recipe: broccoli cheddar quinoa muffins

after i made the sweet potato / yam corn mittens, i knew k was old enough to eat foods cooked in different ways. i usually prepare quinoa in a bowl with added vegetables, meat and/or cheese. but then i saw a recipe where you can make them as little bites.

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garlic free pizza sauce

after making the garlic free tomato sauce, the pizza sauce was easy! –> recipe on Palatable Palette look forward to making a variety of pizza dishes for k with this sauce! Continue reading garlic free pizza sauce

pasta-less garlic free eggplant lasagna

now that i had my garlic free tomato sauce, i was excited to make lasagna! the first one i tried was eggplant lasagna as a pasta less lasagna. –> recipe on Palatable Palette i look forward to trying many other varieties of lasagna and pasta with my new sauce! Continue reading pasta-less garlic free eggplant lasagna

garlic free stovetop tomato sauce

after thanksgiving, i wanted to continue to find meals that we can eat and enjoy together. so i thought of making lasagna but when i went to several supermarkets, i couldn’t find any garlic free tomato sauce. i never had any interest in making my own tomato sauce before but now i needed to learn. –> recipe on Palatable Palette i tried some to taste the flavor. other than the lack of salt or spice that i didn’t add since it was for k, it tasted just as good as store-bought tomato sauce! i thoroughly enjoyed it. i will be making bigger batches and storing them … Continue reading garlic free stovetop tomato sauce

introducing new foods: apple

since i was planning to start k on fruits, it might as well be the healthiest of all fruits: the apple! there is such a variety of apples (macintosh, golden delicious, gala, fuji, pink lady, etc.) so which do you choose?

  1. i look for the choices of organic apples because unfortunately, apples have consistently been on the “dirty dozen” list *read note 1.
  2. i look for the type that is less sweet: i.e. Honey Crisp apples are very sweet where as Granny Smith apples have a nice tart flavor. so i started k on Granny Smith apples.

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introducing new foods: oat bran

oat bran
it took us a while to decide what cereal we would start k with. we couldn’t start her with barley or buckwheat due to her wheat allergy. we wanted to hold off on rice because of the arsenic issue *read note 1. so we decided on oatmeal.

after some research, i was able to find wheat free and gluten free oat bran, which is the outer husk of the oat. it is rich in dietary fiber, protein and iron. Continue reading “introducing new foods: oat bran”

introducing new foods: avocado

avocadosticking to the less sweet vegetables and fruits, we decided the next item to feed k is the avocado.

during the first two years of the baby’s life, fat is important for baby’s brain development so avocado is a good choice.

it has monounsaturated fats, which are considered as healthy fats as well as omega-3 fatty acids.

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