Happy New Year! (Better late than never?)
January went by wicked fast and we’re already closing in on halfway through February! Wow, just wow.
One of my resolutions/goals/intentions for this year was to do some more one on one activities with H. My wonderful Mother in Law made that easy with a 6-month subscription to Raddish Box.
So what’s Raddish Box? Well, it’s one of those box services and a pretty cool one at that!
Each month you receive a themed box which includes 3-4 on theme recipes with different culinary skills, a kitchen tool (such as January’s whisk), and some activity recommendations and extras. You also receive an iron-on patch that goes with the theme, which can be attached to an apron you receive free with larger subscriptions or you can purchase as an extra on their site. You can read more specifics here.
These boxes can be used with a variety of ages and skill levels. At 3.5, H can stir, pour, crack eggs, scoop and sometimes chop depending on the vegetable. He can also help me with the buttons or dials on tools like the blender or food processor. He’s not the most detail-oriented kid, so we stay away from the hot stuff.
This would be a great addition to homeschool curriculum with the added culinary skills, the inherent math skills and really a ton more. Plus hello practical and life skills.
The January Raddish Box
So the January 2018 Raddish Box was a Hometown Diner Theme. Upon seeing this I groaned a little inside because I expected that the recipes would likely be things we typically don’t eat. This didn’t end up being entirely true, as I could see us eating variations of each recipe. I just had to make some adjustments to make them appropriate for our Whole and Healthy family. (I’ll go over the recipes and my adjustments up next)
What I really loved about this months Raddish Box was the included activity. There was a bonus item for playing hometown diner – a recipe order pad! This was so much fun for H. He loved taking orders and “writing” them down on his pad. For older kiddos, this would have been great for practicing writing, reading and memory skills.
Raddish Box Recipes
We did a fun little event for my in-laws to thank them for the box subscription and sort of celebrate their anniversary and cooked all the recipes in one night. I ended up doing most of the work, but H really helped with several things. He is a great egg cracker.
These recipes were full of dairy and gluten, two things I don’t eat right now and they are kept to a minimum for other members of our household, so I wanted to make these meals within our restrictions without using the processed replacement products recommended in the dietary substitutions provided on the Raddish Box website (they are helpful and sometimes actually a whole food based recommendation but for most of these recipes it was things like Daiya cheese and gluten-free products).
Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures of our meal this time, however, I did keep track of how we adjusted the recipes and thought it would be helpful to include those for other families looking to make the meals in a more whole food based way.
The zucchini fries were one of the easier subs and I can’t take any of the recipe credit. I did a little googling for paleo zucchini fries and came up with this fab recipe from Our Little Paleo Family. It uses almond meal (not flour), garlic powder and salt for the coating, we used eggs because we eat them. For a VEGAN version, you can use a non-dairy milk to hold your coating on.
This one was the easiest as we make frittata’s often and that’s essentially what you get when you remove the cheese from this recipe. I subbed coconut milk instead of regular milk and just omitted the cheese. We also used some sugar-free uncured turkey bacon instead of ham because it’s hard to find good quality ham without a bunch of junk in it. The tofu replacement sited in the dietary substitutions provided should work nicely for those who don’t do eggs.
Chili Mac n Cheese
This one was slightly tougher as I didn’t want to use Daiya or similar cheese shreds and there’s not an easy replacement for those. I decided a cheese sauce would do the trick. We used lentil noodles and omitted the kidney beans so we wouldn’t have double beans. The paleo recipe with cauliflower instead of noodles is laid out in the recipe below. Some other subs: If you can’t do beef – try ground turkey, if you’re vegan use double beans and regular noodles (as suggested by Raddish) and the cheese sauce detailed below, for gluten-free just use whatever gluten-free noodle floats your boat or the cauliflower sub below. Enjoy!
Hopefully this helps even more people feel confident cooking in the kitchen with their kiddos, no matter their dietary restrictions! I’ll be back later this month with a review of the February Raddish Box and my Whole and Healthy substitutions.
- For the Cheeze Sauce
- 1/4 white onion, diced
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked for 4-6 hours or quick soaked in boiling water for 10
- minutes, drained
- 3/4 cup vegetable broth
- 1/2 tbsp arrowroot powder
- For the Chili
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 2 tsp oregano
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 3/4 cup vegetable broth
- 1 28 oz can crushed or diced tomatoes
- 4 cups chopped cauliflower
- For the chili: Heat avocado oil over medium high heat. Add onions, peppers and garlic. Cook until softened about 5-7 minutes.
- Add ground beef, chili powder, cumin, black pepper, oregano and salt. Break beef into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Cook until browned, about 5 minutes.
- Add broth and tomatoes, stir well and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, add the cauliflower, reduce heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally, until cauliflower is soft.
- While the chili cooks make your cheeze sauce. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as necessary.
- Once the cauliflower pieces are fork tender, turn off the heat, add the cheese sauce and stir to combine.
P.S. Find all my Raddish Box Recipes HERE