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Great Gluten-Free Pancake Mix

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Best for Babies 10+ Months

Chris traditionally makes pancakes on Sunday mornings, just like his dad did when he was growing up. Pumpkin pancakes have been one of our favorites this season, and we also love pancakes topped with spiced fruit. This morning Chris kept it simple and whipped up a delish batch of cinnamon-spiced pancakes. We tried an all-natural, gluten-free pancake mix by Stonewall Kitchen, and the consistency of the  hotcakes was pretty perfect. Fluffy and cake-like, not too thin and not too crumbly. Chris followed the recipe on the back of the canister and added a tablespoon of brown sugar, several generous shakes of cinnamon, and some extra milk. He drizzled some warm syrup on top, and served roasted bacon on the side. For a gluten-free mix, the price is a moderate $7.95 (I’ve seen mixes as expensive as $15), and every bite is worth it. Mason loved it, too, and ate an entire pancake by himself!

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Baby Cheese Toast with Veggies & Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Best for Babies 10+ Months Old

Today has been chill, Mason and I have been reconnecting after our time apart. My boy has been giggling and happy all day, and his appetite has returned following his hunger strike in Washington, DC. For breakfast, he ate a Baby Omelet with Cheese and Banana-Cherry Oatmeal. He napped, we played, and then it was time for lunch. I made two of his faves — crisp toast with melted cheese and healthy cinnamon-spiced sweet potato fries. Both the cheese toast and the healthy fries are great first finger foods — they’re soft and you can chop them up into small pieces. (You can also hide some cooked veggies under the cheese!)

Hope your babe enjoys these recipes as much as Mason does! Try ‘em out and let us know what you think:)

 

Baby Cheese Toast with Veggies

Ingredients

Whole Wheat Bread
Shredded Cheddar or Mozzarella Cheese
Chopped veggies (spinach, broccoli, tomato, sweet pepper)
Olive oil

Directions

1. Spray a skillet with olive oil. Cook diced fresh or frozen veggies until soft.
2. Sprinkle cheese and veggies on bread. Toast in a toaster oven until cheese has melted. If you don’t have a toaster oven, spray a baking sheet with olive oil and toast bread on 350 degrees in your oven until the cheese has melted.
2. Cut into tiny pieces, removing crust. Cool, then serve.

Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries


Ingredients

Organic sweet potatoes or yams
Ground cinnamon
Olive oil

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Wash and peel sweet potato. Slice into long, thin strips.
3. Arrange strips of sweet potato on a baking sheet sprayed with olive oil. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
4. Bake until sweet potato is soft, about 20 minutes. If you’re cooking for a younger baby, slice fries into tiny pieces or mash with a fork. Cool, then serve.

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Apple-Banana Oatmeal

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Mason is dismayed — his oatmeal is all gone!

Best for Babies 6+ months old

Breakfast is so fun.  Unlike lunch and dinner — where the veggies might not be sweet enough (say, mommy tries to coax Mason to eat green beans instead of sweet potatoes) — breakfast is a sure thing. You see, Mason knows he’s going to get oatmeal. And he loves his oatmeal. Loves it. He’ll eat it plain. He’ll eat it warm or cold. He’ll eat it with apples. He’ll eat it with banana. But his fave way to eat it is with a warm mixture of apple and banana. By itself, the organic banana is sweet and delicious. The apple, a Gala variety, is juicy and crisp. Combined the fruit makes a serendipitous match and mixed with the oatmeal it’s pure bliss, at least from Mason’s point of view. 

Apple-Banana Oatmeal

Ingredients

1 Gala apple
1 organic banana
1/3 cup baby oatmeal

Directions

1. Peel and slice apple into small chunks. Steam until soft (about 15 minutes). Reserve steaming liquid. Rinse apples in cold water.
2. Puree apple with sliced banana. Add liquid to get desired consistency (think applesauce).
3. Prepare oatmeal. Stir in two ounces of the fruit mixture. Freeze the leftovers.

Appropriate for 6  months and up

What does your babe like to eat for breakfast?

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