Romesco hummus

Romesco hummus | Me & The Moose. This easy, healthy snack makes plain, boring hummus more interesting by adding vegetables. Who doesn’t want that? #meandthemoose #hiddenveggies #hummusrecipes #hummus #romescohummus #glutenfree #nutfree #dairyfree #snacks #snackrecipes
Romesco hummus | Me & The Moose. This easy, healthy snack makes plain, boring hummus more interesting by adding vegetables. Who doesn’t want that? #meandthemoose #hiddenveggies #hummusrecipes #hummus #romescohummus #glutenfree #nutfree #dairyfree #snacks #snackrecipes

It’s happening, people. The “new year, new anxiety” phase of January has begun.

Can we talk about having a second child? I have mixed thoughts about it. Sometimes it feels like a member of our family is missing. And both my husband and I have siblings and love it (both the idea of having a sibling and the actual people that our siblings are). AND being an aunt is one of my very favorite things. I don’t want M to miss out on any of that.

But it took so long for us to get pregnant with M, that I’ve been mentally preparing to have one child since he was born.

And the fact is, it took me a long time to feel like myself again both mentally and physically after having M and I’m scared to give that up. I wouldn’t necessarily claim that we’ve “hit our stride” as a family, but we’ve achieved a sort of equilibrium, so the idea of purposely throwing a HUGE wrench into the works with another baby is very scary.

I’m also scared about the change to M’s life. He’s actually cried a few times because he doesn’t have a sibling, but I know that his sadness is purely theoretical. When another little person actually takes up our time, he’ll be PISSED. I don’t want to ruin his life, you know?

But what about the joy a kid brings? And the funny family stories we’ll have in the future? And M will need someone to complain to about all of the mistakes we’ll inevitably make.

And here’s where the anxiety comes in: We are entering my 39th year of life, so my time to perseverate about having another child is swiftly coming to an end. UUUUUUUUGGGGGHHHHH.

What is your advice? Have any of you felt this way? How did you make the final decision? I NEED TO KNOW.

Anyhoo, I can’t think of a good segue, so HUMMUS.

Romesco hummus | Me & The Moose. This easy, healthy snack makes plain, boring hummus more interesting by adding vegetables. Who doesn’t want that? #meandthemoose #hiddenveggies #hummusrecipes #hummus #romescohummus #glutenfree #nutfree #dairyfree #snacks #snackrecipes

Hummus was one of M’s favorite snacks until…it wasn’t. He actually told me one day that he was “done” with hummus and carrots. Rude.

So I combined plain hummus with the veggies and spices from Romesco sauce, had him measure the ingredients and press the food processor buttons, and HUZZAH he likes hummus again.

To anyone wondering why they should make hummus rather than buying it in the store, I say, it’s truly so easy that a small child can do it (and did). Unlike regular Romesco sauce, this hummus is nut-free, so you don’t have to toast or roast anything. You don’t even need to chop because, food processor.

A couple of notes:

  • There is a lot of smoked paprika in this recipe, so start with 1/2 tsp and add more to taste if you prefer milder flavors.

  • I use a brand of roasted red pepper that comes in a tall, thin jar, so the peppers are really big. If your peppers are smaller, use two.

Romesco hummus | Me & The Moose. This easy, healthy snack makes plain, boring hummus more interesting by adding vegetables. Who doesn’t want that? #meandthemoose #hiddenveggies #hummusrecipes #hummus #romescohummus #glutenfree #nutfree #dairyfree #snacks #snackrecipes

Romesco hummus

1 can chickpeas, drained
1 large roasted red pepper (or 2 smaller peppers)
2 Tbsp tomato paste
2 large garlic cloves
1/2-1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp cayenne
3 Tbsp tahini
1 Tbsp sherry or red wine vinegar

 Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth.

Yield: 16 oz or 1.5 cups

Romesco hummus | Me & The Moose. This easy, healthy snack makes plain, boring hummus more interesting by adding vegetables. Who doesn’t want that? #meandthemoose #hiddenveggies #hummusrecipes #hummus #romescohummus #glutenfree #nutfree #dairyfree #snacks #snackrecipes

Turkey dumplings

Turkey dumplings | Me & the Moose. Precooked filling speeds up the process of making these dumplings that are a fun vehicle for veggies and protein for lunchboxes, snacks, and dinners. #meandthemoose #dumplings #turkey #luncboxinspo #lunchboxideas #kidscooking #kidsrecipes #healthykidrecipes

If M used a lunchbox, these would be a great filler. A small, hand-held vehicle for lean protein and vegetables that you can make in a big batch or freeze and steam in small groups? Yes, please. Also, I folded some to look like origami dogs, which is always a hit with the toddler set.

Turkey dumplings | Me & the Moose. Precooked filling speeds up the process of making these dumplings that are a fun vehicle for veggies and protein for lunchboxes, snacks, and dinners. #meandthemoose #dumplings #turkey #luncboxinspo #lunchboxideas #kidscooking #kidsrecipes #healthykidrecipes

I'm always trying to get M into the kitchen with me for a few reasons: 1) Kids are more likely to try new things and be adventurous eaters when they have a hand in making the foods; and 2) It's SO HARD to cook and photograph meals when M wants to be doing something else. So far, sugar cookies and/or anything that needs to be rolled, rolled out, or stirred, have led to pretty successful partnerships. I try my best not to be precious about the kitchen and the mess that he's making. I draw the line at letting him eat anything raw, but otherwise, we have some good stain-remover and I lots of spare towels nearby to sop up spills.

Turkey dumplings | Me & the Moose. Precooked filling speeds up the process of making these dumplings that are a fun vehicle for veggies and protein for lunchboxes, snacks, and dinners. #meandthemoose #dumplings #turkey #luncboxinspo #lunchboxideas #kidscooking #kidsrecipes #healthykidrecipes

However, this recipe was a tough one. I think it required more dexterity than M currently has. I originally thought he could dip his finger into the water and wet the four corners or sides of the wontons before folding them, but he just wanted to drink the water. The filling is also fully cooked, so I wasn't worried about him sneaking bites, but alas. This one might be better for a 3-year-old, but use your judgement. HOWEVER! Here's how YOU can make these dumplings (see the recipe for full instructions):

Easy peasy. And the dogs:

Turkey dumplings | Me & the Moose. Precooked filling speeds up the process of making these dumplings that are a fun vehicle for veggies and protein for lunchboxes, snacks, and dinners. #meandthemoose #dumplings #turkey #luncboxinspo #lunchboxideas #kidscooking #kidsrecipes #healthykidrecipes

Turkey dumplings

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 lb ground turkey (I used dark meat, but light meat or a mixture would be fine)
6-8 scallions (1 medium-sized bunch)
1 zucchini, shredded
1 Tbsp soy sauce
½ Tbsp fish sauce
Wonton wrappers

Shred the zucchini and let drain in a fine mesh sieve while you prepare the other ingredients. (If you don't have one, squeeze the zucchini between a few pieces of paper towel.) In a large sauté pan, heat oil over a medium flame and brown the ground turkey, breaking up any chunks. Add the scallions and drained zucchini and cook for about 5 minutes. If zucchini releases lots of water, don’t worry about it; it’ll evaporate in the cooking. Add the soy sauce and fish sauce and cook until the liquid has evaporated. Let cool.

Clear off a large workspace. Have a small bowl of water nearby.

To make the square dumplings: Wet all four sides of a square wonton wrapper. Add 1 tsp of the turkey mixture to the center of the wonton. Fold the four corners into the middle and press down to secure. 

To make the dog dumplings: Wet two sides of a square wonton wrapper. Add 1 tsp of the turkey mixture to the center of the wonton. Fold wrapper in half and press down on two sides of the resulting triangle. Put a dot of water on both of the top corners and fold down a small triangle to make the ears.

To steam: To a regular steamer basket, add a circle of parchment paper with several slits cut into it. Bring a few inches of water to a boil and add the steamer basket. Add wontons, cover, and steam for 8 minutes.

To bake: Preheat the oven to 350. Place the wontons on a large baking sheet and spray with a neutral oil. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until golden brown around the edges.

Yield: 34-40 wontons

Try one of these dipping sauces while you're at it:
Traditional, soy-sauce based 
Non-traditional, many varieties!
 

Turkey dumplings | Me & the Moose. Precooked filling speeds up the process of making these dumplings that are a fun vehicle for veggies and protein for lunchboxes, snacks, and dinners. #meandthemoose #dumplings #turkey #luncboxinspo #lunchboxideas #kidscooking #kidsrecipes #healthykidrecipes