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Language Lesson: Arroz and Mi fan

Have you ever been so hungry that you could eat a thousand of something? Well the answer would be to eat rice! Today we’ll teach you two new ways to say rice:

Spanish:

Chinese:

Now continue to practice these words by using them. The best way to use them is to make a recipe with them, like the Chicken with Rice Never Tasted So Nice from our Handstand Kids Mexico Cookbook and Shrimp Fried Rice from our Handstand Kids Chinese Cookbook!

What recipes are you making with rice? Sorry, we meant arroz or mi fan! Post pics to our Facebook or Twitter!

Language Lesson

Since your Handstand Kids are done with school for the summer, take this opportunity to get their intellectual juices flowing. We have a simple language lesson that shows you how to say the words for some common utensils in Spanish, Italian and Chinese.

Measuring Spoon

  • Spanish – Taza de Medir
  • Italian – Dosatrice
  • Chinese – Liang bei

Spatula

  • Spanish – Espatula
  • Italian – Spatola
  • Chinese – Gua chan

Bowls

  • Spanish – Cuenco (large – grande, medium – mediana, small – pequena)
  • Italian – Piatti Fondi (large – grande, medium – medio, small – piccolo)
  • Chinese – Wan (large – da, medium- jung, small – shiau)

Fork

  • Spanish – Tenedor
  • Italian – Forchetta
  • Chinese – Can cha

Plate

  • Spanish – Plato
  • Italian – Piatto
  • Chinese – Pan zi

Did you know that you can buy some of these items in our Cookbook kits?

Try labeling these items in your kitchen to practice learning the words when you’re cooking. If you’re going to try this idea out make sure to post pictures to our Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Handstand Kids are healthy kids and yours can be healthy too! Summer leaves you with so much time for fun projects, why not start growing your own veggies to use in Handstand Kids recipes? We’ve provided some tips below on how to grow veggies from existing veggies so planting is a snap. Watch your child’s love of science grow along with these little plants and you’ll continue their learning process into the summer!

Potatoes

Using seed potatoes slice into sections making sure that each has at least three “eyes” Pour lightly salted water into a dish with the potato pieces eye-side down. Place the dish in the sun and let it sit for a day or two, until you begin to notice the eyes growing sprouts.

Full growing information here.

Carrots

Cut 1 inch of the crown of the carrot. Place the carrot tops into a plate or saucer. Make sure the plate you take has big enough flat surface so that the carrot tops can be placed easily in it. Add soil, sand, pebbles and lukewarm water into the plate. Make sure that only the end of the carrot tops are dipped under the layer of water and soil. Place the carrot plate in a sunny part of the house.

Full growing information here.

Once you’ve grown your veggies you’re all set to make a delicious Handstand Kids recipe. We like using carrots in our Peanut Salad recipe from our Handstand Kids Chinese Cookbook.

Make sure to post pictures of your growing garden – and the recipes you use that summer bounty in – to our Facebook and Twitter pages!

 

Fit and Fun for the Summer!

Summer sun can mean lots of outdoor lounging, but don’t let the light go to waste! Take this time to encourage your kids to get moving in the fresh outdoor air. Recent studies from CBC News show that children may be more physically active when their friends run and jump more. That means getting a gang together to engage in some activity will encourage them to be more active on a regular basis. Kids in peer groups that included others who were physically active were six times more likely to change their activity levels. Swimming, roller blading and skateboarding are a few fun group activities to get your kids’ energy levels up but why not play these fun biking games from Family Fun to put a little excitement into biking?

TIGHTROPE TOLLBOOTH

Using the side of a piece of sidewalk chalk, draw a 3-inch-wide, 50-foot-long chalk line on the sidewalk or driveway and challenge bikers to keep both wheels on the line at all times. Up the ante by giving each rider a penny and placing an empty soup can near the line’s midpoint. The player who can drop the penny in the can and successfully complete the course is king or queen of the road.

RIDE THE LINE

Draw a 3-inch-wide, 50-foot curving line and use a stopwatch to time riders. The rider who can stay on the line and complete the course the fastest wins.

After all of that activity, you’ll want to make sure that they stay refreshed and hydrated. Handstand Kids love the outdoors, but they’ll always find their way back to the kitchen. Try making this fun summer recipe from the Handstand Kids Chinese Cookbook with them in between play times!

 

Year of the Monkey Mango Smoothies

Ingredients

6 ounces silken tofu, drained

1 medium banana, peeled and cut in half

1 mango

1/4 inch fresh ginger root, peeled and grated (optional)

2/3 cup soy milk

1 tablespoon honey

4 ice cubes

Tools

Cutting board

Knife

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Fine grater

Blender

Tall drinking glasses

Instructions

1. Cut the mango by placing the mango with one flat side resting on the cutting board. Slice the mango lengthwise along the flat side next to the seed. Turn mango over and repeat on the other side. You will have 2 halves of the mango with pulp inside. Carefully cut lengthwise through the mango pulp down to the skin, being careful not to cut through the skin. Turn sideways and cut lengthwise again until you have a cross-hatch pattern. Turn the mango inside out using your thumbs to press the pulp outwards. Carefully slice out the diced pulp by cutting between the cubed mango pulp and the skin. Discard the skin and seed.

2. Place banana, mango, tofu, soy milk, and ginger, if using, into the blender. Blend on medium speed for 30 seconds.

10. Add the honey and ice cubes and blend again until smooth.

11. Pour into 2 frosty tall drinking glasses. Enjoy!

Alternative

Add 2/3 cup plain yogurt if tofu is not available.

Got a favorite summer activity? Post a picture of you and your kids getting physical to the Handstand Kids Facebook and Twitter!

 

Eating As A Family

Eating together as a family is very important, especially for younger children. Since Handstand Kids already enjoy being in the kitchen, make sure to also teach them that it is important to get together as a family. So many lessons can be learned around the table and here are a few great takeaways.

  • Communication
    • Sharing a meal provides a comfortable setting that allows children a time to talk. Discuss family issues and your day-to-day activities in an environment that puts everyone in the mood to talk!
  • Encourage healthy eating
    • Use your handstand kids cookbooks to create a yummy, kid friendly meal that they can help prepare! Eating in vastly reduces your calorie intake, and you know that your kids are not ingesting any unnecessary additives.
  • Helps promote proper etiquette
    • Kids are great at mimicking and by demonstrating proper table manners you can show them how to behave at the table
  • Embrace traditions, old and new
    • Remember and pass down old family recipes and also create new family favorites with the recipes from the Handstand Kids Cookbook. Try this recipe for Beef and Broccoli from our Handstand Kids Chinese Cookbook!

Make sure that you post pictures of your family enjoying a meal – whether or not you use a Handstand Kids recipe to our Facebook and Twitter!

 

It’s Smoothie Time

We’re craving smoothies, juices and all things fruity!

Try one of our favorite smoothies from our Chinese Cookbook Kit, and add some protein to your little ones’ breakfasts!

Year of the Monkey Mango Smoothies, Level 1, Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces silken tofu, drained
  • 1 medium banana, peeled and cut in half
  • 1 mango
  • 1/4 inch fresh ginger root, peeled and grated (optional)
  • 2/3 cup soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4 ice cubes

Tools:

  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Fine grater
  • Blender
  • Tall drinking glasses

Instructions:

  1. Cut the mango by placing the mango with one flat side resting on the cutting board.
  2. Slice the mango lengthwise along the flat side next to the seed.
  3. Turn mango over and repeat on the other side. You will have 2 halves of the mango with pulp inside.
  4. Carefully cut lengthwise through the mango pulp down to the skin, being careful not to cut through the skin.
  5. Turn sideways and cut lengthwise again until you have a cross-hatch pattern.
  6. Turn the mango inside out using your thumbs to press the pulp outwards.
  7. Carefully slice out the diced pulp by cutting between the cubed mango pulp and the skin.
  8. Discard the skin and seed.
  9. Place banana, mango, tofu, soy milk, and ginger, if using, into the blender. Blend on medium speed for 30 seconds.
  10. Add the honey and ice cubes and blend again until smooth.
  11. Pour into 2 frosty tall drinking glasses. Enjoy!

Alternative

Add 2/3 cup plain yogurt if tofu is not available.

Enjoy!!

Food Allergy Information: Gluten

You’ve probably heard quite a bit about gluten free diets and gluten lately.

First, what is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in rye, wheat and barley.  Gluten is found in more than just breads, pastas, and wheat products.  In fact, gluten is often times used as a binder in sauces, dressings and more!

Are you interested in cooking for someone with gluten sensitivity or Celiac Disease? Here are some of our favorite recipes:

Gluten Free Dairy Free Chocolate Peppermint Squares from GlutenFreeda.com. For instructions click here.

Chocolate Biscuit and Strawberries from Gluten Free Mommy. Click here for instructions.

Wondering how to make one of our meals gluten free?  Many of the meals within our Mexican Cookbook kit are gluten free by nature.  For some of our Chinese Cookbook kit meals, substitute Tamari (gluten free soy sauce) for your typical soy sauce. With our Italian recipes, substitute quinoa pastas and gluten free breads! Be sure to check all ingredients in our recipes and find a gluten free substitute to be sure your meal is 100% gluten free!

If you have more questions on which of our meals are already gluten free or how to make one of our recipes gluten free, post it on our facebook wall.

Happy cooking!

 

We’re Gearing Up For The Chinese New Year

Whether you celebrate the Chinese New Year or not, this is a fantastic educational and cultural awareness exercise for your young ones.  Monday, January 23rd, marks the Year of The Dragon and many will be celebrating the Chinese New Year.  Go ahead and cook up some delicious Chinese recipes from our Chinese Cookbook Kit and teach your children to speak the language while cooking together on Monday! (Click on the image below to make it full size!)

 

 

Cricket’s Rainbow Rice

You must know by now that we just love Cricket Azima, our Celebrity Ambassador of the Month!

We’re dying to try Cricket’s Rainbow Rice recipe, featuring our food the month, the eggplant! Try it out and let us know how it goes!

RAINBOW RICE:

Serves 6
Ingredients:

  • 1 onion
  • 2 small tomatoes
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 orange pepper
  • 2 blue potatoes
  • 1 small eggplant
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups uncooked rice
  • 2½ cups chicken stock
  • 1 small bunch fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Dice the onion, tomatoes, squash, peppers, potatoes, and eggplant, and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil over a medium heat in a large frying pan (that has a lid).
  3. Add the vegetables and cook for about 2 minutes (or until the vegetables are slightly tender).
  4. Add the rice to the pan and stir together.
  5. Pour the chicken stock into the pan and stir. When the stock starts to simmer, cover the pan with a lid. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the rice is soft.
  6. While the rice is cooking, remove the cilantro leaves from the stems. Add the leaves to the pan and stir together.
  7. Adjust the salt and pepper to taste, sprinkle with cheese and eat!

If you end up making rainbow rice, go ahead and take photos and post them on our facebook wall! We love to see families in the kitchen together!

Yvette On Kababayan LA TV

We’re thrilled that Yvette had the chance to be on Kababayan LA TV last week! Watch the video below to see all of the products Yvette recommends for holiday gifts!

 

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