Ok so I know it’s been way to long since my last post! I blame the hard work we’ve been pitting into the start of our new business Bubs and Up (which you can find on Facebook)… Anyhoo
We are really enjoying this new cinnamon raisin loaf for breakfast and it’s an easy one to make the night before, or if you are like our family,really early I the morning so it’s nice and fresh 🙂
2 cups almond flour
1 tbsp coconut flour
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch sea salt (not recommended if your child is under a year old)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup goji berries
1/4 cup macadamia nuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 170 deg Celsius
Line a bread tin with parchment paper.
Combine almond flour, coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a medium sized bowl.
Combine eggs, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla in a larger bowl and mix with an electric beater until all ingredients are well mixed.
Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet, and continue mixing.
Once everything is well mixed, add raisins, goji berries and macadamia nuts
Pour batter into bread tin and bake for about 35-45min or until toothpick comes out clean.
We enjoyed it with plain with some butter but I’m sure some nut butter or jam would taste just as nice
Thanks to the busy holiday season we were a little more unhealthy than we might usually be. In fact I still have some ready made pizzas in the fridge that hubby and I were eating for a quick and easy lunch. One of the unhealthiest things we gave Mr B was some fish fingers. Now don’t get me wrong if you buy ready made fish fingers I’m not judging, but for us the amount of wheat and salt or the type of acidity regulators in the ingredients just don’t sit right with me when it comes to our little man’s maturing gut.
Anyway, so since he just loved eating fish in any form I thought I would try make my own fish fingers.
(This recipe depends on how much fish you have so just keep adding more of each ingredient as you need it)
White fish (we used Hoki)
Set up the ingredients in their own dishes and cut the fish into strips.
Dip the fish strips into the flour first (coating the whole piece at each stage), then the egg and finally the coconut.
Fry immediately in a medium pan with oil of your choice. For this recipe I would suggest coconut oil but olive will do too.
Let them cool before serving, we also checked each piece for bones when we were cutting them into strips.
We served this with homemade potato and sweet potato chips coated in rosemary.
Well we are finally back into the swing of the New Year and as much as I would like to say we are starting off the year with a bang or with great new ideas and lots of energy it’s ended up being more like a slow waddle into the year, while yawning and carrying a teething baby one hip and holding a cup of coffee in the other hand. But we made it here to 2014 in one piece and loved every minute of the busy holiday season and having a baby around to help make it even more exciting and special.
To get us back into our routine we have a very simple veggie omelette recipe for you. This recipe fed all 3 of us so you may want to cut back if it’s just for your bub.
6 large eggs
1/2 tsp rosemary
1 tsp mixed herbs
1/2 cup of diced tomato (roughly 1 big tomato or 2 smaller ones)
1/2 cup diced zucchini
1/2 cup diced ham
1/2 cup grated cheese (we used tasty cheese)
1/2 cup of crumbled fetta
(You may have noticed in previous posts that we don’t usually give our son cheese, but healthy eating kind of took a back seat during Christmas so if you are dairy free just leave out the cheese and add more of the veggies. Which is probably what I will be doing next time).
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl except the herbs and egg and set aside.
Beat the eggs until they are light and fluffy.
Add the herbs to the egg and mix through.
Heat a pan over medium heat (you will need a pan that has a lid) and add a splash of oil or butter to prevent sticking. You may need to add more between each omlette depending on the type of pan you have.
Pour enough of the egg mixture into the pan to coat the bottom of the pan evenly and place the lid on the pan. I find the thicker omelettes tend to be easier to work with but it’s up to you how thick you want them.
Just before the egg is cooked all the way through add some of the veggie mixture to one side of the omelette and fold the omelette in half, replace the lid and cook till the cheese is just starting to melt.
If you have any left over veggie mixture fry it up in the pan after you have finished making your omelettes, as it turns into a delicious saucy mixture, and pour over the top.
I’m loving The Lovely Little Lunchbox, her recipes are usually great, different and tasty. The author isn’t quite as strict about sugars, salt or wheat as I like but the recipes are fantastic and pretty easy to change up if I need to. In preparation for christmas tomorrow we tried to bake her gingerbread men and what a great recipe, they came out great even with my small changes.
400g almond meal
1 tsp cinnamon, ground
1 tsp ginger, ground
1/2 tsp nutmeg, ground
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup coconut
4 fresh soft dates, pitted
1/3 grapeseed oil
1 very ripe banana
1 tsp vanilla
Place the almond meal, spices, baking powder, coconut and dates into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until combined and the mix is crumbly. Add the oil, banana, vanilla and egg and pulse until combined and a soft dough forms, it can be quite thick and may give your blades quite a workout so don’t overdo it 🙂
Place the dough between 2 sheets of baking powder and roll to about 3 mm thick. Put it in the fridge, I ended up leaving it overnight as I ran out of time, so just see how it feels after a hour. You need it to set a bit so it’s not quite so sticky. Preheat oven to 150 degrees celsius. Remove the top layer of baking paper and cut the dough into shapes using christmas cookie cutters, I didn’t have gingerbread men do just made Chrissy trees. Place the cookies onto an oven tray lined with baking paper. Shape dough scraps into a ball, flatten until 3mm thick and continue to cut cookies until no dough remains. Bake cookies for 10-15 minutes or until golden and cooked. Allow to cool.
Sorry we have been a bit quiet the last week. Christmas with a child is a whole new world for us and we have been so busy with all Mr. B’s events and play dates, shopping for pressies, decorating our home and just day to day activities. I still have some homemade pressies to make before the end of the week and of course a few Christmas parties to cook for but it’s all so much fun!
For now though how about an easy breakfast, today we had some delicious spelt scones and what I call homemade jam but it’s really just chunky puréed fruit that we spread on our scones.
The scone recipe is from a great book called I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson. She calls them Finnish scones and they are delicious.
1 1/2 c whole meal spelt flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbs Olive oil
180 ml water
Line a tray with baking paper. Mix the flour and baking powder in a bowl. Pour in the water and oil and stir with a woodie spoon until smooth. I usually cut out scone shapes but this time I accidentally dropped the baking tray as it was heading into the oven so I just salvaged what I could and made one big scone that I sliced into 4 (not all the way through) before placing in the oven. We baked it for roughly 15 minutes. For the “jam” I blitzed a handful of cherries (de-stoned), 4 good sized strawberries and 1/2 a banana in my. Bellini. It was delicious, messy and nice and healthy, with most of the jam ending up on Mr. B’s forehead (not sure how that happened though).
Let me know if you try this and what other “jam” combinations you try.
I love Italian food, all of it, every inch of pasta and lasagne or pizza and calzones! My all time favourite though is Gnocchi, it’s tasty, simple and you can add any sauce to make it great. Italian is by far my favourite food group but of course it’s loaded with carbs and gluten and well that’s just not going to work for little Mr B’s virgin gut. So I had to make some changes if I was going to introduce any of it into his diet. You may have already noticed we use rice pasta as a replacement for wheat pasta but since I’m making my own Gnocchi from scratch I thought I would also replace the potato with pumpkin to make sure there was more the one veggie in this too.
It was a hit at dinner time, although I should have made the pieces a bit smaller as they turned out a bit gluggy (as gnocchi can be) and it was sticking to the roof of his mouth so he was eating it like a dog eating peanut butter and I ended up cutting it a bit smaller for him 🙂 other than that these went down a treat!
600g cooked and cooled pumpkin
75g coconut flour
100g white spelt flour
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 red onion diced
1 can diced tomato
A handful of regular spinach chopped
Handful of baby leaf spinach chopped
Mash the pumpkin with a fork, add 1 egg and garlic and mix with the fork. (Make sure you let the pumpkin cool or you will cook the eggs who you add them and the mixture won’t stick together).
Add the coconut flour and give it a good stir through (with a spoon if you like) till it is completely mixed in. Let it sit for a few minutes (I had to change a nappy, so I probably let it sit for about 5min) as coconut flour really absorbs liquid. Then add the other egg and the spelt flour and give it a really good stir till it forms a sticky dough. Break off little balls and add them to boiling water. When regular gnocchi is cooked it rises to the top of the water but these didn’t so I just and to keep taking one out and checking it. You may have to do the same. Ours took about 10-15 min to cook and they stayed a little bit sticky which normal gnocchi doesn’t.
While that us cooking fry your diced onion until cooked. Add the can of tomatoes and simmer to they are warmed through, then add your spinach and cook till wilted. This took just a little shorter than the 15 minutes the gnocchi took.
Hubby and I sprinkled some Parmesan cheese on top which finished it off nicely but Mr B just had it plain.
No don’t worry I’m not advocating giving Mr B vinegar to drink. I’m actually talking about our homemade and safe surface cleaner.
We have one of those Ikea high chairs, you know the one everyone else has that is bright white and pretty easy to clean. But since we have been doing BLW and it’s impossible to give Mr B a bowl or plate of any sort I really hated the idea of using the store bought surface sprays to keep his chair clean. So instead I use the simple recipe below and a cleaned out old surface spray bottle, vinegar and water and what success. Keeps his high chair so clean I now use it on every surface in our house.
(We use this one for his high chair and I use straight vinegar for really stubborn stains)
1/2 c water
1/2 c white vinegar
Mix it all together in a 500ml (told you it was easy)! Let us know if you have another safe mixture you use.