Learning to cook … one kid at a time

Nutty Maple Granola June 30, 2011

Filed under: 'Nack! (Snacks!),For Helpers! — gastromami @ 3:35 pm

As part of my “heal my brain” strategy, I am trying to incorporate as many good fats as I can into my diet.

This means that, although I usually balk at the high price of nuts, I had to have some almonds, walnuts and pistachios on hand at all times.

(Fine with Ren, he’s an almond-freak!)

While I am perfectly content to eat them by the handfuls, I couldn’t resist this recipe from Eco.Logical.Mom that popped up on my Facebook newsfeed.

It had 3 things going for it:

I had almost all the ingredients in my cupboard

It looked yummy

Ren could eat the “dough” and I didn’t have to worry about it

Preheat the oven to 300˚

Roughly chop:

1/2 cup unsalted almonds

1/2 cup unsalted walnuts

1/2 cup unsalted pecans

Put it a large bowl and add:

1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup quinoa flakes
1/2 cup flaxseed meal (or wheat germ)
1/2 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup maple syrup
4 oz apple sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins


Spread on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray

And bake at 300˚

until golden (about 45 minutes)

Ren approved

(yep – we wear snowman pj’s around here when it’s 90˚ out!)


Being Married to a Chef … June 27, 2011

Filed under: Things that make me smile — gastromami @ 4:19 pm




all at the same time

I haven’t been posting, or cooking


since #2 came along

Mama has a bad case of the baby blues


until these “happy herbs” start working on my brain

we are just surviving

A very big “gracias!” to my wonderful,

overworked, overstressed

“Dada” of 2


on top of working 80 hours a week

has  been prepping omega-3 & iron rich dinners for his family

You know when being married to a chef doesn’t suck?

When you are eating nicoise salad & salmon sliders for dinner during the week

And he folds laundry


Pistachio-Chai Muffins June 6, 2011

Filed under: 'Nack! (Snacks!),Breakfast — gastromami @ 11:49 am

I love muffins.

Usually I just make my favorite Dutchy Crust Muffins

but when Cooking Light had a section on Healthy Muffins I just had to try these Pistachio-Chai Muffins

I actually had read this article and though – my mom would love these.

In fact, my in-laws were here and my father-in-law, Reni senior, loves bread so I thought this would be a great time to make some muffins!

The only problem is that I wasn’t sure whether it would be too much chai to enjoy with my normal afternoon chai latte?

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 chai blend tea bags, opened
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Cooking spray
1/3 cup shelled dry-roasted pistachios, chopped
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon water

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda & salt in a large bowl

Stir well with a whisk

Cut open 2 chai tea bags

Add tea to flour mixture and mix well

Combine buttermilk, butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 lightly beaten egg

Stir well with a whisk

Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and add the buttermilk mixture

Mix well

Divide batter evenly between 12 muffin liners, lightly coated with cooking spray

Top each muffin with pistachio nuts

Bake at 375˚ for 15 minutes, or until pick inserted in the center comes out clean

Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes

(place a pan or liner under the rack to catch any extra glaze)

In a small bowl mix 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, powdered sugar & 1 tablespoon water

Stir until smooth

Drizzle the sugar glaze evenly over the muffins


Ren approved!


June ONE June 1, 2011

Filed under: ONE — gastromami @ 8:35 pm

Reny is 2

Fiona is 7 weeks

* Inspired by Adventures in Babywearing