Thai Spring Rolls

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(Originally published May 2012 on Healthy Kids).  I am so thankful for my wonderful neighbors, Ken and Donna, who shared this awesome spring/summer recipe with me.  It is so fun and festive, yet very easy to prepare.  You have to make sure to get your hands on the rice paper (Three Ladies is the brand Ken and Donna recommended to me, available in some grocery stores but … [Read more...]

Spring Green Drink

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It is definitely spring time, and it is that time of year when you should really make an effort to boost the "green" intake of everyone in your family.  My favorite green drink for kids is still the Green Machine, but I was looking for something that might be even more of a cleansing drink during this springtime season.  (Hint:  parsley is considered a highly cleansing food).  … [Read more...]

Refreshing Quinoa Salad

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My son's favorite whole grain is quinoa, and I'm thrilled that he loves its nutty flavor (and fantastic nutritional profile, especially protein!).  I'm always trying to find something new to do with quinoa.  This salad might be fun for kids as the veggies are raw and therefore very crisp and crunchy.    Here's how to make it: *Cook up some quinoa in your rice cooker *Wash and … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Smoothie

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This is the featured recipes for my Healthy Kids Corner Radio Show with Ryan Redman on March 10.  (Yes, St. Patrick's Day is the 17th, but the show will not air on the 17th as that is KDPI's slot to interview our mayor Nina Jonas). Enjoy this fun green smoothie! Ingredients: 4 pitted dates 1 cup almond milk 1/4 avocado pitted Handful spinach Handful ice 1/4 tsp … [Read more...]

Colorful Carrot Hummus

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A guest post by Julia Goodhouse. Hummus can be one of those lovely blank canvases that is brighter and better when paired with other flavors. This carrot hummus is from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's "River Cottage Veg" cookbook and it's delicious. The roasted carrots and tiny drip of honey add sweetness, the toasted spices give it a satisfying warmth. Ingredients: 1 … [Read more...]

Veggie Burgers

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(Re-published in February 2015 as the Featured Recipe for the Healthy Kids Corner Radio Show on KDPI 89.3FM). Original post (October 2014):  As part of the Food Unit at Community School, 8th grade students learn about the food chain, food's impact on the environment, and how each and every one of us "votes with our fork" several times a day in the world of food economics. … [Read more...]

Festive Turkey Sliders

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If you are looking to feed a diverse crowd (think adults AND children eating from the same menu), Festive Turkey Sliders might be your ticket.  We made these recently in advance of an "after party" at our home when a few families came over to eat following a holiday performance.   I was to attend the performance, so I needed to have something warm and delicious ready upon our … [Read more...]

Winter Greens with Citrus Dressing

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This is a wonderful side dish for the winter months when you crave just a little more color and zest.  Grab the best and freshest greens you can find (we can still get some from our greenhouse here in January, which is amazing!) and make this dressing: Ingredients: 1/4 cup fresh orange juice 2 T fresh lime juice 2 T fresh lemon juice 2 T rice wine vinegar 2 T … [Read more...]

Vegetable Lentil Soup with Poached Egg

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A Guest Post by Julia Goodhouse.  Re-printed from original post dated January 15, 2013. When traveling to other countries it always surprises me how different the breakfast are from our standard American fare: grilled vegetables, baked beans, stir fry and soups are common breakfast foods.   Why not try something different in the New Year? Happy 2015! Vegetable Lentil … [Read more...]

Birthday Moroccan Stew

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Re-printed from original post dated January 3rd, 2012. Gluten-free/Dairy-free! My daughter’s birthday is on new Year’s Eve, and she turned ELEVEN this year!  We are having a big party for her next weekend, but for “her night” she wanted to have a friend sleepover and have a special dinner.  One of Elena’s favorite foods is garbanzo beans/chickpeas, so I starting planning … [Read more...]