One of the most popular aspects of a Montessori private kindergarten is that children learn the skills and self-esteem necessary to take more control over their individual lives. One way they can do that is by practicing practical life skills such as measuring, cutting, cleaning up behind themselves, and maintaining an orderly food environment. Fancy […]
4 Fun and Easy Summer Snacks for Daycare
Snacks provide Montessori daycare children with an energy boost to help keep them functioning at their best between meals. In a Montessori setting, snacks are also a great way to hone practical life skills, learn about the origins of food, and enjoy an exciting and engaging break. Here are 5 ideas for summer snacks that […]
Healthy Lunch Options you can Make for your Kindergartner
Lunch is an important meal for kindergartners. Research has shown that eating a nutritious lunch gives kids the energy and stamina to get through the rest of the day. This means being better able to focus on classwork and less likely to have emotional issues, along with other positive benefits. For parents, the need for a […]
Creative Preschool Holiday Party Food Ideas
The holidays have officially begun, and that means it’s time to start passing around the snack plate. So if you have a party for your preschooler coming up, here are some fun and creative ways to celebrate with festive food and snacks. No. 1 – Snowman Juice Boxes If you’re looking for something simple, fun, and creative […]
Healthy Recipe – Yogurt Vanilla Bean Flan
Prep time: 50 minutes Bake time: 40 to 90 minutes (depending on size of dish) Cool time: 30 minutes Chill time: 4 to 48 hours Is it worth it? Yes! Looking for a dessert for your Cinco de Mayo celebration? Try this flan, made with greek yogurt it has a different taste and textures. Traditional […]
Recipe – Blue Chili Corn Crackers & Baby Blue Almond Corn Bread
The rain has returned to California this week and with it all the cold and dreariness it brings. Whenever it is cold, the warmth of comfort food beckons. I’ve been wanting chili and what goes so well with chili? Corn bread! Having almost a full bag of organic blue corn meal, I figured I’d try […]
Healthy Recipe – Sausage and Onion Strata
Prep Time: 25 minutes Chill Time: 1-24 hours Cook Time: 30 to 40 minutes at 350 *F A strata is a cross between french toast and bread pudding. It normally calls for day old french bread and can be savory or sweet. This version uses chicken apple sausage and whole wheat bread. It is quick, […]
Healthy Recipe – Tomato, Basil & Mint Vinaigrette
A few weeks ago, I met up with former co-workers for a life catch-up session. It was great! I really miss working with those ladies and it was wonderful to hear about the changes that had transpired over the last year. We met over brunch (my favorite meal) and I ordered a black walnut kale salad. I liked it except for the vinaigrette. For me, the vinaigrette did not complement the kale.
Recipe – Kale, Black Bean, and Corn Moons with Lime Cream Dip
These moons are based on the edamame quesadilla recipe, except I substituted fresh chopped kale for the edamame. Kale boosts the fiber content and makes it possible to enjoy two as a light lunch.
Recipe – Blueberry Multigrain Pancakes
Although I normally save pancake breakfasts for the weekend, I can’t help but make these during the week on occasion. They require no eggs and provide whole grains.
Jacked Tuna Asparagus Bake
Ahhh comfort food. We all have our favorites. For me, it is more than just mac and cheese. Feed me enchiladas or a casserole! Of all the casseroles my mother baked, I distinctly remembered one that had asparagus and was delicious!
Honey Broiled Figs with Vanilla Honey Yogurt
Total Prep Time: 7 to 8 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes Hand Label Score: 2 I LOVE FIGS! I can eat them all the time which is why I am saddened to see our fig tree slowly giving us the last of its fruit. During the height of harvest, we froze quite a few bags […]
Recipe – Purple & Red Bell Pepper Ranch Salad
Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes I love discovering different variations of vegetables and fruit at my local Farmer’s market. Better than the food samples at your local supermarket, vendors are proud to let you sample a slice of their juicy ripe nectarines, peaches, apples and other fruit. Although you may not be […]
Plum & Blackberry Prosciutto Salad
Serves: 2 Recipe can be doubled Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 7 minutes Inspired by a recipe on marthastewart.com, I picked my fresh plums and added a Meyer lemon infused olive oil/balsamic vinegar mix and fresh blackberries! The result was this sassy salad that will make you say “Hmmm…” Toss together in […]