Friday, April 29, 2011

The Lunchbox: Week of April 25



Last week was Bebe B’s Spring Break so she didn’t have any packed lunches.  This week though it was back to usual.  When I shop for the week I try to think of things I can pack in her lunch but sometimes I can’t think of any ideas until I’m staring at her empty lunch box the night before school, scratching my head.  This was the case this week.  

Above is a picture of one of her lunches from this week, containing:
  • Cream Cheese, Almond Butter and Apricot Jam Burrito 
  • A mix of Cashews, Pistachios, Pumpkin Seeds and 1 Raspberry Yogurt Pretzels 
  • Kiwi Slices (cut into half moon shapes)
  • Creamy Carrot Puree (makes a great dip)
  • Pretzels 

Happy Lunchtime Everyone!!

And here are some Bebe Bump pics:




Easter 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

Puree Monday - Broccoli Stew



This recipe is a perfect all in one meal!  I have had many requests for more meat baby food recipes recently.  Here is one that is easy and your bebe will adore.  Bebe B was a big fan.  

Broccoli Stew - 8 Months+
Ingredients: 
2 Cups Fresh Broccoli
2 pieces of chicken breast- boneless and skinless
1 tsp of olive oil for cooking 
2 stalks of celery
1 Apple 
1 tbsp Sage (finely chopped)
1 tsp nutmeg
Water for steaming

Cut chicken into medium sized chunks.  Bake the chicken in a 350 degree oven for around 30-40 minutes or in a skillet on medium heat for around 10-15 minutes.  Be sure the chunks are fully cooked through.  Either way you cook the chicken it helps to keep them covered partially with a lid or foil, preventing them from drying out. 

Clean and chop the fresh broccoli.  Steam the broccoli 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 veggies.  If steaming on the stove use about 2 inches of water and steam for about 10 minutes, checking with a knife every so often to see if the broccoli is tender enough. It should be very soft but still green.  Reserve the cooking liquid.  Clean, core and slice the apple leaving the skins on during steaming (this helps lock in the nutrients during steaming).  Clean the celery and cut into chunks.  For this recipe it is fine to steam the celery and apple together to save time, either using 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 and celery.  If steaming on the stove use about 2 inches of water and steam for about 7-9 minutes.  Remove the skins from the apple slices once they have cooled a bit.  Now puree the cooked chicken, steamed broccoli, apple and celery with the sage and nutmeg in either a food processor or the babycook.  You will probably want to add some of the reserved cooking liquid 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 2 days in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer.  This recipe will fill at least 3 ice cube trays (15-30 servings). 

This recipe is dairy-free and gluten-free.


Some of the Amazing Health Benefits:
  • -Broccoli is rich on Vitamin C, Fiber and Calcium.
  • -Nutmeg: studies have shown it can stimulate the brain, relieving stress and stimulating mental activity.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Puree Monday - Watermelon Applesauce



This recipe is one of my favorites (yes, I’m aware I say that a lot)!  Not much reminds me more of summer than watermelon and I definitely need reminded that summer is coming with the crazy wintery spring we have been having here.  This was one of the first purees I made for Bebe B and she loves it still to this day.  In fact she gobbled it up when I made it for her today.  It’s also easy to make and a great starting puree for your bebe because its mild and easy to digest.  


Watermelon Applesauce - 6 Months+
Ingredients: 
5-6 Apples (Fuji or Gala are my favorites for this recipe)
Water for steaming
2-3 slices of seedless watermelon, cubed 
(if you cant find seedless, be sure you remove all seeds before pureeing)

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 minutes (as your child gets used to chunkier textures less steaming time will be needed). Reserve half of the cooking liquid, but you may not need it.  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 and watermelon cubes in either a food processor or the babycook till the desired consistency is reached.  If you need to thin it more you can add some of the cooking liquid or more watermelon.  If you do not use the cooking liquid you can either dump or freeze to use in other purees later.  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).

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



PS. I’m starting to get excited about making my recipes for the new little bebe when the time comes!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Lunchbox: Week of April 11th



Bebe B recently started preschool two days a week and she loves it.  Now that I’m starting to recover from my morning all day sickness I’m having fun thinking up and packing healthy lunches that she will enjoy at school!  I thought it would be the perfect time to start a new series called “The Lunchbox”, where I share some of Bebe B’s lunches.  

Above is a picture of one of her lunches from this week, containing:
  • Peanut Butter and Homemade Preserves on Whole Wheat 
  • Veggie Chips
  • Avocado Slices (I wrap them in plastic wrap or wax paper because it prevents them from browning before her lunchtime)
  • Mango Cubes (need help on cutting mangos? check out Mango Cutting 101)
  • Trail Mix 
Happy Lunchtime Everyone!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Puree Monday - Mango Mash Oatmeal



I’m so happy to be back doing “Puree Monday” and I have many great spring recipes to share with you in the coming weeks!  This is one of Bebe B’s favorites.  In fact we made it just last week and she gobbled it up, of corse these days she feeds her self just fine...in fact very little mango made it squashed into her pants.

Mango Mash Oatmeal - 7 Months+
1 ripe Mango
1 cup Rolled Oats (plain)
½ tsp nutmeg
2 cups water


Start by running the rolled oats through a food processor, coffee grinder or the Beaba babycook for a smoother consistency.  As your bebe gets used to chunkier textures you can skip this step.  In a saucepan, bring water and nutmeg to a boil.  Stir in the rolled oats and reduce the heat to medium low heat.  Once the oats begin to simmer turn the heat off and cover.  Allow the oatmeal to stand about 5-10 minutes to cool.  If you are pressed for time (when aren’t we?) you can always substitute a plain instant oatmeal, following package directions.  Next cut the mango into chunks, cutting a a mango can be tricky so feel free to watch my video tutorial Mango Cutting 101 if needed.  Now using a large spoon or fork simply mash up the mango, this should be fairly easy if the mango is ripe.  Mash until your desired consistency is reached.  You can also run the mango chunks in the food processor or Beaba babycook if you need to reach a very thin and runny consistency, depending on your bebe’s needs.  Next simply mix in the oatmeal to the mango and its ready to serve.  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 vegan, dairy-free and can be gluten-free, be sure to check your oats to be sure they are gluten-free (many oats are contaminated with gluten but gluten-free oats are available for sale).

In other Bebe-Food related news I am teaching my class  “First Tastes: Adventures in Baby Food Making” this Sunday!  I hope to get more people signed up so please pass the word if you know anyone in the Madison area who may be interested!  

Friday, April 1, 2011

April Fool's Carrots...and some news



I’M BACK!!!!!  It’s been a long two months and I have really missed this.  I promise I have a really good reason for my absence, which I’ll share after I share this delicious and fun recipe!  This one is perfect for April Fool’s Day and little ones will adore helping make them almost as much as they will adore eating them.  I created the recipe to be a snack but I couldn't wait this morning so we made them for breakfast.  Bebe B loved them and how cool is it that I got her to eat carrots for breakfast?


April Fool’s Carrots - 11 Months+
Ingredients:
 3-4 carrots (shredded)
1 cup cream cheese
½ cup pretzels (crushed)
1 tbsp. rosemary (finely chopped)
parsley for garnish

I love this recipe because it ends up looking like little carrots! Start by having the kids help you crush the pretzels, I like to put them in a plastic bag and give Bebe B a rolling pin.  You can also grind them up in a food processor.  Another fun substitution for pretzels is cereal.  Next mix the cream cheese, crushed pretzels and rosemary till well combined.  The mixture should be thick.  Next take the cream cheese mixture in spoonfuls and shape into little carrot shapes then roll them in shredded carrots till completely covered, kids love this part.  Lastly add some parsley or lettuce to the end to look like carrot greens!  These tricky treats taste good by themselves or on crackers!  This recipe makes about 10 little carrots (depending on their size).  This recipe is vegetarian.  





AND, Without further delay Bebe B would like to announce.....



She will have a new Bebe sibling, coming this September!  

It has been a rough first trimester where I couldn’t even look at pictures of food without running for the bathroom so I’m afraid creating recipes, preparing food and blogging about food was completely unappealing.  Thankfully I’m starting to have more and more periods of time where I feel better and even like food again.  So I’m looking forward to getting back to sharing my recipes, restaurant reviews, “Puree Mondays” and the adventures of feeding a toddler!