Fiesta Casserole and Food and Fun

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At the December Food and Fun lesson for middle school students at Community School, we wanted to have a FIESTA and make Fiesta Casserole.  This dish is a favorite with the kids, and they were thrilled to learn that they can easily make it themselves.  We cooked our quinoa and brown rice in rice cookers so that the whole grains were warm and ready to go at lesson time.  The kids … [Read more...]

Summer Rolls

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  Generic Viagra Online Pharmacy In this hot weather, I’m still not in the mood to turn on the oven.  So I was inspired to create some yummy (and pretty!) summer rolls.  I have tried these in the past (the Thai Spring/Summer rolls), so I was excited to experiment with a twist.   I decided to focus on the sauce first, and I was looking for a nutty flavor.  Here is … [Read more...]

Pomegranate and Pumpkin Seed Tabouli

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This is the third and final recipe I’m posting in honor of Real Food Day 2012 on October 24, 2012.  (The first was my Pumpkin Pie recipe and the second was the Easiest Butternut Squash Soup recipe). Our public event for Food Day is TOMORROW!  If you are local to the Wood River Valley, don’t forget to use this special link on the Food Day CSPI site to sign up for the Celebrate … [Read more...]

Quinoa Summer Salad

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A recently rediscovered ancient "grain" (quinoa is actually more similar to a seed) native to South America, quinoa was once called "the gold of the Incas" who recognized its value in increasing the stamina of their warriors. Not only is quinoa high in protein, but the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids.  Not only is … [Read more...]

Southwestern Salad

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This delicious salad is great as a side dish or as a base for grilled chicken, steak, or shrimp. Ingredients: Brown rice, 2 cups dry (will expand when cooked) 2  T lemon juice 2 cups cilantro, chopped 1 ½ cups cooked corn (I defrost frozen corn) 1 can black beans, rinsed 1/3  of a red onion, diced 1 cup red pepper, diced ½ cup olive oil 2 T white or red wine … [Read more...]

Steamed Asparagus

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I have felt like I’ve neglected posting recipes using the rice cooker lately (I’ve been extremely obsessed with my slow cooker).  But don’t get me wrong, my rice cooker is working all the time too!  You know that I believe that the term “rice cooker” is a very misleading name for this wonderful cooking gadget.  Its name leads you to believe that you should take it out only when … [Read more...]

Zuchinni and Carrot Gratin

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Gluten and nut free.  To make dairy free, omit the cheese.  I am really on a roll trying to get more vegetables into my kids this year. They have some vegetables that they really love (carrots, tomatoes, corn, peas, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower) and some they really don’t (yellow squash, zuchinni, spaghetti squash, mustard greens, lettuce(!!), spinach and many others). So … [Read more...]

Fiesta Casserole

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Gluten-free/nut free! I am posting this recipe on Healthy Kids Ideas Exchange following a large gathering we had for my daughter’s birthday (party) this past weekend.   This recipe is so easy to make, and so easy to serve, thanks to the rice cooker and slow cooker.  Having the dish warm in the slow cooker meant that the kids could eat when they felt like it (and it was … [Read more...]

Birthday Moroccan Stew

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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 with this in mind.  I wanted to include lots of veggies … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Burrito Wraps

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To make this a gluten-free recipe, choose a corn tortilla instead of whole wheat. A nut-free recipe. My kids started at a new school this year in Idaho, and the school does not have a lunch service.  I’m certainly not upset about this lack of lunch service, since there are so many problems with the lunch service across our nation’s schools.  So I’m using my time-tested method … [Read more...]