Toddler Recipes

Easy Toddler Recipe: Strawberry Cones

Strawberry cones!

Strawberry cones!

Sometimes I work so hard to think of healthy food for myself and my family to eat. My daughter taught me how simple it can be when she was just a toddler, putting parts of her lunch together to make a healthy snack that not only tastes great, but looks appetizing too. Her toddler recipe makes for a truly beautiful food!

This recipe could also turn into a fun cooking game for kids! Kids can try to make a  super tall strawberry tower or just add nut-butter to “glue” other fruits to the cone to make Creative Cone Creatures! Cooking games for kids make eating fun, especially for toddlers who sometimes like to have a say in what they eat. Giving toddlers a fun cooking game will make the fruits go down easier!

Ingredients:
Fresh Strawberries (sliced)
Ice Cream Cone (GF if needed)

As a safety reminder, make sure pieces are cut to the size that is safe for your toddler. (Bigger pieces are for bigger kids.)

Assembly. Enjoy! Yummi!

Fresh Handmade Rice Milk (GF/DF/Egg-F)

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Ok, so you got me. I enjoy the occasional visit to Cosco. Buying their organic rice milk was a plus for the entire family budget, but recently it all went wrong. No more rice milk. end up their only selling Soy milk.

What to do? ? ? Simply stand tall and confidently embark on making my own, of course!

Turns out, it is really simple to do. A little clean up from a bowl, blender and strainer and presto! Interestingly, the finished product only stays fresh for 3-4 days in the fridge…..but it tastes so good….there isn’t much left by the end of the second day anyway.

Yummi!

4 cups white rice
1 gallon filtered water
2 cinnamon sticks
Anywhere from 2 tablespoons to 2 cups organic cane sugar (to taste)
2 teaspoons GF vanilla extract

Toast the cinnamon sticks until fragrant.

Soak the rice, water and cinnamon sticks over night.

Next day, in your blender or food processor, blend soaked rice 1 cup at a time, with about 2-3 cups water that was used in soaking. You can add more filtered water if you like. Strain the pureed milk into a bowl using a fine mesh strainer. Try to get all the liquid out of the puree.

Add vanilla and blend in sugar to taste.

Suggested serving style: Try this milk in a tall glass with ice. Maybe even with cereal in the morning!

Organic Shepard’s Pie (GF/DF/EGG-F)

*This recipe may need pureed for safety for early eaters and toddlers. It is jammed with flavor though, and is an easy toddler favorite. In our home, we call it “tatties” and say it with a thick Irish accent for fun and giggles!

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It might be the night before St. Patrick’s day, but the point of this entry is that it is the night before…..not the night after. Time still remains to make a family tradition out of this very green holiday. Serious or silly, recycled (green) or newly constructed, this occasion can be one that bring families together to enjoy each other.

This year we are making leprechaun beards out of construction paper and string, creating homespun tall tales about St. Patrick’s Day, and making some yummy food!

One tradition I always try to honor on St. Patrick’s Day is getting together and connecting with friends. Franz Schubert said “Happy is a person who finds a true friend” and this year I reached out to my dear friend Kristen to see what she and her family were up to in Charlotte, NC. She is a amazing friend and I am one lucky lass to know her.

Sixteen years ago we traveled cross country, visiting the Southwestern United States for 3 months. In those months, I began a love affair with all things western, realized that working with horses was enchanting, and pulled more tumble weed from under our car than one could imagine. To bring things full circle, I recall our trip to Collins Irish Pub in Flagstaff, Arizona. In the midst of a February Blizzard, we enjoyed some excellent music and good laughs, all while still making it home without freezing. Collins Pub is still in operation, and I still have the T-shirt to say I was there. One the back is printed this Irish blessing:

“ MAy the road rise to meet you
May the wind always be at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
May the rains fall softly upon your fields,
and until we meet again,
May God always hold you in the palm of his hands”

In our family we vary a bit each year with what we do, but good friends and good food are the staples. This year I decided on making Organic Shepard’s pie. So enjoy the recipe and blessing, take some time to reach out to a good friend, and do something that truly makes you grin. You’ll be one lucky leprechaun and perhaps find your  very own Pot O’ Gold at the end of the rainbow this St. Patrick’s Day!

Organic Shepard’s Pie

Ingredients:
2 pounds Russet potatoes, peeled
1 teaspoon coconut oil
2 pounds ground chicken (thighs preferred)
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1 medium onion, thin sliced
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup frozen peas
1-2 tablespoons butter or Earth Balance spread

Preheat oven to 350F.

Steam the potatoes in a steamer basket until soft. Once soft, mash them and add 1-2 tablespoons Earth Balance spread. Mix until the butter is dissolved and throughout.

Heat a skillet, add coconut oil to coat, and brown the meat, moving the meat continuously. While moving the meat add the spices and continue to mix throughout.

Remove meat and saute the thin sliced onions until translucent. Put meat back into pan, along with peas and corn. Cook till meat is just a bit underdone and swimming in its juices. Add a little bit of chicken broth or water if necessary to keep the meat lightly swimming.

Take a casserole dish or 2 large pie pans and spread the meat and veggie mixture along the bottom. Make a second layer of mashed potatoes to cover the meat.

Place in the oven for 20 minutes at 350F.
If you want to brown the top of the potato topping, remove the casserole dish, put on the broiler, and place the casserole dish back into the oven on the top rack. The potatoes should turn golden and a bit crisp on top in a few minutes, so keep an eye on them to avoid burning.

Serve alongside a green salad -a complete meal. Yummi!

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