Mum’s NumNums: Cheesy Rice

Being a (working!) mom of a toddler often means life in the fast lane. While fun, this often leaves me wondering if Chazz is getting the proper nutrition on those kind of days.

This is when freezable meals make things a little easier.

My Cheesy Rice recipe is freezable, so you can just pop out a cube or two to thaw in the diaper bag just in time for lunch. The ingredients hit most of the food groups, so all I have to do is pack along a banana or papaya to chop up, and we are good to go!

The kid is fat and happy, and this mama knows her baby is getting just what he needs. Even on the go! Enjoy.

Ingredients:
1/4 C onion, chopped
1 C basmati rice
2 C boiling water
3/4 C butternut squash
1/2 C hard cheese such as cheddar or Monterey Jack
2 chopped tomatoes
EV Olive Oil

Preparation
Fry the onion in a little oil until soft. Stir in the basmati rice and sauté one minute. Add the boiling water. Cover and simmer for 8 mins. Scoop in the squash, cover and cook for about 12 mins more on a low. Stir until all the water is absorbed. As this is cooking, fry the chopped tomatoes for 2 mins then stir in the cheese and add mix to the rice.

You can scoop the cheesy rice mixture into ice cube trays and freeze into handy serving sizes. Transfer cubes into a labeled freezer bag for easy storage.

This makes about 8-10 cubes.

*I switch up this recipe and keep Chazz interested by adding or substituting ingredients. Try adding some ground hamburger or turkey. Or sub peas and/or steamed diced carrots for the squash.


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Mum’s NumNums- Finger Foods

Chazz now has a total of EIGHT teeth, and is SO ready for some finer fair. He has almost mastered feeding himself little bits of food, and loves trying to get a spoon to his mouth. I usually give him an extra spoon with a dab of food on it while I feed him as well. I can make sure he is getting enough in, and he gets to be somewhat independent.

With all of this eating and snacking, it’s easy to fall into the habit of making him the same foods. Where is the variety??!
I stick to alternating colors of food every time, but we seem to be running out of ideas. So here I am, turning to my trusted Twitter and blogging mamas for help. What are you serving up these days for your little one?

And for the mamas who are just as stumped as me, here is a list of *finger foods* I have brainstormed so far:

• Broken up plain Cheerios

• Toasted bread spread with veggie puree

• Small chunks of soft fruit- mostly banana, mango, pear, peach, papaya, cantaloupe, and seedless watermelon

• Small cubes of tofu

• Pasta spirals, cut into pieces, with veggie purée for sauce

• Cut-up raisins. They help get things a-movin’, ya know?

• Small pieces of cooked veggies- like carrots, peas, squash, potato, or sweet potato

• Small pieces of cooked chicken and turkey carefully hidden in applesauce.

• Rice cakes broken into small pieces.

• Fruit purees mixed with oatmeal and rice cereal for more texture. The same with veggie purees and rice.

• Frui or veggies rolled in ground Cheerios or “Puff’s dust.”

• Ground up whatever-we’re-having, pre-spices.

Wow, eating may have just gotten interesting!!
This should keep Chazz’s taste buds on their toes for a while, but I would love any other ideas for some fun transitional foods. Thanks! ❤


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Mum’sNumNums- Sweet Carrot Pea Puree

There are a lot of advantages to using frozen produce to make baby food. The produce is often just as fresh and nutritious, and you save yourself some time.

Much to my suprise, Chazz loves peas! I used frozen carrots and frozen organic peas to make this Carrot-Pea Pureé.

I split this batch in half before I blended it. Half was your standard purée, and the other half I left pretty thick for when he has more teeth (that time is soon, there are 4 coming in right now!)

What I Used:
1 12oz bag frozen organic peas
1 16oz bag frozen carrots
6 oz BM (or Formula)
2-3 Ice cube trays


What I Did:
-Add the carrots to boiling water, just until soft, about 6 minutes.
-Add the peas to carrots and simmer until soft, an additional 4 minutes. Drain.


-Purée peas and carrots together in a blender, adding BM to thin if needed. Remember that the purée will thin after freezing, so keep it a little thick.
-Allow to cool, and pour into ice cube trays to freeze. (the blue ice cube tray has the thicker blend in it… if you can tell by the photo)


-Transfer the frozen cubes to dated ziplock bags for easy storage.

Enjoy! I know Chazz will!

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Adventures In Solids

I’ve had a lot of fun introducing Mr. Chazz to solids. And since, his eating habits have changed a lot. I think it is due to his age, a growth spurt, and that he is sleeping longer at night {most of the time!}

Since I have the need to schedule and plan everything, I spent the afternoon glued to wholesomebabyfoods.com. I wrote out his meal plans, daily requirements, and even a list of what I need to make more of. {Ya, I like to be prepared.} From all that jazz, here is where we are with solids these days.

-Chazz’s Daily Intake-
1/2 C Cereal (rice and oatmeal)
1/4 C Fruit
1/4 C Veggies
Breastmilk on demand- about 28 ozs

To make sure he gets all if that in, I break down the solids like this:

BREAKFAST- 2 T fruit and 4 T oatmeal.
LUNCH- 2 T fruit, 2 T veggie, and 2 rice cereal.
DINDIN- 2 T veggie and 2 T rice cereal.

Keep in mind, Chazz is fed by demand. If he eats all his food and wants more, he gets it. And if he doesn’t finish it all, that’s ok too!

To make sure he is getting a good variety of foods in, I use “O.Y.G.” to keep track. Orange, Yellow, Green refers to the color of the food. He has at least one of every color each day. For example, he might have apple-pear sauce (yellow), Bananacado (green, yellow), and sweet potatoes (orange). Its just an easy way for me to keep it balanced.

I won’t bore you with the entire list of foods he has eaten or my grocery list, but he eats the basic stage one fruits and veggies. Except green beans, poor Little Man’s tummy did not like green beans. And I tried to give him chicken, but we both gagged at the mere smell of the opened jar, so he’s my little vegetarian for now. Maybe we’ll both get the guts to try it soon!





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Just Give Me The Spoon!

I’m kind of OCD when it comes to some things. Most are random weird things that my husband gets to make fun of, because I agree, they are strange. Like I don’t really like people dishing up food for me, or anyone zipping up my jacket (or touching the zipper at all, really…) And some are things that really get to me, like I can’t stand being wet the instant I turn off the shower. Or dirt. I hate the feeling of dirt. I’d garden with rubber gloves, that’s how bad it is, lol!! {I didn’t really expect my tendencies to be compatible with motherhood, but why not try, right?!}

Since introducing Chazz to solids, I have been trying SO hard to keep him, his clothes, and everything around him clean during meal time. So far, I have been failing miserably at it. Wiping his face off every couple bites. Keeping his hands from grabbing the dish, the spoon, the bib. It doesn’t work.

And bibs do nothing for this kid. He just grabs at it, and rubs what ever spills it may have caught all over himself anyway. He needs something that ties to keep it down. Why don’t they have baby aprons?!

Well, Note to self: Being a mother, while you are trying to control everything, gets a tad exhausting. So it’s time to just let some things go. Like messy feedings.

I have come up with 2 OCD friendly solutions to this problem:

Feed him naked, or scantily clad, in just a diaper. Or dress him to match his meals. i.e. if he’s eating applesauce and stewed prunes like today, he should be wearing his burgandy Montana Griz pj’s.

After weeks of trying to control the mess, I finally gave in.

I gave him the spoon.

And then the dish. NomNom!

“Almost gone, see?”

At least he uses a napkin!

Wow. It’s everywhere!

“This was all in my plan to get in the bath sooner!”


He had so much fun squishing his apple-prune oatmeal. It was on his face, his bib, the floor. And I winced a little inside, but hey, you can’t control everything, and the boy is eventually going to get dirty anyways, so why not just give him the spoon!

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Mum’s NumNums- Tropical Medley

I spent my lazy Sunday making more purées. I really need to invest in proper baby food making gear, my poor blender has really taken a beating!

Here is a veggie/fruit combo I made as a “stage 2” food. We’re not there yet, but I just added less BM so it was a thicker purée. (This is so good, try it, but save some for baby!)

Tropical Medley

What I Used:
1 butternut squash
1 papaya
2 pears

What to Do:
Peel the squash and remove the seeds and steam until tender.
Peel the pear, core, then slice and add to the pan. Simmer for 10 mins.
Remove the skins and seeds from the papaya and dice.
Put all the ingredients into a blender and puree, thin with a little BM. I used about 3 tablespoons. It always seems to thin a little after thawing…

Freeze the extra portions in an ice cube tray and store in ziplocks for up to 3 months.

I take out a cube or two to let it thaw overnight in the fridge. 1 cube= about 1 oz.

I can’t wait to see how Chazz likes it. It smells really good, and is super creamy.

And if he doesn’t eat it, I just might.

Mum’s NumNums- Bananacado Puree

TGIF! Here is a great baby food recipe for the weekend. Chazz didn’t really like avacado by itself, so I mixed it in with a little bit of banana. We both love this Bananacado, its been a race to see who can eat it faster!

Bananacado

What I Used:
3 Bananas
2 Avacados
BM or formula to thin
3 Ice cube trays

What I Did:
Dice bananas and scoop avacado into a blender and blend with BM until smooth.
Pour into ice cube trays and freeze for easy 1oz servings. Just pull out a few to thaw overnight in the refridgerator.

*this makes a great “diaper bag meal”- just throw a banana and an avacado in your bag and go. Mash up what you need for baby, and eat the rest!

Banana and avacados are both perfect for baby food. Bananas are known as the fruit of the wise.
Avocados have 14 minerals that aid growth, including iron and copper for blood. The sodium and potassium keeps the body balanced and their low sugar content and absence of starch make them an ideal fruit. Vitamins in both fruits include A, several B-complex, C, and E, as well as phosphorus and magnesium. Both bananas and avacados easily digestible fat, so it’s easy on a little tummy.

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