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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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Tuesday Timesaver: Homemade Mac ‘n’ Cheese in 1 Minute

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

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OK, you do have to do a bit of work in advance but I’m not kidding: You can have multiple servings of homemade mac ‘n’ cheese in less time than it takes to make it from a box. The key is to make a batch ahead and freeze it in single-serving portions.  When you’re ready to serve it pop a serving in the microwave, heat for 45 seconds to one minute (depending on how big the serving size is), and boom! Rich and creamy mac is ready for your babe’s dinner. Sure, you’ll spend a bit of time upfront but you save way more time night to night by making it ahead. This trick is one of my fave timesavers for busy nights and mac ‘n’ cheese freezes really well, so it’s a no-brainer. I serve the cheesy pasta with cooked and dice veggies and fruits and some yogurt and Mason has a well-rounded dinner in minutes. Sometimes I even chop up veggies into tiny pieces and hide them in the pasta. If your babe isn’t quite in the finger food stage, you can also mash up the pasta and cheese sauce or even puree it. Here’s our mac ‘n’ cheese recipe (that’s Mason flashing a mouthful of it, above). Try it out and let us know what you think, or share your fave mac ‘n’ cheese recipe with us.

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Elbow macaroni noodles
1/3 cup grated Cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 cup milk*

 

Directions

1. Boil pasta according to package directions. Drain and cool slightly. Set aside.

2. Prepare cheese sauce; we like the basic one from Annabel Karmel’s Top 100 Baby Purees: Melt the butter in a saucepan, stir in the flour to make a smooth paste, and cook for 1 minute. Gradually stir in the milk, bring to a boil, and cook for a few minutes over low heat until thickened and smooth. Stir in the grated cheese until melted. (Recipe makes 8 ounces of sauce.)

3. Toss pasta with cheese sauce. Freeze extras in single-serving portions for up to three months.


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Baby Chicken-Apple Soup

Friday, July 8th, 2011

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Best for Babies 10+ Months

Dinnertime is our special bonding time. Mason is happy and smiley. We sing , we recite our ABCs, we talk. He’s getting the hang of finger foods so every meal includes some combo of his faves, along with yogurt and a fruit or veggie puree. To change things up, I decided to make soup last night. Mason loves apples and chicken so when I saw this Parents.com recipe for a soup with both ingredients I just had to try it. My variation of the recipe is below. I used ground ginger instead of parsley–I love ginger in chicken soup. Instead of pureeing the ingredients, I chopped the onion, carrot, celery, and chicken into tiny pieces. I mashed the garlic in a garlic press, and I added in frozen corn (a veggie Mason hasn’t tried yet). All the chopping took extra time but it was kinda fun; you can also puree my version of the soup for younger babes. The soup smelled so delish I had a bowl myself. Yum! Try it out — and let us know what you think!

Baby Chicken-Apple Soup

Ingredients

1 tablespoon  olive oil
1 medium Gala apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
1 stalk celery, diced
1 small  onion, diced
1 medium  carrot, peeled and diced
1 clove  garlic, minced
2 skinless boneless chicken breast halves, cut into tiny pieces
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup frozen sweet corn
4 cups chicken broth or homemade chicken stock

*You can also add brown rice or small pasta noodles to this soup, as well as greens such as chopped spinach or kale.

Directions

 

1. Wash, peel and/or chop all veggies and chicken.

2. Heat olive oil in a large pot. Add apple, celery, onion, carrot, and garlic. Cook and stir for 6 minutes. Add in chicken, corn, ginger, and broth or stock. Bring to a boiling, then reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, until chicken is thoroughly cooked, about 20 minutes. 

 

3. Cool slightly and serve. Or puree soup, in batches, before serving. Freeze leftovers for up to three months. Soup can stay in the refrigerator for up to three days.

 


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