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Thanksgiving Spaghetti Squash–with an Italian Twist!—{and “SpeechSnacks” for /s/ blends}

The first time I made this vegetable for my family, they honestly thought I had prepared a plate of spaghetti.  At first glance this unique vegetable does resemble the long thin strands of pasta that we are so accustomed to seeing on the dinner table with meat sauce or meatballs.  But if you look more closely, you will notice differences in color, texture, smell and of course taste. And while I love a plate of pasta for dinner, this dish is a nice change of pace and so healthful and nutritious!  This recipe contains ingredients that are associated with a Thanksgiving feast, namely squash and turkey, but with a twist—the Italian flavors found in tomatoes, onions and garlic.  Enjoy Thanksgiving and Italian cooking all in one dish.  ”Buono Thanksgiving!” Continue reading “Thanksgiving Spaghetti Squash–with an Italian Twist!—{and “SpeechSnacks” for /s/ blends}” »

Cinnamon-Sugar Tortilla Chips with Cream Cheese-Walnut Dip—{with Speech Snacks for /s/ and /s/ blends}


Once again, I am using the very versatile tortilla to create another recipe.  Previously I have used them to make Tortilla Pizza’s and a Turkey Tortilla Wrap.  The tortilla is back to make another appearance–this time as a sweet snack.   I have found similar snack products on the shelves of my grocery store, however  I like knowing that the foods I am eating and feeding my family were made with just a few ingredients and made at home by me, whenever possible–and often times, it’s much more economical and fun to do so!   This treat is a great substitute for potato chips, crackers or cookies. They are a crunchy, sweet treat to add to your kid’s lunch boxes too!   Check out the video demonstration that will show you ways to incorporate the /s/ sound while making the chips!!  Continue reading “Cinnamon-Sugar Tortilla Chips with Cream Cheese-Walnut Dip—{with Speech Snacks for /s/ and /s/ blends}” »

MEATLESS MONDAY: Portobello Pizza–{with Speech Snacks for /p/}


Meatless Mondays were first initiated during both World Wars.  It was a voluntary campaign put into place by the U.S. Presidents during war time asking the American people to do their part to aid the war effort.  As a result, many Americans discovered how much better they felt–eating less meat wasn’t such a bad thing!     Meatless Monday was revived once again in  2003 as a public health campaign,  with the goal of improving overall well being and reducing our carbon footprint.  Today’s “Portobello Pizza” is a great substitute for meat and just as satisfying! Continue reading “MEATLESS MONDAY: Portobello Pizza–{with Speech Snacks for /p/}” »

Almost Lasagna—{with “Speech Snacks” for /l/}

cut and serve

If you’re looking for a hearty Italian meal that’s nutritious and simple to make, look no further!  I call this recipe “Almost Lasagna” because while it includes many of the ingredients found in a traditional lasagna, it does not require several layers of noodles, meat and cheese that could make it a bit more time consuming and fussy.  Instead, you will layer and spread each ingredient just once. And I’ve “tweaked” it a bit to make it healthy and gluten free.  It’s hard to leave the cheese out of this one, so if you need a dairy-free option, you could use soy cheese, but remember that soy products are not casein free so it will not meet the standards for a GFCF diet.    Once you’ve done all the prep work, get your kids to assemble it…it’s fun and easy for them to do, as you will see in the photos below! Continue reading “Almost Lasagna—{with “Speech Snacks” for /l/}” »

Sunday Morning Almond Pancakes and Blueberry Sauce {with speech snacks for ‘WH’ questions}

PicMonkey Collage almonds


Almond Pancakes

Almonds are an incredible source of vitamins and minerals, namely Vitamin E and manganese. They are packed with many important B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamine, panothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folate.

Almonds are GLUTEN FREE!  It’s the perfect alternative for parents following a gluten and casein free (GFCF) diet for their children.

For this recipe, you will need ALMOND MEAL (Almond meal is finely crushed almonds–that’s all!) or Almond Flour (as long as it is 100% almonds!)    I use almond meal as a substitute in many recipes that call for white flour and/or bread crumbs.




1 cup almond meal

3 large eggs

1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4-1/2 cup almond milk, coconut milk or rice milk (all casein free)  Substitute dairy if you are not following a strict GFCF plan.

3 Tbsp. Agave sweetener or honey


 Mix all ingredients together until a batter forms. (Batter will be thick. Use 1/4-1/2 cup milk to thin the batter. Pour batter onto a buttered or greased skillet over medium heat until both sides are golden brown




This recipe will make 15-20 small-medium sized pancakes


A quick and simple blueberry syrup is delicious with these pancakes–and blueberries will provide some extra health benefits, namely antioxidants and vitamin C. Add 1 cup frozen blueberries to a pan and warm over low heat. Add 1/4 cup of agave nectar, honey or pure maple syrup. (Alternatively, if blueberries are in season, add 1/2-1 cup of fresh berries to your pancake batter!)

 Complete this meal with gluten-free, casein free, nitrate free turkey bacon….perfect for serving children on a GFCF diet!!!




Today’s “Speech Snacks“:

  • Let your kids help with counting, measuring and mixing the ingredients

  • Compare the DRY ingredients to the WET mixture

  • ASK THEM:”What happens when we add the milk?”

  • Put some butter on the heated skillet and watch it melt

  • ASK:“Why is the butter melting?”

  • Pour the batter on the skillet

  • ASK: “What happened to the batter?” and “How does the pancake look different when it’s flipped?”

  • Have your kids use their FIVE SENSES while making the pancakes and ask: WHAT do you hear? What do you see?” “How does it smell?” “How do they taste?” “How do they feel?”

  • ASK: “What shape is a pancake?” Name some other objects that are shaped like a circle to work on CATEGORIZATION and VOCABULARY BUILDING

Here are some great stories to have fun reading with your kids about PANCAKES!

Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie dePaola

Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle

Pancakes for Findus by Sven Nordqvist

Pancake Dreams by Ingmarie Ahvander

If you Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff

Curious George Makes Pancakes by Margaret and H. A. Rey


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