The Sprouts

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Educational section including tips for food-related activities, books, & gardening.

Tomatilla and Chicken Enchiladas

The other day I posted the following question to my blog and a food group I'm in:

What is your favorite, make ahead meal? Need something in between camp and 5:30 soccer Thursday. Some type of salad came to mind, but Skoogie said, "Not salad again." Would love ideas!!

Taco fixings and quesadillas were mentioned. The kids often eat quesadillas for lunch and we just had tacos but the posts triggered an idea...

Soynut Snack


With Skoogie's peanut allergy, and a recommendation to avoid tree nuts, she misses out on the crunch of nuts. This week we spotted some soy nuts in the bulk aisle and have been mixing them with raisins...a new found snack that she's been sharing with her babies as well. Photo taken by Skoogie.

Visiting Vietnam


We haven’t “traveled” to any countries in a while, so I thought it was about time to continue our adventures around the world again. This time we are off to Vietnam. The trip is multi-faceted: we love Asian food and want to try more Vietnamese food, recently around the dinner table the question “Why did America fight in Vietnam?” was raised, and I’m hoping it also touches a special note with my brother who is adopted from Vietnam.

Books We Are Reading Right Now...


A few books that have relevance in our lives right now....

Favorite Salads


Our menu this week consists of salads, salads and more salads. While we are on the subject, thought I'd share a few more of our favorites. When I initially introduce dinner salads to the kids, I sometimes serve the individual parts of the whole either as an appetizer or as the dinner. That way they realize they really liked the "whole salad." It is that mixing things that can stir things up a bit!

Pumpkin Muffins Revisited: Gluten-Free


Last Fall, I posted a recipe for the pumpkin muffins that we like to snack on. They are egg-free and I noted that I often make them gluten-free as well. Many people have asked what I substitute to make them gluten-free. Because each grain has a different weight, you don’t get the same results if you simply substitute 1 ¾ cups gluten-free flour for 1 ¾ cups all purpose flour.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Every year we look forward to Cinco De Mayo. The holiday commemorates the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France during the Franco-Mexican War. The kids have the day off from school but it is a low-key holiday in Mexico. While the holiday has become quite commercialized in the U.S., it is a great day to celebrate Mexican food, culture, and traditions.

Huevos Rancheros


As today was approaching, I kept thinking to myself, what am I going to write about this week??!!??!! Maybe my mind is still on vacation or maybe I’m still playing catch up after being gone, but initially I was thinking there might not be much of a post.

But as often happens, something triggers a thought and a story weaves itself together. The other day as Skoogie watched an episode of Between the Lions, a book caught my attention during the closing song: An Egg is Quiet. While we were at the library later that morning, we checked it out. We began reading the larger text and as we turned each page became captivated by the beautifully painted watercolors. Every little detail intricately captured. Who knew there was such variation in eggs! Then as we went back to the smaller print, additional facts about eggs are provided across the animal spectrum. It is always FUN to discover a great new book and learn that award winning Sylvia Long has teamed up with Dianna Hutts Ashton to create two other books, A Seed is Sleepy and A Butterfly is Patient. We can’t wait to go check the other books out as well!

So I thought how appropriate, after dying and hiding eggs last week for egg hunts, watching eagles hatch in front of our eyes , finding a quail egg that had met its demise, and being able to eat them more often now that Skoogie passed the egg challenge earlier this year, EGGS seemed like a fitting topic.

Still Sprouting

We're still sprouting our beans. I'll continue blogging next Tuesday. Until then, another book that you might want to check out to nourish your own sprouts.

Celebritrees: Historic and Famous Trees of the World by Margi Preus

O was so excited to receive it Easter morn!

Sprouting the Beans

The kids are on break and we're sprouting our beans, so no Weekly Menu this week. Instead an addendum to Tuesday's post.

A few sprouting books:

Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya

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