Monday, June 14, 2010

Quicka 'Dillas

We love Mexican food and this tasty recipe provides enough variation for palettes of all ages. 

For babies (six months and older): Avocado Mash
For toddlers (older than a year): Easy Peesy Quesadeesy
For mommies (of any age): Quicka 'Dilla
- 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped red pepper
- 1/2 cup organic shredded cheese (we like Organic Valley)
- 2 whole grain tortillas (we like Alvarado Street Bakery)
- Mild or medium salsa, amount depends on taste (we like Newman's Own)

- Using a knife, slice the avocado in half, working your way around the pit. Separate halves, set one aside.
- Using a fork or spoon, separate the meat of the avocado from the skin and put meat into a bowl. Mash until soft with a fork. This is Baby's Avocado Mash.
- Using a knife, slice the meat of the other avocado and place the avocado slices on one of the tortillas.
- Cover layer of avocados with about half of the cheese.
- Visually note where the "halfway" line is on the tortilla. 
- Fill one half with the peppers and salsa, then fill the other half with ingredients your Toddler will enjoy. (*Note: be adventurous! My little guy loved peppers from six months on - especially when they were tucked into a quesadilla!)
- Cover with the 2nd tortilla.
- Heat as desired until cheese is melted - in an oven (on 375 for about 5 minutes), in the microwave (for about a minute) or in a toaster oven (usually about 5 minutes). Or, use a quesadilla maker. 
- Using a pizza cutter, cut down the center line - one half becomes Toddler's Easy Peesy Quesadeesy and the other becomes Mommy's Quicka 'Dilla. 

Bon apetit!
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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Blueberry bonanza!

It's summer in New England and that means fresh blueberries! Yum! What better way to kick off Mommy and Me Meals than with yummy blueberry concoctions, sure to please even the pickiest eaters! Try these recipes for breakfast or as a sweet after-dinner treat.

For babies (six months and older): Blueberry Softies
For toddlers (older than a year): Blueberry Oats
For mommies (of any age): Blueberry Bowl O' Health

- 1 pint of fresh blueberries
- 3/4 cup oats, divided into 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup portions
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 3/4 cup low-fat milk
- Handful of slivered almonds

- Fill a small saucepan or pot with approximately 1/2 inch of water. Bring water to a boil. 
- While waiting for water to boil, add whole milk to a 2nd saucepan. Heat on medium, stirring occasionally. 
- At this point, the water in the first pot should be boiling. Fill with approximately a quarter of the blueberries. Cover and steam for one minute. Remove from heat, strain to drain the water and put in a bowl. These are the Softies for Baby.
- Stir 1/4 cup oatmeal into the milk. Add a 2nd quarter of the blueberries. Stir and transfer mixture into a bowl (be careful while pouring, it's hot!). This will be your Toddler's Blueberry Oats.
- Using the same saucepan, pour the low-fat milk in and return to heat. Warm for approximately one minute on medium, then add the remaining oatmeal and blueberries. Heat for an additional minute. 
- Transfer oatmeal to a bowl, add the maple syrup and almonds.

At this point, the Softies and Blueberry Oats should be cool enough for your little ones to eat. I've found that my meal is usually cool enough to eat after I've taken care of the mini-mouth at the table :)

Bon apetit!

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