Posts in category "Food & Nutrition"

Peep cake: How to guide for a fun treat kids can make

Peep cake: How to guide for a fun treat kids can make
Ah, spring time. There are a few sure signs announcing that this beautiful season has arrived: birds chirping, flowers blooming and marshmallow Peeps lining the shelves of the grocery store. My tween and I decided to make a Peep cake last year, inspired by this one. They looked elaborate. I had my doubts, but my... Read more »

Yes, Virginia, there are gluten-free, vegan treat recipes tweens will love

<b>Vegan Peppermint Black Bean Brownies</b>
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Yield: 40+ mini-muffin bites
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1 package Zemas Gluten-Free Cocoa Teff Pancake &amp; Waffle Mix
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1-15 oz can organic black beans
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½ t. sea salt
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2 c. palm sugar
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1 c. cocoa powder
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4 t. instant coffee or espresso powder
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2 bars NIBMOR Dark Chocolate Mint bars, chopped
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1 t. pure vanilla extract
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½ c. water
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1 ½ c. walnuts or hazelnuts(chopped)- optional
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1 jar India Tree Peppermint Crunch candy
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Pre-Heat oven to 350, grease a mini-muffin pan.
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Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.  Drain the black beans until the water runs clear, place the black beans back in the can and fill to the top with water.  In a blender, puree the black beans, water, an additional ½ c. water and vanilla.  Add puree to the dry mix and combine.  Add chopped Nibmor bars and nuts (optional).
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Fill mini-muffin cups 2/3 of the way and bake 8 minutes.  Take out and sprinkle tops with Peppermint Crunch candy.  Lightly push down candy into top of muffins.  Place back in oven and bake 4-5 more minutes.  Let cool 10 minutes in pan and then transfer to cooling rack.
Today’s guest poster Jill Motew answers the question of what holiday treat to make for kids with diet restrictions, because although kids love holiday treats, some need those treats to be gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan. Not only do these fun holiday recipes meet those requirements, they are yummy for all kids. Tasty and inclusive? Sounds... Read more »

Easy pumpkin pie recipe is simple, delicious and prize-winning

Easy pumpkin pie recipe is simple, delicious and prize-winning
“The only thing sweeter than victory is victory a la mode.” That’s the tag line of Chicago’s South Side Pie Challenge and let me tell you, it is the truth. My tween and I were elated when our pumpkin pie earned a ribbon at this year’s pie challenge. We had never entered a pie contest... Read more »
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What my tween made and learned from our Farmers Market Dinner Project

Peas, please! These were better than Brussels sprouts.
Back in July, I wrote about turning my tween loose at the farmers market with money and challenging her to buy and make our family dinner for the evening. At the end of the first month, she asked to do it again. I said we’d do it monthly.  I’m happy to report that this weekend... Read more »

3 great websites for adolescent child development info and parenting tips

3 great websites for adolescent child development info and parenting tips
Even before birth, parents are often wondering if their child is normal and if they are hitting developmental milestones (or for those tracking such things in utero, whether the child is the size of the appropriate vegetable). That wondering doesn’t stop after you and your children have outgrown the What to Expect books. Parents of... Read more »

What I wish I'd known about the school lunch menu before school started

What I wish I'd known about the school lunch menu before school started
I worked hard to get my tween’s first few days of junior high off to a great start. I was Ms. Back to School, covering everything from decorating lockers to walking her schedule to make sure she knew where she was going. I tried to cover all the bases, including having weeks worth of lunch... Read more »
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Healthy, easy after school snacks to fuel your tween

<strong>Popcorn</strong><p></p>

I know it seems simple, but popcorn is a whole grain healthy snack. Popcorn provides about 4 grams of dietary fiber for every 4 cups of popped corn. You can read more about the health benefits of popcorn <a href="http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/healthy-benefits-popcorn-4376.html" target="_blank">here</a>.<p></p>Skip the microwave version and pop it yourself. You can even pop a large amount on the weekend and bag into individual servings for the week. We like using our olive oil mister for a superlight coating with a dash of salt, but experiment with seasonings - Parmesan, cinnamon, chili lime, or an Italian combo with basil, parsley, garlic salt. Check out more seasoning suggestions at <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/popcorn-seasoning-mixes-112365" target="_blank">Food.com</a>.
Tween Us has received requests for ideas for healthy after school snacks, and we are happy to oblige during our back to school series. The bad news is that I went to law school, not culinary school. The good news is that there are all kinds of culinary school grads out there offering up ideas... Read more »

What happened when I turned my tween loose at the local farmers market

What happened when I turned my tween loose at the local farmers market
Looking for a summer project that keeps your tween occupied and learning, benefits the family and satisfies your tween’s need for control while making your life easier? I’ve got one for you! I’m a fan of having tweens help with meal preparation, but this Saturday, I took things a step further. I took my tween... Read more »

8 ice cream facts in honor of National Ice Cream Day

8 ice cream facts in honor of National Ice Cream Day
This summer’s stifling temperatures  make National Ice Cream Day a welcome treat! National Ice Cream Day is the third Sunday in July, or sundae Sunday.  In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated the third Sunday in July National Ice Cream Day and designated July as National Ice Cream Month. He called for all people of the... Read more »
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Summer boredom buster: ice cream project

Summer boredom buster: ice cream project
Tweens have a tendency to get bored over the summer, and nothing really sounds all that exciting or interesting to them. Several tween parents have found themselves with kids wanting endless entertainment and parents who simply do not have the time, energy, finances or inclination to provide three months of nonstop thrills. This weekend my... Read more »