DIY Sugar-Free Freezies

DIY Sugar-Free Freezies - A delicious treat to enjoy on a hot day with your kids.  Healthy frozen treat with no added sugar.

It’s summertime and that means it is really hot in Ottawa, Canada.  My kids like to endulge in cold treats.  Especially when playing outside.  I thought it would be a great idea to come up with a DIY Sugar-Free Freezies recipe to give them on hot days.  I prefer to give them things without sugar added (aka naturally sweet) for health reasons.  Lately studies are saying how bad sugar is for you.  I am on Weight Watchers and sugar is a lot of points, so I try to keep it for the really good treats.  I’m not totally crazy about sugar, I let them have timbits and cake.  Plus I know my hubby is always giving them ice cream and chocolate when he is eating it.  But I try to help them make healthy choices and eat healthy as much as I can.


DIY Sugar-Free Freezies - A delicious treat to enjoy on a hot day with your kids.  Healthy frozen treat with no added sugar.

DIY Sugar-Free Freezies

 

DIY Sugar-Free Freezies - A delicious treat to enjoy on a hot day with your kids.  Healthy frozen treat with no added sugar.

My kids had so much fun helping me assemble the ingredients and mix them together.

The waiting part was very hard for them though!

DIY Sugar-Free Freezies - A delicious treat to enjoy on a hot day with your kids.  Healthy frozen treat with no added sugar.  DIY Sugar-Free Freezies - A delicious treat to enjoy on a hot day with your kids.  Healthy frozen treat with no added sugar.

DIY Sugar-Free Freezies
 
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Recipe type: Frozen
Ingredients
  • Banana - ripe
  • Mango - cubed
  • ½-2/3 c greek yogurt (I use 0% fat)
  • ½ c of coconut milk
Instructions
  1. I mixed everything together and blended it with my hand-help immersion blender (but a regular blender or food processor works well too) until smooth with no chunks.
  2. Next using a spoon I filled up the silicone freezie molds and put them in the freezer until after nap time.

 

Now is the fun and sticky part!  I let the kids take the DIY Sugar-Free Freezies outside (not on my clean floor please!) to enjoy them.  Then get sprayed with the hose (which they think is awesome) or swim in the kiddie pool to clean off.  Success!!  Kiddos and hubby liked them!

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Vegetarian Gallo Pinto

Vegetarian Gallo Pinto - You need a good breakfast full of protein to start your day!  Try this Costa Rican version of Vegetarian Gallo Pinto to get your day off to the right start.

 

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I love trying out breakfasts in different countries.   It’s nice to have something more filling than toast, cereal, or oatmeal.   As a vegetarian we need to have protein, especially when we will be going all day. One of my favourites was Vegetarian Gallo Pinto, which I had with my dad in the morning for breakfasts in Costa Rica.  My dad and I went on kayaking trips together and when you spend 4-8 hours a day paddling on a river you NEED to have a good breakfast to give you the energy to tackle the day.

 

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Perfect breakfast for traveling!

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This is a super easy breakfast to make, it is even delicious for lunches and dinners.  It requires mostly ingredients you probably already have on hand. For non-meat eaters protein is always a consideration so luckily Vegetarian Gallo Pinto has lots of protein for anyone to eat.  My kids also loved eating this from a very early age as it is baby and toddler friendly.

 

 

 

 

 

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Vegetarian Gallo Pinto

Recipe Type: Vegetarian

Cuisine: Costa Rican

Author: Hil

Ingredients

  • Diced Onion
  • Finely Diced Jalapeno (or regular pepper)
  • Olive Oil
  • Cooked Rice
  • Black Beans
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Poached Eggs
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Set your rice to cook (microwave or stove depending on your preference).
  2. Boil water for poaching your eggs.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large pan (even as large as a stir fry pan or wok). Cook olive oil until translucent, add jalapeno to cook for another 3 minutes. Add black beans and cook for another five minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Once rice is cooked add to the bean mixture. Cook for a few more minutes and stir well to combine.
  5. When water is boiling poach eggs (usually 2-3 minutes in boiling water for me).
  6. For serving, add a scoop of rice and beans mixture to each plate, sprinkle some shredded cheese on top and finish with a poached egg.
  7. Voila! Enjoy your amazingly filling Costa Rican breakfast!

 

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Banana Avocado Muffins

Banana Avocado uffins - Try making these Banana Avocado Muffins with your little ones. Easy to make and tasty! Perfect for a school snack and easy to make nut & dairy free.

Time for another easy muffin recipe.  Banana Avocado Muffins are a favourite in my house.  My daughter is in a cooperative nursery school and we all take turns doing snack, it usually works out to once or twice a month, but to accommodate allergies it has to be nut-free and dairy-free, so I have to be creative sometimes to come up with a snack for 15 kids that still accommodates this.  This is one of my go-to muffin recipes.  Super easy to make, my kids love to help me, and the kids at school eat it.  Plus *shhhh don’t tell them* its not all that bad for them and they are eating healthy things like avocado too!

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How to make Banana Avocado Muffins

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Banana Avocado Muffins
 
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Recipe type: Baking
Ingredients
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1-2 ripe avocados
  • ½ c of coconut oil or butter softened or melted
  • 1 egg
  • ½ c sugar
  • 1½ c flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ c chocolate chips (or other filling if dairy-free) *OPTIONAL*
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and get kids to put muffin liners in the muffin tin while you get out the ingredients. Grease muffin liners if using.
  2. Combine bananas and avocado in mixer and blend together thoroughly until there are no lumps. Add in coconut oil/butter and egg then blend it up. While that is mixing get kids to help you combine the rest of the dry ingredients in another bowl except the filling. Blend it up and then add to the wet ingredients. Mix that up again and then add ½ c of your favourite filling (we used mini chocolate chips) if you want. You can also leave it as is.
  3. Spoon the mixture into your muffin tin (maybe without kids help!) and bake for 20 minutes in a big muffin tin or closer to 15 minutes in a mini muffin tin!

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Getting kids involved in the kitchen

Personally, I am a big fan of getting kids to help you when you do things in the kitchen, especially baking.  My daughter at three-and-a-half is very good at helping, I tell her to measure out half a cup of coconut oil and she can do it unaided.  But my son at not-quite-two needs a lot more guidance.  He can help peel the bananas, break eggs (on the table when you aren’t looking!), and practice his scooping and pouring with the flour.  I have not baked with my son in over a month and I was amazed how good he was, he had no problem sticking out the silicone muffin wrappers in the tin, for the first time ever on his own.

When you bake with your kids regularly it is surprising how their skills develop, you see what areas they are learning in and where they need more help and guidance, my kids surprise me each time at what they can do un-aided.  Yes it is more work, yes it is messier than doing it alone, BUT look at it like an activity you do with your kids.  Carve the time out to spend with them (when you can) and teach them about measuring, numbers, counting (we need three cups of flour, lets count as we put them in), and ingredients.   They learn so much and take such pride in helping!  You can be sure daughter will be proudly telling her class today how she helped to make them!

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Life lessons learned

A hard lesson in baking, patience, one my son has not mastered yet.  He wants to eat the muffins NOW, not in 20 minutes, and cries as he waits, getting him to watch through the door helps, but this is a hard lesson that is good for him to learn now too!

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Wonton Jalapeño Poppers

Wonton Jalapeno Poppers - Jalapeno Poppers are the BEST! Try this healthier (and weight watcher friendly) version of wonton jalapeno poppers where you bake and not fry.

I love jalapeno poppers!  My favourite are healthy ones and Wonton Jalapeno Poppers fit the bill.  I used to love the breaded version from M&M, but they changed the recipe and then it just wasn’t worth the calories.  Have you ever gotten a treat you were willing to spurge the calories (or weight watcher points) on, but then took a bite and realized it didn’t taste as good as it looked?  Then it is totally not worth eating.  I adapted this recipe and found one I fell in love with.  I hope you love these Wonton jalapeno poppers as much as I do!

How to assemble

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What you need

 

Wonton Jalapeño Poppers
 
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Ingredients
  • Wonton wrappers
  • Cream cheese (I prefer light)
  • Shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey jack, whichever)
  • Minced Jalapeno pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425.
  2. Grab a bowl of water, pastry brush, dumpling press (if you have, if not a fork).
  3. In each wonton wrapper put a small spoon of cream cheese, a pinch or two of shredded cheese, and a few of the minced jalapeno, more if you like it spicier.
  4. To close it you have two options, use the brush and put water around the outside of the wonton, use the dumpling press to close it, or you can seal it with your fingers or by pressing a fork.
  5. Put it in the oven and bake for 11 minutes, give or take depending on your baking sheet and oven. Don't let them over cook too much or all the cheese will explode out, but you want it as close to golden brown as possible.

 

 

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Easy Vegetarian Indian Dinner

Easy Vegetarian Indian Dinner - This is such an easy dish to make and sure to be a family favourite. For kids of all ages and a quick dish to make making it great after a day of work.

This is one of our FAVOURITE dinners in my house.  I hate repetition, but we have it every month or so.  My kids love to dip things, and as vegetarians I am always looking for easy ways to get some iron (spinach) and protein (lentils) into them.  This is a whole meal and one, but doesn’t take a long time to make or require a lot of ingredients.

What do you need to make it?

 Easy Vegetarian Indian Dinner - ingredients

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Easy Vegetarian Indian Dinner
 
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Recipe type: Vegetarian
Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients
  • •2 Onions minced
  • •Garlic (I use pre-minced) 2 tbsp
  • •Bag of spinach
  • •Package of Paneer cheese
  • •Oil
  • •1 tsp Tumeric
  • •1/2-1 tsp Cumin
  • •1/2-1 tsp Chili powder
  • •1 tsp Cinnamon
  • •2 cups Lentils (rinsed and maybe soaked for 5 min if you have time)
  • •Water to cover lentils in pot, I found aboutt 3-3½ cups
  • •2 tbsp. Tomato Paste
  • •4 tbsp. Lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Prep everything first, put lentils to soak, cut the onions, wash the spinach, cut the paneer, drain lentils.
  2. In a pot fry ½ onions for about five minutes until translucent, add in garlic and stir. While that cooks add in all the spices and stir. Add in lentils and enough water to cover, about 3½ cups I found. Add in tomato paste and stir. You can cook for 25-45 minutes, keep stirring regularly.
  3. Preheat the oven and put in the naan bread to warm. Only needs to be in about 5-10 minutes.
  4. Add the other ½ of minced onions and cook for five minutes again, until translucent. Add in the paneer cheese, stir/flip regularly until starting to brown, add in a hand full or two of the spinach and cook. We like our paneer a little crispy so prefer it too cook longer. (Check on your naan!) Spinach shrinks a lot when hot so keep adding in handfuls of spinach until your bag is done and it is all wilted. Ensure the cheese is done to your preference.
  5. Serve all three on a plate and watch your kids actually eat!
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Easy Vegetarian Wonton Soup

Why should meat-eaters have all the wonton soup fun? Try this easy vegetarian wonton soup recipe, sure to please the whole family and super tasty!

One of my favourite things to eat is easy vegetarian wonton soup.  Before I was a full vegetarian as a kid I would just pick the wontons out of the soup at restaurants with my parents and leave the meat.  I love eating wonton soup, but making it, particularly stuffing the dumpling part is very time consuming and I don’t always have the time to do it with two kids demanding my attention.  This version is like a de-constructed version of a wonton soup.  You can easily have the wonton experience, but without the dumpling work.  I hope you enjoy!

How to make it:

Easy Vegetarian Wonton Soup - ingredients

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Easy Vegetarian Mushroom Wonton Soup
 
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Recipe type: Vegetarian
Cuisine: Asian
Ingredients
  • •1 pack Wontons
  • •Water 7 cups
  • •2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • •3 Mushroom boullion cubes
  • •2 tsp Sesame oil
  • •2 tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • •1 tsp Sriacha Sauce
  • •1 tbsp Garlic (I use pre-minced)
  • •2 bunches of bok choy
  • •1 container of mushrooms
  • •1 pack of firm tofu
  • •3-4 handfuls (roughly half a bag) of bean sprouts
Instructions
  1. Put 7 cups of water on the stove to boil in a large pot. Add bouillon cubes once boiling
  2. Cut the mushrooms (I halved or left whole depending on the size) and fry in a pan with some oil. As it cooks cut your tofu in half. Cube half of it. Once the mushrooms are starting to brown, add garlic, the tofu. Crumble the other half into the pan. Stir as it browns a bit. Add in sauces.
  3. I do both pots at once: 1 tsp sesame oil in tofu mixture & 1 tsp in water, add 1 tbsp. soy sauce to tofu mixture & 1 tbsp to the water, add 1 tsp sriacha to pot only (and tofu mixture if you like it spicy).
  4. Cut the bok choy into slices, add to tofu mixture and cook a few minutes. Taste it, add any additional seasonings as desired. Otherwise put in the pot on low to simmer for as long as you have (I like 30 minutes but that's what I have time for).
  5. When you are almost ready to serve cut up the wontons into small squares and add to the pot with the bean sprouts (make sure to separate the wontons so it doesn't stick in the water). It should float when done, about 3 minutes.
  6. Ready to serve.

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Camping Menu

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Camping is so much fun but can be exhausting.  You want an easy camping menu that the kids will eat, minimal time to prepare, and not a lot of cooler space being used since it is at a premium while camping. It is the best time for good food, but with minimal amounts of effort!

These are my go-to meals to have on our camping menu that my kids actually eat.  I can prepare stuff  before we leave and easily grab extras in town to supplement as the cooler gets emptier so I can fill it again.  Pretty much tasty, easy meals, with minimal amounts of effort so we can spend more time chilling with friends, exploring nature, playing at the beach, or enjoying a campfire.

For breakfast we enjoy eating:

Banana MuffinsChocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins - FBYogurt, cereal, instant oatmeal, fruit, overnight oats premade at home and kept in the cooler.

We make muffins at home and pre-freeze them to stay fresh and keep the cooler cool.  It is such a great and easy breakfast or snack.  A staple of mine for sure when planning our camping menu.

If we feel like making more effort, then of course we do scrambled eggs and home fries, but it depends on our effort and cooler space. We also have to be mindful of keeping little hands away from the Coleman stove.  I look forward to making this next weekend camping though for breakfast.

For lunch we throw together:

Easy Lunch Quesadillas - IGUsually a modge-podge of things.  I pre-cut veggies for sandwiches and to dip in hummus or another veggie dip.  Hard boiled eggs, sliced cheese, crackers/pita/tortilla/buns.   I pre-make chickpea salad and/or egg salad sandwich filling for easy sandwiches.  Or we just stick to PB & J since it is easy and the kids love it.

Salsa & chips is a favourite too.  We may even eat it with leftovers from dinner (taco salad, chili, etc.).  My kids love black beans so that’s an easy thing to throw in with the salsa to eat.

One of my good friends always pre-makes quesadillas to bring camping and my kids swarm her like flies to get bites too.  Wrap them in tin foil, then toss in a zip lock bag to keep it out of the water at the bottom of the cooler.

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For dinner we enjoy:

Dinnertime we usually have everyone contribute stuff to make joint meals easier.  These are our favourites.

Dorito SaladDorito salad, or walking tacos, or quinoa taco salad, all the same thing.  Perfect because like tacos everyone personalizes theirs so you get exactly what you want.  A great hit with the kids.

Crockpot Vegetarian Pasta SaucePasta is always super easy, especially if you throw together a salad to go on the side.  I make the pasta sauce in advance so it has some protein in it to make it more filling, but you can even just bring a jar of tomato sauce and use that.  Plain still tastes good!  Again, if pre-made I freeze it in zip lock bags to stay fresh until we eat it and also help keep the cooler cold.

We make frozen chili in advance too (again freeze in zip lock bags to stay fresh and keep the cooler cold).  We add whatever fits in the cooler and we have on hand, nacho chips, grated cheese, cut up avocados, sour cream, etc.  It is always a big hit and super filling.

Hobo Dinner IGOf course if you have a campfire you can roast veggie or meat hot dogs on it for a fun hands-on meal everyone is sure to enjoy.

If you start the campfire early enough you can always make foil dinners.   These are a favourite of ours while camping, but they take two hours to cook by the fire so make sure you start them early or plan for a late dinner.

 

Banana Boats - Try making these delicious camping desserts on the open fire, or at home for a camping feel. Easy to personalize and make vegan.Is it time for dessert yet?

If you have a campfire then you can make Banana boats for dessert!!  THE BEST CAMPING DESSERT!

 

 

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Easy Lunch Quesadillas

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As most other moms, I like easy lunches!  But they have to be easy lunches my kids will eat, so these quesadillas are a staple in my house that I can make in advance and still be guaranteed that my kids will eat it.

Need an easy lunch?

I got the idea of these from a good friend of mine while camping, every summer she brings quesadillas as one of her camping lunches, and my kids always share them with her since they love them so much. This s a super easy lunch that you can make in advance, then wrap in foil or stick in a container for future lunches for work, school, picnics, or camping.

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Quesadillas

Easy Lunch Quesadillas

Recipe Type: Mexican

Cuisine: Vegetarian

Author: Hil

Ingredients

  • Salsa
  • Black Beans
  • A pack of tortillas
  • Shredded cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Set your tortillas open on baking sheets.
  3. Scoop in a few spoonful’s of salsa, a handful of shredded cheese and a handful or two of black beans on one half of the tortilla.
  4. Close tortilla in half and repeat until your baking sheet is full (I tend to make two sheets full).
  5. Place in the oven for about 15 minutes, enough so the cheese melts but not so the tortilla starts to get crispy. You can even put a pot lid on top of the quesadillas to help keep them flat while cooking.
  6. Take the quesadillas out of the oven and let cool, wrap in foil or put in lunch containers for the week.

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Everything Kids #27

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Welcome to Everything Kids Link and Pin Party

I am so excited to announce that I am now a co-host for the Everything Kids Link and Pin Party! I have been linking up at this party since it started as Made For Kids and I am stoked to now be a co-host.

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Every week, we’ll go through the linkup and pin each post that fits our guidelines (listed below). We’ll pin them onto the board for the next week. The Pinterest board featured in today’s post features pins from last week (We used the final week of Made for Kids to start off).

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Vegetable Dumplings

Vegetable Dumplings - A delicious vegetarian-friendly vegetable dumpling.  Easy to make at home and super tasty.  Great to have kids help with too.

I just love wonton’s!  Before the kids came along we used to have wonton Saturday’s where we would experiment and make different things out of wontons.  I really miss those days, having hours to prepare a delicious meal and then sit down and enjoy it while it is still hot.  Ahhh the good old days.

One of my favourite things to make with wontons is vegetable dumplings.  Unfortunately, being a vegetarian there are not a lot of pre-made vegetable dumplings in the stores, lots of one’s filled with meat, but not with vegetables.  Where I live there are not even any restaurants I have found with some vegetable dumplings.  When we lived in Montreal there were a number of restaurants with delicious vegetable dumplings and I really miss that!

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Here is my favourite dumpling recipe.  As with everything, I adapt it based on what I have in my fridge and what is available at the grocery store.

Vegetable Dumpling ingredients

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Vegetable Dumplings
 
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Recipe type: Vegetarian
Cuisine: Asian
Ingredients
  • •A package of wontons (found usually in the produce section by the bagged salads or tofu). I prefer the smaller ones to the bigger ones but they both work
  • •Firm tofu - crumble it manually by hand
  • •Bean Sprouts - wash and roughly chop
  • •A bag of coleslaw (precut cabbage, if you want to buy a cabbage and do this manually you can too)
  • •Green onions - chopped
  • •Mushrooms - chopped
  • •Carrots - grated or finely chopped
  • •Pepper - chopped (I prefer red)
  • •Soy sauce to taste (usually a tablespoon or two)
  • •Sesame Oil (a teaspoon or two)
Instructions
  1. •Wash and cut the veggies. Or you can use a food processor if you don't feel like cutting.
  2. •In a frying pan sauté the onions, mushrooms and pepper. Add the crumbled tofu and start to brown. Add the carrots and coleslaw and cook until soft. Add soy sauce and sesame oil to taste. Add bean sprouts and cook until they are tender but cooked too.
  3. •This is the time consuming part, the assembling. I have a little dumpling press which makes this part much easier, but you can do it manually too. I grab a wonton, use my fingers to brush water along the edges, add a spoon of filling and close it up. How you choose to close it is a personal preference, you can do it like a present (the edges overlapped at the top) or like a triangle and press the edges together. Experiment with what you prefer and what tastes best.
  4. •I have a bamboo steamer and I love it! I put some water in a saucepan (a few inches) and boil it. I add the dumplings to the steamer and put it in the pan on the water (you don't want the water to touch them). I like to cook them for 3 minutes, but again personal preference.
  5. •Use a small spatula to carefully take out the dumplings (they can be pretty fragile).

Vegetable Dumplings - ingredients how toVegetable Dumpling assembly

That’s it!  Douse in your favourite sauce, mine is the peanut sauce  that I linked below. If you have kids who like to help in the kitchen they will be great assembling, my daughter loves to work the dumpling press.  It’s a great way to encourage kids to help in the kitchen.

Peanut Sauce

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