Sunday, June 26, 2011

Breakfast Pita Pizza

Here is an easy recipe, perfect for breakfast, that your little one will adore helping you make!  It’s delicious and packed full of nutrients like protein and potassium, the perfect way to start the day.  Bebe B loves this for breakfast and I have to admit I love it too (I leave the cheese off mine). 

Breakfast Pita Pizza - 12 Months+
1 Whole Grain Pita (we used 365 Multigrain)
1 tbsp Nut Butter (we have used peanut and almond)
1/2 a Banana (sliced)
1 tbsp shredded Cheese
1/2 tsp Cinnamon 

Spread the pita with nut butter.  Cover with banana slices then sprinkle with cheese and cinnamon.  Toast in either a toaster oven or 350 Degree (F) oven for about 5-7 minutes (till cheese is melty).  Slice in wedges like pizza, and enjoy!

This recipe is vegetarian.

Friday, June 24, 2011

The Lunchbox - Week of Jun 20

This week was all about blackberries...I was craving them on everything!  I made up a fabulous creation of rice cakes spread with peanut butter and topped with sliced blackberries, so yummy!  I decided to incorporate it into Bebe B’s lunch.  She loved it, not a bite was left in her lunchbox at the end of the day.

Above is a picture of one of her lunches from this week, containing:
  • Bagel with Peanut Butter, Cream Cheese & Blackberries (sliced)
  • Veggie Straws
  • Pluot Slices
  • Cauliflower & Fennel
  • “Olive U” Dip

Happy Lunchtime Everyone!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Puree Monday - Turkey Gobbler Puree

Here is another fun Bebe Food recipe!!  It’s the perfect time of year to find these ingredients fresh!

Tropical Gobbler Puree - 9 Months+
2 pieces of turkey breast- boneless and skinless
A touch of olive oil for cooking
½ cup fresh Peaches 
½  cup fresh Mango 
1 tbsp fresh sage (finely chopped)
½ tsp nutmeg

Cut the turkey into medium sized chunks.  Bake the turkey chunks 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 turkey it helps to keep them covered partially with a lid or foil, preventing them from drying out.  Set aside and allow the cooked turkey to cool for about 5 to 10 minutes.  Slice and pit the peaches, leaving the skins on until after steaming (this will help lock in the nutrients). Steam the peach slices 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 peach slices.  If steaming on the stove use about 2 inches of water and steam for about 5-10 minutes.  Reserve the cooking liquid as you may need it.  Allow the peach slices to cool for about 10 minutes, and then remove the skins.   Usually this is pretty easy with either a spoon or your fingers.  Cube the mango, making sure not to use the skin or the seed. Click HERE for mango cutting 101.  Now add the cooked turkey cubes, steamed peaches, mango cubes, sage and nutmeg into a food processor or the Beaba babycook and puree.  You may need to add some of the reserved cooking liquid from the peaches to help reach the desired consistency depending on how thin you need to make it for your little bebe.  I recommend this recipe for ages 9 months and above but as always if you are unsure check with your pediatrician about when to introduce meat.  

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 2 ice cube trays (10-20 servings). If you know you will be freezing this recipe, I recommend using turkey that hasn’t been previously frozen.  This recipe also makes a great toddler or adult meal.  Simply spread on a whole grain tortilla, add a little cheese and toast for a few minutes in the toaster oven or a 350F degree oven.  Voila…instant quesadilla!

This recipe is dairy-free and gluten-free.

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Lunchbox - Week of June 13

We are still loving the return of grapes!  Bebe B would have them everyday if she could.

Above is a picture of one of her lunches from this week, containing:
  • Turkey & Cheese “dog” on Whole Wheat Bun w/ Mustard
  • Popcorn (from the farmer’s market) & Dried Cranberries
  • Cucumber (cut into wavy sticks)
  • Mascarpone Cheese
  • Green & Red Gapes

Happy Lunchtime Everyone!!

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Lunchbox: Week of June 6

Organic grapes are back!!  Both Bebe B and I were overjoyed at the grocery store when we discovered this...we have missed grapes!

Above is a picture of one of her lunches from this week, containing:
  • Peanut Butter and Jam (from the farmer’s market) on Multigrain Pita Bread
  • Sunflower Seeds (unsalted)
  • Green Grapes (halved) 
  • Spinach and Yogurt Dip
  • Celery Sticks
  • Sesame Crackers
  • Mini Cookie

Happy Lunchtime Everyone!!