Rice Gruel or First Jook/ Mieum (미음)

ricegruel2 682x1024 Rice Gruel or First Jook/ Mieum (미음)If your baby is ready to begin solids, rice gruel or mieum, is the perfect first food to start with since it is mostly water-based and easy for babies to digest.  Once your baby is used to eating rice mieum, you can move onto making different types of mieum by adding different single fruits and vegetables.  It is also very quick and simple to make taking only 5-7 minutes of cooking time and can be made in just 5 steps.  Let’s get started!

Start with one tablespoon of sweet white rice or regular white rice.  Either type of rice is okay but sweet rice is easier for babies to digest and for this reason it is most commonly used base for traditional jook recipes.

Rice4 1024x682 Rice Gruel or First Jook/ Mieum (미음)STEP 1. Wash the rice about 3x until water runs clear, soak for 30 minutes, and then drain.

IMG 4507 300x227 Rice Gruel or First Jook/ Mieum (미음)STEP 2: Gently grind the rice using a small blender, food processor, or mortar & pestle.

IMG 4524 1024x683 Rice Gruel or First Jook/ Mieum (미음)STEP 3: Add 1 cup of water and bring to a boil.

IMG 4532 1024x682 Rice Gruel or First Jook/ Mieum (미음)STEP 4: Lower heat and cook for 5-7 minutes,
stirring frequently so that the rice does not burn.

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STEP 5: Strain all of the liquid through an extra fine strainer. Use a spoon or a spatula and gently press down to extract all of the liquid.

IMG 4549 1024x682 Rice Gruel or First Jook/ Mieum (미음)And now you have your rice gruel! So quick and easy, right?

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There should be plenty left over for the next day since your baby should only be eating about 1 tablespoon a day for the first week.

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Stay tuned for more mieum recipes as well as jook recipes for older babies.
If you have any requests, please leave them in the comments below!

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Mandarin Toasted Almond Salad

IMG 4172 682x1024 Mandarin Toasted Almond SaladHow gorgeous is this salad?  My mom introduced me to this salad recently and it is now my absolute favorite salad! I love how filling it is with the addition of avocados and almonds.  It is such a simple salad to make and is perfect for the summer.  Serve it extra cold during a hot summer day and it will be so refreshing and delicious!


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Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg. of romaine lettuce
  • 1 pkg. of spring mix
  • 1 can of mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/2 a red onion, diced
  • grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • dried craisins
  • toasted sliced almonds (please do not skip out on these – the crunchy sweetness of these toasted almonds definitely make the salad! directions below)

IMG 4242 1024x945 Mandarin Toasted Almond SaladTo toast almonds: heat up a large skillet on low/medium heat, add almonds, gently stir and heat until light golden brown (keep a close watch and keep stirring because they burn easily), sprinkle desired amount of sugar (about 1 teaspoon), cool off on wax paper, sprinkle on salad right before serving, store extra in an airtight container

IMG 4221 199x300 Mandarin Toasted Almond SaladThis raspberry vinaigrette dressing pairs perfectly with this salad.

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Turn this salad into a main dish by adding some chicken or steak to it.

I hope you will try making this salad soon!

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How to Treat Mastitis at Home

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With my first child, Chaerin, after trying unsuccessfully for a couple of weeks to breastfeed, I decided to give up and exclusively pump.  I did a lot of reading up on pumping and read that the body does not respond to the pump as well as to a baby’s suckling so I set myself on a strict schedule with pumping every 1.5 hours around the clock to mimic a newborn’s appetite.  Well I think I might have overdone it because I ended up with horrible oversupply which resulted in a clogged duct almost twice a week and mastitis four times, not to mention just being in pain all the time from engorgement.

If you are unfamiliar with the symptoms of mastitis they are:

  • Painful area on the breast that might be red, swollen and/or warm to the touch
  • Fever
  • Chills and shivering
  • Flu-like symptoms – fatigue, general aches and pains

Each time that I felt mastitis coming on, I would call my doctor for a prescription and had to take antibiotics for 7-10 days and it took me at least two to three days before I felt any better.     The last time that I had mastitis with Chaerin, I had a fever for six long days so shortly thereafter I decided to quit pumping because I felt like my body was telling me that it was time to stop.

Before having my second child, Haerin, I researched more natural ways because I didn’t want to take antibiotics for a week each time and I felt like there must be a better way.  I’ve had mastitis three times with Haerin and all three times I have cleared it up with just raw garlic!

It’s hard to stomach the garlic at first (and do not eat it on an empty stomach – trust me!) but it really works and I love that it’s all natural.  Studies show that fresh raw garlic is an effective antibiotic against common cold and flu viruses, fungus, parasites and yeast.  Cooking destroys allicin, the natural component of garlic, so it must be raw.

The first time I tried this method it was on a Sunday morning when I woke up with that a familiar pain on one side and a fever.  My doctor’s office was closed and I had a bag of fresh garlic so I decided to try it and if it didn’t work then I could see my doctor the next day.

Raw Garlic Treatment of Mastitis

  1. After eating a meal or a snack, take 2 Tylenol to help with the pain and/or fever.
  2. Take 3-4 clover of garlic, chop into 4 pieces and swallow (you might have to chew them a little) with a cup of orange juice to help wash it down.  If you are brave and want to mix it up a bit, I also alternated eating the garlic with gochujang instead of OJ.
  3. Repeat 3 more times the first day with the last time being right before bed.
  4. The next three to four days, take 2 garlics 3 times a day.
  5. Nurse or pump frequently every 2-3 hours on the affected side & take hot showers and massage affected side.
  6. Get lots of rest and drinks lots of water!

And that’s it!
Each time I felt better in less than 24 hours.
Although this method worked for me,  please remember that the material on this site is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for your own doctor’s medical care or advice.
Stay tuned for future posts on exclusive pumping, increasing supply, and how to get rid of ductal thrush.

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Tips & Tricks: Freeze Your Garlic

I use garlic in almost every dish that I make so to save time, I like to process and freeze my garlic into small cubes or a freezer bag

eggilove 3 828x1024 Tips & Tricks: Freeze Your GarlicSave even more time by using pre-peeled garlic. I love this huge bag that I get from Costco.

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Or freeze them in ice cube trays and then once they frozen, put them into a freezer bag.

 

  

Fresh Veggie Summer Rolls

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My brother-in-law got married a few weeks ago and at their Korean reception, they served these amazing vegetable summer rolls cut into rounds like kimbap served with a simple Sriracha based sauce .  They are so fresh, crunchy, healthy and delicious that I had to recreate them when I got home.  Once you have all of the ingredients prepped, they are so easy  to roll and set aside for lunch or dinner. Let’s get started! (more…)

  

Great Gluten-Free Snacks for Babies and Kids

Here is a roundup of some great gluten-free snacks that little ones will love and are perfect for on-the-go!

12940940213 2e9213ace2 o 1024x768 Great Gluten Free Snacks for Babies and Kids1.  Happy Baby Organic Puffs - The perfect first snack for babies. It comes in 6 different flavors but sweet potato is our favorite.
2.   Original Baby Mum-Mum – Great oblong shape for babies to hold and dissolves easily in their mouth.
3.  Toddler Mum-Mum in Strawberry Flavor - A bit crunchier than the original mum-mums & the strawberry flavor is sweet and so good.
4.  Bamboo Lane Crunchy Rice Rollers – Soft, crunchy and mildly sweet. Check your local Costco for a large pack or available on Amazon here.
5.  Nature’s Path Honey’d Corn Flakes – Corn flakes with a hint of sweetness. Available at most large grocery stores.  I use these as a snack, as cereal with milk, with yogurt and they are especially delicious crushed up and used for making chicken fingers (recipe to come).
6.  Chocolate Chex – Your usual Chex with chocolate ones mixed in. Your kid(s) might end up just picking out the chocolate ones like mine do!
7.  Peeled Snacks Much-ado-about-Mango  - These are so good! I picked these up at my local grocery store (Wegmans) but after going back for more and more, I ordered them in bulk on Amazon.
8.  Organicasaurus Baked Organic Corn Snack – Dinosaur-shaped cheddar cheese puffs? Enough said!
9.  Wegmans Organic Boxed Raisins – Perfect size to take for on-the-go snacking or to add to a lunchbox.
10.  Blue Diamonds Sliced Almonds – Sliced ones make it easier for little ones to eat. Rich in vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. And for those of you with peanut-allergy concerns, Blue Diamond maintains a peanut-free facility!
11.  Pop Chips BBQ – I had to save the best for last. These chips are amazingly good! The BBQ flavor is the best and is always sold out at local stores so I finally ordered them through Amazon in a pack of 24.

Hope you enjoyed the roundup. What are some of your favorite gluten-free snacks? Please leave a comment!

 Great Gluten Free Snacks for Babies and Kids

  

Seaweed Soup I Miyuk Gook (Gluten-Free)

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Hello and welcome to my first blog post! I am so excited to share my first recipe which is seaweed soup or miyuk gook.  I’ve chosen this soup to start with because it has a very significant meaning in Korean culture. After giving birth, women eat this soup for several weeks afterwards to help with breastmilk production and restore blood loss from childbirth.  This seaweed (wakame) has high levels of calcium, iron, iodine, folate and vitamins. Since seaweed soup is the first meal that mother’s have after giving birth to you, it is also a tradition to eat seaweed soup to celebrate your birthday.

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Turkey/Beef Patties Jam-Packed With Veggies / Dongurangdeng 동그랑땡 (GF and Egg-Free Option)

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This is a great dish to make ahead in a big batch and it freezes very well. The recipe below will make A LOT of patties (maybe about 40-60 small patties depending on how big you shape them) so if you don’t want to make this much, definitely halve the recipe. We go through these super quick in our house so only half of them will even make it into the freezer.

 

The recipe does take a lot of chopping but that is the most time consuming part. Once you’re done with that, all you have to do is mix, shape into patties, and cook.

 

I like to freeze them in bags of 8 patties so when I don’t feel like looking or I need a quick meal to-go, I will defrost one bag, fry them up and pack them up with some rice. It is the perfect meal to-go and it’s full of delicious and nutritious vegetables! Let’s get started.
You will need:
-approx. 3 pounds or 2 packs of ground turkey or ground beef
-2 packs of firm tofu
-rice flour (gf version) or regular all-purpose flour
-4-6 eggs (if making the egg version)
-3 handfuls of spinach
-10 mushrooms
-6 carrots
-1 bell pepper
-1 large onion
-3 teaspoons of finely minced garlic, 3 tablespoons of GF soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of sesame seed oil, 2 1/2 teaspoons of salt, 2 teaspoons of black pepper

 

 Turkey/Beef Patties Jam Packed With Veggies / Dongurangdeng 동그랑땡 (GF and Egg Free Option)
I used the vegetables pictured above but you can definitely add or take out any depending on your kid’s likes or dislikes. I will say, though, that the red pepper and garlic definitely give the patties a great flavor. My oldest doesn’t really like red peppers but she happily dips the patties in ketchup.

 

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This is a 4-pack of ground turkey that I picked up at Costco. I am using 2 packs for this recipe. You can also use ground beef which is my husband’s favorite! But we have to keep it healthy so I switch back between ground turkey and ground beef.

 

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Not all tofus are created equal.  Pulmone brand tofu is definitely hands down the most delicious tofu. Until a couple of years ago I thought all tofus tasted pretty much the same until I started to regularly cook meals for my kids.
My mom would always pick up this particular brand from the Asian grocery store and I realized how much more delicious and smooth tasting this tofu brand was over all of the other ones that I had used. I like to use their organic type but all of their other tofus taste great too and they are all made using non-GMO soybeans. They come in 3 different consistencies: silken, soft, and firm.

 

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For this recipe I use the firm kind. The firm kind has the most water pressed out of it but it still has some water left. To remove as much of it quickly as possible, remove tofu blocks from package, drain, place in a bowl and cover it with a moist paper towel and microwave for 5 minutes. When done, drain the excess water, chop, and set aside.

turkeypatties 13 1024x682 Turkey/Beef Patties Jam Packed With Veggies / Dongurangdeng 동그랑땡 (GF and Egg Free Option)Prep all of your vegetables: peel and finely dice onions, red pepper, carrots and mushrooms, and mince about 5 cloves of garlic. I used a piece from a bag of garlic that I had in the freezer.

 

 Turkey/Beef Patties Jam Packed With Veggies / Dongurangdeng 동그랑땡 (GF and Egg Free Option)
Sauté the onions and garlic for abour 4-5 minutes with 1 tablespoon of olive oil over low to medium heat.

 

 Turkey/Beef Patties Jam Packed With Veggies / Dongurangdeng 동그랑땡 (GF and Egg Free Option)
Add 2 1/2 teaspoons of sea salt to your ground turkey.

 

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Add 2 teaspoons black pepper, 3 tablespoons of soy sauce, and 2 tablespoons of sesame seed oil.

 

turkeypatties 16 1024x682 Turkey/Beef Patties Jam Packed With Veggies / Dongurangdeng 동그랑땡 (GF and Egg Free Option)Now add all of the veggies and the tofu.
Look at all of those beautiful veggies and your hard work! WHEW! Great job! The rest is super quick - I promise!

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Now comes the fun part.
Mix it all up!

turkeypatties 18 1024x682 Turkey/Beef Patties Jam Packed With Veggies / Dongurangdeng 동그랑땡 (GF and Egg Free Option)Now we’re ready.
Form into small patties. Roll into a ball and flatten down. You want to make them pretty flat and not too thick because the patties will shrink and thicken up as they cook.

 Turkey/Beef Patties Jam Packed With Veggies / Dongurangdeng 동그랑땡 (GF and Egg Free Option)

Heat a non-stick frying pan with a little bit of olive oil. Place patties on and cook 4-6 minutes on each side on low to medium heat until lightly browned.

 Turkey/Beef Patties Jam Packed With Veggies / Dongurangdeng 동그랑땡 (GF and Egg Free Option)They are so delicious right off the stove! Eat as is or you can dip in ketchup or a soy sauce/vinegar sauce (just a couple of teaspoons of each & mix in a small sauce bowl)

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For the egg version, coat the patties with either rice flour (for a gluten-free version) or just regular flour.

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Make sure to wipe the pan with a paper towel completely clean after each batch to make sure your patties don’t brown too much.
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Crack a couple of eggs.
Beat the eggs with a fork and add a pinch or two of salt.

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    Gently drop a patty into the egg and coat with egg. Use a fork in one hand and the other hand to flip it makes it easier.

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    Cook on both sides for about 4-5 minutes with a little bit of olive oil until lightly browned.

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Don’t they look delicious?
They are so easy to reheat the next day and still taste great.  Pack some rice and roasted seaweed sheets along with some of these patties and you have a perfectly nutritious & delicious meal for your little one to go!turkeypatties 19 1024x682 Turkey/Beef Patties Jam Packed With Veggies / Dongurangdeng 동그랑땡 (GF and Egg Free Option)
If you are going to freeze some of the patties, get some wax paper and cut them into squares. I made about 25 squares to freeze half. The wax prevents them from sticking together and makes defrosting them MUCH easier. Without the wax paper, they will stick to each other and break apart.

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Stack them like so. If I shape my patties well, I can get 8 patties stacked on top of each other. After stacking, wrap the individual packs in some cling wrap and then put them into a Ziploc bag. Now you have quick and healthy meals that will be lifesaver on those days when you don’t have the time or energy to cook!When you are ready to defrost them, take a pack out and leave it out for about 30 minutes. Then carefully slide a knife in between the pieces and the patties easily split apart.
Enjoy!
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Turkey/Beef Tofu Patties Jam Packed with Veggies

-approx. 3 pounds or 2 packs of ground turkey or ground beef
-2 packs of firm tofu
-rice flour (gf version) or regular all-purpose flour
-4-6 eggs (if making the egg version)
-3 handfuls of spinach
-10 mushrooms
-6 carrots
-1 bell pepper
-1 large onion
-3 teaspoons of finely minced garlic, 3 tablespoons of GF soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of sesame seed oil, 2 1/2 teaspoons of salt, 2 teaspoons of black pepper

Directions
1. Dice all of the vegetables and set aside.
2. Cover each tofu block with a moist paper towel and microwave in a bowl for 5 minutes. Drain and chop.
3. Sauté onion and minced garlic in olive oil for about 4-5 minutes with olive oil on low to medium heat.
4. Put all of the chopped vegetables, tofu and sautéed onions & garlic, salt, pepper, soy sauce, and sesame seed oil into a large bowl and mix well.
5. Shape into patties. Roll into a ball and flatten down. You want to make them pretty flat and not too thick because the patties will shrink and thicken up as they cook.
6. Heat a non-stick frying pan with a little bit of olive oil. Place patties on and cook 4-6 minutes on each side on low to medium heat until lightly browned.
For egg version:
7. Coat the patties with either rice flour (for a gluten-free version) or all-purpose flour.
8. Crack a couple of eggs, sprinkle a little salt, and beat.
9. Gently drop a patty into the egg and coat with egg.
10. Heat up a non-stick frying pan with olive oil and cook 4-6 minutes on each side on low to medium heat until lightly browned.
  

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