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Summer harvest

July
19

Our first harvest of the season included eggplant, arugula, basil and cilantro.

The kids joined me in putting together an arugula salad, and we decided to add red grapes and pine nuts for color and crunch. For the dressing, we whisked together olive oil, vinegar, Worchestershire sauce, paprika and a pinch of sugar. Delish!

Posted by Swapna Venugopal on Sunday, July 19th, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
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Farm-to-table (The 2009 version)

July
15

Don’t want to jinx it, but I can hardly resist the first glimmer of hope in my organic vegetable garden.  This is our second year, and buoyed by our beginner’s luck last year (click here for the earlier post), we went all out  this time—with a raised bed and fence.

And the results, so far, are encouraging.

Check out the green tomatoes and the skinny eggplant!


Oh, and we already harvested some arugula last week! I’ll post pictures of the salad soon.

Posted by Swapna Venugopal on Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
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Feast your eyes!

November
20

Thanksgiving is just a week away, and I’m looking for inspiration to carve out a menu.

Loyal readers of my posts (yeah, the two of you) know that I run a vegetarian household, and will not be stuffing a turkey.

We’ve invited a couple over (who are also vegetarian and therefore will not be bummed by the missing traditional centerpiece) for Thanksgiving dinner.

Every year, I find myself cooking up new plans for a tasty centerpiece dish. We’ve tried Tofurkey (Tofu Turkey) before and found it not to be very appetizing. So this year, I’ve settled on Basil Pesto Lasagna.

Here’s what I’m planning (both appetizers and desserts will be store bought):

(And because this is a blog about kid nutrition, let me quickly add that my kids love every item on this menu!)

HORS D’OUEVRES / APPETIZERS
•Spincah puffs
•Samosas

DINNER
•A thick harvest soup (made with onions, potatoes, carrots, celery, corn, pumpkin and V-8 juice).
•Basil pesto lasagna.
•Spicy roasted red potatoes with garlic.
•Roasted asparagus with Parmesan cheese.
•Mashed potatoes with sour cream and chives.
•Basmati rice pulav with carrots, beans and corn, topped with cashews and raisins.
•A spicy coconut milk stew with potatoes, carrots and tomatoes.
•Raita–a bowl of yogurt into which I add diced cucumber and freshly chopped cilantro.

DESSERT
• Pumpkin pie
•Cranberry tart

Suggestions for future centerpiece dishes, anyone?

Photo Credit: Seth Harrison, The Journal News

Posted by Swapna Venugopal on Thursday, November 20th, 2008 at 12:11 pm |
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The trouble with greens: A breakthrough!

October
18

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about how we were having trouble getting greens back into Rafael’s diet.

This week, a modicum of success: Green bell peppers.

Part of it, like anything with children, is the sales job.peppers-2.jpg

The day before Rafael tried the bell pepper for the first time, my husband talked it up. And told Rafael he couldn’t have it until the next day. We had a green bell pepper, but Rafael wasn’t allowed to eat it until the next day.

He really looked forward to trying it, with “special dipping sauce,” which was a creamy Caesar dressing we buy that has very little sugar in it.

Rafael enjoyed it a lot, calling it a cross between celery and broccoli.

He loves to eat celery with his mommy, with peanut butter on it (we buy the Costco Kirkland brand, which is nothing but crushed peanuts, no added sugar at all). He hasn’t really gotten into eating broccoli, even though he likes the idea of broccoli.

I loved the description, though.

Posted by Amy Vernon on Saturday, October 18th, 2008 at 9:30 am |
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