Monday, December 20, 2010

Puree Monday: Polka Dot Stew



This is a hearty recipe perfect for warming tummies in winter!  Easy and so good that you may just sprinkle on a touch of salt and gobble it up yourself!  Bebe B still loves this recipe, in fact she just had it last week for lunch.

Polka Dot Stew - 7 Months+
Ingredients:
1 acorn squash
1 stalk celery (chopped)
1 baking potato (peeled and diced)
1 tbsp rosemary (finely chopped)
1 tbsp olive oil (optional)
plain Greek yogurt (optional)

Slice the squash in half, lengthwise and scoop out the seeds, and discard. Lay the 2 halves on a lightly oiled (to prevent sticking) pan inside facing up, with about ¼ inch layer of water on pan.  Roast in a 350F degree oven for about 45-60 minutes (until tender).  Allow to cool.  Steam the chopped celery and diced potato together.  If using the babycook fill water to the 3 mark for a full basket.  If steaming on the stove use about 3 inches of water and steam for about 10-15 minutes.  Discard the cooking liquid, I do not recommend using cooking liquid from root vegetables.  Scoop out soft squash the skin and puree with the steamed veggies, rosemary and oil in a food processor or Beaba babycook until smooth.  You can add some additional water or breast milk to reach the desired consistency.  Serve warm and dot with yogurt before serving.  This recipe will keep up to 3 days in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer.  This recipe will fill about 3-4 ice cube trays (15-40 servings).  I recommend freezing it without the yogurt, simply add that when you serve it:)


Monday, December 13, 2010

Puree Monday: Popeye's Delight



Puree Monday is back!! Here is a fun recipe for your little one and it’s packed full of nutritional goodness. It makes a great puree but also a wonderful mix-in for scrambled eggs, frittatas, noodles, spread on toast and sprinkled with cheese...the possibilities are endless!  Bebe B loves this recipe!  You may find the more you puree the easier it will be to get your little one to try it at first!  Happy Cooking.

Popeye’s Delight Puree - 8 Months+
3 cups packed fresh spinach (of frozen thaw and drain)
1/4 cup plain Greek Yogurt
2-3 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Clean and chop the fresh spinach.  Steam the spinach 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.  If steaming on the stove use about 2 inches of water and steam for about 5-6 minutes.  The spinach should wilt and cook down but still be bright green.  If using frozen spinach (thawed and drained) the steaming time may vary so watch closely.  Reserve the cooking liquid.  Next add the olive oil and spices to a small saucepan and heat on medium for a few minutes, stirring frequently.  Allow to cool for a few minutes.  Lastly add the yogurt, steamed spinach and cooked spice oil to a food processor or babycook and puree together.  You may want to add a touch of the reserved cooking liquid if needed to reach the desired consistency.  Purees can be as chunky as your baby is ready for- it’s up to you. This recipe will keep up to 3 days in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer.  This recipe will fill about 3 ice cube trays (15-30 servings). 


This recipe is Vegetarian and Gluten-Free.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Eat Along Challenge: Day 4



Today’s lunch was bit rushed.  Bebe B had toddler yoga this morning so by the time we returned home she was famished and I wanted to get her lunch ready fast.  All in all less than 5 minutes to make.  Normally I add a lot more veggies and even chicken to our homemade pizzas but today was just a cheese day for her which she loved.  

Today’s Lunch:
Naan Pizza (using white cheddar, marinara and garlic naan bread (365 brand))
English Cucumber, sprinkled with dill and plain Greek yogurt for dipping
Fresh Red Pear slices and Strawberries (organic)
CousCous w/ pine-nuts (leftover from last night’s dinner)
Cost per serving (for my 2 year old) $1.75


From Monday’s Post:
“One of the blogs I read regularly is Fed Up With Lunch: The School Lunch Project.  Mrs. Q, an anonymous teacher, has been eating the school lunch where she teaches for almost a year now and blogging about it.  If you haven’t checked it out I highly recommend you do.   This week she is running a challenge to pack healthy lunches for $3 or less a lunch.  I will blog about Bebe B’s lunches this week to rise to the challenge.  I am blessed to have Bebe B at home with me but many/most of the things she (we) eat for lunch are very packable too (if you are packing your child’s lunch for daycare or school and looking for ideas).”

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Eat Along Challenge: Day 3



Bebe B and I went grocery shopping today, our local Hyvee offers 10% off everything in their “health market” section of the store EVERY Thursday!  It doesn’t include Organic produce but it does include the organic cooler and freezer section.  This adds up quickly.  Today we saved $13.  Of course they don’t have everything we buy but they do have a lot of it.  

Today’s Lunch:
Bean & Rice Burrito (about 1/3 of it, I ate the other 2/3)
Applesauce w/ Alphabet Cookies
Ladybugs and Ants on a Log (celery, cream cheese, dried cranberries and dried blueberries)
Cost per serving (for my 2 year old) $2.15



From Monday’s Post:
“One of the blogs I read regularly is Fed Up With Lunch: The School Lunch Project.  Mrs. Q, an anonymous teacher, has been eating the school lunch where she teaches for almost a year now and blogging about it.  If you haven’t checked it out I highly recommend you do.   This week she is running a challenge to pack healthy lunches for $3 or less a lunch.  I will blog about Bebe B’s lunches this week to rise to the challenge.  I am blessed to have Bebe B at home with me but many/most of the things she (we) eat for lunch are very packable too (if you are packing your child’s lunch for daycare or school and looking for ideas).”

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Eat Along Challenge: Day 2



We missed Tuesday’s lunch because my Mom took Bebe B and I out for lunch (an early b-day present to me) to a new place.  As usual the adult menu was good but the kid’s menu left a lot to be desired...sigh.


Today’s Lunch:
Kiwi slices
and for dessert: Chocolate Tortilla Chips
Cost per serving (for my 2 year old) $2.32





From Monday’s Post:
“One of the blogs I read regularly is Fed Up With Lunch: The School Lunch Project.  Mrs. Q, an anonymous teacher, has been eating the school lunch where she teaches for almost a year now and blogging about it.  If you haven’t checked it out I highly recommend you do.   This week she is running a challenge to pack healthy lunches for $3 or less a lunch.  I will blog about Bebe B’s lunches this week to rise to the challenge.  I am blessed to have Bebe B at home with me but many/most of the things she (we) eat for lunch are very packable too (if you are packing your child’s lunch for daycare or school and looking for ideas).” 

Monday, December 6, 2010

Eat Along Challenge: Day 1



One of the blogs I read regularly is Fed Up With Lunch: The School Lunch Project.  Mrs. Q, an anonymous teacher, has been eating the school lunch where she teaches for almost a year now and blogging about it.  If you haven’t checked it out I highly recommend you do.   This week she is running a challenge to pack healthy lunches for $3 or less a lunch.  I will blog about Bebe B’s lunches this week to rise to the challenge.  I am blessed to have Bebe B at home with me but many/most of the things she (we) eat for lunch are very packable too (if you are packing your child’s lunch for daycare or school and looking for ideas).  

Today’s Lunch:
Pumpkin Hummus w/ carrot sticks, 
Granny Smith apples w/ almond butter
Annie’s organic shells and cheese w/ 3 tbsp brocco-cado puree mixed in (for entire box)

Cost per serving (for my 2 year old) $2.89