Category Archives: Vegetarian Mains

The most divine minestrone soup !

We love minestrone – but this one was the best ever as we cooked it in the slow cooker. Enjoy! Crock Pot/Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup ( Low in Calories too – about 200 calories for 2 cups) Ingredients: 1 (15 oz) … Continue reading

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A new way to do Cauliflower and Broccoli – so that kids will LOVE them!

These tend not to be favorite vegetables although when they are cooked as below – they become really delightful and our grandsons love them! Give it a try! I have included some lower calorie options for you below – after … Continue reading

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Halloween is always such fun! This year was no different – just better! And a quick slow cooker vegetarian recipe!

The grand-kids start preparing weeks in advance – such excitement! Here they are – and of course we got into it too. Last year we were Mustard and Ketchup – this year we were – (what else!) Hot Dog and … Continue reading

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A great side dish for all seasons – but especially when cherry tomatoes and asparagus are plentiful

I love cherry tomatoes and this dish combines them with asparagus. Very good and fairly low calorie too! The kids were not crazy about it – but the adults loved it! Asparagus and Tomato Balsamic Side Dish Ingredients 1 pound … Continue reading

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Leftovers – some creative ideas with Basmati Rice

When we first got married 46 years ago, and especially living on frugal means in Canada for a year and then during our first years in the USA, we made do with lots of leftovers – and some of the … Continue reading

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Fava Beans – have you ever tried them? Very high in protein and delicious

Fava beans ( also known as Broad Bean) are  a pain to prepare since they have TWO skins – the green one that grows on the outside and then the skin that surrounds the actual bean.  They are a species … Continue reading

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Nectarines and Peaches from the Little Farm – the taste cannot be compared to those from the market

If you have ever tasted fruit from the tree – you know the difference in taste from the pasty, cardboard, hard and tasteless fruit that is offered to us for purchase in supermarkets. Even organically grown fruit is put into … Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Heaven – try this one! It is fast and easy – especially when cooking with kids

This is a good dish to serve with chicken or even as a dessert! I like it less spicy as an accompaniment and more spicy as dessert. Cabbage Pear Apple Slow Cooker Casserole Ingredients: 2 lbs red cabbage, shredded finely 4 large onions, peeled … Continue reading

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Cabbage Salad – with raisins – a healthy delicious side

We grow red and green cabbage ( as well as cauliflower, brussels sprouts and broccoli – all part of the same family). This salad is truly delicious. Try it! Ingredients: 1 head of white cabbage chopped 1 head of red … Continue reading

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Chinese Dinner – and our Chinese ‘adopted’ son Wang Xuezong – a successful entrepreneur in China

In 1987 I was fortunate to be invited by the Head of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China to Beijing to lecture on the Role of Technology in Entrepreneurial Companies. It was an amazing trip – and … Continue reading

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Cooking with kids – what could be more fun! Some summer recipes for you and yours

Cooking with my grand kids is the best fun – and what I love to do most. The mess is truly irrelevant – teaching good healthy habits -like cleaning hands before cooking, wearing a clean apron, cleaning all utensils before … Continue reading

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A most delicious salad with Roasted Home Grown Cherry Tomatoes – isn’t summer great?

We have an abundance of tomatoes – too much really. Take a look. The baby tomatoes were for the salad for which I have the recipe below – and the large ones were for the tomato soup ( also described … Continue reading

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Holiday Fun – Happy Holidays! Take a few hours and read Recipe Books! Then choose one – like this Apple Goat Cheese Pizza and cook with the kids!

Kids seem to love pizza. This one is pretty sophisticated but since my grandkids love my homemade cheeses, it is a good one for the family lunch when they are over to visit. Try it out and let me know … Continue reading

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Corn in Cooking with Kids – all year round

We love corn – fresh is best. But in the winter months when fresh is not available we will used canned corn too. Here is a great recipe – along with pictures of our older grandkids  ( Jack above and … Continue reading

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Homemade Tomato Soup – Yummy when Cooking with Kids!

Simple Fast Recipe for Tomato Soup Ingredients: Two onions chopped medium Two cloves of chopped garlic Better than Bouillon chicken stock – one tsp for 8oz of hot water – make up about 4 – 6 cups ( use Vegetable … Continue reading

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Peppers, onions, zucchini or squash, tomatoes, bread crumbs and gruyere make a super one dish meal – easy when cooking with kids too

Do you remember the post on August 12th when I described how to add chicken pieces to a delicious vegetable mixture?  http://rockingrandmamusic.com/fast-way-to-make-chicken-cook-up-veggies-when-they-are-in-season-freeze-then-add-chicken-pieces-in-a-skillet-for-a-quick-midweek-meal-cooking-with-kids Here is another variation on that recipe. To the veggie mixture instead of the chicken, add 1/2 cup  2% reduced-fat … Continue reading

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Try cooking with kids to engage them in healthy eating and family time – Artichokes are yummy!

Have you ever eaten an artichoke? Its fun! And children ( once they get the hang of it) love it!. They are easy to cook too. Just submerge them partially in about 2 inches of water in a pot, and … Continue reading

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Omelets – I never really liked them – but the kids do! And they are pretty easy to make – give them a try!

Omelets can be tricky. Some folks love them. My husband is one of them. I personally could live without them. Using only egg whites is a great way of getting the protein without the fat – lower in calories and … Continue reading

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Red Cabbage – two great recipes for cooking with kids – cabbage with feta and cabbage with raisins

We grow wonderful red cabbages in our Little Farm. Lots of them. And they are HUGE! So I am challenged in coming up with new recipes ( or adapting old ones) for using them. Here are two recipes that I … Continue reading

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Lentil Soup – a filling meal for lunch with the kids on a cold and rainy day – quick and easy! Vegetarian too! Good for Cooking with Kids

I did not know that I was a big fan of lentils until I started experimenting with them. WOW! They are easy to cook and delicious to eat. And full of protein, fiber and lots of other good things. They … Continue reading

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