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Nourishing YOU. Adventures to Healthy, Happy, and a Fulfilling Life! Food is our medicine.


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Save Some $$$ – Make Your Own Pouches for Your Baby/Toddler!


The food pouches you buy at the store can be  so expensive especially when you have a very hungry toddler like we do! These pouches can be anywhere from 1 to 3 dollars each! So, it really helps to be able to make our own! We often buy organic fruits or veggies that are frozen to help cut down on costs as well. We also have reusable (BPA Etc. free) pouches that you can put in the dishwasher to clean! 

For the pouches above I used two medium sized sweet potatoes, one large pear and one large apple. Steamed them, blended, then used the Infantino Squeeze Station to make the pouches! Easy!

And of course our little guy loved them!

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Crockpot Ham & Lentil Soup


Soup season is upon us!  Thank goodness because I LOVE soup!

Yesterday, made a hearty soup for dinner in our crockpot.  I started to make the broth on Monday evening, and then, added the veggies etc. on Tuesday morning.  It was a hit!

To make the broth you will need the following ingredients:

1 Ham hock

1 Large onion

1 Celery Stalk

1 Apple (halved)

1/2 Lemon

2 Sprigs of Rosemary

2 Sprigs of Thyme

1 Bay leaf

1/2 Cup chives/green onion – left in large pieces

2 1/2 Cups red wine

2 Tablespoons of minced garlic

Directions:

  1.  Rinse ham hock – I realize this sounds strange, but it also helps in getting the salt off!
  2. Put all ingredients in a crockpot on low for 10-12 hours.
  3. When completed, discard whole pieces of herbs, and any bones.
  4. Leave that crockpot going on low – you’ll be adding more ingredients!

To complete the soup you’ll need:

3 Cups Lentils

3 Celery stalks – chopped into 3/4in pieces

2 carrots – chopped

3 Cups pearl onions

2 cups frozen peas

2 cups frozen corn

1 cup frozen green beans

Directions:

  1.  First add all veggies that are NOT frozen to crockpot and leave on low.  I did this around 6:30am and then left for work.
  2. When I got home from work around 5:30pm, I turned the crockpot on high and then added all frozen ingredients.  If you need more liquid, I add vegetable stock.
  3. Let simmer for an hour and a half.  If you are very, very hungry, transfer all ingredients to a large pot and bring to a boil then simmer for 35 minutes.
  4. Add salt and pepper as desired.

Enjoy!


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Organic, Homemade Baby Food!


  

Yes, you heard me… Baby food. No, we do not have a baby. 

I’ve been looking after the cutest little guy that loves his food. LOVES. And during this time I have started to learn the ropes of making all types of baby food!  It’s easy. Wash your  fruits and veggies well, steam/roast/boil and then blend!  If you can, buy organic 🙂 

Starting off with single ingredient foods, it is so easy to make and store!

Graduating to multiple ingredient baby food…

Favorite combinations are:

Sweet Potatoes with any of the following:  kale, spinach, carrots, apple, butternut squash, banana

Carrots and Peas

Apple and Squash

Pear and Spinach, Kale or Banana. 

Mango with pear, apple, banana, or melon

Cauliflower with spinach, kale, Apple, carrots, graded cheese, peas, broccoli, squash… (You get the idea)

Store leftovers in mason jars or vacuum seal! Freeze in ice trays and defrost when you need it. 

🙂