Cooking for Kids: Noodle Soup

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February 10, 2017 by Sarah

This is what we’ve been eating a lot these days for lunch. It’s easy and can be pulled together in such a variety of different ways. I often get in little ruts with cooking, especially lunch, and then I remember that my kids are usually pretty simple in what they like to eat. They like soup and they love noodles. And on our recent stretches of cold, rainy days, I’ve been a fan too!

I thought I’d share to spark some ideas if anyone out there, with kids or not, is feeling a little stuck too.

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I always have chicken broth in my freezer that I make from all the roast chickens I make. I’ll try to share how I do it soon. I boil some noodles in the pot I’m using first, drain them, and then heat up the broth. I pull out any cooked veggies I might already have, or I’ll chop some up and cook it in the broth. This time I also had chopped green onion and I happened to have roast chicken.

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Noodles go in the bowl.

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Then the broth.

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Add the veggies, and voila, lunch!  I’ve been loving this because there are endless combinations. Last week I did it with bok-choy from the farmer’s market and sliced hardboiled egg as the protein. You can use thick noodles or thin. Spinach, kale, any cooked meats you might have.

My favorite is eating it with kimchi, it adds a spiciness to the broth that is so good.

Noodle Soup

This is more of a choose your own adventure than a recipe.

Broth- chicken, veggie, beef.
Protein- Cooked meats, hardboiled egg, fried egg, tofu
Vegetable- Broccoli, bok-choy, spinach, kale, chard, green onions
Noodles- any kinds that you enjoy in a soup

Heat things up and put them in a bowl. And eat. And enjoy.


Friday Quick Takes (vol. 28)

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February 3, 2017 by Sarah

one. I got to take Gianna and Caleb to our local farmer’s market this weekend and I was in heaven. Our market has everything from produce to eggs to meat and cheese and homemade pastas and dumplings. It’s pretty awesome, we loaded up!

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two. I have summer gardening on my brain, the kids and I pulled out our seeds (and bought a whole lot more) this last week and I’m slowly coming up with a plan. I like starting plants from seeds because of how much you save (versus buying seedlings/small plants), but also for the kids to see how it all begins, one small seed becoming the food that we eat.

three. Speaking of gardening, it you like to garden, this is a great Instagram account to follow. Especially if you live in the bay area, he gives so many helpful tips and shares lots of cool plant varieties.

four. The Art of Being Overwhelmed, basically sums up what I’ve been feeling these days as a mom of 3.

five. I have so many thoughts and feelings about the news this week, I’ve been grateful for conversations with trusted friends about it. I’ve felt a little stuck as a mom of 3 young kids, trying to figure out how to engage and respond. My friend Janice shared this list with me, Books to Help Kids Understand What it’s like to be a Refugee and when I saw it, I felt like reading these books would be one way for me to interact with what’s happening, with my kids nestled in my lap.

 

 


DIY Succulent Arrangement

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January 27, 2017 by Sarah

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One of my favorite places in the world is my Uncle’s home in southern California. These days, we get to travel down to visit a few times a year, and when I’m there, I’m always inspired. I have so many memories at my Uncle’s house, I still remember going to see it when it was on the market almost 20 years ago, and since then I’ve loved seeing how my Uncle has created it into a warm, inviting, space. It feels like home to me, a space where I can retreat.

These days since visits are more rare, I especially savor my time there. My favorite is spending time in his garden, my Uncle has created the most beautiful, lush landscape out of native plants, including many succulents. I am a succulent lover, and it all came from him.

My last time there this last month, he showed me something new he started doing, bringing succulent cuttings indoors by arranging them in vases or different sizes. He stuffs newspaper as a medium to hold the cuttings into whatever vessel he’s using to arrange, and then places the cuttings into it.

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And that’s it. No watering, succulents last for a month or two just like that. When they start to get droopy, just toss them out and redo if you’d like.

I was so excited to try it, I love bringing green indoors whenever I can. But I also don’t like things that are too fussy, even if it’s just a weekly watering! No watering at all, such a win, and it only took me about 5 minutes to put it together.

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Just find a vase, stuff it with a sheet of newspaper, cut any succulents you want to use, and arrange them in the vase. Then bring it inside and put it anywhere where you want a little splash of green. Mine is currently sitting on our fireplace mantel.

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Friday Quick Takes (vol. 27)

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January 20, 2017 by Sarah

one. Bookmarking this Taiwanese beef noodle soup recipe, it looks so good and perfect for Chinese New Year.

two. I’m currently reading The Color of Water: A Black Man’s tribute to his White Mother. It’s opening my mind to different cultures and experiences, I haven’t finished but I’ve been listening to it on Audible or picking up my library copy any chance I get.

three. I’m on the hunt for a new daytime moisturizer! Eying this one after reading this skin care post.

four. After getting Pat a Stitch Fix box (yes, they now have mens!) for Christmas. This is Pat’s new favorite brand. I’m really into it too.

Glad for all the rain we are getting but not glad for not getting to be outside with the kids as much these days. Cue the indoor activities! My favorite is collage making. I filled up an empty egg carton with things I found in the pantry, armed the kids with glue and paper, and they got to work. #momlife #collage #artsandcrafts

five. I’ve been going a little crazy these days trying to entertain the kids indoors. Yesterday I pulled together some collage supplies and remembered how much they love it. I wrote more about art with kids here a little while back. Any ideas out there for rainy day activities?


Warm-You-Up Tea

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November 18, 2016 by Sarah

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It’s getting chilly over here in the bay area, 63 degrees daytime highs! I’ve become such a cold weather wimp since my days growing up in Washington. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been making up a lot of batches of this homemade tea. My aunt introduced it to me last year. She had a slow-cooker of it that she kept on “warm,” and throughout the day she would ladle out mugs for herself and anyone else who wanted a warm drink. I loved it immediately. There’s sweetness from dried dates and spiciness from a cinnamon stick and fresh ginger. It reminds me a lot of Good Earth tea, except homemade.

I tend to run cold and the tea helps so much to warm up my body. Also as I’ve been sick, I’ve been adding generous spoonfuls of honey to my mug, and there’s been nothing else that’s been so comforting and soothing. The kids love it too! I also add honey to theirs as well as some milk, and an ice cube to cool it down for quite drinking.

Warm-You-Up Tea

3-4 dried red-dates (found in Asian-markets)
1 cinnamon stick
1-2 inch piece ginger, cut into pieces

Add the dates, cinnamon stick, and ginger to a medium pot. Fill up halfway with water, bring to boil and then lower to a simmer for as long as you’d like to drink it. You can continue to reuse it for a few more dates, just continue to add water and bring to a boil at the beginning of the day.

 


What We Ate

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November 4, 2016 by Sarah

I’m really enjoying the fall and the beginning of the holiday season. Persimmons, pears, and winter squash are all over our counter. The downside of the change of weather? Sick season, it’s upon us in full force. I’ll be making lots and lots of chicken soup in the upcoming days, I’m sure. Here are some recipes to share, happy weekend!

Breakfast

Oatmeal, simmered in the morning with a pinch of salt and cinnamon, and a small handful of raisins. Frozen blueberries added in the bowl help cool it down quickly for the kids, and sliced bananas and sliced almonds go on top.

French toast on a weekend morning.

Persimmon bread, thanks Seish!

Lunch

Red lentil soup over rice.

Quesadillas.

Chicken soup.

Dinner

Linguine with Shrimp Scampi: This was surprisingly super quick, a last minute dinner. I used spaghetti noodles, didn’t have parsley or lemon zest or slices, but it was fine! So tasty. For the kids, I added parmesan cheese and frozen peas to the hot pasta.

Pork Carnitas with Cabbage Slaw: This carnitas recipe is amazing, especially because it’s for the slow cooker. I don’t cook a lot of pork, but this is one of the exceptions. We ate it in burritos and also as tacos; black beans, sour cream, and salsa as other toppings.

Bean with Bacon Soup with Cheesy Bread: Did I say I don’t cook a lot of pork? Bacon is my other, much bigger exception. This is also easy to reheat for lunch.

Treat

Red velvet cupcakes, that aren't red because I can't handle how much red food coloring the recipe called for! So, brown "red" velvet they are. #inthekitchen #cupcakes #cupcake #dessert

Red velvet cupcakes for Pat’s birthday: This recipe was “eh,” anyone have a better one?

What I Bookmarked 

Tis the season for pumpkin.

Something to add to my easy, weekday dinner arsenal?

A warm, fall meal.

More pasta.

Roasted potatoes, some great tips in this one.

Persimmon jam!


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