Savory French Toast

Some call it grilled cheese, some call it french toast. I call it delicious! Avocado French Toast

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of bread
  • 1/2 avocado
  • mozzarella shredded cheese
  • chopped broccoli
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs milk
  • Butter for cooking

You can always just use butter on both sides instead of milk and egg. Cut in strips for beginners.

1. Spread avocado on one side of bread

2. Add cheese and chopped broccoli

3. Place second piece of bread on top of first. Cut in desired slices

4. In a bowl add egg and milk and scramble

5. Dip bread into egg mixture and cook in butter in a pan

Almond Butter Flour-less Pancakes

Flour-less pancakes are all the rage these days. Have you ever added almond butter to it? Almond Butter PancakesSo delicious because banana and most nut butters go so well together.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Ripe Banana (the riper the sweeter)
  • 1 egg or flaxseed
  • 1 tsp almond butter
  • 1 tbs butter for frying or coconut oil
  1. Cut banana (for easy mashing), mash
  2. Add egg to banana and mix well
  3. Add almond butter and mix
  4. Add butter to pan and cook on low-medium heat until brown on each side

Baked Zucchini Fries

Ingredients:Zucchini Fries

  • 1 Large Zucchini
  • 1 cup panko crumbs (if you want less crunch you can use regular bread crumbs)
  • 2 eggs
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • Italian seasoning or garlic to taste

1. Preheat oven to 425f

2. Cut zucchini like fries or medallions shapes

3.  Scramble egg in a bowl

4. Combine panko and seasonings in another bowl

5. Line a baking sheet with foil and place a baking rack on top.

5. Dip zucchini in egg, then in panko seasoning mixture

6. Place each dipped zucchini stick on baking rack and bake at 425f for about 10-15 minutes (just check on it, because depending on the thickness of your zucchini some can cook faster)

Apple Chocolate Chips

Have you ever wanted a sweet treat at night? (I just raised both hands). Apple Chocolate Chips 1
I have a sweet tooth, but I always look for healthier options to curb my appetite. A friend of mine on Instagram (mama.of4) inspired me to try raw cacao. She’s been making me drool over her raw cacao recipes! If you have no idea what cacao is, you’re not alone. I had to look it up.  It’s basically pure chocolate without the fat and added sugar. According to my fancy Google search cacao is high in antioxidants, magnesium and iron.

I thought trying the ingredient would be a perfect way to introduce chocolate to my son. By the way,  the kid will be a kid and have a chocolate bar someday. For now, though,  I will try to give him something healthier.

So my idea came about while cutting his apples. If you’ve followed me for a while,  you know my son is a huge fan of anything round. I thought it would be fun to dip it in chocolate. Plus, I also thought it would be a great snack for my husband to eat while I’d be gone on my moms weekend vacation.

If you don’t want to use raw cacao, you can totally use regular chocolate. I just wanted to share my idea of cutting the apple this way and dipping it in chocolate. You can also add a lollipop to it like this.

Apple On a Stick

Ingredients:

  •  1-2  tbs agave syrup  (we used 1, if you like it sweeter, make it 2)
  •  1/3 cup raw cacao powder 
  • 3 tbs of coconut oil
  • Apples, strawberries, or fruit of choice
  • Toppings: crushed almond and shredded coconut

1. Mix agave sugar, cacao powder in a bowl

2. In a pan heat coconut oil until liquid form (this will take a few seconds, don’t burn it)

3. Mix 1 and 2 together

4. Dip fruit in chocolate mixture and let it drip until it stops

5. Place dipped fruit on parchment paper and place in refrigerator for at least an hour

6. Thank me. Kidding.

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Nuby Parent Blogger

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Slowcooker Short Ribs and Polenta

Busy day today, so I’ll make this short and sweet (pun intended =0)) Short Ribs and Mashed Polenta

Ingredients:

Beef

  • 4 boneless beef short ribs (try to find meat with a little more fat, so it won’t come out dry)
  • 1/4 tsp sage
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 ginger
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 tbs maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup beef broth

1. Mix sage, thyme, ginger, salt, sugaar, pepper, and maple syrup

2. Coat beef with mixture

3. Place beef into slow cooker and add beef broth.

4. ** Cook for 4-6 hours on low** Each slow cooker is different, so please check it.

Polenta Fries 

Ingredients:Short Ribs and Polenta Fries

  • Organic Polenta (we buy it from Trader Joes, it’s easier to cook, comes in a tube)
  • 1/2 tsp of chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  1. Cut polenta into sticks
  2. Add olive oil into pan
  3. Add garlic
  4. Cook for 4 or 5 minutes on each side on medium low

Creamy Polenta (first picture)

Ingredients:

  • Milk
  • 1/4 cup of shredded cheese
  • Organic Polenta
  1. Add milk and chopped polenta into pot, cook on low heat
  2. Stir in cheese and keep adding milk until desired consistency

Ribs inspired by The Midnight Baker

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Broccoli “Meatball” Pasta

I’ve been asked a few times whether I plan a menu a week ahead. Unfortunately, I don’t.  Broccoli Meat BallI’m not that organized.  I buy staples weekly, and then I go from there. Sometimes it backfires, but most of the time I manage to whip something up.  I wanted spaghetti, but had no ground meat for meatballs.  I decided to make broccoli cheese “meatballs” instead.

You can also serve it in a patty form or tater tots and serve it with a tomato dipping sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Dash of garlic powder
  1. Steam brocdoli
  2. Add bread crumbs, egg, and cheese
  3. Blend and cook in olive oil on medium until brown
  4. Served over angel hair pasta and your favorite store-bought pasta sauce.

 

Baked Chicken

There are some days my son wants me to entertain him every minute of the hour. Baked ChickenThose days are when I bake. I basically do everything in increments. I prep for a few minutes here and there during the day. For me baking is easier to manage. I let my leave in thermometer do the work instead of babysitting a pan. It alerts me when the chicken reaches the internal temp I set it to.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Chicken Thighs
  • 2 Carrots
  • 1 Sweet Potato
  • 1 Potato
  • 10-15 whole garlic cloves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 whole chopped onion – we used onion powder
  • Paprika (optional)
  • Olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 350f

2. Add chicken to baking dish

2. Season with salt and pepper and onion powder, to taste

3. Add all veggies

4. Drizzle olive oil

5. Bake at 350f until 165f internal temprature.

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Bib Organization

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We have several bibs. It’s difficult to keep them organized and stacked neatly.   Here’s a tip for you! Hook them on your high chair.

We use a hook from 3M. I suggest buying the jumbo command one (on link) so that it will hold several bibs.  You can even use an index card ring to hold more and hook them all on it.

Since we’re on the topic of bibs, here are our favorites! All of them are BPA, Phthalates and PVC free!

  • Bbox Bib for traveling. We love this bib when we’re out and about because it keeps all the crumbs and leftovers in one pocket. BboxIf we’re at a park I don’t have to frantically look for a plastic bag or trash can to throw stuff away. I simply zip it up and clean it when I get home. All the food stays inside the zip up pocket. Just rinse it when you get back home! It also comes with a flexible silicone spoon.
  • Silikids Bib for home. This bib is also one of our favorites.  It’s made of silicone and has a small pocket. You can either use the pocket or fold it flat. Our full review here: Silikids Review

Bib

  • Tommee Tippee Explora Bib for home. This bib also has a pocket to catch food! We love that it’s made out silicone because it’s so easy to clean and super durable. The food lands in the bib, not on his clothes. That’s enough to make any mom happy. It can also be placed in the dishwasher for fast washing.Tommee Tippee Big

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Bite Size Cranberry Almond Tuna Salad

We try not to eat too much canned food, but when we do, we kick it up a notch.Tuna Bites I’m sharing my absolute favorite recipe for tuna sandwiches. When I was in college, this was my go-to fast meal during late night studying. Fast forward many years, I now make it for my two boys (husband and son).

As I may have mentioned earlier, my son loves anything bite size. He ate about 10 of these! I didn’t have a small cookie cutter, so I used my old clean medela bottle. Better than throwing it away right? You can also use a Starbucks glass bottle or anything circular.

You can put more or less of the ingredients depending on what you like. I’m sure you can even substitute avocado for mayo.

Ingredients:

  • Bread
  • 1 can wild caught tuna – we use Wild Planet , but any will do.
  • 1/4 cup cranberries (try to find the lowest sugar level for baby)
  • 1/4 cup sliced or chopped almonds
  • 2 tbs chopped green onions
  • 2 tbs mayonnaise
  • dash of pepper

1. Mix all ingredients

2. Add on bread

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