Research has revealed that meditation can actually change our brain. People in one study showed changes in gray-matter density in parts of the brain associated with memory, learning, sense of self, empathy, and stress. My kids learned to meditate in elementary school and it was really good for them. I am really excited that more schools are employing these simple tools to help kids focus.
Secret sauce recipe
The secret is the simplest homemade dressing.
1 part balsamic vinegar
1 part apple cider vinegar
Garlic (fresh is best, minced from a jar will work too)
I just mix all of this up in a pickle jar and keep it in the fridge.
Finally, I tell my kids that THE MOST important thing about cooking is to do it with love. From planning, to shopping, to plating it up and praying… everything infused with love, tastes better.
Gluten Free Fun Food
There are tons of recipes out there for homemade GF pizza dough but I admit, the number of flours required to manage decent baked goods has proven a bit much for me thus far. Big props for the food goddesses out there that make some fab crusts! I opt for UDI’s. I also opt for lots of fresh veggies, almond cheese and organic meat. My last yummy trick is to make a sauce with pureed veggies and herbs. Tomatoes, carrots, pumpkin, basil, oregano, garlic…
Here we have a salad made from a store bought rotisserie chicken, apples, cranberries, grapes, mayonnaise (very little) AND… pickled Jalapeños!
We made sandwiches and headed for the park. The criteria for an acceptable meal in my household is tasty, health and fun. This definitely passed the test. It was DELICIOUS.
Breakfast Recipe: French Toast
So, if you think this is a food blog, you’re about to be sorely disappointed. I am not a food diva. I’m a mom. A busy mom with a son who has some food restrictions. I have learned to LOVE to cook for my kids. They are such healthy, happy and willing, taste testers. It sort of turns the potentially stressful mealtime into something I look forward to.
You will not find exact measurements here. But you will find the ingredients I used and hopefully be inspired to experiment with what you have in your own kithcen.
Bread (I used Gluten Free)
Eggs (I use 2 whole, 2 whites)
Cinnamon (my kids really like it so I used about a teaspoon)
Milk ( I used Coconut, I might use, Hemp or Almond as well. By all means if you do dairy at home use it) about a tablespoon
Oil (Again I used Coconut, which adds a flavor that my kids love but butter or safflower would work too)
Scramble up the eggs, add cinnamon and milk. Dip the bread in so it’s coated well on both sides. Add oil into a frying pan and cook egg dipped bread. SIMPLE.
The fruit was made from some plums (I’ve done similar with berries) that were on their way out. (about 4 small) I cut them up. Added some red wine, honey, maple syrup, nutmeg and cinnamon. The sauce and plums reduces to the consistency of chuncky cranberry sauce. I’d made it the night before and stored it in the fridgde. In the morning I put it in a pan added some diced apples (I had 2 small green) a tad more syrup. Cooked till the apple were warm but still crumchy. Served atop the French Toast along side some turkey sausages.
This meal takes under 30 minutes and is always a huge hit. I can serve it for Breakfast or Dinner with cheers from the judgdes.
Trinity’s Purple Passion Shake
Being in the kitchen, making easy, healthy drinks and snacks really empowers my kids both physically and emotionally. We’ve been at it for years with soups, salads, movie snacks and shakes. Anyway, Trinity is 10 and soooo thrilled so many of my Facebook pals liked her idea.
Here is her recipe:
Trinity’s purple passion shake. Coconut milk, blueberries, bananas, agave and a pinch of cinnamon. Ice blended to frosty perfection.