Thursday, May 27, 2010

Smoothie of the Week: Blackberry Bliss

This is week nine of...“Smoothie of the Week” (where I will share a new smoothie recipe Bebe B and I try).  Week eight we did make a new smoothie but we were having so much fun making it I forgot to take any pictures, but I will post the recipe.  This week we had our smoothies for an afternoon snack which was perfect for the scorcher days we have been having (not that I’m complaining...I love summer).  Mild, fruity but not too sweet... completely refreshing.  Bebe B had no problem finishing it.  In fact she was so excited she picked up her cup and dumped some down her dress before I could help her with the straw.  Blackberry stains are the new “clean” right? Here is the recipe:

Blackberry Bliss
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup fresh blackberries (it gets easier to find fresh organic berries this time of year)
1/4 cup frozen watermelon chunks
1/4 cup frozen peach slices
2 tbsp  plain applesauce
pinch cinnamon and nutmeg and a splash of soy, almond or rice milk.  (we used almond)

Whizz it up in the blender.  The blackberries make it a bit seedy but still good.

This recipe is vegetarian and gluten-free.

Last weeks recipe:
It’s Easy Being Green
1/2 an avocado
1 banana
1/4 cup raw spinach
1/2 cup frozen honeydew melon chunks
1/4 cup of soy, rice or almond milk

Whizz everything together.  It’s green, sweet and healthy!  No one will suspect there is spinach in it unless you tell them!  Bebe B liked this one a lot, but then anything with banana and avocado win her over.

This recipe is vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

People Still Read the Newspaper

I awoke to my phone beeping at me Friday morning letting me know I had a new text message.  hmm, kind of early for texts.  I rubbed the sleep from my eyes to find texts and emails telling me what a great article and how excited they were to see me in the paper.  What??  Oh yeah I had been pre-occupied with preparing for Welcome to Motherland,  an art show for an evolving community art project about new motherhood that I am a part of.  Bebe Meals was also doing the food for the event so I had been busy planning, shopping and cooking.  I had completely forgotten about the article and when it was to run.

I was thinking “wow, a lot of people read the paper and they must read it all if they caught the little piece on baby food making”.  Once Bebe B was awake and we had our breakfast I could no longer contain my curiosity.  We hopped in the car and headed out to grocery store to get a paper.   And there it was...first page of the taste section...giant pictures....teaser at the top of the front page of the paper!  I was so excited I bought two and giddily shouted “that’s us, that article is about us” while pointing to the paper.  She may have thought I was a bit nutty but I couldn’t contain my joy.  The article (by Chris Martell) was wonderful and I hope inspirational to parents to make healthy food for their babies, their toddlers, their kiddos, their families.  

I have received so much positive feedback from the article that I am convinced...people still read the newspaper.  Hooray for newspapers!

The online article can be viewed HERE.  Thank you to the author Chris Martell and photographer Michelle Stocker.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Smoothie of the Week: Tropical Storm

This is week seven of...“Smoothie of the Week” (where I will share a new smoothie recipe Bebe B and I try).  This week we had our smoothies at Breakfast.  What a great way to start the day.  This one was so yummy, tropical and packed full of vitamins, I loved it!  Bebe B adored it too (although so far she hasn’t met a smoothie she didn’t like at least a little) Next week we are going to try one I am working on with spinach in it!

Tropical Storm Smoothie:
1/2 cup sliced organic strawberries
1 cup papaya chunks (frozen)
1 mango (cubed)
1/4 cup organic 100% carrot juice (look for pure juice w/ no added sweeteners)

I put the papaya chunks in the freezer over night before we made the smoothies.  Simply whizz everything together and voila you have a tropical storm smoothie perfect for breakfast or any time of the day!


This recipe is vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Let's Jam

I have been wanting to make some preserves for awhile now.  So here is a recipe I created by experimenting with basic recipes to make them a touch healthier and organic.  It only has a 2 week life in the fridge but that will not be a problem because I have been having it every chance I get!  Bebe B loves it too..she has had it on homemade waffles and with PB on whole grain bread and both were hits!  It was shockingly easy, so go for it!

Chunky Strawberry Peach Preserves 
1 lb. organic strawberries (cleaned and halved)
2 organic peaches (peeled and cubed)
1/4 cup organic sugar (evaporated cane juice)
1/4 cup organic pure agave nectar
1/4 of a large lemon (sliced and seeds removed)
1/2-1 cup water (start w/ 1/2 cup and add more as cooking if needed)

Put all ingredients in a medium to large pot.  Cover and heat on medium to med/high heat for about 10 minutes, stirring a few times.  Once bubbly and juicy uncover and continue to cook for about another 15 minutes or so as it thickens, stirring a few times.  You may want to break up some of the fruit with a wooden spoon as it thickens, depending on how chunky you want it.  It will be pretty obvious when it is finished because it will be thick and not runny at all.  Spoon into a glass jar with an airtight lid.  You can store in the fridge for up to two weeks (if it doesn’t get gobbled up before than).  I left the lemon rinds in the jar because it adds extra flavor! This is a fun one for kids to help with too, they love stirring!  

This recipe is vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free.