I posted a while ago about how I made my daughter’s baby food and how easy it actually is to do so. I mostly used a “food wand” blender to puree her food, but I’ve also used a food processor as well. If you’re someone who has a food processor or blender in your kitchen, you really need to check out Z Recommends post from a week ago. They’ve listed many food processors and blenders and have listed if they contain BPA, PVC, and/or phthalates. Be sure to check out an update they did yesterday on the Hamilton Beach products they listed. Do yourself a favor and head on over.
Just add salt, pepper, and a little BPA February 20, 2009
Wonderful Lentil Soup for your Little One and You January 12, 2009
Here’s a recipe for Lentil Stew that I put together for my Eco Girl, which she just loves. Make it for your own child or yourself – believe me, it’s really tasty! I occasionally add a little pear sauce, spinach or both just before I serve it to her. Lentils are loaded with fiber and protein with a fair amount of fiber, are inexpensive and really delicious. You don’t need to follow the recipe exactly. Add a bit more or less of the cinnamon or cumin if you prefer – it’s up to you and do your best to use organic ingredients. The recipe below will fill two ice cube trays with enough left over for a lunch serving for yourself – Enjoy!
1 Teaspoon olive oil
1 carrot pealed and diced
1 small sweet potato pealed and diced
1/2 small onion diced
3/4 cup red lentils that you’ve put through a sieve to clean and checked for any small stones
2 1/2 cups water
1 Teaspoon cinnamon
1 Teaspoon cumin
Saute the onion in the olive oil for a few minutes until the onions are translucent, stirring occasionally. Add the carrots, sweet potatoes, cinnamon, and cumin for a few minutes more and continue to stir. Add the water and lentils and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer for about 15 – 20 minutes or until the lentils are soft.
Let the lentils cool a bit if you’re going to put them in a blender. Puree to the consistency that your baby can handle and spoon it into your ice cube trays to freeze and use when you need them.