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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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Who doesn’t like Sundays? Fun with your infants.

Because the weather was really bad, this Sunday was all about cooking and family fun time. I decided to call my new recipe for my almost 7 months old daughter: Basil Blast

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We are used to taking long walks everyday, but when the sky looks like this

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we considered staying in is a better option… So for the easy recipe you will need the following:

  • 5-6 fresh Basil leaves
  • 2 gloves of garlic
  • 2 small sized zucchini cut in cubes Image
  • 10ml of extra virgin olive oil 
  • Pink Himalaya salt Image

As usual the preparation of this is really easy and quick. First you cook the garlic and the cubes of zucchini in the olive oil. After 5-6 minutes you add water, around 200 ml,  and a bit of Himalayan salt (I usually put 2-3 crystals). After the water has evaporated a bit and the zucchini is soft you can add the basil leaves and leave it another 3 minutes. In the end blend everything and Enjoy!

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So what can you do to keep your baby entertained when there is no possibility of walking in the park, visiting grandparents or enjoying the sun? I noticed that every time my baby sees a book she starts screaming and laughing. Last night I was reading in my bed, listening to some music and she was right by my side. The second she saw my book she just grabbed it and started looking at every inch of it. She turn it around and started laughing. What I find interesting is that she never takes a book to her mouth like she does with everything else…

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So as a fun activity, every time I read she “reads”. I give her all sorts of books, the more colorful the better.

Another fun activity we had this Sunday was the baby hand and foot print in clay. Clay impression kits make taking your baby’s footprint or handprint in super soft impression clay so quick and easy. A beautiful memento for any new parent, the clay handprint kit allows the memory of your newborn to stay with you forever.

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You can easily find them on-line just search for “baby handprint kit”.

While playing, It may take your newborn several seconds to respond to you or he or she
may not respond much at all. Be patient — you may need to keep trying
or wait a while for your baby to enter an alert, responsive state.Three to six month olds begin to pay more attention to the world around them. Positive interactions, filled with language and sensory exploration, are beneficial to your baby’s learning. If your baby is interested and involved in an activity—and having fun—he/she is learning!  It isn’t necessary to “teach” very young children. Treasure these early days of playing and cuddling with your little one—it is exactly what he/she needs to grow and learn.Six to nine month olds are explorers. They like to try things to find out what happens (cause and effect). They are beginning to move with some skill, sitting up, crawling and even beginning to stand. Babies of this age are interested in new things and people but, at the same time, often are afraid of strangers. They enjoy watching and responding to the things going on around them and like to repeat sounds and actions. I usually explain everything to my baby girl even though I know she does not understand yet…but she will and I do not want to let these beautiful moment slip away.

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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.

Oatmeal Cereal  ( makes 4-6 servings )Image

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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