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Curried Cauliflower Bowl with Creamy Curry Sauce

So it all started when I was born… I remember those days well. JK – did I get you?! I HATE recipe pages that start with stories from childhood!! Anyone else just scroll past? Yup me too. So I’m gonna get right to it and share this killer recipe that I made the other night which has NOTHING to do with my childhood because I don’t think I ate a curry dish until I was 23 years old lol.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped and rinsed
  • 1.5 cups shelled edamame beans (I used frozen)
  • 1.5 cups cooked rice (I used the ancient grain mix from costco that cooks in 10 min)
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil (or melted coconut oil)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream + 2 Tbsp whole milk (I wanted to use tahini + water but didn’t have it on hand so I used sour cream + milk)
  • 2 Tbsp curry spice (mine is mild)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1/2 tsp cayanne
  • S&P
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

Directions:

Preheat airfryer OR oven to 400 degrees. Mix half of all the spices in with avocado oil and pour over cut cauliflower, toss until mixed. Air fry for 7-8 min, toss then air fry again for 3-4 min (at 400 degrees, I did mine in 2 batches so it cooked evenly. You can also roast in the oven at 400 degrees for 15 min, stir and then again for 5-7 min until crisp).

Meanwhile while cauliflower is cooking steam or microwave edamame beans and once cooked add a pinch of salt and set aside. Finally mix the other half of the spices plus lemon juice with sour cream and milk (or tahini and water) and let sit. Once all components are cooked layer them into a bowl. I layered the rice first, then spread the edamame beans and cauliflower and topped with the sauce. This meal is excellent served deconstructed for little ones with the sauce as a dip.

I absolutely LOVED this dish and next time will go heavier on the spices and likely use potatoes as well cooked alongside the cauliflower to get crispy and spiced too. This dish took me about 15-20 minutes total and will likely become a staple in our home because it’s using ingredients we almost always have on hand.

Cooking meals with Chef Claire Tansey

Today I am talking with Chef Claire Tansey all about cooking and how it can be simple and tangible for busy parents. Claire gives you tips on how to uncomplicate dinner as well as her back pocket dinners. She also dives into cooking with kids and how she has started a class specifically for tweens to start getting confident in the kitchen.

Check out Claire’s website www.clairetansey.com or find her on Instagram @tanseyclaire. Here are her back pocket dinners that she has so graciously shared for just listening to this podcast! Also if you have a tween and are interested in her kids camp click here use code NFL20 at checkout for $20 off. If you want to sign up for her FREE De-Stress Dinner Challenge in September click here!

Want my FREE picky eating guide? Click here to get instant access!

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Loving the podcast but looking for more?

Head over to my Instagram account @nutrition.for.littles where I drop almost daily content helping you change the mealtime environment in your home (make sure to watch my stories where I teach and explain in more detail!)

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Also if you liked this episode share it with your friends and family because it really does take a village to raise kids and it helps when your village is all on the same page!

Thanks for tuning in, until next week mamas!

Help your little like cucumbers

Little one not a fan of cucumbers? Maybe they can take them or leave them… Try this simple recipe to add cucumbers to their diet!

Try a Greek-inspired dip to add interest to cucumbers!

Shredded Cucumber Tzatziki:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber shredded (can increase or decrease this based on their acceptance)
  • 1 cup plain whole fat Greek yogurt
  • 1tsp minced garlic
  • 1Tbsp lemon juice
  • Pinch of kosher salt (coarse)
  • Optional: 1/2 tsp minced dill or mint

Directions:

Shred cucumber and squeeze & pat dry. Stir all ingredients together, let sit for 10-15 minutes (the longer the better).

Serve with favorite veggies (even more cucumbers!), pita bread, bagels, and tortilla chips as a dip or spread onto sandwiches or wraps.

Picky eater tip: Let them shred the cucumber with your supervision, or let them stir it all together and watch the cucumber ” disappear”. 

Also, if the green color of the skin is too much for them in the dip, peel first. Over time, each time you make this dip, peel the cucumber less and less before shredding increasing their acceptance more and more each time.

Want more help with your picky eater? Check out my 5 Secret Weapons For Picky Eating on my Podcast.

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Throwing food

In case you missed it! This is an episode all about food throwing, I have been getting a ton of DMs lately asking what to do when you little one is throwing food. I give you the top reasons I have seen as to why they might be throwing food as well as strategies on how to stop the food throwing! This is a repost of an episode that aired on January 13, 2021 but it is still so relevant because so many of you have been asking about it.

Ready to learn how to help your littles eat new and more foods? You can enroll in my Table Talk picky eating program RIGHT NOW. Click here to learn more and enroll!

Click here to enroll in Safe Beginning’s online CPR course. Use code Alyssa20 for 20% off.

If you haven’t yet make sure to subscribe to my other podcast The Mama Well yes I have two!

Loving the podcast but looking for more?

Head over to my Instagram account @nutrition.for.littles where I drop almost daily content helping you change the mealtime environment in your home (make sure to watch my stories where I teach and explain in more detail!)

Hope this episode was helpful for you! If it was it would mean so much to me if you left a written review it only takes you a second but helps other mamas just like you!

Also if you liked this episode share it with your friends and family because it really does take a village to raise kids and it helps when your village is all on the same page!

Thanks for tuning in, until next week mamas!

Raising healthy independent eaters

This podcast first aired on The Mama Well (my other podcast), I wanted to bring it over here because it has such good information! I talk about developing and protecting you little ones ability to eat independently which we are all born with this ability! I give tips on how to normalize sweets in the house as well as how to reverse or prevent picky eating in our kids. I also touch on safe food cycling and meal and snack routines.

Want my FREE picky eating guide? Click here to get instant access!

Have you tried Daily Harvest? I am loving their smoothies! Click here and use my code NUTRITIONFORLITTLES for 40% off!

If you haven’t yet make sure to subscribe to my other podcast The Mama Well yes I have two!

Loving the podcast but looking for more?

Head over to my Instagram account @nutrition.for.littles where I drop almost daily content helping you change the mealtime environment in your home (make sure to watch my stories where I teach and explain in more detail!)

Hope this episode was helpful for you! If it was it would mean so much to me if you left a written review it only takes you a second but helps other mamas just like you!

Also if you liked this episode share it with your friends and family because it really does take a village to raise kids and it helps when your village is all on the same page!

Thanks for tuning in, until next week mamas!

Food Allergies Have Doubled: Here’s what you can do

Did you know the number of food allergies have DOUBLED over the last generation?! I know as a parent food allergies can be a scary topic but it’s also important because there is so much we can do to help food allergies from developing

If you’ve heard me talk about food allergies then you’ve probably heard me talk about how imperative it is to expose our babies to potential food allergens “early and often” that’s the phrase I use because it’s what the research supports.

In fact the best chance we have against food allergies is to not only provide these foods to our children from when they start solids but also make sure we’re offering these allergenic foods often.

I don’t know about you, but when I had my first baby I felt like a maniac trying to make sure I was offering the top allergenic foods often enough. It felt like a race I couldn’t win.

It was easy to offer foods like peanuts, wheat, milk and tree nuts but the rest were more rarely found in our home which means it was more rare that our son was exposed to them.

If I knew a product like SpoonfulONE existed I would have wanted a mom friend to tell me, and so that’s the exact reason I’m telling you.

If as a registered dietitian who was dialed in on offering allergenic foods regularly couldn’t keep up, I know everyday moms that have enough on their plate already are finding it hard too.

Let me tell you how the Mix-ins work (one of my favorite SpoonfulONE products). You simply mix in 1 packet to what your child is already eating. It can easily be mixed in to foods like oatmeal, smoothies, mashed potatoes, purees, or any other relatively wet food your baby enjoys.

This little Mix-in packet (or scoop) is a great tool to keep in your back pocket to know you’ve got your bases covered. Haven’t had shrimp on the table in awhile? No problem, the m<ix-in packet has you covered.

What that means is that consistent exposure is necessary to help prevent food allergies from developing in the first place. 

You can introduce common allergens a few ways. You can start usign SpoonfulONE right out the gate. Or, you can introduce them as whole foods first. Some families like to wait a day between introducing each food. That’s fine, just don’t wait too long before moving onto the next food. Once you’ve gotten all the allergens introduced, you can move right into SpoonfulONE to help make consistent feeding of common allergens easier.

The SpoonfulONE products include 16 of the top allergens which include almond, cashew, cod, egg, hazelnut, oats, milk, peanut, pecan, pistachio, salmon, sesame, shrimp, soy, walnut and wheat.  

Like I said, it covers the bases! 

If you’d like to try the SpoonfulONE Mix-ins or any of their other products you can check your local Target or Walgreens or simply order directly online by clicking right here. You can also check their store locator to find a store near you.

I know the stress of food allergies can weigh so heavy on us, I know this can help.

Sleep with Ashley

This week I am talking with Ashley from Heaven Sent Sleep, her goal is to help parents have less anxiety about their child’s sleep. We are covering all the hot sleep debates! You definitely don’t want to miss this one!

If you want to follow Ashley you can find her on Instagram @heavensentsleep or on Facebook at Heaven Sent Sleep. She is offering you a code if you decide to work 1 on 1 with her you can get 15% off if you use code: nutrition, also if you buy her course you can use the same code to get $25 off.

Ready to learn how to help your littles eat new and more foods? You can enroll in my Table Talk picky eating program RIGHT NOW. Click here to learn more and enroll!

Click here to enroll in Safe Beginning’s online CPR course. Use code Alyssa20 for 20% off.

If you haven’t yet make sure to subscribe to my other podcast The Mama Well yes I have two!

Loving the podcast but looking for more?

Head over to my Instagram account @nutrition.for.littles where I drop almost daily content helping you change the mealtime environment in your home (make sure to watch my stories where I teach and explain in more detail!)

Hope this episode was helpful for you! If it was it would mean so much to me if you left a written review it only takes you a second but helps other mamas just like you!

Also if you liked this episode share it with your friends and family because it really does take a village to raise kids and it helps when your village is all on the same page!

Thanks for tuning in, until next week mamas!

Calcium

So what is calcium? How much does my little one need? I have gotten asked a lot of questions about calcium so today I am breaking it all down for you! Did you know that dairy isn’t the only source of calcium? I give you a variety of foods that you can serve your little one and know that they are getting some calcium in their system.

I talk about another podcast all about milk, click here if you are interested in learning more about it!

Want my FREE picky eating guide? Click here to get instant access!

Want to try Dino Bars for yourself? Grab a pack by clicking here and use code Alyssa10 for 10% off.

If you haven’t yet make sure to subscribe to my other podcast The Mama Well yes I have two!

Loving the podcast but looking for more?

Head over to my Instagram account @nutrition.for.littles where I drop almost daily content helping you change the mealtime environment in your home (make sure to watch my stories where I teach and explain in more detail!)

Hope this episode was helpful for you! If it was it would mean so much to me if you left a written review it only takes you a second but helps other mamas just like you!

Also if you liked this episode share it with your friends and family because it really does take a village to raise kids and it helps when your village is all on the same page!

Thanks for tuning in, until next week mamas!

Fear picky eating cycle

Let me know if this sounds familiar, you had a baby who ate pretty much everything but now your toddler is refusing foods or meals even. Then a fear creeps over you that they aren’t eating enough or now they wont eat certain foods so why serve them? Does that sound about right? Tune in to find out how to end the fear picky eating cycle!

Want my FREE picky eating guide? Click here to get instant access!

Have you tried Daily Harvest? I am loving their smoothies! Click here and use my code NUTRITIONFORLITTLES for 40% off!

If you haven’t yet make sure to subscribe to my other podcast The Mama Well yes I have two!

Loving the podcast but looking for more?

Head over to my Instagram account @nutrition.for.littles where I drop almost daily content helping you change the mealtime environment in your home (make sure to watch my stories where I teach and explain in more detail!)

Hope this episode was helpful for you! If it was it would mean so much to me if you left a written review it only takes you a second but helps other mamas just like you!

Also if you liked this episode share it with your friends and family because it really does take a village to raise kids and it helps when your village is all on the same page!

Thanks for tuning in, until next week mamas!

Vitamins

Should you give your kids vitamins? I cover best practices when using vitamins and how to best incorporate them if your little one needs them.

Ready to learn about my Table Talk program? Click here to learn more and enroll!

Want to try Dino Bars for yourself? Grab a pack by clicking here and use code Alyssa10 for 10% off.

If you haven’t yet make sure to subscribe to my other podcast The Mama Well yes I have two!

Loving the podcast but looking for more?

Head over to my Instagram account @nutrition.for.littles where I drop almost daily content helping you change the mealtime environment in your home (make sure to watch my stories where I teach and explain in more detail!)

Hope this episode was helpful for you! If it was it would mean so much to me if you left a written review it only takes you a second but helps other mamas just like you!

Also if you liked this episode share it with your friends and family because it really does take a village to raise kids and it helps when your village is all on the same page!

Thanks for tuning in, until next week mamas!

3 things I wish I did differently!

We learn from mistakes, right? I am about to share 3 things I wish I did differently with my kiddos and hope you can learn from them too. 👀

Firs thing is first – IF YOU ARE FEEDING your kids, you are doing it RIGHT. However, there is always room for growth, right?

Here is my list –

  • Be intentional about introducing allergens!
    • …And not just the big ones. We often introduce things like dairy & wheat and not as much intentionally with things such as selfish & soy.
    • It is worth it to be methodical & strategic in introducing the top 8 allergens. See the graphic below to refresh the top allergens:
  • Be intentional about a meal & snack schedule!
    • It is easy to feed on a demand – giving a snack whenever they cry, are fussy, etc. – but this doesn’t set them up for long term success.
    • Start a schedule as early as 6 months & firm it up over time up until 18 months of age.
    • Personally I wish with my littles that I firmed it up around 12 months of age!

  • Worry less!
    • If your child is in the “thick of it” with picky eating, don’t worry. They do come out the other side. Consistency matters and is hard, but it is worth it.
    • You can let it go and take a deep breathe. We have time and can work on this together!
      • …And a personal specific that I wish I didn’t worry so much about – don’t worry or force them to use utensils. They will! It is a learned skill over time.

That is it! Those are my top 3.

If you are interested in REALLY digging deep with me Table Talk is the place to do it. Feeding kids shouldn’t be this hard. Picky eating can take over your life, feeling like every meal is worse than the last. It’s time to reclaim your kitchen tables and actually start enjoying meals together.

Alright mama! Thanks for reading. If this was helpful be sure to share with your friends and family. If you’d like to dig deeper visit the link below to listen to the podcast episode where I share deeper on this topic –

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4sGMf21Fdrsh4e8nwOk7X8?si=d3437eaddd004ea3