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Kwanzaa

EAT, holidays By December 29, 2009 Tags: No Comments

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held mostly in the United States honoring universal African heritage and culture.  It is observed from December 26 to January 1 each year.  The principles of Kwanzaa should be shared and circulated throughout all cultures, as these philosophies promote peace, community-building and self-growth. Kwanzaa consists of seven days of celebration, featuring activities such as candle-lighting and libations, and culminating in a feast and gift giving. Each day, one of the seven philosophies is contemplated. 

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Roasted Veggies

EAT, family meals By November 2, 2009 Tags: , No Comments

Fall is the time of year when we crave healthy, satisfying dinners. Root veggies are abundant at this time of year and can be prepared in lots of different ways.  A great way to eat root veggies is to roast them and use them as an accompaniment to a roast beef or chicken dish.  You can omit certain veggies if you don’t like them and add more of the ones that you do like.

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stone soup recipe

Stone Soup Recipe

books, EAT, GEAR, holidays By October 8, 2009 Tags: , , No Comments

Once upon a time, somewhere in post-war Eastern Europe, there was a great famine in which people jealously hoarded whatever food they could find, hiding it even from their friends and neighbors. One day a wandering soldier came into a village and began asking questions as if he planned to stay for the night.  “There’s not a bite to eat in the whole province,” he was told. “Better keep moving on.”

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Yogurt, Granola and Fruit Parfait

EAT, family meals, snacks By September 28, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , , 1 Comment

This one is really simple (so simple the kids can do it) and potentially super healthy. In a bowl or glass, layer or mix healthy yogurt, granola and fruit. There are organic varieties of all three available. This is a great recipe for breakfast or a snack for kids and adults alike.

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Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream

Canada, EAT, ROAM, snacks By September 21, 2009 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Molly Moon's Ice CreamWhile in Seattle (Washington) recently, Urban Mommies discovered Molly Moon’s Ice Cream and fell in love! The hand-made ice cream boutique has been featured in Bon Appetit magazine and features fantastic and creative gourmet and European flavours. There’s Birthday Cake and “Scout” Mint for the kids and flavours like Balsamic Strawberry, Honey Lavender and Rosemary Meyer Lemon for the big kids. The flavours–which include vegan sorbets–change daily and they have fabulously creative odd sundaes. Their prices are cheap and their portions are huge! Here’s a tip for ordering:

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Healthy Snacks

EAT, snacks By September 14, 2009 Tags: , , 4 Comments

We’ve been on a rampage lately.  Not to get the kids to pick up their socks, put the toilet seat down, or call if they’ll be out past ten (just kidding).  We’ve resolved to find some healthy snacks.  We thought it wouldn’t be a problem.  Whoops.  I will never forget my first outing to a ‘special event’ when Thomas the Train was in Squamish, and I took my 1 year old to see him.  I actually remembered diapers that day, but forgot the snacks.  I thought I’d be fine to purchase something.  After combing the grounds, I found cotton candy, chips, and mini doughnuts.

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Fitness Fettuccine Recipe

EAT, family meals By August 24, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Yields 4 servings.

Ingredients:

2 cups fettuccine noodles
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh chopped garlic
½ cup sliced onions
½ cup chopped green bell peppers
½ cup chopped red bell peppers
1 ½ cups sliced button mushrooms
1 ½ cups quarter chopped artichoke hearts (canned)
¼ cup white wine
2 cups raw spinach
1 ½ cups Stock Up Vegetable Stock
salt and pepper to taste
2 fresh chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon fresh basil

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Cut it up

EAT, snacks By June 6, 2009 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

We’re a bit lazy.  But clever.  The next time you need to cut up some of the baby’s food, don’t get out the cutting board and knife, then chop off your manicured nails while getting the pieces small enough for your little princess.  Put the food in a bowl and cut it up with scissors held vertically.  Throw them in the dishwasher and voila!  Manicure saved.  You can also do this with our easy first foods ideas, and freeze small pieces instead of puree.

Scissors are also a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen. Even child-safe scissors are a great option, held vertically, to chop cooked carrots or  beans into tiny pieces.

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