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Sep. 1st, 2006 @ 05:00 pm Homemade Baby Food
I made homemade baby food today mixed with breastmilk. How long can it stay in the refridgerator? I made 2 tablespoons squash with 1 ounce breastmilk. My almost 8 month old loved it. She has been showing a lot of interest in my food (esp. guacamole and meats) but I was worried it might be too spicy.
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Jun. 9th, 2005 @ 11:47 am Again with Trader Joe's and the chickpeas
TJ's has come through again with a handy-dandy quick dinner item. One can of their curry chickpeas mixed in with some rice (I steam 1/2 cup of sweet brown rice - not sure how much it works out to after it's cooked) is tasty for mamas and toddlers alike.
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Jun. 9th, 2005 @ 11:36 am Popsicles
Happy summer! Roscoe's favorite treat these days is a homemade popsicle. We have a couple of those sets with the 8-popsicle mold and sticks (having two works best so that I can make another batch to have ready when the other one needs to go through the dishwasher) and I just fill them with yogurt - we like Brown Cow cream top - and stick them in the freezer. One cup of yogurt makes 3 or 4 popsicles, depending on which mold I use. We go through a tray of them every couple days. Lucky Roscoe has "ice cream" with breakfast, lunch and dinner!
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Oct. 22nd, 2004 @ 01:52 pm Tasty spicy protein
Roscoe has a taste for spicy foods, which I've learned is not as uncommon among babies as I'd assumed. Today's easy recipe, if you could even call it that:

1 can of chickpeas
1 can of black beans
1 jar of Trader Joe's Creole simmer sauce

Drain and rinse the beans. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and... simmer! This is good by itself or over rice.
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Oct. 12th, 2004 @ 03:31 pm Toddler coffee
I bet that's not going to be a wildly popular topic, but damned if Roscoe doesn't like coffee. Much to her chagrin, I will not pour her a mug from the percolator, but I did find a reasonable substitute at the health food store. It's called Cafix, and I think it's been around for ages - I have some dim memory of encountering it a while ago. Comes in handy dissolvable powder form, made from barley, chicory, and beet root (mmm), and it's easy to make a cup with some hot tap water. Roscoe likes hers with cream and a little bit of sugar. Remember, folks, start 'em early!
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Oct. 11th, 2004 @ 03:40 pm Banana Oatmeal Cookies
Very slightly modified from a recipe I found on Mothering. They are popular here.

2 cups rolled oats
2/3 cup almonds
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 cups mashed banana (about 3 bananas)
1/4 cup oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup golden raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil a cookie sheet. Grind oats and almonds to a coarse powder in food processor or blender. Pour them into a large mixing bowl. Stir in baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In the food processor, beat together bananas, oil, and vanilla until smooth. Add banana mixture and raisins to oat mixture. Mix well. Drop cookie dough by large spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 17 to 19 minutes, or until bottoms are golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

The recipe notes that you can substitute chocolate chips for the raisins, which I did the first time I made them. Obvy liked them that way, but I prefer the raisin kind.
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Sep. 24th, 2004 @ 03:29 pm Fast food
Today's lightbulb moment was the realization that I could make up a healthy, toddler-portion-sized plate of food for cheap at the supermarket salad bar. Roscoe had some fresh peas, cheese ravioli, and grilled chicken; there's plenty left over for dinner and the whole thing was $2. I trust this store; stay clear of manky salad bars, obviously. :)
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Sep. 21st, 2004 @ 11:58 pm balanced baby diet?
now that emmy is over six months old, i'm wondering if she needs vitamin supplements. it's mentioned often in "starting solids" literature that the iron stores infants are born with are pretty much used up by six months, and not replenished by breastmilk.

most sources suggest enriched baby cereals or meats as first foods to balance the mineral and vitamin needs of infants. i'm not interested in giving emmy meats yet, and she's not interested in cereals, so i'm at a bit of a loss. i've read that legumes are a good source of iron. did you feed your baby legumes? if so, from what age? how did you prepare them?
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Sep. 21st, 2004 @ 10:55 am Microwave Egg Scramble
This is a favorite dinner around here.

1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp spread/tapenade type stuff (Roscoe likes Trader Joe's roasted red pepper spread)
2 tbsp shredded parmesan
salt and pepper to taste

Stir all the ingredients together until they're well mixed. Microwave for 30 seconds, take out and stir, and repeat until the egg is cooked - this usually takes between 1 and 2 minutes total cooking time. It's very hot when it's done; I put the bowl in the freezer for a minute afterwards to cool it down.
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Sep. 21st, 2004 @ 10:43 am Fun with Tofu
Baked Tofu

1 lb. block of tofu
1/2 to 3/4 cup of your favorite marinade (we like Ken's Sesame Ginger)

Tofu takes on a "meatier" texture and absorbs marinade better after it's been frozen and thawed and had the water squeezed out, so that's what we do with ours before we marinate it. Cut it into 1" cubes, stir in the marinade to coat it, and let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours. After it's marinated, preheat the oven to 350, spread the tofu cubes out in a single layer on a cookie sheet, and bake for 20 minutes.


Curry Tofu Salad

1 lb. block of tofu
1/2 c. mayonnaise
2 tsp curry powder

Squeeze the water out of the tofu and cut it into 1" cubes. In a small bowl, stir the mayonnaise and curry powder together, then combine that with the tofu. Voila! I give Roscoe the plain version and add grapes and walnuts to mine.
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