Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tofu Goodness



Today’s tip: Grill up some tofu with tomatoes, onions, basil and spices and you will be surprised how good it tastes!  Eat is as is or mix it into your favorite pasta dish-yum.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sweet Potato Extravaganza



I found (probably) the most perfect organic sweet potatoes not long ago.  They were plump and the skin was a warm brown and the insides were a bright and creamy orange.  I had 3 HUGE ones which led to a our Friday being all about sweet potatoes.

For breakfast I made sweet potato buckwheat pancakes, these were awesome (if I do say so myself)!  Bebe B loved them too, you can tell this by the number of bites that she puts in her mouth versus on the floor!

For Lunch it was baked sweet potatoes with some Earth Balance, Organic Greek plain yogurt and nutmeg. 

For Dinner that night I made home made chicken nuggets (yes they use sweet potato) from one of my favorite cookbooks, Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld.  Let me just say they rocked- we all loved them and they went perfect with the sweet potato fries I made.

And if that were not enough I froze about 2 cups of sweet potato puree I had leftover.  I sure stretched the life out of those 3.  it is going to be tough for my future sweet potatoes to live up to!  My Recipes below:

Sweet potato Buckwheat pancakes:
1 cup organic buckwheat pancake mix
1 egg (organic free range veg feed)
1 cup organic sweet potato puree  
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp organic olive oil
2/3 cup organic milk or soymilk
1/4 cup organic flax seed meal
Mix all together and cook on a griddle or griddle pan on Med heat! 

Sweet potato fries:
Peel and slice (julienne cut) 1/2 - 1 large organic sweet potato, mix the "fries" in a bowl with a tbsp org olive oil and salt, pepper, paprika, fresh ground nutmeg to taste, optional pinch or garlic powder.  I use my fingers to get them all mixed up- then spread on a lightly oiled baking sheet in a thin layer.  Bake at 375 for about 30 minutes flipping them every once in a while during cooking.  A fun way to serve them for adults or children who are old enough to eat whole fries, is to use some fun patterned food safe paper (paper grocery bags work too) to make a little cone for the fries and serve them the European "frites" way!




Friday, October 30, 2009

Green Eggs and...Oatmeal??


Let me start this post by saying I love cooking and I love-love cooking for my daughter! And who doesn't love the classic Dr. Seuss book "Green Eggs and Ham"?  This week I made Bebe B green eggs and she gobbled them up.  It was simple I scrambled the eggs with a bit of cheese and some of my “green goodness” baby food (pureed avocado & veggies).  They were actually pretty yummy and uber-healthy!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A better meatball



I made up a fun new recipe for meatballs!  Bebe B liked them, which was a huge surprise because she is very picky when it comes to meat.  Here is the recipe:

About a pound of lean ground turkey
1/2 cup sweet potato puree
1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1 egg yolk
2 finely chopped shallots (scallions would work also)
1 small finely diced tomato
1 small garlic clove minced
parsley, paprika, rosemary, salt & pepper to taste

Mix everything together in a bowl with your hands then form little meatballs.  Cook in a deep pan on medium heat.  I use a very small amount of olive oil in the pan and keep turning the meatballs every few minutes to help them cook evenly.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

It's Fun to be One


Bebe B turned 1!!!!  It is so hard to believe it has been a year since this beautiful creature came into my life and changed it forever for the better.  We had an amazing party for her and were so blessed to have friends and family join us to celebrate.  I planned the menu to please both adult and kid alike.  Everyone raved about it so I think it is safe to call it a success.  I was able to use almost 100% organic ingredients too. Here was my menu:

Peanut Butter & Pear Flatbread Pizza
Peanut Butter & Blackberry Flatbread Pizza
Beet Hummus & Pita Crisps
Cucumber Dill Crostini
Fresh Fruit Kebobs w/ Vanilla Bean Yogurt Dip
Tomato & Cucumber Salad
Chubby Elvis Cupcakes
Tropical Angel Cupcakes
and
D grilled up some Chicken and Brats on the grill, we were blessed with a fairly warm October day.

Happy Birthday Bebe B!








Friday, October 2, 2009

Apple Picking



Bebe B and I went apple picking today in preparation for her upcoming first birthday party.  It was wonderful.  I had Bebe B in our hip sling and she could reach up and help me pull apples off the trees.  We managed to pick quite a few, which was great since we needed a lot to use for our give-away bags (small shopper bags from Whole Foods Market full of fresh picked apples and tied with a bow).  It was so fun to see Bebe B experience this American past time for the first time with amazement and wonder in her eyes.  Next year will be even more fun as she will be able to walk and run!






Thursday, August 27, 2009

Blackberry Buckwheat Pancakes


These were a huge hit with all of us! I used Organic Buckwheat pancake mix and made according to instructions except substituted soymilk for milk and egg yolk for a whole egg. I then added organic blackberry puree and some organic ricotta cheese. The made beautiful pancakes and I cut the leftovers into strips to freeze for future breakfasts:)


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Yummy New Adventures


This past month has been wonderful for trying new foods! There were a couple weeks where Bebe B was sick so we stuck to old favorites but over all she has done great! Probably the yummiest thing I have made her so far was Baby Succotash, I seriously could have eaten it all up but I cubed it and froze it for her.  It was easy to make too.

1 cup of unsalted butter ( I used a bit less and organic butter), 1 cup fresh or frozen lima beans or butter beans ( I used frozen organic lima beans thawed in the fridge), 1 cup corn kernels fresh or frozen ( I used frozen organic sweet white corn thawed in the fridge), 1/4 tsp paprika, 1/2 veggie broth (I used organic chicken broth). In saucepan over med heat melt butter, then add everything but the stock and sauté about 3 minutes. Add stock, cover and cook about 10 minutes, veggies will be tender. Cool then puree to baby's desired consistency. I am sure when Bebe B is a bit older I will skip the puree step.


Friday, July 31, 2009

Breakfast on the Deck


Oh what fun summer is!  New this week for us is having breakfast on the deck.  Bebe B loves it and the clean up is a breeze, just sweep the crumbs to the yard for the birds and other critters.  It is so peaceful sitting in the morning simply soaking up the sun and the warmth.  Usually by lunch it is a bit too hot to enjoy a meal outside but breakfast is just perfect.  I don’t even care if the neighbors see me in my pjs, it's worth it!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

I scream, you scream, we all scream for...Yogurt?


If you have a teething baby, then I have a great new recipe for you! Put one yo-baby yogurt in the freezer for at least a day. Then warm the outside of the cup with hot water so it will slide right out. slice the "log" of frozen yogurt into pieces (it will be very easy to do). Strip down baby to diaper and let them have at the frozen yogurt pieces.

I tried this today with a frozen plain yo-baby and Bebe B loved it despite being crabby and teething she seemed to enjoy her time eating, mushing and mucking about in the quickly melting but still cold yogurt pieces.  It was great fun and a very healthy treat- who needs ice cream right?? Ok maybe Mommy does, sometimes:)

Friday, July 24, 2009

One for me, one for the floor, one for me...


Bebe B's new thing is deliberately dropping her food off the side of her high chair on to the floor. It doesn't mean she isn't hungry, she will simply feed herself one piece than drop one on the floor then feeds herself another piece and so on. As much as I love cleaning the floor (sarcasm inserted here) it is driving me batty. I will say at least she is sharing, even if it is only with the floor *big sigh*

We have tried some new finger food this past week with success. Organic buckwheat pancakes were a hit! I used the Whole Foods 365 brand of buckwheat pancake mix and made them with soy milk and one egg yolk. I added pureed fruit as well and cut into small pieces. She loved it and so did the floor!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Adventures in Finger Foods


Since Bebe B is now 9 months we have been trying more and more finger foods. A great one for breakfast is eggs! It is a simple recipe- just mix hard boiled egg yolks that have been cooled with plain yogurt- I used Yo-baby plain. It forms a paste perfect to spread on toast or bagel pieces. Perfect for those still too young for egg whites (Many recommend waiting till age one before introducing egg whites which have been know to cause allergic reactions in babies). Some other finger foods we have started include Happy Baby Organic Puffs (they come in Apple, Banana and veggie), Baby Mum Mums, ripe banana, mango, avocado, peach and plum. But you can tell she is a Wisconsin girl because she ADORES cheese. So far I have given her Baby Bel, Laughing Cow, and Organic Valley cheddar strips - all hits!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Sneaky Mama



My beautiful sister got married in true American style...VEGAS baby, last April. We decided to go and take Bebe B on her first real trip and first airplane. Basically I am going to toot my own horn here and take all the credit that traveling went so smoothly because I planned every little detail for months ahead. Also I have to thank all my WTE mama's for their FAB tips for travel.

But one dilemma I still faced as our trip was fast approaching was B's baby food. I made all of her baby food myself and just couldn't bring myself to give her jarred food, even the organic kind just wasn't good enough for her I felt (this may have something to do with me still feeling heartbroken I was no longer able to breastfeed and we were giving her formula). So...after reading the TSA website about policies for traveling with an infant, that stated only jarred or store bought baby food was allowed, I crafted a clever plan. I purchased 4 large baby food jars and dumped them out, sterilized them with boiling water (careful to keep the labels in tact). Then just in case anyone was looking closely I matched them up to look like what the labels said. In the jar labeled green beans I put my homemade peas and avocado, in the jar labeled apples I put my homemade apples and pears, in the jar labeled sweet potatoes I put my homemade sweet potatoes (ok that one was a given). I froze the jars and then packed them in a cooler bag with ice packs and her bottles. It worked like a charm, while it did take a long time to get through security and they did go through every thing of ours, test our bottles for explosive chemicals and test my hands as well they not even flinched at the baby food jars!! The food lasted us the 4 days of our trip and I didn't have to compromise- ahh, the sweet taste of success!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

First Foods ~ Here We Go


I knew for a long time I wanted to make Bebe Bs baby food, that's why I was overjoyed when D gave me the Beaba Babycook for Christmas, even though I knew I wouldn't need it for months. Now I knew I could make her healthy organic food.   When Bebe B was about 5 months old she started to give us the signs she was ready to try some solid foods.  She sat up on her own, she reached out for our food and she made little smacking noises with her lips as she watched us eating.

We started her with Sweet potatoes in April when she was 6 months old and she adored them.  An easy recipe: simply roast one large sweet potato (I recommend organic) in the oven on a lightly oiled (to prevent sticking) pan for about 40-50 minutes at 350 degrees F, or until very tender when poked with a knife. Then after the potato cools a bit simply scoop out the guts from the skin and puree till smooth. I added breast milk to thin it out in the beginning and then formula when I was out of that. You can freeze in ice trays and store for up to 3 months. Here is a link to a set that is BPA free and comes with lids!


In the beginning one potato makes quite a bit to last a long time but as they grow batches can as well also as we got close to 7 months I added nutmeg and cinnamon to them.


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Free Printables

FREE PRINTABLES 

Print these meal planners and fun coloring sheets and activities for kids! Perfect to help children learn about healthy food....











*These printables are for personal use only. Copyright Yummy Sprout, LLC.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Double Dipped Apples



Double Dipped Apples - 18 Months+
Ingredients:
  • Apples
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter (any nut butter can be used)
  • ¼ cup avocado (about ¼ to ½ an avocado)
  • ¼- ½ cup chocolate soy or almond milk (plain or vanilla can be substituted)
  • ½ cup of whole grain cereal

    This is  a healthy and fun recipe to make with kids, they will love the  double dipping.  Start by cutting the avocado in half and remove the seed, the adult needs to do this part.  Next scoop the green goodness form the avocado into a food processor, this is something older kids can help with.  Puree until smooth.  Next add in the nut butter and soy milk and puree again (continue to add soy milk until a smooth dip texture is achieved).  Next add the cereal to a plastic bag and seal the bag.  Crush the cereal by rolling a rolling pin over the bag a few times, kids will love this part.  Lastly slice and core apples.  This is something an adult will need to do.   Set up the perfect double dipping station where kids can dip apples in the peanut butter dip first then the the crushed cereal.  To pack in a lunch simply pack the apples, dip and crushed cereal in three different compartments or containers.  Everyone loves dipping!

Some of the Awesome Health Benefits:
-Apples are a wonderful first food for your baby.  They are rich in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, Folate, potassium and calcium and very easy to digest.
-Peanut butter is full of all the things growing little ones need: Protein, Vitamin E, Magnesium, potassium, fiber and folic acid.  
-Avocados are a wonderful "good fat" food for baby's brain and physical development. They contain valuable nutrients including folate, fiber, potassium, vitamin E; and iron.
  
This recipe is Vegan and Dairy-Free.  It can be gluten free if gluten-free cereal is used.

HeartBEET Pizza



HeartBEET Pizza - 12 Months+
Ingredients:
  • HeartBEET Hummus 
  • Soft naan bread, pita bread, flat bread or tortillas
  • Shredded white cheddar
  • Finely chopped Broccoli
  • Finely chopped Artichokes
  • Finely Shredded carrots
  • Grated Apple

      This recipe is fun and perfect for cooking with kids! Using Heart shaped cookie cutters (metal will work best but make sure to help your kids and practice safety first) cut out hearts from your choice of bread.  Spread the hearts with your homemade hummus.  Then let your children add their favorite toppings from the healthy options you provide and sprinkle all over their pizzas how they want.  The messier it gets, the more fun it is! Adults should put the pizzas on a pan and warm/ toast in a toaster oven or 350 degree oven for about 5 minutes (just enough to melt the cheese)   Let them cool for a few minutes and they are ready to enjoy!

This recipe is Vegetarian.  This recipe can be dairy-free if you exclude the cheese and gluten free if you substitute gluten-free bread.

HeartBEET Hummus



HeartBEET Hummus - 10 Months+
Ingredients:
  •   large Beet
  • 1 (15 Oz) Can White Northern Beans
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil or Sunflower Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 small clove garlic (minced or chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

         This recipe will mostly need to be done by adults or older children (8+) but kids can still get involved in helping with measuring or pressing the button on the food processor.  Kids always adore how this turns out bright pink!  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Rinse the beans and set aside (this will help reduce their gassiness) Wash the beet well and place on a baking sheet (I suggest covering it in foil - beets stain). Bake for 50-60 minutes.  The beet should be tender so it will puree easily. Depending on the size of the beet cooking time will vary.  I usually make more than one beet at a time to puree for other recipes.  Remove skin off of the beet, Sometimes a knife or vegetable peeler is the easiest way to get the skin off.  Place all the ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth.  Serve room temperature.  Can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 3 months.  This makes a great dip as well as a great sauce for veggie pizza.




Some of the Awesome Health Benefits:
-Beets are high in carbohydrates and low in fat.  They contains phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and potassium, as well as fiber, vitamins A and C, niacin, and biotin. Beets contain folic acid, which is recommended for pregnant women because it may lower the risk of spina bifida and other neural tube defects in newborn infants.

This recipe is Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free and Vegan.

*This recipe was inspired by this recipe at Weelicious.com

Easy as Pie Applesauce



Easy as Pie Applesauce - 6 Months+
Ingredients:
  • 5-6 Apples (Gala, Fuji or similar)
  • Water for steaming
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg (optional)

    Clean, core and slice the apples leaving the skins on during steaming (this helps lock in the nutrients during steaming).  Steam the apples in either a steaming basket on the stove or in the Beaba babycook.  If using the babycook fill water to the 2 mark for a full basket of apple slices.  If steaming on the stove use about 2 inches of water and steam for about 10-15 minutes (as your child gets used to chunkier textures less steaming time will be needed). Reserve some of the cooking liquid.  Let the apples cool till almost room temperature then remove the skins.  This should be fairly easy to do with your fingers or a spoon.  Puree the apples, cooking liquid & spices in either a food processor or the babycook till the desired consistency is reached. This recipe will keep up to 3 days in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer.  It will fill about 3 ice cube trays (15-30 servings). Some fun variations include pureeing with ripe avocado or mango to make applesauce blends.

Some of the Awesome Health Benefits:
-Apples are a wonderful first food for your baby.  They are rich in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, Folate, potassium and calcium and very easy to digest.
-Cinnamon offers nutritional benefits and preventative health advantages.
-Nutmeg: studies have shown it can stimulate the brain, relieving stress and stimulating mental activity.

2012

2012



This recipe is Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free and Vegan.

Lentil Stew


Lentil Stew - 10 Months+
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup dry red lentils, rinsed.
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 2 apples (gala or fuji)
  • ½ cup of organic chicken stock (vegetable stock can be substituted)
  • 1 tsp ground sage
  • 1 tsp cumin

    Wash sweet potato and poke a few hole in the top with a fork. Bake the potato on a baking sheet for about 45-50 minutes at 350 degrees F.  Allow the potato to cool then cut open and scoop out the sweet potato from the skin, set aside. Rinse the the lentils well in cool water. Cook the lentils on the stove according to package, strain and set aside (This will take about 20-30 minutes).  Lentils should be tender. Clean, core and slice the apples leaving the skins on during steaming (this helps lock in the nutrients during steaming).  Steam the apples in either a steaming basket on the stove or in the Beaba babycook.  If using the babycook fill water to the 2 mark for a full basket of apple slices.  If steaming on the stove use about 2 inches of water and steam for about 10-15 minutes.  Let the apples cool till almost room temperature then remove the skins.  This should be fairly easy to do with your fingers or a spoon.  Puree the apples until a chunky consistency is reached.  Add in the cooked lentils, sweet potato, chicken stock and spices to the food processor and puree everything all together till the desired consistency is reached.  Serve warm.  This recipe is perfect for babies and toddler learning to feed themselves with a spoon.  This recipe will keep up to 3 days in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer.  To see a video tutorial of the recipe click HERE.

Some of the Awesome Health Benefits:
-Apples are a wonderful first food for your baby.  They are rich in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, Folate, potassium and calcium and very easy to digest.
-Sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin A and beta carotene as well as potassium. They also contain a good amount of Vitamin E, calcium and folate.
-Lentils are a healthy baby food as they contain Iron, Protein, and are high in Fiber.  Lentils also contain a myriad of minerals as well as B Vitamins.  This tiny little legume will offer your growing baby a lot of nutrients.


This recipe is Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free.

Banana-cado Mousse



Banana-cado Mousse - 6 Months+
Ingredients:
  • 1 banana
  • 1 avocado
  • Breast milk or Formula 

   This is a quick & easy recipe to make because there is no steaming involved.  It’s also mild and easy to digest for your little bebe.  You want to make sure the banana and the avocado are ripe.  Peel and rough chop the banana.  Slice the avocado in half and twist apart, remove the seed and scoop the green goodness from the skin, it should be pretty soft but not brown.  Blend the avocado in a food processor or the Beaba babycook till smooth, adding the Breast milk or formula slowly till you get a mousse like texture.  That’s it and It’s ready to feed your little one.  This recipe will keep up to 2 days in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer.  This is a perfect recipe to freeze because it prevents both the avocado and the banana from browning. This recipe will fill about 1 ice cube tray (5-10 servings).  
Some of the Awesome Health Benefits:
-Avocados are a wonderful "good fat" food for baby's brain and physical development. They contain valuable nutrients including folate, fiber, potassium, vitamin E; and iron. 
-Bananas are rich in vitamin b6 and they are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium and easy to digest. 

Update: Bebe B enjoying in May 2010


This recipe is Gluten-Free and Vegetarian.

Bebe Pesto



Bebe Pesto - 7 Months+
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Basil Leaves
  • (cleaned and chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • Breast Milk or Formula (as needed)

    Blend the ingredients together in a food processor or the Beaba babycook.  Use as much or as little breast milk (or formula) as needed to reach the desired consistency.  This bebe pesto is a great way to jazz up rice or multi-grain cereal and also makes a great finger food for older bebes spread on small pieces of soft bread.  This recipe will keep for up to 3 days in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer.  

Some of the Awesome Health Benefits:
-Basil is a good source of vitamin A, helping to protect cells.  Magnesium is also found in basil and is an essential mineral for the heart and blood vessels. More nutrients found in basil include: iron, calcium, potassium and vitamin C.

This recipe is Gluten-Free and Vegetarian.

Ruby Raspberry Puree



Ruby Raspberry Puree- 7 Months+
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 3 tbsp water
  • pinch nutmeg

Rinse the raspberries.   Warm the raspberries, water and nutmeg in a saucepan on the stove (medium-low heat) for about 3 minutes.  Puree the mixture in a food processor until desired consistency is reached.  This puree will be thin and is the perfect mix- in oatmeal, yogurt and many other recipes.  This recipe will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days or up to 3 months in the freezer.  This recipe makes about 10-15 servings.
Raspberries have been known to be a possible allergy risk so please check with your pediatrician before introducing them if you are concerned!

Update: Bebe I enjoying this recipe in August 2012


This recipe is Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free and Vegan.

Bebe Mac


Bebe Mac - 9 Months+
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup small dry pasta (I use whole wheat but a gluten-free pasta could be substituted)
  • water for cooking
  • 3/4 cup yellow wax beans (cleaned and ends trimmed)
  • 1 cup cheese (grated cheddar works great)
  • 1 tbsp yogurt cheese or cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup breast milk (or formula)(or any milk for babies over 12 months)
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg 

Steam Beans until very tender (about 10-12 minutes) Steam the beans in either a steaming basket on the stove or in the Beaba babycook.  If using the babycook fill water to the 2 mark for a full basket of beans.  If steaming on the stove use about 2 inches of water and steam for about 10-12 minutes.  Allow to cool and puree till smooth.  Cook the pasta according to package directions and drain.  Add milk, bean puree and cream cheese to pasta, blending well.  Then mix in cheese till melted.  Finish it off with the nutmeg.  Mash or puree to achieve a smoother texture depending on your little one's needs.  This recipe will keep up to 3 days in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer and will fill about 2 ice cube trays (8-16 servings).

Some of the Awesome Health Benefits:
-Yellow Wax Beans are low in sodium and cholesterol-free, yellow wax beans provide a good source of vitamin C, iron and immunity-boosting folate.

This recipe is Vegetarian.

Buckwheat Berry Crepes


Buckwheat Berry Crepes - 10 Months+
Ingredients:
Crepes
  • ½ cup raspberry puree
  • 2/3 cup buckwheat pancake mix
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ¼ cups whole milk
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup or agave nectar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • Unsalted butter or vegan spread for pan

  • ½ cup natural creamy peanut butter (any nut butter can be substituted for example almond butter, sunflower butter or cashew butter)
  • ½ cup Yogurt Cheese or Cream cheese

    Here is fun recipe the whole family will love, for breakfast or anytime.  Add all the crepe ingredients to a blender and mix well, batter should be runny.  Cook in a crepe or frying pan on medium low heat for about 1 minute on each side, watch them closely.  They should be very thin and round.  Spread with PB, cheese and roll up.  Slice in pinwheels and top with reserved puree.  You make have to cut them a bit smaller depending on the age of your little one.  The crepes will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days and freezer for up to 2 months.

Some of the Awesome Health Benefits:
Buckwheat is high in fiber. 1 cup of cooked buckwheat grains contains over 4 grams of dietary fiber. Buckwheat contains the eight essential amino acids. Buckwheat contains many minerals including: phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper and manganese.

This recipe is Vegetarian.




Black Bean & Mango Quesadillas



Black Bean and Mango Quesadillas - 10 Months+
Ingredients:
Bean Filling
  • 1 can organic black beans (no salt added)
  • ½ of a mango cubed (for a video on mango cutting click HERE)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • The juice from ½ a lime
  • Chopped parsley & cilantro (about 2 tbsp)
  • Pinch of S&P

  • 3-4 whole wheat tortillas or flat bread.
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

     Drain and rinse the beans well.  Add  beans, mango cubes, olive oil, lime juice, herbs and S&P to food processor.  Blend until creamy texture is reached, the mix should still be chunky (about 30 seconds - 1 minute).  Cut tortillas into quarters.  Top one quarter with bean mix and sprinkle with cheese.  Cover with another quarter of tortilla.   Repeat, this recipe should make about 8 quesadilla pieces.  Grill by toasting on a pan in the toaster oven for 3 minutes or a 350 degree oven for 3-5 minutes. Cut the quesadillas into bite size pieces depending on the age of your child.  This is a healthy recipe the whole family will love and perfect for toddlers learning to feed themselves.  You can keep the bean mixture for up to 3 days in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer.  The bean mixture makes a great dip too!

Some of the Awesome Health Benefits:
-Black beans are rich in dietary fiber, high quality protein and powerful antioxidants. 
-Mangoes are one of the best sources of beta-carotene, quercetin and astragalin. These are powerful antioxidants helping to prevent heart disease, cancer, premature aging and degenerative diseases.

    This recipe is Vegetarian.  It can be gluten-free if you substitute gluten-free tortillas.  It can be dairy-free if you do not add the cheese or use a soy cheese.

Tiny Toddler Fruit Salad



Tiny Toddler Fruit Salad - 10 Months+
Ingredients:
  • 1 mango (for a video on mango cutting click HERE)
  • 2 kiwi
  • 1 Clementine 
  • pinch nutmeg (optional)

    Simply peel & slice the fruit into tiny cubes/ pieces.  About ¼ of the size you would cut it for regular fruit salad.  Mix all the the fruit cubes and nutmeg together.  You can serve this in small bowl and let your toddler work on feeding themselves with a spoon.  You may need to help them.  This mix is great with other tropical fruits like papaya as well.  This recipe will keep for either 3 days in the refrigerator or 3 month in the freezer. 

Some of the Awesome Health Benefits:
-Mangoes are one of the best sources of beta-carotene, quercetin and astragalin. These are powerful antioxidants helping to prevent heart disease, cancer, premature aging and degenerative diseases.
-Kiwi fruits are rich in many Vitamins, flavonoids and minerals. In particular, they contain a high amount of Vitamin C (more than oranges), as much potassium as bananas and a good amount of beta-carotene.
-Clementine's are a great nutritional source of Vitamin C, fiber, folate, and potassium

This recipe is Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free and Vegan.