On Clean-out-the-Fridge Friday, I found a small piece of remaining smoked mozzarella cheese, a bit of grilled chicken, some cooked broccoli, about 1 T. each of pesto and crème fraiche, and some sautéed spinach in the fridge. In the pantry, there was just a little bit of rigatoni pasta left, along with a bottle of roasted peppers. This is just perfect for a rainbow pasta dish for Zoe, my one-year-old daughter.
I cooked the pasta until done, cut the mozzarella into small cubes, and cut one of the roasted peppers into small strips. I mixed the remaining ingredients together and chilled. She loved almost all of it – she didn’t seem to care for the roasted peppers.
Little Zoe is teething. I've been making some healthy popsicle snacks to both sooth her pain and get a little extra nutrition in her. She loves them!
I make the purees in the food processor, freeze them in mini ice cube trays, and then pop into the Munchkin Fresh Food self-feeders. In addition to the recipes below, she also grooves on her old stand-by, frozen bananas.
Blueberry Carrot Popsicles
2 parts blueberries, fresh or frozen
2 parts cooked carrots
1 part goat's milk vanilla yogurt
Peach Cucumber Mint Popsicles
2 parts peaches, fresh or frozen
1 part cucumber
Fresh mint or basil to taste
Banana Spinanch Popsicles
1 part banana
1 part pineapple
1 part spinach
Favorite liquid in case need to thin (breast milk, formula, almond milk, cow's milk)
One of our home's favorite recipes is beef stew. I make Tyler Florence's version, but because our friend and frequent dinner guest, Kate, is sensitive to citrus, I omit the orange zest, and instead, add 1 tsp. nutmeg. In the rare case that we have leftover stew, we make turnovers.
I use one sheet of the puff pastry cut into 6 rectangles. Because we like our stew chunky, I put the stew in the food processor for a few pulses to make the mixture a bit more homogenized.
Seal the turnovers with your fingers, run a fork around the edges, brush with melted butter, and then bake in 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before eating.
My cousin Adam, who has twin boys, and I love making these tasty treats for our toddlers. Zoe can’t get enough of them. Thanks to Weelicious for this wonderful recipe. Since Zoe's school is a peanut free zone, I use cashews instead to make my own cashew butter.