Yummy, Gooey Mochi Sauce

My friend Jen came over to cook with me last week. We have both been needing some richness to help us feel more satisfied with our meals. In my last post, I talked about how children need this richness, too. I think this recipe is a great one to add to your list of super simple sauces. Continue reading

Satisfying Cravings for Richness

Lena has started requesting certain things in her lunch, specifically manna bread and field roast rounds. Both foods are similar in that they give her body some richness and a chewy texture. This has caused me to rethink a bit about what I need to be providing in her meals so that she feels nourished and satisfied.

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My goal for Lena is to help her body feel satisfied with lots of whole grains, vegetables, legumes and moderate amounts of local fruits. Continue reading

Curried Lentil Soup

We all need those recipes that satisfy a broad range of different tastes and ages. This is one to take note of. Everyone I know loves this soup, including adults, teenagers and 3-year olds. It’s easy to make, but has a lovely mix of flavors and is a step up from a more traditional lentil soup.

IMG_20140220_160403I discovered this Curried Lentil Soup Recipe in Bon Appétit a few years ago. The only thing I change is to leave out the butter and use Home Cooked Beans instead of canned.

This recipe is also the first time I came across adding puréed beans to a soup. The combination of whole lentils with puréed garbanzo beans is brilliant. The idea lends itself to all sorts of combinations and is especially helpful for vegan families trying to add creaminess to soups and other dishes. I think puréed white beans would add a yummy, mild creaminess to a lot of different soups.

One think to adjust in this recipe is the amount and spiciness of the curry powder. I tone it down for most children. Curry powders can vary in spiciness, too, so taste yours before adding the full amount or add more if you wish.

Enjoy!!

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Simple Barley Soup
Turnip and Kale Soup with Leeks

Steamed Bread with Carrot Jam

Whether the bread you eat is gluten-free, vegan or otherwise, baked flour can be really hard on our bodies. The process of baking is drying and hardening and it can do the same thing to our bodies. This is especially true if the bread is toasted.

However, if you steam bread it becomes softer and more hydrated. It’s easier on your body and easier to digest.IMG_20140130_152727

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Onion, Lotus Root and Carrot Kinpira

I haven’t met very many children who don’t like lotus root. With its neutral flavor and fun almost-crunch, it’s fairly kid-friendly if you can get them to try it. Plus, it has a super neat wagon wheel shape unlike any other vegetable I know.IMG_20131022_091453

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