Thursday, August 22, 2013

Pinterest Picks 8

I'm about ready to find another "WOW!" recipe, so if you run across any, let me know! The ones I've tried lately could all be really good with a little tweaking.

Ultimate Chicken Fingers

I hate it when the link on Pinterest doesn't go back to the recipe! This link seems to be from a blog that doesn't exist anymore, so if you know the actual recipe, let me know. I just guessed based on the ingredients listed, and it was kind of blah. I'm sure with the right ratios of ingredients, it would be closer to "ultimate" like the title suggests.

Baked Zucchini Sticks

I was worried that these would be mushy like the zucchini "crisps" I had tried before, but the texture of these is actually crispy on the outside and not mushy on the outside. The cayenne pepper gives them a little kick and The Baby Fish gobbled them up.

Best Asparagus in Under 10 Minutes

The recipe calls for both shredded and grated Parmesan cheese. I thought I had both, but I only had grated. Basically the cheese clumped up and fell off the asparagus, but that's not the recipe's fault. I would definitely try this again and err on the side of under cooking it so that I could cook it longer during the "cheese melting" portion of the program.

Quinoa Burgers
This recipe makes a TON of food, so I would suggest maybe halving it if you aren't feeding a lot of people. I made the whole amount and froze the patties individually so that I can take them out and feed them to The Bottomless Pit Baby. Seriously, I thought the grocery bills were supposed to start rolling in when he was a teenager, but I didn't expect an infant to eat so much! Anyway, these are a good source of protein, and he doesn't seem to mind them as leftovers.

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Pinterest Picks 7

Spicy Thai Basil Chicken

This was so good that I took the pic above and texted my husband to tell him to come home soon because the chicken was disappearing fast. This was my first time using chile paste, and I actually expected the chicken to turn out much more spicy than it did. It was mostly sweet with a little spice.

Then I got on a salsa kick.

First I made Salsa #1
I could not stop eating it. This makes a pretty small batch, so I will double it next time.

Then I made Salsa #2
This makes a HUGE batch. I ran out of chips and I was sad. Unfortunately, I tried to blend it all at once, and the garlic didn't get chopped up as much as I would have liked. Still good though!

Healthy Penne Alla Vodka
I have formed the opinion that Penne Alla Vodka should not be healthy. Also, this recipe has no mention of vodka except in the name of the recipe. Probably because you get the tangy taste from the Greek yogurt and don't really need it. I added some anyway. I definitely prefer the unhealthy Pioneer Woman version. :)

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

BLW Friendly Crock Pot Chicken and Veggies

First, a quick description of BLW (Baby Led Weaning) for those who are wondering what in the world BLW stands for. :)

People who use the BLW feeding method don't feed their babies purees. Instead, starting at 6 months (and when the baby can sit independently and is showing signs of readiness like bringing items to their mouths, etc.), they allow the baby to self feed regular big people food. We started with avocado, but really any soft food works well.

Anyway, we are now at the point where The Baby Fish can eat just about whatever we are eating. I'm not a BLW purist. I feed him oatmeal and yogurt every day with a spoon. Sometimes I feed him some of the more slippery fruits with my fingers if he's getting frustrated with them slipping out of his hands. For most everything else, though, he's on his own. He loves it!

Here's a recipe we tried earlier this week. I wanted to start incorporating more meats into his diet, but meats can be a little tricky for him if they aren't the right texture. If they're too difficult to chew, he gets MAD! Using the crockpot makes the chicken incredibly tender and easy to chew, it tastes great (yes, I eat it too!), and you can add veggies to the pot so that they come out tender and flavorful too.

BLW Crockpot Chicken and Veggies

1 Chicken Breast (could do more and freeze in serving size portions)
About 1/2 cup of lower sodium chicken broth
1/2 bag of frozen green beans (Used frozen because I had some I wanted to use up. Fresh would work well too!)
Throw in some carrots if you have them!
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder

Cook in crock pot on high for 4-5 hours or until the chicken shreds easily.

* BLW Note: Never add extra salt to baby's food. Too much sodium can cause high blood pressure and other problems. Choose lower sodium alternative ingredients when possible.

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