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More Pantry Staples

Is everyone’s biggest complaint, while gazing into a packed fridge and pantry, “I have nothing to eat” or is it just me?  I may have just returned from the grocery store, decide there is nothing to eat and promptly order take out. Whaaaat?  No!  We can do better than that guys! I have found that by keeping these few items in my pantry, I can quickly whip something up that’s healthy and delicious. I just have to do it!

Avocados– I know, I know.  I scream the avocado benefits from the rooftops but eat one a day and you notice a difference in your skin and hair, you feel fuller faster, and not to mention they are SO GOOD!  Eat it plain with sea salt, throw in some organic salsa to make a fast guacamole, mash into avocado toast or mix half an avo with half a sweet potato for a double super food punch.

 

 

Sweet Potatoes– Speaking of…my husband got me on a sweet potato kick.  They are so good and easy to use.  Throw them in the oven and bake a few at a time so you can eat them throughout the week. Cut them into strips and make crispy baked oven fries (our favorite). Slice them thin and use them for Sweet Potato Toast!

 

 

Brown Rice PastaThis is my personal favorite pasta to use.  I order it on amazon.  It’s organic, wheat free, gluten free and the perfect white pasta swap.  Sometimes I just top it with EVOO, parmesan and crushed red pepper.  During the hot summer months I use fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and ripped basil. Use your favorite, no sugar added jarred sauce if you prefer. Nearly instant gratification.

 

Dave’s Killer Bread Thin Sliced– Y’all.  You know it’s a win if my husband is requesting more loaves. This bread has it all.  It’s good for you, it tastes SO fantastic toasted or not, and the toppings are endless.  We love crunchy Barney Butter on top of ours.  Local, organic jam. Local honey. Avocado. Poached egg. Grass fed butter.  WHATEVER.

 

Beans– Ok I know this doesn’t sound very glamorous.  But we actually eat a lot of beans for a number of reasons.  They are quick, tasty, and and can stay in the pantry until you’re ready to use them.  I take a can of white northern beans and simmer on low with a chopped garlic glove, EVOO and a sprig of rosemary.  It isn’t fancy but it is a tasty side dish served alongside anything.  Grind a can in your Vitamix and make a white bean puree or white bean hummus.  Add them to soups and stews.  Black beans are perfect to mash and make a puree for tacos, toss with corn and cilantro for a quick side, or throw in to some chicken stock with veggies and make an easy black bean soup.

Super simple (you know me!) but keeping your pantry stocked with a few of these essentials means a healthy, quick meal is only minutes away.  What am I missing?  What else do you keep stocked?

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Hip! Hip! Puree!

 

Ok, that was a little much, I admit it. AND I promise all my posts are not going to be baby centric from now on!

But, Aubrey recently turned six months old and I have been LOVING making him homemade, CLEAN, (questionably) delicious purees to eat a few times a day.

Before anyone yells at me, yes I know “before baby turns one, food is just for fun“.  And it is!  So far he has enjoyed pureed sweet potatoes, carrots, TONS of avocado, green beans, squash, zucchini and green peas. We have recently gotten into spices as well.  He has had curry, turmeric, and pepper.

He began, as most babies do, trying rice cereal based on the advice from our pediatrician at four months old. Um, have you seen (much less tasted) rice cereal?  It’s more like a mush?  So we quickly moved on to purees.

I know this is going to seem super basic to most of you mama pros but I had no idea what I was doing and realized a lot of my new mom friends didn’t either!

Sidenote: I had a personal goal of nursing Aubrey for a year. I nursed for four months exclusively and then off and on with formula until five months when he went all formula (we chose Earth’s Best Brand Organic Formula at the recommendation of my sister in law and it has been great to us so far).  And you know what? I am thrilled I made it that long and with my decision. (enter hand waving bye emoji)

So….back to purees.  I buy a bag of organic frozen vegetables that have NO other ingredients in them (always make sure). I boil them for about twenty minutes (let’s be honest, at least ten) and then add about four scoops of formula to the watery mixture or I drain and add 6-8 ounces of breastmilk from my frozen stash.  I let this cool a bit then blend in my Vitamix, I have learned you do not have to cook avocado so I just add ripe avocado to the vitamix with either formula or milk FYI.

 

Another sidenote: Make sure your vitamix is thoroughly cleaned.  A lot of times I make a smoothie and then just rinse it out, but before making something Aubrey is going to eat I make sure there is zero residue of things that could be dangerous to him at this stage like honey.

Once blended, pour your fancy puree into your fancy baby food trays (aka ice cube trays with tops) and freeze for a day.

Then I pop them out and put two or three each in breast milk bags, identify the ingredients and the date on the outside, and throw them back in the freezer.

Purees taste better at the beach!

 

Each morning Aubrey has a bag that I heat up in my Kiinde Kozii bottle warmer. I serve it to him with a silicone tipped baby spoon and although it’s a HUGE mess, he loves it!

He is all smiles and for those of you who say it’s not good to give your babies food yet, don’t give YOUR babies food yet!!  And for those of you who are curious, I encourage you to try it.  My sister in law told me another benefit. She says teaching them to eat from a spoon this early helps their speech development later on. It is a win win in our house.

I have made the choice not to introduce sweeter fruits alone yet, just veggies sometimes blended with fruit but my advice to you is do whatever the heck you want! Just be safe and make sure you’re sticking to Stage 1 veggies and fruits when they are 4-6 months old.  At his six month appointment our pediatrician told us to go ahead and introduce peanut butter so we have and surprise, he loves it. We mix a little organic peanut butter (with no ingredients other than a little sea salt) with water and he sucks it off the spoon! He is also starting to have “bites” of things, not just purees. I plan to try eggs next…

When I don’t have time to make my own or we are traveling, I have found that Aubrey loves Plum Organic Purees.  I squeeze the goodness out and feed it to him with a spoon.

And in case you forgot, I am not a doctor or an expert but I am happy to share with you things that work for me and my little boy (I love it when you guys do the same, um, hello we could all use a little help).

xoxo,

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Have You Tried It Yet?

Sweet potato toast

My sister in law in Richmond sent me an article a few months ago about Sweet Potato Toast.  OMG. Who knew?  It is like the new #avocadotoast, y’all.  And it can easily meet (almost)  EVERYONE’s vast dietary needs and wants.

Tis the season for all things orange!  I have linked a few of my favorite recipes and articles about Sweet Potato Toast below.  Let me know when you try it and how you top it!

  1. Check out mind body green for awesome articles and tips on EVERYTHING but this link has TEN tasty ways to top your tater.  Some are more complicated than others.  I am a fan of avocado and poached eggs but the coconut cream and strawberries looks pretty insane too.
  2. Epicurious is my go to fancy schmancy site when I am looking for dinner party worthy bites.  They sort of walk you through the beginnings of the toast here and then leave the toppings up to you.  This is a good place to start for SPT neophytes.
  3. I love this article by It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken.  She sort of breaks it down for us here.

I am thinking of topping mine in the morning with local butter, cinnamon, coconut sugar and a dash of pink salt…easy and so good!

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Toast Tuesdays

Cheers!  No, not that kind of toast (as in poppin’ bottles), but this kind is a (distant?) second!

When I am eating at home I am very much a creature of habit.  The day begins with warm water, cayenne, lemon, turmeric, and ACV followed by some version of a green smoothie. Lunch is most often some sort of toast.  I thought I would share a few of my favorites.  None require a recipe but all are so satisfying and delicious!

1. Dave’s Killer Bread, chicken salad, and fresh sliced organic tomatoes (tis the season), topped with pink salt.  Tiffany turned me onto DKB, it is so good and doesn’t have to be frozen so the texture is heavenly soft.  And duh, it’s super good for you.  I am on a major chicken salad kick.  This is from Zoe’s Kitchen but please, make your own or try it from another spot.  This combo just works, y’all.

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2. Local seeded bread, more chicken salad (I am obsessed), more tomatoes, topped with tons of mayo free feta cole slaw.

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3. Sesame Ezekiel Bread toasted with smashed avocado, poached eggs, shredded carrots, and cheddar cheese.

 

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4. Sesame Ezekiel Bread with smashed avocado, scrambled eggs, green onions, and fresh spinach.

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5. Plain Ezekiel Bread toasted with fresh local tomatoes and poached local eggs (this combo is especially SOOOO good).

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I am always looking for inspiration so share with me any of your toast ideas!

xo,

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