Baby Food – Broccoli/ Tomato/ Rice Puree and Blueberry/ Strawberry/ Oatmeal Puree

I love the stage my daughter is at right now where she has had most normal foods so I can start getting creative with combinations.  Here are the two I made this weekend.  For the broccoli/tomato/rice puree, steam the broccoli and tomatoes.  I steamed them separately since the broccoli takes longer to cook.  Puree the vegetables.  Heat the rice according to package instructions.  Then add rice to food processor as needed to reach the desired consistency.  For the strawberry/blueberry/oatmeal puree, I used frozen organic fruit.  I have heard that frozen fruit can actually be more nutritious since it is picked ripe and frozen immediately, which preserves the nutrients, rather than picking before it’s ripe and transporting an insane number of miles.  I still love fresh fruit, but decided to go with frozen for the puree.  Warm the frozen fruit in a saucepan until soft, and then puree in the food processor.  Cook the oatmeal in a saucepan according to package instructions.  Add the oatmeal to the fruit puree in the food processor to thicken it to the desired consistency.  Let your baby enjoy!

Special thanks to my father-in-law for the tomatoes from his garden!

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Garlic Hummus

Today seems to be the day for posting the end results to recipes I have been working on for some time.  I can’t even count how many batches of hummus I have made, but I am finally quite happy with my hummus recipe.  Hope you enjoy!

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Garlic Hummus

Ingredients:

whole garlic bulb

1/2 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon sea salt

2 cans chick peas, drained and rinsed

1/3 cup tahini

2 lemons, juiced

1/2 teaspoon pepper

3 teaspoons cumin

1 teaspoon paprika

Directions:

  • Preheat over to 400 degrees. Cut top off garlic bulb. Wrap in foil, leaving the top open. Drizzle with about 1/4 teaspoon of the olive oil and sprinkle with a smidgen of the sea salt. Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to a food processor, including the rest of the olive oil and sea salt from what was drizzled and sprinkled onto the garlic.  Process.
  • When garlic is done cooking, hold onto foil and squeeze so garlic comes out.  Squeeze into food processor and process until smooth.
  • Serve with raw vegetables such as cucumbers, carrots, and celery, or with corn or pita chips.
  • Enjoy!

Crockpot Cinnamon Oatmeal

A few weeks ago I went out to breakfast with some friends and I was so excited to get oatmeal!  I have posted before about my love of oatmeal, but lately, I just haven’t had time to make it on the stove.  Making it in the microwave is quick, but not even close to being as good.  I thought going out to eat, I could get some good, old-fashioned oatmeal!  So excited…

Welp, I ordered the “old-fashioned oatmeal” and even got to choose a couple toppings!  Baked apples and granola.  Now that is just sounding delicious.  Then, as I went to pay, I watched, right in front of my very eyes, the lady get my oatmeal together.  She took out a plastic, PLASTIC, bowl, scooped some dried oats in, put some water on, and stuck it in the microwave.  $5 for oatmeal and you are going to microwave it?!?!  AND, microwave it in PLASTIC!?  Everyone reading my blog has probably guessed how I feel about plastic.  I try to stay away from it as much as possible, I use glass leftover containers, glass water bottles , glass baby bottles, glass baby food jars, etc.  I’m even more opposed to plastic when something is warm.  Seems like the plastic will just leach into the food.

So, long story short, I really was shocked.  I couldn’t believe a restaurant would use microwaving as their method of cooking, especially with no shame, right in front of the customer.  With that being said, if they were microwaving in glass, I still would have eaten it, but been sad.  But, I can’t eat oatmeal microwaved in plastic.  I politely asked for a bagel instead.

Since that fateful day, I have really stepped up my efforts to develop a crockpot oatmeal recipe.  Something quick and easy that gives the great old-fashioned oatmeal taste.  Finally, about 10 batches later, I have it!  Cooking time is 3 hours so this works best for brunch on the weekend rather than a before work breakfast.  If you let it cook for 3 hours and then switch to warm for the rest of the night, it will burn, so don’t do this as an overnight recipe.

Hope you enjoy!  (And thanks for listening to my oatmeal story! :))

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Crockpot Cinnamon Oatmeal

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Baby Food – Potato and Leek Puree and Asparagus Puree

Another great weekend of making delicious purees.  This weekend was potato and leek and asparagus.  My daughter has had asparagus before and always loves it!  I just steam the asparagus and then put it through the food processor with a little of the water from steaming.  It doesn’t need a lot of water, but does need some.

For the potato and leek puree, I washed and mostly peeled the potatoes.  I then cut them and boiled them.  For the leeks, I cut them, then washed them (wash after cutting so you get all the dirt out), and then steamed them.  I put the leeks alone through the food processor with some of the water from steaming.  I then added the rest of the water from steaming, the pureed leeks, and potatoes to a large bowl.  I mashed them, and then slowly put the whole mix through the food processor.  I couldn’t fit it all through at one time so I did about three batches.  I used 2 pounds of red potatoes and 1 leek.  It made lots and my freezer is full!

Hope you enjoy 🙂

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Potato and Leek Puree and Asparagus Puree

Black Bean Meatless Meatloaf

I heard something on NPR the other day about how the one common thread in societies that live really long is that they eat a lot of beans.  I haven’t researched this any further, and didn’t even listen to the entire story, but I’m going for it anyway.  I found a modified version of this recipe online and thought I’d give it a try.  It’s a black bean “meat”loaf.  A beanloaf (?) perhaps.  I’ll be honest, it wasn’t amazing and was a lot of work so I probably won’t make it again, but it’s fun to switch things up and try something new so I’m going to share it anyway.  It’s vegan and healthy and full of those delicious beans that might (if I correctly interpreted the 5 minutes of the story I heard correctly) help us all live longer!

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Black Bean Meatless Meatloaf

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