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Make Your Own Baby Food

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I’ve made little man’s baby food since he started eating solids. He currently eats a variety of fruits and vegetables. We’ll slowly add in more things as he gets older, but this is what he eats so far (I’m sure I’m missing a few off the list):

  • Banana
  • Apple (homemade applesauce)
  • Pear
  • Sweet Potato
  • Red Potato
  • Peach
  • Carrot
  • Eggs (a new one today)
  • Black Beans (rarely)
  • Green Beans
  • Split Peas
  • Avocado

The fruits get pureed with the immersion blender or chopped into little bits depending on how soft the fruit is. The vegetables get cooked and then blended. For his eggs, this morning I made scrambled eggs and cut up some into tiny pieces for him. He really liked this new taste. When I make him split peas, I use my crock pot. I dump in the peas, add water, and cook on low all day. They mush really well after this. With any of the fruits or vegetables we add water if it needs to be thinned out. I’ve also mixed them up to create blended flavors. Who knew that pears mixed with carrot would be so tasty?

Recipe: Fresh Tomato Soup

Fresh Tomato Soup

Ingredients:
4 c chopped fresh tomato
1 Tbs dried minced onion
1/8 tsp cloves
2 c chicken stock
2 Tbs butter
2 Tbs flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp demerara sugar

Instructions:

  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat, combine tomatoes, onion, cloves and stock. Bring to a boil. Boil for about 20 minutes to bring all of the flavors together. Remove from heat and immersion blend it. Then run the mixture through a fine strainer into a large bowl. Save any left over pulp type stuff to use as a great tomato paste. I put mine in calzone.
  2. In the empty pot, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour to make a roux, cooking until the roux is a medium brown. Gradually whisk in a bit of the tomato sauce, then stir in the rest. Season with sugar and salt, and adjust to taste.

Recipe: Bok Choy Salad

Bok Choy Salad

This recipe comes from my mother-in-law. This is such a great recipe to bring to a party. I’ve taken it to my gourmet club and what a hit it was! It’s super easy, and tastes great. This makes a huge amount so be sure you’ve got people to share it with.

Ingredients
1 Napa Cabbage
1 Red or Green Leaf Lettuce
Green Onions
Topping:
1 C Slivered or Chopped Almonds
1 C Sunflower Seeds
2 Pkg. Ramen Noodles (crushed)
2 Tbs Butter
Dressing:
1/4 C Sugar
1/4 C Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 C Oil
2 Tbs Soy Sauce

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 360′
  2. Chop lettuce, cabbage, and onion, put in bowl and refrigerate
  3. Melt butter on cookie sheet, add almonds, sunflower seeds, and noodles mixing in the butter. Bake until golden brown, stirring about every 5 min. to make sure they don’t burn.
  4. Mix remaining ingredients in shakeable container. Shake well, sugar should dissolve.
  5. Do not combine until you are ready to serve as it will get soggy.

Recipe: Roasted Red Potatoes

Roasted Red Potatoes

Ingredients:
1 lb Red Potatoes
2 Tbs Olive Oil
1/8 tsp Garlic Powder
1/8 tsp Jane’s Crazy Seasoning Salt
1/8 tsp Pepper
1 tsp Dried Minced Onion
2 Tbs Parmesan Cheese

Instructions:
Cut potatoes into eighths. Place potatoes into a 2qt. Baking dish. Top potatoes with everything else. Stir to coat. Bake, uncovered, at 425` for 30 minutes.

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Sweet potato varieties

You might be someone who is only exposed to sweet potatoes when the holidays are here. Well its time to get educated and try some delicious sweet potatoes.

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These are sweet potatoes. At the top we have a red/orange sweet potato and below that are two white sweet potatoes. You can make some great things out of the orange variety. Unfortunately it is often served with marshmallows and is sickly sweet. I’ve got a great sweet potato casserole recipe that you will love. Now the white sweet potatoes make an absolutely wonderful mashed potato. They are less sweet than sweet potatoes but still quite sweet compared to the standbys of russet and baby reds.

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On the left here we have the red/orange sweet potato. On the right, will this funny looking thing is what a yam actually is. Yams grow on trees and can get to be five feet long! Most people have likely never seen a real raw yam.