Egg-less Pancakes

We eat a lot of eggs for breakfast and I wanted to try a different protein source. Eggless Pancakes The yogurt sitting in the refrigerator was about to expire. I basically experimented with this recipe and it was a hit with the little guy. But then again, he does eat almost everything I give him. Regardless, I’m going to ride the “he will eat anything” train as long as I can.

The consistency is a much softer option for babies, especially BLW beginners!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Ripe Banana
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder, for a less fluffier pancake use 1/2 tsp
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt (I’m sure you can use flavored if you wish, just expect to taste that flavor)

1. Mix plain yogurt and smash ripe bananas.

2. Mix in all-purpose flour with baking powder

4. Cook in butter

We drizzled honey, but I thought it was too sweet. The ripe banana was sweet enough. Also, no honey before one!

Mini Puff Pies

I have a lot of corned beef left over from St. Patrick’s Day. I had to think of a way to use up the leftovers. As usual, I looked in my freezer and refrigerator and got to work. My store-bought organic pastry dough was about to expire. I instantly thought of meat pie!

By the way, I ended up filling some with peanut butter and jelly. I also splurged and stuffed one or two with Nutella. I prefer the sweet varieties better.

P.S. One more recipe with corned beef coming up, and that’s it! I  think the next time I’ll buy corned beef will be in 5 years lol

Ingredients:

  • Pastry dough (I used store-bought organic, but I’m sure you can make it, I’m just not that talented.)
  • Corned beef
  • Veggies
  • Cheese
  • Any stuffing you like: peanut butter and jelly, Nutella, cookie butter

1. Roll out pastry dough

2. Cut in small rectangular pieces

3. Add stuffing on rectangular piece, add another piece over it.

4. Seal with a fork (as shown below)

5. Bake at 350f until cooked. Took about 25 minutes for me, but all ovens vary.

Flower “Egg” Rolls

When we have eggs, we either boil, scramble, or fry it.  I wanted to try something different. Flower Egg RollsWe made “egg” rolls! It’s an easy dish and you can add just about anything in it. You will need enough stuffing so it can hold its shape however.

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 string cheese sticks
  • spinach
  • 2 tbs of water

1. Mix eggs and water

2. Cook a thin layer of the scrambled egg. Flip when done cooked on one side.

3. Let it cool a bit, add cheese and spinach

4. Roll and cut

Corned Beef Cabbage Rolls

Corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and carrots go so well together.

Cabbage RollsIt’s the main ingredients for a traditional Irish dinner (at least that’s what my husband says). Instead of serving it separately on a plate, why not make it a little interesting?

Here’s a fun and easy way to serve corned beef and cabbage.

Ingredients:

  • Cabbage
  • Corned beef with pickling spices
  • Carrot
  • Potato
  • 1 tbs Butter

CORNED BEEF

1. Add corn beef into slow cooker. Add enough hot water (4 to 5 cups) to cover the meat by at least 1 inch. Cook on low for  7 to 8 hours.

CABBAGE ROLL

1. Core cabbage and blanch in boiling hot water for a few minutes until soft

2. Cut carrots and potatoes like match sticks

3. Add corned beef, carrots and potatoes on cabbage and roll like an eggroll =)

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

I had an extra hour because baby slept a little longer. Homemade Teriyaki Sauce I made teriyaki sauce and it turned out great.  Sauce in a bottle is convenient, but nothing is better than homemade.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 tbs honey (no honey before one)
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 thin slices of ginger minced
  1. Mix and add to your dish

 

Ice Cream “Sunday”

It’s 93 degrees Fahrenheit in sunny California. Naturally, I think of ice cream. Ice Cream
I have to admit though, cold weather never curbs my appetite for ice cream ;).  When I was a kid, my aunt made me a dessert called ice candy. It was basically fruit, milk, and sugar frozen into little plastic bags. I wanted to replicate something similar, minus the sugar.  I didn’t have fancy plastic bags, so as usual, I improvised.

I experimented and came out with delicious homemade ice cream! It’s so yummy and has only 3 ingredients. You can obviously make yourself an ice cream sundae and add all your favorite toppings. I’m already drooling at the thought of making Nutella ice cream. Or how about Cookie Butter ice cream? For the baby though, I kept it simple.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries (frozen works best, but i’ve tried fresh too)
  • 1 frozen RIPE banana (frozen works best, but I’ve tried fresh too)
  • Condensed Milk – for those with a sweet tooth.

1. Mix all desired ingredients

2. Blend all ingredients until creamy

3. Place into a freezer safe bowl or container. We used our Ooga bowl so I can easily give it to my baby without transfer (after I take about 8 bites so he won’t have too much). Freeze for about an hour and half. To me, this is the perfect amount of time to get the consistency and texture I like. Remember, if you’re wanting a more traditional super sweet ice cream, add condensed milk.

All freezers aren’t created equal so you can always check on it and test it. Just don’t check it too often because  you might not have any left to share. It’s that good lol.  It won’t hurt to leave it in longer, you will just get a more icy texture. It has no preservatives or added chemicals so it won’t have the same texture as ice cream, but I think it tastes better than store-bought!

Vegan option: replace cream with canned coconut milk.

 

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Homemade Breakfast Sausage

Once in a while we have breakfast sausage. Homemade SausageIt’s quite expensive to buy it at the store, so we make it! Here’s a quick and easy no nitrates, preservatives free recipe.

A quick tip: you can shape it to whatever type of sausage your toddler may like better. My son will eat anything most days, but he will devour anything round without thought.

We’ve also frozen these before and it keeps great!

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 apple (grated)
  • 1/2 tbs rubbed sage (you can always decrease this if you don’t like the sage smell)
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • Dash of 21 Seasoning Salute (or a dash of garlic powder)
  • Dash of cinnamon and pepper
  • Shredded Carrots (optional)
  1. Combine and mix
  2. Cook in olive oil

 

Green Eggs and Ham

GREEN EGGS AND HAM 

Green EggsAvocado is packed with nutrients and is a great substitute for mayo! In honor of Dr. Seuss, we made green eggs and ham

Ingredients:

Hard boiled egg

Avocado

Ham (we used Applegate Organics)

1. Boil eggs and separate yolk

2. Mix yolk and avocado

3. Fill eggs and top with ham and/or paprika

Homemade Doritos/Chips

DoritosHOMEMADE DORITOS/CHIPS

Is it just me or does every baby want whatever you’re eating?  Well, I wanted some chips with my sandwich, so i decided to make some! This way I can control the amount of salt I add.

It’s also a great way to use up tortillas .

Ingredients:
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp chili powder (decrease for baby and add onion powder)
1 tsp paprika
3 tbs grated parmesan
12 small corn tortillas, we only had flour but it worked fine!
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt (optional for baby)

1. Mix Seasonings

2. Add olive oil and stir

3. Spread on tortilla with a brush and layer tortillas for cutting

4. Cut and bake at 350f for 8-10 minutes or until crispy.

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

Clingy Baby = Great Ideas

I’m not sure if there is a “clingy buzzer” that goes off when a toddler turns 18 months, but it sure feels like it. It’s been a lot harder to cook for him these days. I have to carry him more than usual.  That means I can’t use sharp knives and can only do minimal cooking. Egg       .

There are days I have to improvise. Dinner is sometimes simple consisting of a boiled egg, a kiwi, and an avocado. I would say that satisfies all the major food groups right? lol.

I would say he certainly brings out the best of me.  Here’s how we get by. Hopefully it will help you if you find yourself in the same situation.