I wanted to save my Sweet Potato Hash recipe for today, the first day of fall.
You will heal. I will help.
You’re so going to fall in love with my new Flatbread Basil Baked Chicken with Red Palm Oil Sandwich because it was made with you in mind.
Today I have 3 real food recipes for babies to share with you.
Disclosure: I was sent all products used below from Infantino. I was not compensated for this post, and all thoughts (and recipes) are my own. But let’s at least get this out of the way immediately –> WE LOVE, LOVE, LOVE our Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station. Mother’s everywhere are asking if it’s “worth it,” and if they should get one. The answer is “yes,” but this will become very clear throughout this post.
Sam was born A Gutsy Baby, but even if she were not, feeding her the very best would still have been on the top of my list.
People used to always say to me,
You just wait. Once you have children, you will not spend time in the kitchen anymore.
They were wrong then. They are wrong now.
Feeding her the very best I can is a true passion. This includes at home and on-the-go. So when a friend of mine reached out on the Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station, I was so excited! Making my own baby food and combining it with a way for us to have it on-the-go = perfection.
Note: I have not used the Keeper Squeeze Pouch or Couple a Spoons quite yet.
I post a lot of baby food stuffs on Instagram, and consequently, people are always asking me the “hows….” How do I know what to make? How do I know what flavors to combine? How do I do it? For me, this all feels very natural. It comes to me quickly, but I know it’s not that simple, and so I am happy to share what I do.
But the absolutely biggest piece of advice I could ever give any parent on “how to make baby food concoctions” is this: Ask yourself, “Would I eat it?” Babies don’t need a ton of flavor, but the last time I checked peaches, apricots, carrots and yogurt – pureed – just sounds plain rotten. I wouldn’t eat it, so I don’t feed it to her. (I could write a million posts on this. I’ll spare you.)
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(Do not judge the recipe names. When I’m in the kitchen doing these for hours on end and talking baby talk to Samarah, they just kind of start rolling off my tongue. She loves it. You would, too.)
Let me first start off by saying that I did not plan to have purple yams. Our local farmers’ market has one stand that I am in.love.with. I get my Moringa each week there (post coming on this soon) and so when I saw some hefty yams, I figured they would be perfect for this recipe.
But then I got them home, washed them and baked them, and when I cut them open, purple is what I saw.
Seriously, how awesome is that?!
You can use any color sweet potato/yam you want.
Just preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Place the potatoes on a tinfoil-covered pan, poke a few holes in each and lightly brush with coconut oil. Bake them for about 60 minutes.
When the potatoes are ready, you can dive into the rest of this recipe.
NOTE: this recipe uses honey, so if your child is not yet 1 years of age, make sure to ask your Pediatrician if honey is okay (it’s generally noted to not be okay until age 1. In that case, substitute with maple syrup.)
* Recipe made about 8 pouches.
Honestly, I wish I had a more dramatic way of explaining it to you, but I don’t because it really is that simple. Pouches slide in and out easily. Puree pours in easily. Cleanup is simple. Having one of these ensures me that for our next baby I will never, ever need to buy an on-the-go pouch again (I lie, unless of course we are stuck in an airport or something ridiculous like that sans-baby food.)
I do not make my child be gluten free like I am. Unless we find out she is intolerant or allergic to something (i.e. dairy like she is!), then I am doing my best to ensure that she is eating the most nutritionally-sound, gut-friendly diet possible.
Except for oats. She does eat gluten-free oats. This is purely because these are the oats I used to eat, and I think they are the best.
For her oats, I first grind them into a flour.
I then take 3 Tbsp oat flour and mix it on the stove with 5 Tbsp coconut milk light.
It takes all of 1 minute, and then we get ready for the Squeeze Station.
* Recipe made about 3 pouches. I made 2 batches.
We need a moment for full disclosure on this one. Samarah absolutely loved this one. The problem is that it did not love her back.
Even though I am A Gutsy Girl and should have known better with A Gutsy Baby, I wanted to at least try it. As I mentioned above, I do not believe in food group restrictions on our baby unless we are 100% sure she is intolerant or allergic to something.
But beans….ah, beans. There are easier ways to digest beans, but for her, I just mish-mashed some things together and fed her.
What I mean by mish-mash is quite important and is a money-saving baby food secret: I go to the local farmers’ market and find the stands with the “old fruit” (i.e. extremely ripened). I buy this in bulk because it’s only 75 cents per pound, and then I freeze it to puree later. So when I mention “mixed fruit” in the ingredients below, this mish-mash is exactly what I am referring to (recipe is called “Tropical” because those are the sorts of fruits I used). You can use whatever fruits your baby likes best (though you probably won’t want to mix oranges, kiwi, strawberries, etc. in this one)
This has been a really long post. I get that.
Where once it was my goal to solely teach you how to eat real food and live with your IBS and/or IBD in the best way possible, has now turned into the *ADDITION* of doing the same for mother’s trying to make the best real food possible for their babies.
After all, babies guts grow into children’s guts, which then become adult guts.
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Ready for this Lemon Garlic Basil Spaghetti Squash featuring Nutiva Organic Hemp today?
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It doesn’t involve chocolate, cake, peanut butter or ice cream (seriously, who are these people, right?!).
But it does involve fall and for that, I smile. Just let it be fall. All. Year. Long.
Fall is my favorite, so I decided to re-create the popular Lemon-Lime Cilantro Spaghetti Squash and superfood-it-up with hempseed oil and hemp seeds.
Both are a part of my new daily routine, and after Ryan loved the Hemp Kale Chips, I knew this recipe must be upgraded – stat!
But let’s all be honest here, no matter how good something is for us, if it doesn’t taste good, we are less likely to eat it.
You’re in luck.
Hemp is delicious!
I cannot make specific claims about anything, but as part of my Perioral Dermatitis healing, I did consume hemp internally and the hempseed oil externally on my face (whole blog post about the healing soon)! So, I’m just sayin’…..
When my mom was here visiting, I made her this meal and turned a new fan. She mentioned that upon returning back home to the homeskillet, she would be ordering hemp online. Good mama!
Now it’s your turn. Go, be, do, hemp, make.
p.s. Make your life easier and grab The Ultimate Guide on Cooking Spaghetti Squash.
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Our friends from Chicago stayed with us last week, so of course, I was in the kitchen a lot making bellies happy. Their favorite thing I made included my Basil and Arugula Lemon Pesto.
As a matter of fact, I’ve been in the kitchen whipping up so many things lately, since my November-December Holiday Program starts Monday and I have secret, special recipes to share with those who join….(Mini Pumpkin-Chai Muffins, Bison-Bacon Meatballs, Pumpkin Pie Filling and more!)
I realized after our friends went home on Friday that….
Cooking and baking all week for friends also reminded me how feeding bellies is a lot like my blog: they act as the vehicle to tell a story.
The best conversations are had over food and drinks (and I’m not just talking wine – but that never hurts).
I could sit for hours, noshing on good food and talking with great friends.
It never gets old.
Which is similar to my blog….a vehicle to tell stories.
Stories about eating.
Stories about playing.
And (mostly) stories about loving.
I have so many of them. Years of stories built up. Years of stories about to blossom.
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p.s. To make this recipe low-FODMAP, all you have to do is replace the olive oil and whole garlic cloves with 1/2 cup of Nutiva Liquid Coconut Oil with Garlic. It’s a simple swap that could make all the difference for your bloat status.
By the time summer fades to fall, I am always ready for the change in the air, mood and (mostly) eats. Fall and winter contain the foods I love most…heavier, heartier and (for me) much more satisfying. While this recipe is not heavy or hearty, it is a gradual fall to that place. It is my Strawberry and Thyme Slow Cooked Spaghetti Squash.
When summer fades to fall, I begin to realize that with the cozier months ahead, my slow cookers will be used daily.
There is nothing wrong with this.
I’m all for baking a plump spaghetti squash, mostly because I love the way you are able to create the spaghetti-like strands.
The enjoyment ends there.
The pain point begins here.
I’m not about to strong-man my way to the lovely taste of spaghetti squash each time I want to eat it.
Here’s the secret: slow cook it.
And here’s how.
Step one: puncture holes in the squash.
Step two: place your squash(es) in a slow cooker, and add just a little bit of water to cover the bottom.
Step three: cook on low for about 4-5 hours (depending on how big/how many squash(es) you have).
Step four: remove the squash from your slow cooker. Ah…..the knife goes in with ease.
Step five: (easily) scrape out the seeds and any unwanted insides. Enjoy the rest!
I made this a couple weeks back, so I took it and transformed it to a Strawberry and Thyme-flavored Spaghetti Squash.
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Prepare your spaghetti squash per the above (or any other method desired), then add recipe below.
Side note: I liked this even better the day after. It was good warm, but I enjoyed it much more as a “cold” dish. (And that’s why it’s “summer” fades to fall.)
Side note take two: Even during fall and winter, many of my recipes will have lemon added. Why? Because the digestive system loves it some lemon.
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