Zoe and I spend a GREAT weekend with Adam and the boys; Zoe is head over heels in love with her cousins Ethan and Noel. For toddler dinner on Saturday, Adam prepared a delish dinner of these cakes with a side of broccoli. He found this recipe on Weelicious, and here's the link to the recipe.
Since Zoe and I are such cheese lovers, I might experiment with a bit more cheese, perhaps parmesan. I'll let you know how the next batch with extra cheese goes.
What's your favorite toddler snack?
The chicken-basil sausage we buy at our local Sprouts market is soooo good and we seem to always have some on hand in the freezer. From the leftover veggies from steak night, I made Zoe a petite pasta with a bit of pesto. Super easy to make, completely gone in 5 minutes!
2 cups quick oats
2 cups bread flour
1/2 cup flax seed meal
1/4 cup ground pecans
2 1/2 tsps baking soda
1 1/2 tsps baking powder
2 1/2 tsps salt
1/4 cup sugar
4 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup butter
1/8 cup oil (flax seed oil best)
2 tsps vanilla
Instructions: Grind oats. Grind pecans. Sift together all dry ingredients. Beat eggs, buttermilk and vanilla then add melted butter & oil. Gradually add dry ingredients to just moistened. Let mixture set for 15 minutes. Bake in waffle iron.
* Yields 20 waffles
* I freeze them for quick breakfast -- toast in toaster oven
* Zoe likes to dip waffle sticks (cut waffles into strips and put on popsicle sticks) in peanut butter syrup
Happy birthday, Mick Jagger!
Born: July 26, 1943
Birthplace: Dartford, England
OMG this recipe is soooo easy! Cut up string cheese, dip in skim milk, then Italian bread crumbs. Bake at 425 degrees F for 7-10 minutes. Please, I beg you, watch them carefully -- they burn just-like-that!
Ingredients: 1 container (6 oz.) Greek Gods honey flavored yogurt and 1 cup fresh blueberries.
Instructions: Stick a berry with a toothpick and dip/swirl in the yogurt cup and use a second tooth pick to push it off onto a cookie sheet covered in wax paper. Freeze. Transfer to your favorite storage container.
You know how we love Z'Tejas here in Ausitn (and have made some of the recipes from their website). We had some yummy leftover mac and cheese and some grilled chicken from our dinner there.
For some freezer treats for Zoe, I combined cut these leftovers to make mini mac and cheese bites.
2 1/2 c. leftover mac and cheese
3/4 c. grilled chicken, cut into small cubes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease mini muffin tray with cooking spray. Combine mac and cheese with chicken. Fill muffin tray, then top with bread crumbs. Cook for about 15 minutes, then cool for 15 minutes. Put in freezer bag for future use, or enjoy immediately!
1 cup flour
4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small squares
1 (8-ounce) bag grated extra-sharp 2% Cheddar cheese
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon powdered ancho pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in food processor, and pulse until crumbly. Add cold water, a tablespoon at a time, until dough comes together. Form into ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Place dough between two pieces of plastic wrap or parchment paper, and roll out to 1/8 inch thickness. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheet, and, using pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut into 1 inch squares. Sprinkle with kosher salt and bake for 25 minutes. Test for crispiness; crackers may take a few minutes more to finish crisping. Remove from oven when crisp and just starting to brown. Let cool and serve.
I got on a roll this weekend with making ahead some toddler snacks. The Baked Zucchini Coins I got from the Weelicious site. The recipe is at http://weelicious.com/2010/06/15/baked-zucchini-coins/.
The Mac'n'Leftovers Bites are my own experiment -- and they are GOOOOOOOD. Mommy scarfed down two before Zoe could try. I had about 1/4 cup each of leftover baked ham, macaroni and cheese, and broccoli. I mixed all with a little beaten egg (not all of the egg, just enough to bind it together) and put in greased mini muffin pan. Topped with a little whole wheat bread crumbs and baked 425 oven for 10 minutes.
Also from leftovers -- and my mad scientist brain -- came these Toddler Kabobs. I put cream cheese, strawberries, pineapple and avocado on baby-safe picks.
Finally, I made a valient attempt to make Weelicious' Japanese Rice Balls, but my rice wasn't sticky enough! I'll try the recipe again, but instead, I combined the ingredients with a little cheese and made Mini Casseroles. I put them in the freezer, ready to take out and bake as needed. Note: I had replaced the fish with some leftover turkey I needed to use up, so a little parmesan cheese seemed to go well with the casserole. I also added just a little beaten egg to keep the casserole together.
And if Zoe doesn't like these treats, Mommy and Daddy will be sure to not let them go to waste!
Well, not really, but don't these cute teething biscuits look just like baby-sized biscotti? This was my first attempt to make "THE Teething Biscuit" from Weelicious. We'll see if she likes them!
You would never guess that this sweet treat has only two ingredients: cinnamon and bananas! Such a healthy alternative to traditional ice cream.
Ingredients: 4 bananas and 1 tsp. cinnamon
Instructions: Peel bananas, slice, and put on a tray in the freezer. Freeze for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Remove from freezer and blend in a food processor with the cinnamon until smooth. Freeze leftover ice cream.