Seitan Satay Skewers

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Tonight Travis made the third and final recipes from his Taste of Thailand Raddish Kids package. I was so proud of him throughout this month’s kit, since it exposed him to lots of new flavors and cooking methods, but he was game to try everything!

First, make the marinade:

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Smash, peel, and mince two garlic cloves. Place in a large bowl, along with 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, 2 tablespoon canola oil, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon turmeric. Time to whisk! Travis is loving this latest keepsake.

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The original recipe from Raddish called for chicken tenders but suggested 8 ounces seitan as the vegan alternative. Add seitan strips to the marinade and let stand for about 15 minutes.

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As every vegan knows, the size of seitan pieces in a package can vary widely. So while we were able to thread the biggest pieces onto skewers, as shown in the recipe, many small ones were too delicate or not the right shape. I arranged our skewered ones on a baking sheet lined with foil, and added the others to bake along the side. Which luckily worked just fine!

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Bake at 350 degrees F for 17 minutes.

Meanwhile, to prepare the dipping sauce whisk together 1/3 cup sunflower seed butter and 1/3 cup warm water in a small bowl. Peel 1 (1-inch) piece of ginger and grate – another great culinary lesson.

Add the ginger to the sunflower seed sauce, along with 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 1 tablespoon soy sauce. Whisk (again, yay!) to combine.

This was honestly some of the best seitan I’ve ever had. Travis wasn’t wild about the sauce, but I was proud of him for trying it! We finished by learning a little about Thai foods (like kaffir lime leaves) and Thai culture as we dined, thanks to the information on the recipe card. What a great culinary adventure!

Reverse Peekaboo

 

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Today, Veronika and I mixed up our games of peekaboo. Unlike in the past, this time she played peekaboo with me!

Okay, perhaps not really, but this is a super-cute variation. First, to get her comfortable with the idea, I placed a see-through scarf over my head. Where’s mommy?

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Peek-a-boo!

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Now I draped the scarf loosely over her head. She looked a bit confused but delighted.

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Where’s Veronika? Peek-a-boo!

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Needless to say, we played many rounds, with different colored scarves for variation.

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This game was also a reminder what fun these see-through scarves are for tots. Wad it into a ball and hand it to your child, and let the fun begin!

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Mr. Moon

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This cute and dramatic game helps teach your baby about the sun and the moon. There’s a reason this pair is a staple of nursery rhymes; sun/moon and day/night are one of the first concepts your baby will notice and learn in life!

To bring the sun and moon to life, you’ll need two paper plates and craft sticks.

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On the first plate, I drew a sun with a nice smiling face. Use markers, watercolor markers, or any other preferred medium to color in. On the second plate, I drew a crescent moon and added a nose, mouth, and smile.

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Attach a craft stick to each with tape. Now have these cross the “sky” in front of your baby, alternating day and night. This was fun for Veronika just for the visual!

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Then I recited this cute poem as I traveled the plates in front of her:

Mr. Moon, Mr. Moon

You’re up too soon.

The Sun’s still high in the sky.

So go back to your bed, 

and cover up your head,

and wait for the day to go by.

Veronika loved reaching for the plates. She continued to play with them long after the rhyme-time was done.

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A great first sun and moon game!

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