Kitchen Spotlight: Apples

  In this “Kitchen Spotlight” post, we’ll take a snapshot look at an all-time American (and likely around the world in other countries) favorite: apples. Apples are a good source of soluble and insoluble fiber and contain phytochemicals (an example would be flavonoids such as quercetin). Carbohydrates are the main macronutrient, but apples also contain…

What’s in a Sweet Potato Leaf?

The answer is “lots”! This vegetable is eaten quite commonly in Asia – in some countries it is almost like the Iceberg lettuce or romaine lettuce of the West, but cooked. It has also been studied some in research circles, but mostly in Asia. Since sweet potato leaves are considered a type of dark green leafy vegetable,…

Zucchini Crisps

Here is a recipe that I would like to share with you that I originally found on foodnetwork.com and then adapted. It was an immediate hit with oldest daughter (then a toddler) and my husband! In fact, when I first served it, my daughter kept asking me for more – and she would usually barely…

Top 10 Ways (I’ve Found) To Eat Chili

  Chili has got to be one of the easiest, yet tastiest meals to make for the family. Throw it in the crockpot and it’ll be done by dinnertime. It’s also super versatile, because instead of just beans, tomatoes and onions, there are plenty of ways to make it even more nutrient dense. Try making chili…

Sweet Potato Kale Bean Patties

Here’s another easy to make plant-based, vegan recipe that packs a lot of nutrition for growing toddlers & everyone else in the family – Sweet Potato Kale Bean Patties! These egg-free, dairy-free and nut-free patties can be combined with lettuce, tomato slices, bell pepper slices and condiments to make a tasty bean burger. Serve these alongside…

Simple Dairy & Egg Free Birthday Cupcakes

A few years ago, when my eldest daughter’s birthday came up,  I thought it was a great opportunity to make some dairy- and egg-free birthday cupcakes. Not that my daughter had an allergy to cow’s milk or egg, but my past experience in pediatric food allergy research has granted me a heart for families with…