Curried Cauliflower Samosas

Clean out the fridge and embrace the start of fall with this cozy curried cauliflower samosa recipe. If you’re looking for a way to get your picky eaters to enjoy more veggies, these will be a hit!

The spices in these samosas warm you up after a chilly fall day and give delicious flavor to all the veggies packed into each pocket. The samosas are also super versatile because you can throw in whatever vegetables you have on hand.

Feel free to make as many samosas as you have ingredients for because they will freeze well. Have fun creating these with your mini chefs on the weekend, and school lunches for the rest of the week will be prepped and ready to go! 

To freeze, wait until samosas are completely cooled then store in a freezer safe container for up to a month. Reheat at 375 degrees for about 15 mins or until heated completely through. 

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 Curried Cauliflower Samosas

  • Prep: 20 mins plus 60 minutes rest time for dough

  • Cook: 15 mins

  • Serves: 6-8

Dough Ingredients

  • 1⁄2 cup flour

  • 1⁄4 tsp salt

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened

Filling Ingredients

  • 4 cups cauliflower florets, chopped

  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided, plus extra for brushing

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger

  • 2 tablespoons curry powder

  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

For the dough:

  1. Whisk together flour and salt in a large bowl. Add butter, and using your fingers, rub into flour until pea-size crumbs form.

  2. Add 6 tbsp. warm water and mix with your fingers until dough forms.

  3. Transfer to a work surface, and knead until dough is smooth and elastic.

  4. Cover with plastic wrap, and chill for 1 hour or up to 24 hours.

For the filling:

  1. Heat oil in a 12" skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and cook until lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Add cauliflower, peas, cilantro, ginger, and 3 tbsp. water;

  2. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until peas are soft, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add curry, cumin, and salt, and cook, stirring, until cauliflower is browned, about 5 minutes.

  4. Remove from heat, and set filling aside to cool completely.

To assemble samosas: 

  1. Knead the dough lightly again. Divide into 6 equal pieces and roll each into a smooth ball. Keep the dough covered with damp towel to keep from drying out. Flatten the ball and place about tablespoon of filling in it.

  2. Fold it in a triangular shape sealing with a little water. If you are feeling fancy, you can seal the edges with a fork.

  3. Heat oil in a pan. Working in batches, fry the samosas till golden brown.

  4. Drain the excess oil and serve hot.

Coconut Carrot Cake Muffins

If you’re looking to satisfy your little one’s sweet tooth while also packing in their daily dose of fruits and veggies, give these coconut carrot cake muffins a try. The oat flour base adds a good amount of protein to keep bellies full and the chia seeds deliver lots of fiber and omega-fatty acids.

The muffins are made without nuts so they are allergen free and safe for schools, making them a great on-the-go breakfast and school lunch staple. The sweet coconut flavor hides the taste of carrots and zucchini so even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy these. An added bonus is that the muffins can be frozen for up to 3 months. Make a big batch at once to make future breakfasts, lunches, snack times a breeze.

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Coconut Carrot Cake Muffins

  • Servings: 18-20
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 15-20

Ingredients:

Dry

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup either almond or oat flour (almond if allergic or oat if school does not allow nuts)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoons salt
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup dried cranberries

Wet

  • 2 very ripe bananas mashed
  • ⅓ cup plus 2 tablespoons full fat coconut milk, just the cream
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • ½ cup grated zucchini
  • 3 eggs

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and prepare a muffin tin with coconut oil or coconut spray.
  2. Combine dry ingredients into a large bowl. Mix until well combined. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs and coconut milk. Add the mashed bananas and vanilla. Mix until all combined.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir together until all moistened. Add in carrots and zucchini. You will have a thick dough.
  4. Spoon batter into a muffin tin. Muffins will be smaller than usual. Bake for 20-25 mins until golden on top.
  5. Muffins can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days in a single layer in an airtight container. I light to keep one paper towel on the bottom and one the top of the muffins to keep the moiste.
  6. To Freeze: Let cool completely and store in an airtight container for up 3 months. When ready to serve either, heat in an oven or toaster oven until warm at 350 degrees F. Can be warmed in the microwave until heated all the through.

Super Powered Banana Bread

Inspired by Alison Wu's beautiful banana bread that she made with Simple Mills gluten and grain free banana bread mix, we decided we needed to make our own TTK version! Instead of using the store-bought mix, we created our own flour blend with flax seeds. Flax is so good for the body in many ways (hence the "super power" of this bread), but it specifically helps with boosting the immune system and decreasing risk of eye disease. 

This bread is healthy enough to eat for breakfast, but delicious enough to serve as a decadent dessert. It is also an easy preparation process, so as always, your little ones can get involved in most of the steps! Once the banana bread is baked and cooled, we recommend topping it with banana "nice cream" and some in-season fruits for an extra yum factor! We topped ours with nice cream, honey, peach slices, crushed pistachio, and dried rose petals. 

 

Super Powered Banana Bread

  • Prep time: 15 mins
  • Cook time 30 mins
  • Serves 8-10

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon flax seeds
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt

Wet ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons melted  coconut oil

Optional Toppings:

  • Honey
  • Chopped Pistachios
  • Sliced Peaches
  • Banana “Nice Cream”
  • Almond Butter
  • Jam

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease an 8 x 4 baking loaf and set aside.
  3. Whisk eggs with coconut oil and vanilla. Mash bananas with a fork into the mixture.
  4. Add dry ingredients to same mixing bowl and stir to combine. Mixture should be slightly runny.
  5. Add mixture to baking loaf and bake on middle rack.
  6. Check after 30 minutes by sticking a toothpick in the the middle. If it comes out dry, the bread is done. If the toothpick comes out with batter, place back in oven for another 5-10 minutes, depending on oven.
  7. Enjoy plain or top with your favorite toppings!

Curried Veggie Meatballs

Looking for a fun and unique meal to pack for your kiddos during their first weeks of school? Try these curried veggie meatballs! They are a simple and easy lunch for kids, they freeze well (so future lunches will be a breeze), and they pack in tons of nutrients from the veggies and protein from the quinoa and chickpeas. The curry adds in lots of flavor to the grains and veggies!

These meatballs are also a really fun meal to make with your own mini chefs. Once you have all the ingredients mixed in the food processor, have them use their hands to roll together the meatballs. This recipe is definitely going to be one you and your kids will want to revisit all year long! 

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Curried Veggie Meatballs

  • Serves: 4-6
  • Prep time: 25 minutes + 15 minutes baking 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa (make sure it's cooked and completely cooled before using)

  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas (rinsed, drained, and dried)

  • 1 tbsp avocado or coconut oil (omit if avoiding oil)

  • 1 pinch Sea Salt

  • 2 tbsp curry powder

  • 2 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp turmeric powder

  • 1 1/2 cups small diced, peeled sweet potatoes

  • 1 Tbsp avocado or coconut oil (plus more for cooking burgers)

  • 1 pinch sea salt

  • 3-4 tbsp water

  • ¾ cup gluten free breadcrumbs

  • ½ cup onion, chopped

  • 2 tbsp fresh minced ginger, minced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3/4 tsp sea salt

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Directions

  1. Cook quinoa, or use left over from from a weeknight meal!

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

  3. Boil sweet potatoes until soft, about 8-10 mins.

  4. Heat oil in pan over medium heat. Sauté onions until translucent for about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and ginger and cook for another 2 minutes. Stir continuously, being mindful not to burn garlic and ginger. Set mixture aside.

  5. Add cooked chickpeas, onions, ginger, garlic, salt, curry, turmeric, and breadcrumbs to a food processor and blend for about 30 seconds until a dough forms. Add the cooked quinoa and cilantro if using. If the dough is too loose, add more bread crumbs. Taste to adjust seasoning.

  6. Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl and add mashed potatoes. Stir to combine (it’s important not to add the potatoes to the food processor or they can become gummy when overmixed). Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more curry powder for intense curry flavor, salt, pepper.

  7. Divide the mixture into small 1 inch balls, I like to roll in breadcrumbs one last time before a I bake them.

  8. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of oil on top to prevent from drying out. Bake on a lined baking sheet for 15 minutes.

  9. Serve with hummus, tahini, mango chutney, hot sauce, guacamole, or any curry sauce you desire.

  10. Store leftover meatballs covered in the refrigerator up to 3-4 days. If you want to freeze them, either freeze once cooked and cooled OR before they are baked. The meatballs will stay good in a freezer safe container for up to a month. To reheat, place in oven or toaster oven at 350 degrees F until cooked through. 

Watermelon Pizza

Mid-August heat means that it's way too hot to turn on the oven and make traditional pizza, so give this fun fruit version a try! Watermelon pizza is a great way to make sure your kiddos stay cool and hydrated as watermelon is packed with water and good nutrients. They will also have the best time getting super creative with their pizzas. At Tiny Turnips Kitchen, our mini chefs used cookie cutters on the watermelon rounds to punch out shapes like stars and hearts and add to the pizza as toppers. Don't forget to sprinkle on some sweet garnishes like chocolate chips and coconut flakes. This perfect summer dessert is easy, healthy, and most importantly fun! 

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Watermelon Pizza

  • Prep time: 15 mins
  • Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 watermelon, each round cut into 1'' thick pieces

  • 1 cup greek yogurt or your favorite non dairy yogurt

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1/2 cup of blueberries

  • ½ cup raspberries

  • ½ cup white currents (if at the market)

  • 1 cup of strawberries slices in half

  • 1 cup kiwi, sliced

  • Mint leaves

  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes

 

Directions

  1. The watermelon will work as the “crust” for the pizza. Slice into 1 inch rounds and lay flat.

  2. Mix the honey and yogurt together in a small bowl and spread on watermelon as the pizza "sauce." Leave room for the rind to show. 

  3. Sprinkle fruit, coconut, and mint toppings!

  4. Using a sharp knife, divide the round into 4-6 pizza slices.

Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Wow your little ones with this stuffed summer squash blossom recipe! The squash blossoms help to create a really pretty dish, but it will be so fun to make alongside your kiddos with this very easy and hands-on recipe. 

Stuffed squashed blossoms are a traditional Cretan dish that I discovered while on a trip to Greece, and after loving every bite of them, I knew I had to try this recipe with my mini chefs at cooking camp. In the camp, we "traveled" to a different country every day, and this dish was a part of the menu for Greece! We made Greek fry bread stuffed with feta and herbs, souvlaki, and these stuffed squash blossoms. Luckily, squash blossoms are in season right now and I was able to pick up these up at my local farmers market. They can really be stuffed with anything, but this recipe incorporates lots of veggies and rice in a really fun way.   

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Stuffed Squash Blossoms Recipe

  • Serves 6-8
  • Prep time: 20 mins
  • Cook time: 45 mins

Ingredients

  • 10-15 Squash blossoms (the blooms from summer squash). I purchased these at my local farmers market.
  • ½ cup red or white onion grated
  • 1 cup tomato grated
  • 1 cup wild parboiled rice
  • 1 cup water plus 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Fresh oregano
  • ½ cup good olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 potato peeled and quartered

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit 
  2. Bring water to a boil 2 to 3 cups of water and the salt. Add rice and boil for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain. Refrigerate if it will be more than a couple of hours before you use it.
  3. While rice is cooking, grate tomatoes and onions and place them in a boil. Add salt, pepper, thyme and 1 tablespoon of olive and stir to combine.
  4. Peel potato and quarter. This will help keep the squash blossom soft and moist (these bake along side, not inside).
  5. When the rice has cooled, add into the onion tomato mixture.
  6. Peel back the petals and stuff with the filling. Place in a pyrex baking dish alongside potatoes. Top with olive olive and salt.
  7. Bake for 30-40 mins until tender and rice is cooked through. Top with feta cheese.

 

Avocado Ice Cream (vegan)

Happy (belated) National Avocado Day!

The mini-chefs I worked with this week were eager to celebrate the holiday by eating a ton of creamy avocado, but they also wanted to beat the NYC summer heat with a yummy frozen dessert. We found the perfect solution with this vegan avocado-based ice cream.

To fully embrace the spirit of the holiday, we whipped up the avocado ice cream and then crafted this treat to look like it's original source. We saved the avocado shell, spooned the ice cream back into it, and created a chocolate coconut ball for the "pit." The end result was adorable and so satisfying. And, of course, these were so much fun to make! 

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Avocado Ice Cream Recipe

  • Serves 4
  • Prep time: 10 mins 
  • Freeze Time: 3 hours

Ice Cream Ingredients: 

  • 2 avocados (reserve avocado skin for serving)
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
  • ½ of a can of full fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon of salt

"Pit "Ingredients (Optional):

  • ¼ cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup sunbutter
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoon of maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Handful of mini chocolate chips

Directions:

Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender and transfer to a loaf pan, wrapped in plastic. Freeze for an hour or up to 1 week. Let soften at room temperature 20 minutes before serving.

To make the pit: place all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Scoop out with either a spoon or cookie scoop and roll into 2 inch balls.

When ice cream has set but hasn’t quite frozen spoon back into avocado skin and place the pit in the middle!

Savory Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with Veggies

Getting your tiny turnip to eat more veggies can be hard, I get it. But this recipe is chock full of 'em and so delicious, your little ones won't even know they're eating garlic and butternut squash. The roasted squash is tender and sweet. It makes for the perfect base to your pasta sauce! This recipe is not only warm, cozy, and great for winter months, but so easy to make! Try it out for yourself below. (Of course, not without your special helpers though. Just take a look at how much fine mine is having!)

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 4 cups of butternut squash, cubed (you want 1/2 inch cubes from a 2 pound butternut squash)
  • 2 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 8 oz. of whole wheat pasta (or any pasta you like)
  • 1 cup of vegetable stock
  • 3/4 - 1 cup of unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup of cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 cup of tomatoes
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place butternut squash cubes on large baking sheet and drizzle olive oil on top. Season with salt and pepper. Use hands to toss the butternut squash and olive oil together, then evenly spread out on the pan. Add unpeeled garlic cloves to the sheet--they'll roast in the oven!
  3. Roast squash for 20-30 minutes or until fork tender. Remove from oven and set aside for a few minutes to cool.
  4. Cook pasta according to package directions in a large pot until al dente. (My brown rice noodles take me 10 minutes to cook.)
  5. While the pasta is cooking, you can make the sauce by adding the butternut squash, peeled roasted garlic, vegetable stock, and milk to a blender or food processor. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Heat oil in a medium pan over medium high heat. Add broccoli, cauliflower, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Sautee for about 5 minutes.
  7. Once noodles are done, drain, return to pot, and place over low heat. Add the veggies and butternut squash sauce into the pot. Stir to combine.
  8. Garnish with basil. Serve warm!

Summer Time, Summer Rolls

And the heat goes on...

Ahhh, summer in NYC. Sticky, humid, kinda smelly, perfect for ice cream, popsicles, chilled soups, and summer rolls! These are especially wonderful for the days when turning on the oven or stove make you want to jump in the Hudson (JK). I love to fill them with fresh and colorful produce from my CSA (community supported agriculture) and the kids love to pack each one with the different veggies and herbs. Kids love to dip, and the real star of the show is the dipping sauce. Which can alternatively be made nut free. I have experimented with a few ways to "wet" the rice paper wrapper. For me, I find that laying two wrappers on a plate and brushing them with very hot water using a pastry brush works the best. Making sure the wrapper is completely wet but not exses water remains on the palte

  Prep: 20 mins Serves: 4-6 Ingredients:  12 rice paper wrappers 1 large haas avocado, sliced into strips 3 cups shredded carrot  3 cups shredded red cabbage 3 cups cucumber, julienned 1 head of butter leaf lettuce, one leaf per roll 1/2 cup basil leaves 1/2 cup mint leaves  Peanut Dipping Sauce:  1/3 cup  natural, creamy peanut butter* 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium, wheat free, soy sauce 2 tablespoons lime 1 tablespoon rice vinegar 1 teaspoon grated ginger 1/2 cup of green onions, diced for garnish 6 tablespoons hot water, to thin   Directions: Blend the ingredients together for the dipping sauce and reserve. Place the rice paper wrappers on a plate and make sure they are completely wet using a pastry brush and hot water. I use two because one always breaks!  Begin by place the filling on the edge closest to you, I like to start with the leafy greens and work my way to the carrots and last the avocado. It is important not to fill the roll to much or it will burst at the seems. Fold the bottom half of the wrapper over the filling, hold the fold in place, tuck in the sides and roll tightly.  Continue rolling with the remainder of the rice paper, I like to change the filling and herbs, and the kiddos like to experiment with different combinations!  Serve with dipping sauce! *To make sauce nut free, replace peanut butter with 2 tablespoons of sesame oil and 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds.   


Prep: 20 mins
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients:

12 rice paper wrappers
1 large haas avocado, sliced into strips
3 cups shredded carrot
3 cups shredded red cabbage
3 cups cucumber, julienned
1 head of butter leaf lettuce, one leaf per roll
1/2 cup basil leaves
1/2 cup mint leaves

Peanut Dipping Sauce:

1/3 cup  natural, creamy peanut butter*
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium, wheat free, soy sauce
2 tablespoons lime
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1/2 cup of green onions, diced for garnish
6 tablespoons hot water, to thin


Directions:
Blend the ingredients together for the dipping sauce and reserve.
Place the rice paper wrappers on a plate and make sure they are completely wet using a pastry brush and hot water. I use two because one always breaks! 
Begin by place the filling on the edge closest to you, I like to start with the leafy greens and work my way to the carrots and last the avocado. It is important not to fill the roll to much or it will burst at the seems.
Fold the bottom half of the wrapper over the filling, hold the fold in place, tuck in the sides and roll tightly. 
Continue rolling with the remainder of the rice paper, I like to change the filling and herbs, and the kiddos like to experiment with different combinations! 
Serve with dipping sauce!
*To make sauce nut free, replace peanut butter with 2 tablespoons of sesame oil and 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds. 
 

Chocolate Avocado Mouse

I had invited a group of friends over for dinner, and at the last minute a client asked me to come make a birthday cake with her children. While I was super excited to bake with the kiddos, I didn't have much time to bake a dessert for my own friends. I always have bananas in my freezer and avocados on hand, a light and creamy avo mouse would be perfect pre summer dessert. Now, I know the combo sounds strange, or maybe, it sounds like the best thing in the world and you already have your food pro plugged in. Trust me, it will evoke childhood memories of pudding packs just more sophisticated and packed with superfoods like cacao. I use rice malt syrup as my sweeter because it has the lowest glycemic index of all natural sweeteners and has no taste. That being said, I find it pair perfectly with unsweetened cacao but I would also use dates. Make sure they are chopped or soaked for ease in the food pro. 

Prep Time 10-30 mins (if chilled)

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup rice malt syrup or 5 dates
  • 1/4 cup of non dairy milk, I used full fat coconut milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoons of vanilla 

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Chill until ready to serve! Serve with strawberries.