Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Baby Food

I have been making Kianna's baby food for a while now and Thought I would share a few recipes/combos I use. The main concept to making baby food is to blend the foods to a puree. If they are harder foods like apples, pears, carrots you steam them for a few minutes until they are soft. Chicken is also cooked before blending of course.

1 Banana, cut into 3 chunks
1 Avacado, cut into chunks
Enough water to blend
Blend together til smooth. Freeze in Ice cube trays until solid. Place in freezer safe containers.Freeze.

Kiwi Strawberry
2 Kiwi- Peeled and chunked
6 Strawberries
Enough water to blend.
Blend until smooth. Freeze in Ice cube trays until solid.

Pumpkin Pie
1 Can Pumpkin (I use homemade canned pumpkin but a store bought works too)
1 Cup Vanilla yogurt
Dash or 2 of Cinnamon
Blend together in blender. Freeze in Ice cube trays.

Chicken Applesauce
1 Cup Cooked Chicken
3/4 Cup Applesauce
Blend in Blender with enough water to blend. Freeze.

Pear Raspberry
2 pears, cut into quarters and steamed until soft.
1/2 cup Raspberries, fresh or frozen
Blend together with enough water to blend. Freeze

Sweet Potato Greenbeans
2 Small Sweet potatoes, chunked and cooked until tender
1 Cup Green beans, Cooked
Blend together with water until smooth. Freeze.

Peach Mango
2 Peaches, chunked
1 Mango, Chunked
Blend both together with water til smooth. Freeze.

Pear Peach
2 Pears, Chunked and cooked until tender
2 Peaches, Chunked
Blend together with water until smooth. Freeze.

Strawberry Banana
1 banana, chunked
6 Strawberries
Blend together with a little yogurt and some water. Freeze.

Plum Applesauce
1 Cup Applesauce
2 Plums, cut into chunks
Blend together. Freeze.

Chicken Pumpkin and Carrots
1 Can Pumpkin
6 Baby Carrots, cooked until tender
1/2 Cup Cooked Chicken
Blend together until smooth. Freeze.

Pot Roast
1/2 Cup cooked Roast meat
2 Potatoes, cooked and cubed
8 Baby Carrots, cooked
Blend together with water until smooth. Freeze.

You can also add cleaned Uncooked Spinach to any of these blends while blending it to add extra nutrients to them. You cant taste the spinach at all.

Apple Pancake Fluff

The original recipe for this calls for apples but this time I decided to mix it up a bit and do apples and blueberries. It was amazing!

First Melt 4 Tablespoons of butter in a 9X13 baking pan in a oven at 350. Once melted place 3 medium sizes apples that have been diced up in the pan.(add blueberries here too if you choose to) Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle cinnamon and brown sugar over apples.
In a blender mix together
6 Eggs
1-1/2 Cups milk
1 Cup flour
1 T. Vanilla
Sprinkle Cinnamon
1/4 Cup sugar

Blend together until smooth. Pour over apples. Bake for 30-40 minutes.
Serve with Maple Syrup.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Pizza Crust

I got this pizza crust recipe from a friend at church and its so easy. You can find her original post here but Ill post the recipe on here also for you. I didnt take photos because I didnt bake mine yet. I made a double batch and made them into 3 small pizza's and will freeze them to bake later for a easy meal. This dough freezes well, I have done it a few times now and it always bakes up nice.

1/2 to 3/4 c. warm water (105-115 degrees F)
1 pkg. (I Tbsp.) dry yeast
1 tsp. sugar
2 c. flour
1 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
1/2 tsp. salt

Combine 1/4 c. of the water with the yeast and sugar. Stir to dissolve the yeast, and let stand until bubbly, about 5 minutes. Put the flour, oil and salt into the bowl and process about 5 seconds with a steel blade. Add the yeast mixture to the flour mixture, and process about 10 seconds, or until blended. Turn on the processor and drizzle just enough of the remaining water(I had to use almost 1 cup of water here for each batch) through the feed tube so the dough forms a ball that cleans the sides of the bowl. Process so the ball turns around about 25 times. Put the dough ball onto a 14-inch greased pizza pan or lg. cookie sheet (we use a pizza stone, so we just put the dough ball in a greased mixing bowl and cover with plastic wrap). Let stand 10 minutes. Pat dough out so that it covers the pan, leaving a ridge on the edges. Spread with sauce and add toppings.
(I also add basil and garlic powder in when I am mixing in the processor and it adds some flavor to the crust)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Ham loaf

I love this! Its my go to recipe. I always double it and make 3 medium sized loaves and freeze the other 2 for later easy meals. (I freeze before baking it)

1/2# Sausage- I use Jimmy dean mild but I guess if you like a little spice you can use hot sausage or italian sausage
1/2 # Shredded cooked ham
1 Egg
1/2 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Cracker crumbs
1/2 teas Salt
1/4 teas Pepper
Mix together all ingredients. Divide into the size loaves you would like.(Here is where you would freeze it, then when you take it out let it thaw in the fridge 8 hours or you can bake it right away if your short on time, just allow more baking time. ) Cover with this sauce:
1/8 Cup vinegar
1/4 Cup Brown sugar
1 T. Mustard
mix together and pour over ham loaf in a greased pan. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour at 350.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Homemade Graham Crackers

I got this recipe from Allrecipes.com. I added a few shakes of Cinnamon to give them a little flavor. I cut them into long sticks because Kianna is the primary one that eats them in our house and this way its easier for her to hold. But you can cut them into square, use cookie cutters, whatever!

1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 Cup All purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk

In a medium bowl, cream together the shortening and brown sugar. Stir in the vanilla. Combine the whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, stir into the creamed mixture alternately with the milk. Cover and chill dough until firm.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into rectangles. Place 1/2 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until crisp. Edges will be golden brown. Remove from baking sheet to cool on wire racks.