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.

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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.

PB Carrot Pitas



PB Carrot Pitas - 12 Months+
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup natural creamy peanut butter
(any nut butter can be substituted 
for example almond butter, sunflower butter or cashew butter)
  • 1 cup finely shredded carrot
  • ½ cup seedless red grapes quartered
  • Small pita bread pockets (whole grain)

    Here is a healthy sandwich your kids will love!  This is a great recipe to let the little ones help you with. Simply combine the nut butter, shredded carrot, and grape pieces until well mixed.  Fill the pita pockets with a couple tablespoons of the mixture.  Cut the pitas the size appropriate for your child.  Makes about 5-6 pita pockets.  Mixture will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days and 2 months in the freezer. 

Some of the Awesome Health Benefits:
Peanut butter is full of all the things growing little ones need: Protein, Vitamin E, Magnesium, potassium, fiber and folic acid.  
Carrots are easy to digest and are packed full of nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Calcium.
Grapes are rich sources of vitamins A, C, B6 and folate in addition to essential minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and antioxidants.

    This recipe is Vegetarian and Dairy-Free.  It can be gluten-free if you substitute a gluten-free bread/ wraps.