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Chocolate Raspberry Oatmeal

Since oatmeal is pretty much a daily staple at our house, we have to mix it up sometimes. I found this recipe for Chocolate Raspberry Oatmeal on Women’s Health Magazine and adapted it to use regular, old fashioned oats instead of instant oatmeal.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups soy milk (or regular milk, I find that soy milk sweetens oatmeal more than regular)
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or 2 squares of baking chocolate, 1 ounce each)

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a small saucepan and cook on low for about 20 minutes, or until the oatmeal reaches a creamy consistency.
  2. Enjoy! Store unused portions in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for tomorrow.

Yields 2 cups.

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Baby’s First Thanksgiving Meal

Thanksgiving from a jar? Not with these easy and nutritious meal plans. Enjoy!

Turkey with Cranberry Sauce

Ingredientscranberry

  • 1 slice of cooked turkey
  • 1/4 cup cranberry sauce (recipes)

Instructions

  1. Combine slice of turkey and cranberry sauce
  2. Puree in blender, food mill or food processor
  3. May need to add a little water to reach desired consistency
  4. Warm and serve

Serve with one of the following

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Spiced Pumpkin Puree

A favorite recipe at my house, Spiced Pumpkin Puree is easy, versatile, nutritious, and plentiful. Gentle enough to be a first food. One medium sized pie pumpkin yields about two quarts of frozen puree cubes. Check out all photos of Spiced Pumpkin Puree at Vanilla Pumpkin’s Flickr Feed.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pie Pumpkin (be sure to use a pie pumpkin, not a jack-o-lantern pumpkin, as pie pumpkins are more flavorful and less stringy)
  • 1 cup of water (slightly more or less to reach desired consistency)
  • Vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, cinnamon

Steps:

Pumpkin Seeds
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Wash pumpkin thoroughly
  3. Halve pumpkin horizontally
  4. Scoop out seeds and stingy fiber (save seeds for planting or roasted pumpkin seeds)
  5. Place halves face down in 9×13 pan
  6. Fill pan with about a 1/2 inch of water
  7. Bake for about 90 minutes, begin checking after 60 minutes. Check by sticking fork into skin, should be VERY soft. (baking time will depend on thickness of skin and meat)
  8. When fork slides through skin and flesh easily, remove from oven
  9. Remove flesh from skin and place meat in blender (may need to divide meat into 2-3 blending “sessions” to avoid overfilling blender)
  10. Blend with 1/2 to 1 cup of water until desired consistency is reached

    Pumpkin Puree Cubes

    Pumpkin Puree Cubes

  11. Pour into ice cube trays
  12. Cover and freeze overnight

Serving:

Sprinkle with one or a combination of

  • pumpkin pie spice
  • vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg

Pumpkin puree mixes well with:

  • Apple puree
  • Sweet potato puree
  • Banana

Mix one pumpkin puree cube with one of the above cubes, warm and serve

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Steamed Spinach

Superfood greens such as spinach are hard (if not impossible) to find commercially. Spinach is packed with powerhouse nutrients and easy to prepare as well as freezer-friendly.

Popeye and Spinach

Popeye and Spinach

Ingredients:

  • About 3 pounds of fresh spinach (before stems are removed)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of water or baby’s milk or formula

Steps:

  1. Remove stems
  2. Thoroughly wash leaves
  3. Steam on LOW for about 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently
  4. Transfer steamed spinach to blender, food processor, or food mill
  5. Add 2-3 tablespoons of water or formula (more or less depending on desired consistency)
  6. Blend until desired consistency is reached
  7. Transfer to icecube trays and freeze

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