Archive for January, 2010

strawberries, mango, banana

This is a great and simple puree to have on hand to serve plain or added to oatmeal, yogurt, and smoothies. It’s so good in fact I made extra and made myself a smoothie. Why should the babies have all the fun, right? It’s recommended that babies should not have strawberries until the age of twelve months due to the possibility of an allergic reaction. Strawberry, Mango, and Banana Puree {12 months +} 1 1/2 cup strawberries (around 12 strawberries) · strawberries are on the “dirty dozen” list, buy organic if possible 1 cup mango (1 large mango) 1 banana Peel mango

spinach and sweet potato quiche

To save myself some time in the morning from cooking everyone’s breakfast I spent about thirty minutes and cooked up a batch of theses, spinach and sweet potato quiche. Mia has mixed emotions about these. You have to catch her in the right mood for her to really enjoy these. She would rather have scrambled eggs but I think it’s a texture thing. This is more of a toddler food and she’s at that in-between stage. So I needed a second opinion and who did I go to? The neighbors baby and she liked them so it’s a go. Spinach

Holy crap these are good! With a inspiring suggestion from Momadom, I made these sweet potato pancakes this past weekend and everyone loves them. Pancakes are nothing new of course, but this recipe is a good twist on the everyday American pancake. Plus, it’s a sneaky way to add vegetables to everyday food for your baby, toddler, teenager, husband and so forth. Of course, now my husband wants me to make them every weekend. Good thing I made extra and froze the rest but honey, when you run out here’s the recipe. You know your way around the kitchen. By

This is one of Mia’s all time favs. It is a stage 2 food if you use the egg yolk and a stage 3 if you use the entire egg. butternut squash and egg breakfast {for baby} stage 2 or 3 food you will need: 2 cubes (or 2 ounces) of butternut squash puree · see post: simple purees for baby 1 egg or egg yolk (it’s recommended that egg yolks be given after 8 months and whole eggs after 12 months) pinch of Italian seasoning without salt · rosemary, oregano and thyme (optional) whole milk or formula Defrost butternut

simple purees {for baby}

0 | January 14, 2010

All the baby food on this blog is fairly self explanatory. Just simple recipes that I have researched, put my spin on or want to rely to anyone who wants to read. It’s nothing new. Especially this next one. The basis of all baby food. The stage one puree. It’s here just incase you need it. Simple Baby Food Puree For this example I’m using butternut squash but pretty much any stage one food that needs to be cooked will do. For example: sweet potato, apple, carrot (don’t use any leftover water with carrots because of the nitrate level), peaches,

I ran out of blueberry puree for Mia and she is now holding my cat for ransom. Poor Athens. I dropped everything I was doing (so laundry will get done later, woo hoo I lead an exciting life these days, a lot different than the days at the magazine or being on tour with my husband in his musician days la la la….enough rambling) what was I saying, oh yeah, I dropped everything and threw this together. She’s old enough now that I mix this with yogurt or a protein. It’s good even if your baby is pass the stage

I roasted a pork tenderloin last night and had enough left over to make Mia some too. Since I knew I was going to do this today I did not do anything fancy to the pork. I just seasoned a  pork tenderloin with a small amount of extra virgin olive oil and a small amount of rosemary and garlic and placed it in a 425° oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until it reached 155°. Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Potatoes and Peaches {stage 3baby food} 1 cup of cubed cooked, cold pork tenderloin 1 cooked sweet potato 1 cup

Since I’m making Hatch Chili Chicken Stew today I decided to make extra chicken for some baby food. There are many different ways I cook chicken for Mia and this is just one. I use chicken thighs because they have the most nutrition and iron. Apple Thyme Chicken and Rice {stage 2 or 3 baby food, depending on texture} 5 Chicken Thighs 1 to 2 Small to Medium  Organic Gala or Macintosh Apples Peeled, Cored and Diced or 6 oz Organic Applesauce 1/2 cup Cooked Brown Rice (Uncle Ben’s makes a 90 second microwave package that is super easy and

apples and oatmeal

I can’t seem to make enough of this stuff! She loves it and while I’m on here and Mia’s sleeping why not share this simple recipe. Oatmeal (stage 1 to toddler baby food) 1/2 cup of oatmeal – not instant 1 1/2 cups of water 2 peeled, cored and cubed apples, preferably organic since apples are on the “dirty dozen” list of foods to eat organic (I also make this with pears, peaches, and sweet potatoes) Bring water to a boil. Add oatmeal and apples. Cook until apples are tender. If baby is ready for textured food, mash well until

Without fail yogurt will always end up on her face, clothes, floor and in her hair. It is unavoidable. Blueberry – Pear – Thyme Yogurt (stage 3 food 8 to 12 months) · a little bears favorite 1 oz. blueberry, pear, and thyme puree (see recipe below) 2 oz. whole organic yogurt mix and serve Blueberry – Pear – Thyme Puree (stage 2 food 6 to 8 months) 1 cup frozen blueberries 1/4 cup of water 3/4 cup pears mashed or pureed 4 sprigs of fresh thyme Bring water to a boil and add blueberries. Simmer for 15 minutes or

308 {the ranch}

5 | January 6, 2010

If you know me you know I love spending time at my husband’s family’s ranch. It’s a home away from home and dear to my heart. It was the place my husband took me on our second date and sang me the first song he wrote for me. It’s the place where we used to sneek off to and meet when I was in college at North Texas and he was a wondering musician in the hill country. It’s the place where you can see the most amazing sunsets and sunrises in your life. It’s the place where the water