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Kid Friendly Recipes Starches

Lowfat Potato Salad

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This salad is absolutely gorgeous when you use blue potatoes – it comes out a brilliant purple!

Bring to boil

1/2 cup filtered water or vegetable broth
1/2 cup white wine
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 teaspoon each sea salt and black pepper
6 coriander seeds or 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander

Peel and slice 1 red onion into 1/8 inch thick slices. Quickly slice 1 pound unpeeled potato into 1/8 inch thick slices and place into boiling water along with onion slices. Simmer, covered until vegetables are al dente, about 10 minutes. Dump vegetables into a colander set over a bowl. Discard the coriander seeds. Place the vegetables in a small bowl. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill. Pour 1/2 cup of the reserved liquid over vegetables and refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours. Before serving, taste and add sea salt and pepper if needed. Garnish with 2 tablespoons chopped almonds, pine nuts, or chopped pistachios before serving.

 

Kid Friendly Recipes Starches Vegetarian

Veggie Burgers

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Makes: 4 servings

Preheat broiler. Line broiler pan with aluminum foil and lightly coat with oil. In a large bowl, combine and mix well

3/4 cup shredded zucchini
3/4 cup shredded carrots
2 tablespoons minced onion
2 large cloves garlic, minced
15 ounce can fat-free refried black beans
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
1/4 cup egg white
2 tablespoons whole grain bread crumbs
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

If mixture is too moist to shape, refrigerate for 1 hour before shaping.

Shape mixture into 8 patties and place on prepared pan. Broil 4 to 6 inches from heat for 5 to 6 minutes per side, until lightly browned. These patties are great as a sandwich on a whole grain roll with lettuce, tomato, and mustard flavored mayo.

Try one of these condiments on your veggie burger:

  • pesto
  • tapenade
  • sugar-free pickle relish
  • other types of relishes
  • chipotle chilies in adobe sauce
  • roasted red bell peppers

 

Kid Friendly Neutral Recipes Starches

Make Your Own Instant Oatmeal

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make your own instant oatmeal packets

There’s no need to pay a higher price for single serving oatmeal or to settle for bland oatmeal because the flavored oatmeal has refined sugars or too much salt. You can easily make your own single serving packets of instant oatmeal flavored to your liking.

Put 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats in a blender and blend on high until powdery. Set aside in a small bowl, and repeat with an additional 1/2 cup oats. If you’re using a food processor, you can do 1 cup of oats at a time.

Put the following ingredients into each baggie: 1/4 cup un-powdered quick-cooking oats, 2 tablespoons powdered oats, and small pinch of sea salt. Store baggies in an airtight container.

To serve: Empty packet into a bowl. Add 3/4 cup boiling water. Stir and let stand for 2 minutes. For thicker oatmeal, use less water – for thinner oatmeal, use more water.

Variations:

Apple-Cinnamon: to each packet add 1 tablespoon unrefined sugar or sugar sub, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 cup chopped dried apples.

Sweetened: to each packet add 1 tablespoon unrefined sugar or 1 packet Nutrasweet.

Maple Cinnamon: to each packet add 1 tablespoon maple sugar & 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.

Raisin Maple: to each packet add 1 tablespoon maple sugar and 2 tablespoons raisins.

Health Nut: to each packet add 2 tablespoons each wheat germ and ground nuts.

Fruit & Cream: to each packet add 1 tablespoon cream and 1/4 cup chopped dried Fruit.

Fun Fruit: to each packet, add 6 or 7 pieces of “Fruit snack” type dehydrated Fruit.

Confetti: to each packet, add 1 tsp. decorative cake/cookie sprinkles.

Chocolate Chip: add 1 tablespoon grain-sweetened chocolate chips to each packet.

The above variations were inspired by Kaylin Cherry who is the editor/owner of three ezines, Real Food for Real People, Real Healthy Food for Real People, and Real Crafts for Real People. For free, daily email recipes, visit her at http://www.realfood4realpeople.com or subscribe by sending an email to: realfood-subscribe@egroups.com

 

One more variation:

add dried fruit to your instant oatmeal

Basic Information Kid Friendly Neutral Recipes Starches Vegetarian

All Veggie Chili

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This is a great recipe when you’re on the Last 10 Pounds, Jumpstart or Rotation Diet, especially since we tend to think of chili as comfort food, this chili sans beans and meat fools our brains into thinking it’s eating something high calorie that is actually a Free Food. Scroll on down to the Family Chili adaptation for an easy way to adapt this recipe to work for your whole family without cooking twice.

Stir together in medium pot and simmer until vegetables are cooked through, about 30 minutes.

  • 2 ~ 15 ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced or sliced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chili powder (if you won’t be adding the fresh tomatoes use 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 cup pureed red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon carob or cocoa powder
  • dash of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon each cumin and coriander
Garnish with finely diced roasted red bell pepper using 1/4 to 1/2 cup for each bowl of chili.

Living Food Chili: if you’d like to get more raw foods into your diet, try this trick:

The night before you make this stew put 4 whole tomatoes in the freezer. The next morning move them to the fridge or kitchen counter so that they can thaw. Make sure to place them in a bowl to catch the juices that will be released as they thaw.

Working over a blender or food processor bowl to catch the juices use your hands to remove and discard the tomato skin and core. Puree and set aside.  Stir into soup after removing from heat.

Black Bean Veggie Chili: stir in canned or leftover black bean soup at a ratio of 1 can black bean to 4 cans chili.

Family Chili: Set your portion of chili aside and add enough canned kidney or black beans or cooked ground beef to the remaining chili to satisfy the family.

Quick Chili – use the fresh tomato trick to freshen up canned chili.

High Protein Kid Friendly Recipes Starches Vegetarian

Using Leftovers: Make Wrapped Lunches

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One of my favorite ways to use leftovers is to make them into a wrap the next day. Here are some of my combinations. I italicized the items that are leftovers. Please feel free to share your own ideas in the Comments section.

Mexican Wrap

  • ww tortilla
  • cheese (I use soy cheese)
  • Spanish rice
  • beans
  • avocado
  • salsa
  • lettuce

Chinese Wrap

  • ww tortilla
  • rice w/ leftover sauce stirred in
  • any leftover dish (one dish per wrap)

  • layer leftover items over rice
  • micro greens or sprouts

Fast Food Wrap

  • ww tortilla
  • cheese or soy cheese
  • meat, chopped or cut into strips
  • salad
  • lettuce or sliced tomato if no leftover salad

Italian Wrap

  • ww tortilla
  • cheese or soy cheese
  • meat, chopped or cut into strips
  • veggies
  • salad
  • lettuce or sliced tomato if no leftover salad

Pizza Wrap

  • ww tortilla
  • cheese or soy cheese if no cheese in leftover items
  • pizza toppings (warm slightly to make it easier to scrape topping and cheese directly into wrap)
  • salad
  • lettuce or sliced tomato if no leftover salad


Look for Low-Carb Tortillas

Kid Friendly Neutral Recipes

Peanut Cream

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This filling has a peanutty taste with less fat than peanut butter and is more digestible than peanut butter alone.

Puree until smooth

  • 1 package (10.5 ounces) silken tofu or 8 ounces regular tofu
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons peanut butter

Use filling to:

  • stuff celery sticks
  • thinned with a little juice or nondairy milk and use as a Fruit dip
  • spread on whole grain bread or crackers for a sandwich, serve open-faced or top with another slice of bread or cracker
  • spread on slices of apple or pear

Variations:

  • add 1/2 a banana when pureeing
  • stir in dried Fruits such as: raisins, dried cherries, dried cranberries, chopped dried apricots, chopped dried pineapple, chopped dried apple, chopped dried dates
  • add up to 2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar when pureeing
  • use other nut or seed butters in place of peanut butter