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.
By Leslie Jonath and Frankie Frankeny
Nothing embodies the earthy flavors of autumn more that mushrooms. This soothing recipe, from Comfort Me with Apples by Gourmet editor in chief Ruth Reichl, is as delicious as it is simple to make.
While 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:
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.
Yields 4 servings.
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
Yum. What’s the next best thing to Mother’s milk? Check out Vitala. Vitala Milk is BC’s only all-natural milk and it gives you the additional health benefits of DHA Omega-3 and Conjugated Linolic Acid. The special Abbotsford Vitala cows are fed with enriched grain, and treated with kid gloves. Or plastic ones, anyway. (Are you laughing?) The great thing is that this milk is especially perfect for children who are transitioning from breast milk or formula.
With meals this good, we certainly won’t say a word. One of the golden rules of pregnancy is to stock your freezer for those first few months. If you’re not the chef-type, or are simply too busy (or ill), you can still check this one off your list. Dinnerworks and Fresh Dish allow you to assemble meals in advance – either in person or have them delivered to your door.
Costco offers a box of twelve packs of frozen edamame (soybeans). We throw ours in a frying pan without oil or butter. Simply heat through and spice with salt, pepper, or any herbs and spices your kids desire. Squeezing the beans out is fun for the kids, and it may just buy you enough time to make dinner!
“Take no advice.. follow your own instincts.. use your own reason, to come to your own conclusions” – Virginia Woolf.
This week is shaping up to be “postpartum visit week.” Lots of wee boys (and their tired mums) to visit. I’ve also heard from clients whose babies range in age from three to eight months.
French Toast for Kids. Try this one with cinnamon raisin bread for a fun twist to the traditional. Changing things is a great way for kids to ‘rediscover’ foods that they may not have liked the first time.