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The Quinoa “fever”

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Quinoa is a highly nutritious food from South America which was
considered in the past , the Inca's Gold. Quinoa was considered sacred and was used by the Incas in their rituals ( because I am fascinated with the Inca culture, I had to write this).
Quinoa is a type of grain, rich in protein and amino-acids that can 
easily replace any type of cereal. Covered with saponin which gives the grains a bitter taste, it should be washed before cooking. What I consider very interesting is the fact that Quinoa can offer an important source of calcium for bones teeth and skin. This type of grain can be consumed by those who are allergic to wheat.


For today, we tried 2 recipes with this magic, sacred Quinoa.

The first one (for greedy toddlers) is, of course, for my daughter and as I could not help myself, I added a lot of green yummies... because it's cold and I miss Spring.

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For this, you will need:
- 1/2 leek or 1 spring onion
- 1 garlic clove
- a bunch of parsley leaves
- frozen peas (or fresh ones...yum)
- olive oil
-  1 cup Quinoa
For seasoning and garnishing you will need ~ lemon, yogurt, pink  Himalayan salt and any king of herbs, such as basil, rosemary, etc.~

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 Tip: try not to spill the quinoa
 (like myself), these little 
 ones will "dance" all over the 
 kitchen...
 they're unstoppable...really.  







You start by chopping the leek (or spring onion), garlic clove and the parsley leaves into small pieces. Heat the olive oil in a pot and add all the ingredients mentioned above. Cook for 2-3 minutes until they are softened After this, you can add the quinoa and the peas and cover with water. (I reckon you should use 2 cups of water). Leave on medium heat,for 15-20 minutes, until the quinoa starts sucking up the water.

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Then add the seasoning you want. 
For the seasoning I used a mix of condiments:          

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turmeric, sage, basil, oregano,
garlic powder, 
ginger powder and rosemary. 
You can purchase it online from the
www.pastaidevanilie.ro website (it's called FOOD BRAIN)
Also, I always add a bit of pink Himalayan salt  to my daughter's meals beacuse Himalayan salt contains the same 84 trace minerals and elements that are found in the human body, that alone is quite impressive...

When it's finished, serve in a bowl leave it to chill, add a spoon of yogurt on top (I used homemade yogurt) and a couple of dashes of lemon juice. Enjoy little ones!
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Tomorrow I will reveal the other Quinoa recipe...but this time, spicier,more colorful, more... for adults.
I'll give you sneak peek (pic) of it. 

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Until tomorrow...
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Back in Business

It’s been a very long time and I do apologize for not writing for such a loooong period of time….but we are back and we have some exciting news and very interesting new projects.

Mummy’s been very busy with work and Little Miss Sunshine’s been very busy with growing up…and learning so many new things, so fast! She can count, she can sing, she recognizes her favorie music videos, and we recently learned to jump.  Yesterday she turned 17 months and Oh My, we still wonder where the time flew?!?!

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We cannot wait for Spring, to be honest I kind of had enough of this cold winter. Besides, Hessy has many S/S outfits that need to go out of the closet…and they need to be worn fast… size 12-18months is turning dangerously slim fit.

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As we passed the puree period, struggles with the finger food and crunchy, munchie recipes appeared. Because I am a sucker for everything that’s called, or thought to be healthy, I tried a variety of recipes for toddlers.

So, for today’s lunch we tried a really great half invented- half taken from a book recipe.

Red Lentil, Sweet potato & Apple quick stew.

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You will need:

Soybean Oil (chiefly a poly-unsaturated fats rich vegetable oil. Linoleic acid (omega-6) is the major poly-unsaturated fatty acid found in it. Additionally it is low in saturated fats, and free from cholesterol; making it as one of the healthiest cooking oils.

1 apple, 1  small size sweet potato, 1  small cup of red lentils

1 garlic glove

1 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger

Seasoning & Spices ( I used: pink himalayan salt, cardamon,  cinnamon, basil,

Cooking method:

Leave the cup of lentils to soak in cold water, for 20-30 minutes

Chop the sweet potato and the apple in small cubes.  In a cooking pot add a little ( 1 tablespoon) of soybean oil and heat it. Chop the garlic clove in small bits and add it to the oil for aproximately 1-2 minutes at low to medium heat. Add the chopped ingredients in the pot over the garlic and drain the lentils from the water they’ve been soaked. Over the ingredients, add 300 ml water into the pot.  Add the lentils, the grated ginger and the spices you want. Leave it to boil on medium heat for aproximately 15 minutes ( until the lentils are cooked).

Enjoy and let the Toddlers get messy. 🙂

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Bibusch loves Green

Ok, It’s official warm outside. It is not only the trees that are blooming or the flowers, all my vegetables in the garden are growing healthily. Leafy greens boast high amounts of iron and folate. While spinach is perhaps the best known of this group, there are many other varieties, including kale, chard, and collard greens. Brimming with folate, fiber, and calcium, broccoli is also known for its cancer-fighting properties, says dietitian Kate Geagan, author of Go Green, Get Lean. And thanks to its sulfur compounds, it has a unique flavor that can help expand your baby’s tastes.

Today for my little munchkin I chose the greenest lunch ever! So we can feel the Spring!!! I guarantee you after this recipe, your baby will not need Iron supplements .

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In March you have the nicest wild spinach, and the most aromatic parsley.  What you can see the upper picture is all bought from the local market. No additives I assure you. My favorite part of the year is definitely Spring. Everything is so fresh and tasty…

So for today’s 6mnths + baby recipe I am going to show you how to make what I call The Green Explosion:

  • Fresh Salad
  • Wild Spinach
  • Spring onion
  • Broccoli
  • Parsley
  • Olive Oil
  • Baby Bam Condiments.(Find it here:  http://www.pastaidevanilie.ro/amestecuri-condimente/360-mix-condimente-pentru-copii.html)

1. take the wild spinach (or you can you baby spinach) and wash it thoroughlyImage

 

2. Do the same with the Parsley and the Spring onion and brocolli.

3. In a cooking pan add a little extra virgin olive oil, the spring onion and the parsley. Stir for 2 minutes.

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4. Add the spinach, Salad leaves, the broccoli and enough water just to cover it.

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5. After boiled, and you can smash the broccoli with the fork just blend it and it is ready to Enjoy!

TIPS:

To give it a better taste I use Baby condiments. They contain sweet paprika, garlic, oregano, parley, basil, celery seeds. No salt or Sugar.

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I use it whenever I make my daughter vegetable mash. Order for yourselves at http://www.pastaidevanilie.ro/amestecuri-condimente/360-mix-condimente-pentru-copii.html

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Cereal killer Trauma

I have been looking for information on cereal and porridge and rice and paps and…for more than 2 months. Do you know the feeling when you go to shop and you feel tempted to buy your kid all the tasty looking (on the box) cereal with all the fruits from around the world? A lot of people are telling me that when I start my infant on solids that I must begin with baby cereal. However, I’ve heard a few others say that fruits or vegetables are healthier to start my baby on. Now which was is the right way? This is why I call it a trauma…

I decided on giving my baby solids when she was 4 months and few days. We started with root vegetables such as carrots, parsnip, and gradually added a second meal which consisted of cereal,mentioning that the milk was the base meal.   Between meals I gave her different fruit juices. Breastfeeding provides the best nutrition and protection from illness for your baby. For most infants, breast-milk is all that is needed for the first 4 to 6 months. Many mothers continue to breastfeed after 6 months and then give other foods as well. I did this at four months, because the breast-milk wasn’t enough for my gourmand daughter.

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So this is the Rice cereal we started with, I can be done with breast milk, formula milk and it has no added sugar or gluten. She loved it. I would like to mention that we were searching for cereal that do not have formula milk in composition. |You know the ones that have Milk Cereal written on the box.

The second one she loves is the Topfer cereal. This time you have a little bit of banana taste and the price is amazingly low. Image

This is also prepared with milk. Again I do not like to mix the formula milk from different brands. Therefor I can choose whatever cereal I want and don’t have to worry about mixing them and give my baby a boom of chemicals. I always choose the cereal without milk in the composition so I can use the same milk all the time. Mentioning that we use Aptamil at the moment

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So when you look for cereal for your baby, its very simple the “only water” ones have milk in them. 

If you are a super mama try making your own cereal at home, so you are sure it is all bio without any surprises. Here you have some recipes for that. One day after opening a new box and realizing it was barely half full I thought to myself, why am I paying so much for a box of rice cereal when I can easily make it homemade for pennies per serving? And so I did.

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Click on the Pic to easily buy Oats online

1. Place oats in a food processor, pulse for 15 to 30 seconds or until finely ground.

2. Store the oat powder in a sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer or in a cool dark place for up to 3 months.

To make 1 serving for a 5-9 month old baby.

Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil and sprinkle in 2 tbsp of the ground oats and ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, if desired.

Whisk continuously for 30 seconds and then occasionally for 3-5 minutes or until the mixture is thick and creamy.

*Accompaniments: * Breast milk or formula can be added to thin the mixture

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I feel that organic all the way is the best to go to avoid many toxins in products.

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Organic food fever

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It all started when I found this cookbook whilst being pregnant. It does not have recipes suitable for under 2yr old but it definitely has some yum healthy treats and ideas for us, mothers who want to raise our children without additives or any chemicals.

First of all, what is organic food?

Organic foods are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives.[1] The organic farming movement arose in the 1940s in response to the industrialization of agriculture that became known in the 1960s as the Green Revolution. Organic food production is a heavily regulated industry, distinct from private gardening. Currently, the European Union, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan and many other countries require producers to obtain special certification in order to market food as organic within their borders. In the context of these regulations, organic food is food produced in a way that complies with organic standards set by national governments and international organizations.

Evidence on substantial differences between organic food and conventional food is insufficient to make claims that organic food is safer or healthier than conventional food. Claims that organic food tastes better are also not supported by evidence.

But when I say organic veggies or fruits I am referring to those bought from a market, or those picked from my own garden. here is widespread public belief, promoted by the organic food industry, that organic food is safer, more nutritious, and tastes better than conventional food. These beliefs have fueled increased demand for organic food despite higher prices and lack of scientific evidence. Image

~Our garden~

Now, when we go to a market we look for products that are seasonal. There is definitely no Kiwi fruit in March or no Cherries in February.  In this way you can pick your nice and healthy products from the local merchandisers. I always look after the people who have natural looking products, not after the stands that have shiny melon sized apples :). ImageImage Spot the difference.

You know something is strange when all the apples have the same shape, color and shine, but they are all tasteless. I prefer the ones that come in different shapes and sizes, the unique ones that have a wonderful taste. 🙂

For our organic recipe suitable for 6 months old babies here are the ingredients:

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2. 3 organic tomatoes

3.  2-3 fresh basil leaves

4. 2-3 drops of olive oil.

Boil water for the pasta. Do not add salt. Cook the pasta for 8-10 minutes (it depends on the brand, usually it is explained on the package.)

Peel the tomatoes and chop roughly. In a small cooking pot add the olive oil and then the tomatoes for 3-5 minutes.

When this is done, add the basil leaves and the boiled pasta to the tomato sauce.

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