Feeding Baby: Minced Vegetables

I don’t always have energy to cook full, fresh meals. Often, I just make a new grain or soup and add it to the mix of leftovers available. One thing I do prioritize is having a fresh vegetable dish at every meal. This can get tricky when I am feeding adults, a four-year old and a baby. Sometimes we all have different needs.

Babies don’t do as well with the lightly cooked vegetables that most adults and children need. They need their food to be softer, especially when learning to feed themselves. We need the light, fresh quality and crunch that shorter cooked vegetables provide. If we consume overcooked, or leftover vegetables regularly it can create sweet cravings and a heavy feeling energetically.IMG_20140424_083405

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Lena’s Lunchbox 7: Noodle Rolls

It can be hard to provide variety in children’s packed  lunches. A lot of items that are loved at home, especially those of the saucy variety don’t pack well for school. Plus, some foods just aren’t as delicious at room temperature and it can be a little too fussy to send a thermos. Hooray for those of you sending hot food!!

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Lena’s Lunchbox 6

IMG_20140327_151824Lena will be four-years-old  in a few weeks. An exciting thing she has learned recently is how to make her own nori rolls.

Her favorite filling is rice and avocado, but we were out of avocado this week, so she got creative. These nori rolls are filled with pressure cooked brown rice, steamed kale and currants. Yum! Perfect for lunch.

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Lunch 1
Nori Rolls with rice, kale and currants
Lightly boiled organic edamame pods
Oil sautéed Field Roast rounds
Blanched carrot stars and sliced broccoli stalks

 

 

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Lunch 2

Cooked quinoa mashed with baked yam
Falafel (I buy a few at my local food coop)
Blanched red cabbage
Sautéed broccoli

 

 

More of Lena’s Lunchbox:
Meet Lena
Lena’s Lunchbox 5

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Stars and Hearts: Food Shapes

Sometimes a whole lot of fun can be had with very little financial investment. Last week I bought these two cute little food cutters for one dollar. I found them in a local store that sells Asian items.

I first saw similar ones at a friend’s house last fall. We were cooking together, preparing a meal for guests. She brought out some little vegetable cutters and suggested I cut some of the soup vegetables into fun shapes. My friend had a variety of sizes to choose from. The ones in this photo are mine and are a little less than 2 inches across.

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Steamed Bread with Carrot Jam

Whether the bread you eat is gluten-free, vegan or otherwise, baked flour can be really hard on our bodies. The process of baking is drying and hardening and it can do the same thing to our bodies. This is especially true if the bread is toasted.

However, if you steam bread it becomes softer and more hydrated. It’s easier on your body and easier to digest.IMG_20140130_152727

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