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Zucchini soups

I started this post in August…back when it was still summer and zucchini was the “it” squash.  Pumpkin has since taken over the food blog scene because fall has that effect even though it’s still 90+ degrees here.  #basic.  October is the best month of all months so pumpkin patches and hay rides are a week away.  Sooooo predictable.


Two zucchini recipes of Heidi’s have been on my radar: this Thai soup and this buttermilk soup.  Both are fairly simple, but since Kyle doesn’t like zucchini, it’s kinda like what’s the point?

But then P was in the kitchen with me making a pasta salad for a pot luck and he wanted to keep cooking after we were done….and so I asked him what he wanted to make…and he said soup!  In the past, he hasn’t really liked eating soup that’s very brothy and has only recently come around on it, but he “pretend cooks” soup ALL THE TIME.  So I asked what kind of soup he wanted to make and (looking at three HUMONGOUS squash on the counter) he said zucchini!  So I said SURE!  Let’s do it buddy!  And so we did.  And we were all Gwyneth Paltrow-esque in that we grew our own veggies, then chopped them up, simmered them in Earth Balance and olive oil, added a cup of coconut milk, salt and pepper, and pureed it, and ate it for lunch an hour later.  Oh, and he wanted his topped in bacon, because…


Everyone Loves Bacon.

I can’t believe that’s a real book, but we got it from the library because it’s hilarious that it exists.

Anyway, the soup was great.


I used a hand blender once it was all softened and it made a creamy dreamy base that can go in any direction (see the two links above!).  Which is why I froze a few jars of it after the three of us (not Kyle) had had our share for lunch.


Mine had coconut bacon on top, but I made some (real) bacon for P in the oven because he asked approximately 48903867 times for it.  He instructed me on how to make the soup (which I followed almost 100% – we didn’t have potatoes) which makes me think he has some chef tendencies in him.  Recipe development at the age of 3 seems impressive to me, but I’m biased, obviously. If given the chance, he might top every dish in bacon.  😉

The portions I froze (in three different mason jars) I’m treating as blank canvases, which I can doctor up using either of Heidi’s recipes…or a different one entirely.  And the best part of all, is that when I go to make them, most of the heavy lifting is already done so it will be speedy!  Freezing it plain is the perfect solution to using up a ton of zucchini (when your partner doesn’t like zucchini!) and not committing to one specific recipe.  Pretty stoked about this.  And I never would have done it had P not suggested it!  Good idea buddy!


I’m pretty lucky that we have the ability to grow lots of stuff on our own (hooray for our hippie ag town!) because I think it’s one of the reasons they are such veg-heads.  Produce makes up 90% of their (MASSIVE) diets.


^ They cleaned house when it came to the cucumbers and tomatoes from grandma and bumpa’s garden

Open Sesame


I have so much to fill you guys in on.  Like, SO MUCH.  I’m sorry I can’t seem to find the time to blog but P starts school tomorrow and the summer has been all about getting everything squared away for that.

For the purposes of this blog, that means…allergy trials!  And guess what!?!


Sesame is ALL CLEAR!

As you can imagine this is a total game changer. [See above: kiddo’s first sushi]

Hummus is back to it’s former role at the base of my dietary food pyramid.  Can I get an amen?!?!  And we are transitioning to a more plant based diet.  Can I get an amen?!  Weeeee.


I made potato salad last week with Sabra’s new sea salt & black pepper spread.  It’s perfect as a swap for mayo in nearly every use I can think of AND they have a few different flavors!!  So brilliant, right?  Sandwich making just got fancy!

To make it the most hands-off dish ever, I skinned three huuuuuge russet potatoes and cooked them (cubed) in the slow cooker over night.  The next morning I added diced celery and the Sabra spread.  Easy as that!


But with every up, there’s a down…and that happened a few days after P passed his sesame challenge when we were at an end of summer pool party pot luck.  I still don’t know the source of his reaction, but he had one (I brought food for him but he did have figs and chips from the table that may have brushed against dairy???).  In any event, he was fine thanks to Benadryl (we didn’t have to use an epi pen), but still.  It was a good reality check that we can’t be too lax despite the fact that he has outgrown so many allergens recently.  Can you believe all that remains are dairy and peanuts?!  Two very common food groups that are familiar to others.  [Sesame was the hardest because it is small, poorly understood/recognized, and hidden in everything – hamburger buns, crackers, Asian food, hummus – basically 80% of the food at the aforementioned pot luck had sesame in it, so thank goodness we’d already tested it!]


Because a few people have asked, this is the probiotic I (still) give P.  I blogged about it a long time ago and linked to the studies that led me to start giving it to him, and while I’m not sure there’s any correlation, it obviously hasn’t hurt.  It’s been over a year of it, and now I’m giving it to V too.  Obviously I’m not an allergist so please consult an MD before going rouge (like I did, ha).

So P is off to preschool tomorrow and I can breathe just a little easier.


He has this adorable lunch box that he picked out for himself.  Snacks on the top (apple slices and roasted chickpeas per his request), and epi-pen on the bottom.  His first day outfit is all picked out, complete with his snazzy allerbling bracelet.  And I am making pancakes because “it’s a pancake day”.  Wish me luck tomorrow!  I’ll need it (he won’t).

Gnocchi and table tennis

I always thought gnocchi had dairy in it…turns out I was wrong.  Who knew!?

IMG_9295Chef P sautéing spinach like a pro.


Gnocchi and beans for the whole family.


Excuse my ridiculous face below.  Last week we let P watch some TV because hello, it was the Olympics, which prompted some very serious table tennis matches between the two of us.


Yes, we are using coasters and there is no ball.  Pretend play at it’s finest.  I won’t lie to you…this is a completely standard portrayal of our antics.  Imagination > everything.  He even let me win a few 😉

You Suck At cooking

Have you guys seen these on youtube?

I saw a clip on Jimmy Fallon and was instantly in love.  Watch them, they are hilarious.


I haven’t been good about uploading pics but I just wanted to share that link.  But I’ve been cooking up a storm, obvs.  I don’t think I suck at it  😉


Tempeh for all.  Kimchi for my portion only…


V sprained her ankle and it’s been terrible to try to keep her off it.  Puzzles in her high chair are my biggest stall tactic right now (while I try to feed my own face).



P is starting school in a few weeks (!!!!) and while he is a fantastic self advocate for his allergies, this is the first time I will be away from him and trusting someone else to feed him.  It’s only a snack (and truth be told, I’m still planning to pack his food every day) BUT he will be around others who are eating (potential allergens) which gives me anxiety just writing it out here now.

Thanks to a LOT of teaching, I know he’s ready because…

-He asks if foods have peanuts, sesame or cow milk in them ALL THE TIME.  Like, even foods I feed him.  He knows those are his allergens and that he can’t eat them or he will be sick and/or have to go to the hospital.  He knows to ask an adult because kids don’t always know.  He has asked my parents a few times (even when my dad fed him a plum!) and he isn’t remotely shy about it.  Any opportunity I see for practice, I take, and he is very proactive…just last week he was eyeing the cakes and pastries in the Whole Foods case and wanted to ask the employee if any had peanuts, sesame or cow milk, so I encouraged him to go for it.  And he did.  And he wasn’t terribly sad about the fact that he couldn’t have any, but later told me I “could make him some for his next birthday just like the ones at Whole Foods”.  Yikes.  I have my work cut out for me!!

-He can tell the difference between all the nuts and can pick out which breads and crackers have sesame on them.  We practice this every time we go to a store with bulk bins or a nuts aisle.  He enjoys the practice and it makes him more confident.

-He knows what his epi-pen is and why he needs to have it with him.

-He has a super cool bracelet with buttons for each allergy that he shows off to everyone he can.  We got it a week ago so he could have it before school started and it’s been a focal point of conversation between him and family/friends/strangers ever since.  I’m pretty proud by how empowered he is by something that may otherwise be seen as a misfortune.


This bracelet is made by allerbling and I bought it on amazon.  It comes with 8 allergy charms including peanut, shellfish, wheat, dairy, fish, soy, tree nut, and egg (aka “the big 8”) plus 1 medic charm.  We had to purchase the sesame charm separately.  And there are other charms available too (like ones that say “I carry an epi pen” or latex, etc.).


It comes with two sized bracelets (toddler and child) and P fits in the smaller one easily…which means we have an extra (larger) one and lots of extra charms.  I feel very fortunate that he has outgrown so many allergens (he started with wheat, soy, and tree nut too).

I know I have a bunch of allergy mamas who read this blog so I’d like to give it to someone who needs it.  I feel very strongly that products like this exist because of the active nature of this community and I want to contribute so if you think your child would fit in a larger bracelet and would wear it, leave me a comment….I will choose someone to mail it to by the end of the month.

[You will have to purchase peanut and dairy for yourself because his is using those]