Monday, October 27, 2014

Picky eaters?

Kids develop their eating habits by example, and by what is given to them on a daily basis. I've definitely fallen into the "convenience" rut of making my child pasta, and some form of wheat + dairy for breakfast each and every day. After all, it was easy, and what she liked. However, this constant intake of highly-refined, sugary foods, limited the willingness to try a variety of good, nutritious foods, namely vegetables. It took time to get myself out of that habit, but with a bit of time and patience, it wasn't too difficult. By introducing new foods gradually, I eventually expanded the variety of tastes and flavors in meals for my child (who now eats absolutely everything!) Perseverance was key, but without making food a "big deal" since ultimately it's about encouraging a life-long habit of good eating.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Veggie Pan-fried Dumplings

Have a picky eater? Dumplings are a great way to get those veggies in!
I've tried a few times to move away from the traditional pork and vegetable dumplings that I've been making for years, to a vegetarian option, but haven't had much success, as those dumplings always tended to fall to pieces when boiling them. My good friend, Karen, who has been vegetarian for over 20 years gave me the tip to cook all the vegetables first in order to remove all the excess water before stuffing the wrappers. I like preparing a big batch of dumplings to have in the freezer, as my "go to", especially now that the weather is starting to cool down. While I've never had the time to make my own wrappers, I'm sure I will get there one day, making a batch of gluten-free ones. ;) The dumpling filling is definitely tastier when pan-fried or steamed, especially for these farm-fresh veggie-licious ones. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Be informed

We have become so removed and de-sensitized from our food sources, do we really know what we are eating? What chemicals or ingredients are being added? What safety standards are being upheld? Why is it necessary to fabricate foods in a science lab to make them "enticing", addictive, and to last FOREVER?? It's interesting how we choose to be oblivious of where our food comes from.