Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Sweet N' Spicy Carrot Fries

Hi all!

I hope everyone had a great new year and is well into the swing of things for 2013. I am excited because FINALLY we have a walker! My son was a very late walker, I was getting worried I would have to carry him down the aisle :). Anyway so I saw at Price Chopper that a 5 LB bag of carrots was $2, so I couldn't pass that up, and then I had to figure out what to do with all those carrots. Also, my husband and I both just got glasses, so need to turn my son into a beta carotene machine so his eyes stay healthy.  My son is a french fry eating machine, if I let him he would eat fries all day long, just like his grandmother. So I decided to try making carrot fries. Same concept of oven fries and oven sweet potato fires but carrots.

Sweet N' Spicy Carrot Fries

Preheat your oven to 375
6 carrots, washed, peeled, and cut into french fry like stripes

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cardamom
2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2  tsp ginger
2 tsp sugar

Cut the carrots and place them on a nonstick baking sheet.

Pour the olive oil on first, and then add the spices. Mix well with your hands so each carrot is coated with the spices.

Arrange the carrots so none are touching each other (if they are touching it will cause them to steam, and not get crunch, we want the crunch).

Bake them in the oven for 35-40 minutes, but keep an eye, they will burn quickly and babies don't like burned food.

Once they are out of the oven transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with salt. The salt will bring out all the flavors we just roasted into these carrots. They honest to god came out tasting just like sweet potato fries, this is also a great healthy alternative as a side dish for your whole family! I know I snuck in a few :).

As you can see my little one loved these!

The cat did not

To make these for a younger baby place into a blender and thin with formula or breast milk and/or a little orange juice. Puree to desired consistency. Please remember that spices are considered a "new food" so remember to wait 3-4 days before introducing a new food.

Last night for a treat I made my son his long time favorite roasted bananas with berries (http://realbabieseatrealfood.blogspot.com/2012/05/roasted-berries-spiced-sweet-potatoes.html), however I added cottage cheese and vanilla extract to boost the protein in his smoothie. It was a huge success, please feel free to try it for your little one!!


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Ringing in the New Year with the Queen of Green

First of all I want to wish everyone a happy new year. I am so excited with some of the feedback I have been receiving from readers and people I know, that they are either starting to make homemade baby food or they will be when their babies are old enough!

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We are going to ring in the new year with a smoothie that I make my son and you can make you for baby 8 months or older with some modifications. The reason I say 8 months at least is because I use pineapple and some babies find pineapple difficult due to the acidity.

Everyone is always remind people to "eat their greens", but not all greens are created equally, and kale is the queen. Kale is high in Iron, Vitamin K, antioxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, and helps as an anti-inflammatory and with cardiovascular health.

Queen of Green Puree

1 cup Kale, rinsed and chopped
1/2 cup pineapple, chopped
1 Banana, chopped
1 cup vanilla yogurt
Breastmilk/formula as needed to thin it out to desired consistency

Wash and chop your Kale, Pineapple, and Banana

Add to blender

Add yogurt and puree until smooth.

It freezes very nicely into ice cube trays as well!

ENJOY!!! I know your LO will love this one!