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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.

2021 Holiday Gift Guide

I love gift giving, like a lot. Kids have made it MUCH harder for me to find time to THINK. I was going to add to that sentence but in reality that’s the truth – it’s harder to think.

Which means it’s harder to think of gifts for people I love. But it’s important to me that they feel seen, understood and valued and sometimes just the right gift to fit their personality can do just that.

So I wanted to share a unique gift guide for those people in your life that you’re wanting to make feel all those warm and fuzzy things! Although I will link some items here I also want to share with you a winning formula for how to come up with the most perfect gift for your situation.

Start with who they are to you. Then add who they are in general, what do they spend their time doing, what problems do they have, what would help them save time or energy, what do they talk about, what do they get EXCITED about, what do they complain about?

What is their life like? Are they busy? Are they a mom? Do they have space in their home? Are they travelers, homebodies, extroverts, introverts etc etc. Then I ask what do they LOVE like really love. What do they talk about? What do they deeply care about? Is it their dog, the environment, their car, their health etc etc.

Then I ask what have we talked about recently? Did they express a recent need or want to me? Even if it was big like “I’m so tired, I need a week of sleep” how can you turn that into a gift? Like maybe you get them one night stay in a local hotel and watch the kids overnight. Or maybe it’s just a sleep mask and some lavender bath salts. Or you could get them a new pillow that’s ergonomically designed for better sleep. People will often tell you what’s important to them, what they need or want – but it may not be clear. We might have to do a little decoding. I know this isn’t everyone’s gift but thought I would clue you in to how I think through it (when I have the brain strength haha! When I don’t I use gift guides!)

PS I wrote a great gift guide last year and I really want you to check it out because honestly I still stand by it. I’ll link it here.

Alright now onto the fun part…. the guides:

For the kids:

We’re all about open ended toys so top of our list has got to be our magnatiles. They play with these for hours no problem. Followed closely by everything and anything we’ve gotten from Melig especially this camping set!

Next up this ice cream play set. Never gets old. Really all toy food but this is a fave for sure. These sensory tools are used for EVERYTHING in our home. Bath toys, sensory bins, bug catching etc etc they would be great stocking stuffers.

Also halloween costumes have been such a hit that we have been wearing them nonstop. This firefighter one from amazon and these dresses from target are on repeat at our home.

Want to be a favorite? Get these stomp rockets. I can’t promise they won’t end up on the roof but dang they’re fun!

Ok and our favorite gifts that top the list are annual passes to local educational places like the zoo, history museum, aquarium etc etc! Especially if it’s paired with a specific trip on the books!

For the overworked and under appreciated:

A gift card or pre-paid trip to the spa. Particularly a massage – don’t forget to add some cash to the gift card for the tip. Plus it’s extra special if you arrange child care for them and even schedule the appointment for a time you think might work (might take some guessing but they can always reschedule).

A wrap around or weighted sleep mask. These are game changers for my sleep along with my Hatch alarm clock. They make a great bundle or on their own – throw in a few shower steamers (lavender scent) for an added bonus!

For someone you want an extra special meaningful gift for:

We recently got my parents a watercolor painting of our old family home and it’s a treasure. We ordered it custom after I found this account on instagram. I am not sure how long the customs take but trust me they’re worth the wait.

Maybe something a little smaller more your style? These custom wristlet keychains have been so helpful when your hands are full of #momessentials

For the Christian in your life:

I’ve been loving this anxiety bible study. I’ve done it a few time and every time it brings me more peace. My favorite bible here; it’s beautiful and inviting.

I love this planner. It’s a planner for a to-do list lover and a devotional all wrapped up into one.

I’ve heard great things about the dwell app and this is on my list for this year!

For the kitchen dweller:

I am in love with my air fryer. It’s incredible the ONLY thing I wish I did was get a bigger size or one of the two slotted ones like this one. We use it multiple times per week and I am not a fan of whole kitchen appliances usually but this was a great investment!

These cookie scoops are a game changer. The same size matters when you’re baking! They all come out the same doneness. Feels small but it’s not.

These oven mitts are incredible and I’ve yet to meet someone that couldn’t go for an upgrade on their current ones. Pair with a few baking tools and Joanna Gaine’s cookbook and it’s a nice little bundle!

The father in law who just buys himself what he wants when he wants it and doesn’t care much for stuff:

Ok if this is weirdly specific it’s because thats my father in law! A GREAT gift for this one is an electronic picture frame like this one that we LOVE. Bonus points if you add pictures BEFORE he opens it.

A yeti or travel cooler is always a good idea. Whether it’s camping, lake days or simply tailgating this is a fave for sure.

For the traveler:

These customizable maps that you can make to remember favorite trips are so fun! Plus this same duo has a cool app for travelers to find killer deals on flights. Check it out here. You can get a yearly pass for $49.

For the health nut:

I love a good product for health. Problem is there’s a lot of products out there that make your stress go UP while promising to help you with your health. I dislike that way too much. Here are a few health related products that actually help with health!

This alarm clock has been a game changer in my bedtime routine and getting me more sleep and waking up more cheerfully! This company also makes our favorite sound machine for kids.

For the bookworm or podcast lover:

This is one of my favorite books, all about slowing down and putting presence over perfection. It truly is a book I will return to over and over and shaped how I live my life.

The silent patient was excellent and highly recommended by you guys! I also recently read Local Woman Missing and it was good too! Both suspense thriller books. Currently reading this book and so far it’s goooooood.

I also love any audible credits so that’s always a good one!

For the teacher or neighbor in your life:

I honestly think homemade gifts and/or gift cards are best here. Some of my favorites to make are a homemade sugar scrub, homemade vanilla extract or some sort of dessert in a jar situation. Pair with a gift card to target, starbucks, or a local shop and it’s a great gift.

Some other options we love are a tumbler like this one filled with chocolates. Or some beautiful stationary, this is one of my favorite journals that was gifted to me. Or even better – personalize it!

Homeschool gift guide:

These gathre mat seat cushions. We’ve been LOVING these for homeschool. When I read the kids grab their cushions and stay on their “dot spot” they work so well I just ordered one for myself. Pro tip get a dark color so you don’t freak with the kids color on them with marker. They do wipe up well but still. Also I would 100% have gotten the knoll color! We have raven and fog! Raven was a great choice, fog was a little light for my toddler’s heavy marker hand!

This book is incredible. So educational and fun! It all folds out to one long page showing layer by layer what’s beneath our feet! So clever! This reading set has already been a game changer for an early reader! One side is for the adult to read and the other for the child plus puzzles at the end for comprehension! I got this one for my son for Christmas and I cannot wait – he is going to love it. It’s a great way for them to learn about and exercise choice!

This sight word game has been truly instrumental in my son learning sight words! And this game which was just for fun but has taught my son so many critical thinking skills, ohhhh and catan for kids has helped with strategy which has been great!

We don’t have this… yet but a friend does and it looks like so much fun and very educational. Maybe santa will bring this this year?

Some favorites I’ve been loving lately:

Most these weren’t gifts given to me. Most were bought for myself by myself but I LOVE them and I think they’d make excellent gifts for other people in your life, to add to your list or just get for yourself because you deserve it.

This bag from one of my all time favorite brands. I recently got this and it’s everything I hoped it would be. It’s structured and just the right size for diapers and wipes or snacks or my makeup. Plus the zipper is a goooood zipper. You know what I mean? There’s crappy rip up your knuckles zippers and then there’s smooth unsnagging zippers. This is the good kind.

This kalimba for my kids. I got it for my sister in law and immediately bought one for ourselves too. It’s soft and easy to listen to even when my kids are bad at it!

This speaker is incredible. It’s water proof – like throw it into a pool waterproof. I use it in the shower or bath to listen to my podcasts and it’s got incredible sound for the price – way better than one you may see all over IG on paid ads. My very musically inclined husband is so impressed with quality for the price point.

One of my favorite zipper hoodies is from Herself Podcast shop. Check it out here! I have not stopped wearing mine since the day it came in! So cozy and it’s nice and long. Perfect for pairing with leggings!

I live in these slippers and I am PICKY about slippers. They are hard soled but flexible, warm but not HOT and not bad to look at either. I would by lying if I said I haven’t worn these into a store or two either – I think they can pass as real shoes!

This customizable makeup/toiletry bag Josh got me last year is so good I went back and bought another one to house my podcasting gear. It works for anything. I love it!

Whew ok that’s all for now. If you found this helpful please share with a friend! Merry Christmas!

PS Some links are affiliate links which mean I make a small commission if you buy directly from those links, the price does not change for you. I appreciate you using these links if you decide to buy. Also some links are not affiliate links. I am just excited to bring you my most favorite ideas!

Handling a BIG day for food and celebrations 🦃

This episode goes over how to handle the BIG day. The actual day of a big event or holiday …. ahem TURKEY day ahem.

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Thanks for tuning in, until next week mamas!

Handling negative comments about your picky eater

Today is all about handling negative comments towards or about your picky eater. Whether it’s from well meaning loved ones or strangers it’s important to have a plan. Today we ask a few questions to help set you on the right path especially before the holiday season.

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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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Thanks for tuning in, until next week mamas!

Raising body positive kids

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Today’s episode is all about how to raise body positive kids and how to BEST protect them against the harmful and negative self talk and beliefs that we may have experienced.

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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!)

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!

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Thanks for tuning in, until next week mamas!

First few steps to helping your little try new foods

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In today’s podcast episode I break down the first few steps to take in order to help your little ones try new foods! Might want to grab pen and paper for this one!

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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!)

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!

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LQ | My Plan For Halloween Candy


Today I answer a listener question. She asks me what my personal plans are for handling the halloween candy that is about to make it’s way into our home. Tune in to hear my plan!

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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!)

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!

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I have to share this with you…


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Today’s episode we break down the very thing that might be holding your family back when it comes to raising healthy happy and independent eaters. We’re breaking it all down on today’s episode.

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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!

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Breaking down grazing, does it help or hurt?


“But they eat more when I let them graze” This comes in all the time. Today I break down what grazing is and what comes from it long term. Tune in to learn more about how grazing affects your picky eater.

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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!

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LQ | What do I do if my kid drops a safe food

Have you ever experienced your picky eater drop a safe food? Just decide that one day they don’t in fact like it any more? Today’s episode breaks down not only why this happens but what to do when it happens too!

Today’s podcast I answer a listener question. Got a question you’d like to ask? Send it to support@nutritionforlittles.com with subject line “listener question”

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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!)

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!

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10 Ways to get in more greens

Today’s episode are simple tips to help your little’s eat more greens! Check it out and let me know what your favorite tip was!

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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!

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