archive for the ‘Cooking’ Category
Thursday, August 7th, 2014
If your garden is anything like mine, your zucchini has gotten out of hand. Lured by the idea of grilled summer squash, this spring I innocently planted two zucchini…plants? vines? monsters? and they have have completely taken over. I hack and I hack and still, they survive. Not only do they survive, they grow to unreasonable size. After vacation I returned to fruit that was as big as Winnie. Granted, she’s a chihuahua, but she’s on the larger size as far as chihuahua’s go; she’s big boned.
I stared that bumper crop in the eye. Then I did what everyone does when they have too much zucchini. I made zucchini bread. (more…)
Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
I like the versatility of avocado – how it’s filling, but healthy and can change a meal easily. Today I decided to make little avocado cups instead of a tossed salad. It looks pretty, comes together easily and is really tasty for lunch or a light dinner. You could also serve this on top of salad greens.
Avocado Tuna Cups (more…)
Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
I’ve been on a ‘hummus’ kick lately. I put the words hummus in quotes, since real hummus is made with chickpeas – but I’ve been trying a bunch of alternatives and they’ve turned out great. I love the taste of white been ‘hummus’ and green pea ‘hummus’, so this week I decided to make carrot ‘hummus’ – just in time for Easter!
Serves 4-6 generously (more…)
Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
This is the first Mac and Cheese recipe I ever made. I was 12 years old. Once I mastered it, I would make it for my family every couple of weeks. It’s simple, has extra gooey cheese and a secret ingredient that brings me right back to my childhood. My kids gobbled it all up.
Thursday, February 13th, 2014
This year’s Valentine’s Day is very special. Why? Because our oldest has outgrown her allergy to strawberries. I’ve never seen a kid so happy. Chocolate covered strawberries and towers of delicious strawberry shortcakes will taunt her no more. To celebrate, we’re whipping up a big ol’ batch of scrumptious strawberry muffins for breakfast. Yum!
If the kids are helping you cook, have them measure out all the ingredients. You can work in some math by giving them a 1/4 or 1/2 cup measuring cups or spoons and having them add the fractions together to make whole numbers.
You can also help them develop their fine motor skills by cutting up the strawberries, beating the egg and whisking together the wet ingredients. Let’s get cooking! (more…)
Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
On Valentine’s Day I like to do something small and fun, without offering a ton of candy. We thought making this strawberry smoothie would fit the theme, especially when cupid got involved.
Strawberry Smoothie (more…)
Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
If there’s one thing I love, it’s puff pastry. Not only is it a buttery indulgence, it’s readily available at the grocery store. Today the kids and I made cheesy puff pastry twists – easy, fun and oh so yummy!
Thursday, January 9th, 2014
There is no denying that kids crave starchy sweet, carb-o-licious food. I found a wonderful recipe for oatmeal cookies on the blog, The Voluptuous Vegetarian and was happy with the yummy, crunchy result.
I made minimal adjustments to accommodate what I already had in my pantry the first time I made it, such as a touch more flaxseed in place of the egg replacer and agave instead of honey. All of the ingredients are something that most cupboards could make room for after a trip to the health food store, or even to Costco. Coconut flour is high in fiber, making these a really healthy cookie. They are free of nuts, wheat, sugar, and are vegan optional.
Dave, Jen and their kids put together a fun little video to show you just how these cookies are made. Watch below (the recipe is written out at the end of this post)…
Only half of my batch made it to the classroom the first time I brought them into school, so clearly it is parent and teacher approved! Thanks to Stacey for her excitement and willingness to share this with the Classic Play Family! (more…)