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Posted on May 22, 2015 | 2 comments

Breakfast Sushi

Breakfast Sushi

When your family is on an elimination diet, it can be a real struggle (and that’s putting it nicely) to find foods they A) Can Eat, and B) Want To Eat. Those are generally mutually exclusive, especially with children. And husbands. And selves (oh, carne asada fries, I miss you so). This was a breakfast collaboration between my sushi-loving kid and me this morning. You can make it all yourself, or let the kiddos rip up the seaweed themselves and have at it. Do-It-Yourself food of any kind wins with kids. And husbands. And selves (less work for me!). Prepare this at your breakfast bar – call it a sushi bar – and it will be even more fun!   These are the ingredients. Nori, Lox, and Avocados. There’s your tri-cultural language lesson for the day. [Imagine a picture of an English cucumber here. This is a wonderful suggestion from my sous chef, age 6, who loves cut sushi rolls and thought this would add an authentic touch. It would also...

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Posted on Sep 19, 2013 | 0 comments

Easiest Roast Chicken Ever

Easiest Roast Chicken Ever

Easiest Roast Chicken Ever   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 45 mins Total time 55 mins   Crispy, golden, comforting chicken. Author: Sand and Table Recipe type: Main Course Cuisine: Americana Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 8 chicken thighs 2 tablespoons bacon fat 1 tablespoon Santa Maria seasoning Instructions Preheat oven to 425. Set your chicken on a paper towel, on a plate. Cover with another paper towel and press lightly onto the tops of the chicken pieces. Melt bacon fat in your roasting pan or a large cast iron skillet, over medium-low heat. Trim excess fat off chicken, if any. Put chicken in your pan. Turn it in the warm bacon fat. Sprinkle Santa Maria seasoning over all sides of the chicken. Put skin side down. Roast for 20-25 minutes and turn over. Roast another 20-25 minutes, until the skin is as brown as you like. (Don't go past 50 minutes total cooking time). Remove from pan. Cover loosely with foil to rest for 10 minutes. Crunch away!...

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Posted on May 15, 2013 | 0 comments

Hot Chai Cereal

Hot Chai Cereal

This is a sweet, spiced hot cereal. It is reminiscent of a dessert but with the addition of chia seeds and hemp seeds it becomes a powerfully nutritious breakfast. The swirl of maple syrup and pinch of salt salt round out the flavors without tasting mapley or salty.     If you don’t happen to have mulling spices lying around, or given to you as a holiday gift as we gratefully were, you can substitute allspice, cloves, and cinnamon. Buckwheat groats are a gluten free source of insoluble fiber, minerals and B vitamins. They can be found in the bulk aisle, or in a Bob’s Red Mill bag on the cereal aisle. You could substitute steel cut oats. Chia and hemp are becoming very common, either in bags at the grocery store (even Costco!), or online. For the kids, I omitted the brown sugar, and used whole milk rather than cream. They scarfed it up, not realizing their deprivation. I allowed myself those indulgent toppings and it was transformed from a breakfast cereal...

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Posted on Feb 5, 2013 | 0 comments

Mexican in Minutes

Mexican in Minutes

Need a quick, healthy meal everyone will love? Here you go: refried beans. From scratch. It’s almost as easy as opening a can of processed mystery beans. Non-mystery ingredients: 1 can pinto beans 1 cup broth or stock of any variety  (Omit this liquid and you’ll have a great bean dip!) 1 one small clove of chopped garlic 1 t salt, plus more to taste Drain and rinse the beans. Pop them into a food processor. Add the garlic and broth. Pulse (one second each) several times, until you like the texture. Add salt to taste. Transfer to a saucepan and heat gently.  Add more stock if the beans get dry on the bottom. Cook longer if it’s too runny. This recipe is easy to double.  We double it for our family of four. From there, you can make a quick burrito.  Simply roll the beans into a tortilla (from any grain) for a super quick, high protein, and easy-to-hold meal no kidlet can resist.  Add cheese and you’re guaranteed success....

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Posted on Jan 26, 2013 | 1 comment

Hawaiian Pancakes

Hawaiian Pancakes

What do you do when your kids are asking for cookies for breakfast? Sigh a heavy sigh of despair, then, set about making the next best thing to breakfast cookies: pancakes! Next, go to the kitchen, discover you are out of maple syrup, or anything you could mash together to make any semblance of fruit syrup. Normally, you just use warmed applesauce, but you are even out of that.  (Note to self: go to store!!) Create new plan for syrup: Gently heat a cup or so of honey, then turn off the flame. Spoon in a couple tablespoons of coconut oil (it will melt easily in the residual heat).  Put in a splash of lemon juice. Add a few drops of vanilla extract.  You’re out, like me? Add a few drops of almond extract. Even better. Notice a theme coming together. Start humming Tiny Bubbles by Don Ho. Next, slice some bananas and set aside. Time to mix up your pancake batter.  I use this one by Fannie Farmer (minus...

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