Monday, October 6, 2014

It's Monday Which Means Its My Son's Turn to Cook {Cooking with Kids}

Cooking healthy and delicious meals for my family is very important to me. I'm also a foodie and its makes me so happy that I'm raising my son to be a foodie. He's 8 and loves to taste test different kinds of vinegars, requests Marcona almonds (not just almonds) and can use a piping bag.

He asked if he could cook dinner one night a week so we decided he would be in charge on Monday's dinner. He picks the menu, writes the grocery lists, preps and cooks the food. We started this at the beginning of September and its been a great experience for both of us.

Why have your kids learn to cook?
  • Important life skill
  • Teaches nutrition
  • Teaches math skillls
  • Great reading (the recipe) and writing (the grocery list) practice
  • Encourages them to explore new foods
  • Teaches food and kitchen safety skills

Bs night to make dinner! Chef salad on the menu. My son has asked to make dinner once a week. He started with chef salad because no cooking was involved. He made the shopping list, chop and prepared the presentation. He was so proud #cookingkids #lovemybo 

Week 1 - Chef Salad
My son was quite smart and chose Chef Salad as his first meal because no cooking was involved - he said he wanted to out simple. The salad was a great knife skills learning experience.

Because of food allergies and food preferences the salad was served as a build your own salad and he had fun with the presentation.

Chef Salad (clean, chop and plate all ingredients)

From A Beautiful Mess App 

Week 2 - Pork, Cashew, and Green Bean Stir-fry

This is one of my son's favorite meals that I cook - he loves the flavors and that the pork is so tender. Because of a possible nut allergy he's always had it with peanuts instead of the cashews. We usually leave the nuts out when we cook it and sprinkle on top when served - this way each of us can choose peanuts or cashews.

Recipe is from Cooking Light Magazine

Bacon Burgers 
Week 3 - Bacon Burgers

I have a few cookbooks for kids and my son picked out Bacon Burgers from Eat Like a Dinosaur (its a Paleo cookbook). For a side he wanted to make onion rings - we love Alexia Multigrain Onion Rings.
It's a Paleo dish but for tonight we're using buns and having fries. Slowly transitioning to Paleo #eatlikeadinosaur

Review - this was a brand new recipe for our family and YUM! These were so good - lots of flavor and juicy.

*we don't eat Paleo (obviously) but I cook a lot from Paleo cookbooks because of my dairy allergy and I'm working towards more of a Paleo based diet. Often my meal will be Paleo and my family will have a side such as paste, rice or bread.

Paleo Chicken Nuggets- Kids Cooking
Week 4 - Paleo Chicken Nuggets

There are a lot of different Paleo chicken nugget recipes - most use almond flour or coconut flour for the breading and then fry in coconut oil or ghee. We went with coconut flour and cooked in coconut oil. We did use an egg substitute instead of egg for the batter (I have an egg allergy). These were good but still need some tweaking to make them great. Also we should have cooked them at a higher heat but I was a bit nervous with my son frying them so I turned down the heat a bit.

We're going to try again tweaking the recipe a bit - we'll share when we have it perfected.

What's on the menu for October? stay tuned... To see weekly updates our cooking with kids experience follow me on Instagram or Facebook.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Rumbi Island Grill Kids Eat Free { + Give away}

Rumbi Island Grill

Have you ever been to Rumbi Island Grill? Earlier this week my son and I decided to check them out and take advantage of their September Back To School Special where kids eat free every day.  I ordered a rice bowl with pork and chicken and my son ordered the kid's Tiki burger (and his meal was free!). We also ordered a side of chips with island salsa. My son was eyeing the dessert menu so I let him pick and he went for the molten lava cake.

He liked the molten lava cake #rumbiislandgrill #sponsored

Rumbi Island Grill has great kids specials. Kids eat free every Monday and Tuesday after 4 pm with purchase of an adult entree. And during the month of September they're having a back to school special where kids eat free everyday. How awesome is that!

I'm always nervous eating someplace new because of my food allergies but they had a food allergy chart available at the register so I could easily figure out which entrees were safe for me.

Rumbi Island Grill has locations in several states including Arizona:

  • Arizona (Avondale, Chandler, Mesa)
  • Colorado
  • Nevada
  • Utah

And now the exciting part! We are giving away two $25 gift cards to Rumbi Island Grill so that your family has the chance to experience their island inspired menu.

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Disclosure: I was provided with a Rumbi Island gift card in exchange for this give away. All opinions are mine.
Monday, September 15, 2014

Have you heard? There's a New Emergency Center in North Phoenix

Recently I noticed a the new John C. Lincoln Sonoran Health and Emergency Center just off the I-17 freeway in North Phoenix and was curious since it's close to where I live.  I was excited when the kind folks at John C. Lincoln invited a group of local bloggers to tour their new health center.

Enjoyed today's blogger your of Sonoran Health and Emergency Center today - loved the attention to details to make the ER and mammography center feel welcoming and less like a hospital. And impressed with the technology. #jclsonoran 

The JCL Sonoran Health and Emergency Center offers both imaging and emergency services. As part of the John C Lincoln Health Network, if you go in for emergency services but require surgery or admitting, they can transfer you to a hospital in their network. They recently merged with Scottsdale Healthcare expanding their network of hospitals throughout the valley.

I was impressed by all the touches they've taken to make the emergency center feel comfortable for the patient and their families. As a patient you are taken directly to your room where all vitals are run - no triage area first and then more waiting before you moved to a room.  The rooms are designed without the noisy (and not so private) curtains or doors that may slam shut (all doors are sliding barn door style), staff can open blinds to the room to peek on patients without having to enter room, linens can be stocked from the hallway, and rooms have blinds that can be opened for natural light. The emergency center is designed so there are no medical carts filling up the hallways. The nurses station is well designed to lesson the clinical feel - all monitors are hidden from patient view and the station is designed with sound barriers. The pediatric room is decorated with bright colors, fun artwork and has video game consoles to keep the kids entertained.

The imaging side offers digital x-ray, low density MRI, CT scan, and 3D mammography. I was impressed by the advanced technology at the facility but at the same time the decor was soothing and reminded me of a day spa. The waiting area is beautifully decorated with lots of welcoming touches - fabric (not paper) gowns, coffee bar, cookies, comfortable chairs. They also offer free breast cancer support groups.

33423 N. 32nd Ave. 
Phoenix, AZ 85085

disclosure: I was invited by John C. Lincoln for a tour of their facility in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are my own.