Sunday, August 3, 2014

How to: Making Baby Food


An easy how to make baby food! This will be pretty receptive so bare with me! I would recommend trying to use frozen baby food purée within 6 weeks. When you are ready to feed your baby you can either defrost your baby food in the fridge over night or you can reheat for 45 seconds to a minute in the microwave at full power, and then allow to cool before serving to my baby!

The older your baby gets the more you can do! You can add spices and mix and match foods to expand your babies pallet, see the last recipe below for an example of this! 
No one wants a picky eater!!  


Ok enough talking! Here is what you need to do!

1. Take whatever veggie you want and peel it if it needs to be peeled (like carrots) 
2. Wash it ! 
 
3. Roughly chop item if it needs to be chopped (like carrots)
 
4. Place veggie in steamer basket over saucepan filled with 1 inch of water over medium-high to high heat and steam about 15 minutes or until fork tender (fork tender = poke fork into vegetable and it comes right back out).
 
5. Next, puree item adding enough of the steaming liquid to come to a good consistency. 
I was eye bowling it. Make sure it is the constancy that you are looking for depending on how old your baby is, thinner for younger babies and thicker for the older babies.  I can always thin it with water, breast milk, or formula. If it is a first food, purée until very smooth.

Here are string beans from our garden!

Wash and cut ends!

Steam and then add to blender:


Puree:



Fill ice cube tray and flash freeze for about 3-4 hours until hard.








Place in a ziplock bag and label!

For squash I just placed the entire squash in a pot with the water over the squash. Boil until you can pierce it with a fork, about 15 minutes. After you puree it you can add it to an ice cube tray or snack bag zip lock bags! These lay flat in your freezer so you can just stack them! Just another way to  freeze baby food!



Or use an ice cube tray!




Carrots:
Do exactly what I said above. This is roughly 10-12 carrots  (should fill about two ice-cube trays, depending on size of carrots)






You can also put the baby food in these cute baby food containers! I used my LABEL ONCE labels from amazon on them! 



Here is a fun recipe!

You would use this once your baby has tried all of these foods separately for 2-3 days each.


2 Pints Blueberries
3 Bananas
3 Cups of Spinach


Boil blueberries until they are soft.
Add to blender.
Place banana and spinach in blender too.
Puree.





Pour into ice cube trays and freeze!


This is a great way for your baby to get there veggies!!



It is as Simple As 1-2-3!
Enjoy!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Items From The Garden: Swiss Chard Side Dish


So something else I made with my swiss chard from my garden was this yummy side dish! Check out yesterdays post on how to clean it: HERE



Minced the garlic


Place oil in the pan


Let garlic and oil get toasted on medium heat!



Place swiss chard in the pan and sauté it. It cooks down just like spinach.


Now I used some balsamic vinegar in the pan. About 4 tbs. This is the kind I use. It is "Aged Balsamic Vinegar" from Cape May Olive Oil Company. It is the best store!!

 
Pour the vinegar in the pan and mix it together!



Serve on the side of grilled chicken and white/brown rice! Or steak with a baked potato! YUM!





Enjoy!


It is as Simple As 1-2-3!





Sunday, July 20, 2014

Items From The Garden: Swiss Chard & Pasta Recipe



The next few posts are going to be on how to use some of those garden veggies!!

This one is about swiss chard! 

Facts about this yummy veggie:

One cup of chopped Swiss chard has just 35 calories and provides more than 300% of the daily value for vitamin K. But skip this veggie if you’re prone to kidney stones it contains oxalates, which decrease the body’s absorption of calcium and can lead to kidney stones. (web md)


How you can prepare it:

Prepare Swiss chard by rinsing the crisp leaves several times in warm water. Leaves and stalks can be boiled, steamed, or roasted. (web md)


So this is how I made it!


 First rinse the swiss chard really well.






Then place oil and garlic in a pan. 









Let it sit for a little bit and get nice a brown. Then add your swiss chard. 
It cooks down like spinach. Add some salt and pepper to taste. 

Then boil your pasta. Once your pasta is done mix everything together.



Pour into a bowl and sprinkle cheese on top! THATS it! SOOO good and healthy for you…and  EASY!




It is as Simple As 1-2-3!

Enjoy!










Fruit Salsa & Cinnamon Chips

I love salsa right up there with the best of them! But fruit salsa?!?! yumm!! As most of my readers know I had a baby about 3 months ago and I am have been trying to lose baby weight! BUT I LOVE SWEETS! So by curving my intake of sweet foods I have turned to fruit! I made this for my husband and he loved it! it is simple and easy and can be done really with any kind of fruit you may have! Here is what I did!




First I made the cinnamon chips!

You take a flour tortilla cut it into triangles and spread butter on on it. Then sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top! Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes! My oven cooks fast so it only took 10 minutes for me!











Next choose the fruit you want to use! I used strawberries, cherries and blueberries! Cut them up into small bite sized pieces!







After you are done put all fruit into a bowl and squeeze 1/2 a lemon on top and sprinkle with some sugar!



Mix well!


And serve!






That is it!! SO easy and SO yummy!!

It is as Simple As 1-2-3!

Enjoy!