Squash and Chickpea Soup with Greens

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Babyfood Option, Gluten-free, School Lunch Ideas, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Squash and Chickpea Soup with Greens

This is an impromtu soup I made last week which got rave reviews from the kids. I made this again tonight and wrote down the recipe so I would not forget. Chickpeas are a GREAT source of fiber and protein. The squash and greens make this a nutritional WINNER!! Tonight I’m serving this with some dollop of Greek yogurt, whole wheat bread make in our breadmader, and asian pears. YUM!! Dr. Yum Tip Serve warm leftovers in the morning and pack this hearty soup lunch in a thermos. Pack an apple and some leftover...

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Chickpea Curry

Posted by on Feb 17, 2013 in Babyfood Option, Entrees, Vegetarian | 2 comments

Chickpea Curry

Chickpeas are a great source of protein and fiber, and at our house they have become a great meat substitute for our “meatless” nights. Without the saturated fat, hormones, and hefty price tag that meat can have, chickpeas can be a healthy and cheap way to start a meatless night tradition. This chickpea curry recipe uses curry powder to add flavor, cayenne pepper for a little heat and some coconut milk to smooth and mellow out the sauce. The result is delicious!  Budget Friendly: This recipe is not...

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Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Babyfood Option, Entrees | 0 comments

Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

I love this recipe for chicken noodle soup with kicked up Asian flavors. I found the idea for this recipe in a One Dish Meals by Food and Wine Magazine. I made some adjustments to make the recipe MUCH faster to prepare!  Make it mild for your young tasters, and serve with a dash of Sriracha (Asian hot sauce) to satisfy those who enjoy extra heat! Some of the ingredients, like the udon noodles, fish sauce and Sriracha can be found in the Asian aisle of your grocery store (I found everything at Wegmans). Shopping...

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Pasta with Chickpeas and Escarole

Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 in Babyfood Option, Entrees, School Lunch Ideas, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Pasta with Chickpeas and Escarole

I have been looking for more vegetarian recipes as our family is eating more meatless meals. When I’m looking for vegetarian recipes, I try to be mindful that we are including enough protein. This recipe uses chickpeas, which are high in fiber and protein, and I also chose a pasta made with Kamut (an ancient variety of wheat) and quinoa, which also increases the protein by 8gm per serving. I found this recipe in Food Network Magazine, and made a few minor adjustments. A few of my tiny tasters complained...

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Cornmeal Dusted Okra and Potatoes

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in Babyfood Option, Gluten-free, Sides, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Cornmeal Dusted Okra and Potatoes

This is a great recipe for those little ones (and grown-ups) who are not sure about okra. I call it “Intro to Okra.” This recipe idea come from my mother-in-law who lives in the South. It uses potatoes and okra lightly dusted in cormeal and then lightly pan fried (not deep fried). The results is okra with a crispy, textures with NO SLIME!  Pairing it with potatoes makes the dish a bit more approachable, as most kids love the taste of potatoes (what kid doesn’t love french fries?)  One of my...

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Canning Homemade Applesauce

Posted by on Sep 3, 2012 in Babyfood Option, Desserts and Snacks, Sides | 0 comments

Canning Homemade Applesauce

Apple season is upon us! Making applesauce is a great way to use all those apples you pick at the orchards.  Kids love applesauce, but so many of the store-bought varieties of applesauce have loads of added sugar and/or high fructose corn syrup. Making your own means that you control the sugar.  Use naturally sweet varieties of apples and you won’t need any sugar at all! Over the weekend we went to our favorite fruit grower at the farmers market and told her we want to make applesauce. She suggested we...

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Barbeque Kale Chips

Posted by on Jul 16, 2012 in Babyfood Option, Desserts and Snacks, Sides | 4 comments

Barbeque Kale Chips

  Kale is one of the most SUPER of the superfoods. If you think spinach is good for you, wait until you check out the stats on kale! With about 3 times the calcium, almost 4 times the vitamin A and 9 times the vitamin C per cup compared to spinach, kale is a nutritional powerhouse.   We had tons of it in our garden (until recently when the heat and some bugs took it out), so I started making kale chips regularly.  These chips are strangely crispy and addictive, but how can you mind, especially knowing how...

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Friteenie Frittatas

Posted by on May 3, 2012 in Babyfood Option, Breakfast, Entrees, Sides, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Friteenie Frittatas

I have a lot of swiss chard growing in the garden. I asked friends for ideas on how to use it up, and one good friend suggested making frittatas.  Of course!  Like a giant baked omelette, frittatas are a wholesome vegetarian meal that can be served for breakfast or dinner. They are also a great way to use up extra veggies.  While I started making frittatas I saw a great egg muffin idea from a wonderful facebook page called, “Help! Mom’s on a Health Kick!”  Then it occured to me that I could...

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Sweet Curried Carrots with Chive Yogurt Dressing

Posted by on Mar 30, 2012 in Babyfood Option, Sides, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Sweet Curried Carrots with Chive Yogurt Dressing

This is a great carrot recipe that was shared by my friend nurse Trina at our office at PL Pediatrics.  It combines the sweetness of honey with spiciness of curry.  The whole dish is cooled off with a greek yogurt dressing.  This would be great for an Easter Dinner (just make sure the Easter Bunny doesn’t get his hands on these delicious carrots!) The recipe originally comes from Better Homes and Gardens.    Baby Food Option Babies can be introduced to spices at a very early age, and roasting these...

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Spinach Gnudi

Posted by on Mar 23, 2012 in Babyfood Option, Entrees, Uncategorized, Vegetarian | 2 comments

Spinach Gnudi

I would like to thank a fellow physician and bonified chef, Sonali (aka “The Foodie Physician“) for lending me this fantastic recipe and allowing me to try it on the Tiny Tasters. Gnudi is a cool Italian dish that is basially a “nude” ravioli! Think of a big ball of spinach ravioli filling, cooked like pasta, and served with sauce and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Delicious!! I let some of my Tiny Tasters try it, and it went over quite well. Some of these tasters were a little hung up on...

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Sloppy Joe Sliders

Posted by on Mar 14, 2012 in Babyfood Option, Entrees | 2 comments

Sloppy Joe Sliders

My kids have never had Sloppy Joes, so when Chef Kirsten shared this “healthified” version from her awesome website, La MesaVida, I knew I had to give a try! I changed the recipe ever so slightly according to what I had available.  My nine year-old is still not completely sold on peppers, onions and mushrooms, but I find if I chop them really well in the food processor, they don’t bother him as much.  I chopped each veggie in my mini-food processor, but you could just as easily throw them all...

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Mashed Potatoes and More

Posted by on Feb 24, 2012 in Babyfood Option, Gluten-free, Sides | 0 comments

Mashed Potatoes and More

Kids love mashed potatoes and they make a nice easy baby food too. This recipe uses root veggies mashed up with the usual mashed potatoes to create a more rustic, flavorful and nutrition-packed side dish. I modified the recipe idea, which I got from Cooking Light Magazine slightly to make it more user friendly, and added roasted garlic to bump up the flavor.  The result is delicious!  I like to keep some of the skins of the potatoes for more texture and added nutrition. Dr. Yum Tip Potatoes tend to be high in...

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How to Bake a Pumpkin (Video)

Posted by on Oct 17, 2011 in Babyfood Option, Desserts and Snacks, Videos | 2 comments

How to Bake a Pumpkin (Video)

Pumpkins are one of the greatest things about fall.  My favorite pumpkin farm, Miller Farms in Locust Grove Virginia, has a great collection of fall heirloom pumpkins.  Over the years I have learned that these varieties are great for baking, with less stringy fibers and better color and taste.  We bake a few pumpkins, freeze the puree, and use it for baking for months.  Pumpkin cookies, muffins, yogurt, cake, soup…..the list goes on.  We even made pumpkin butter yesterday. YUM!!! Babyfood Shortcut: Make...

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Gnocchi with Butternut Squash and Kale

Posted by on Oct 11, 2011 in Babyfood Option, Entrees, Sides, Vegetarian | 1 comment

Gnocchi with Butternut Squash and Kale

  This is one of the BEST fall recipes I’ve tried in a while!!  It comes from Food Network Magazine. It’s a perfect way to mellow out kale greens, which are SO nutritious!  We made this with roast chicken on the side and fresh grape tomatoes.  There is a ton of kale, but if you have cooked with these kinds of greens, you know that they will wilt down A LOT, Just know they will all fit in your pan if you just give it a few minutes. If you added some white beans in at the end, I think it would...

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