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Farm to Fork: Our Toxic Food System (from Healthy Child, Healthy World)

A good (and gross) summary of what goes in our food today.

PS: If you are like me and too lazy to take care of a garden, look for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Crop Sharing program in your neighborhood. We joined the Llama Mama Good Farm’s crop share this spring. We get a weekly basket of fresh, organic produce, grown right in near us in Morganville. I think their weekly pickups are sold out, but you can sign up on their website to receive an email when there are extra baskets available for purchase – check out their Facebook and Instagram too! Read the rest of this entry »

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Yummy Green Pasta

Or “geen pasta” as one of my little monsters call it.

Like most of my recipes, embarrassingly simple. This is like a pesto with a little extra protein and fiber kick from the beans.

For this version, I used:

Green Pasta

Green Pasta

  • 1 bag of baby spinach
  • 1 can of cannellini beans
  • About 1/2 bunch of cilantro that I had leftover from another dinner
  • Garlic, oil, salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: milk or cheese

Boil pasta, and puree the spinach, beans, cilantro, and peeled garlic cloves in a food processor or blender. Add in oil, water, or chicken broth to thin it out. When your pasta is done cooking, drain and reserve some of the water (or use chicken broth) in case the puree is too thick. Add the puree into the pot, and dinner is served.

For leftovers the next night, I added some milk and parmesan cheese to make it a little creamier. They loved it, and we did too.

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Foolproof toddler food

I’ve mentioned before that I am not a great cook. I know enough to get by, but totally lack the ability to just throw some things together and voila: a delicious, edible meal. I missed out on the gene pool for this one; my family is full of great cooks (my sister even cooks us dinner at least once or twice a week which is a huge bonus). I like simple recipes with easy steps, which turns out to be ideal for baby food and toddler meals (and also for my husband who does not like anything new or weird in his food- when I met him he didn’t like onions or garlic?!?!). Making infant baby food was pretty easy; the Baby Brezza was our savior. You can get more creative with toddler food. The most important thing is to keep trying… what they don’t like at first, they might like the third or fourth or tenth time around. Don’t rule anything out. It can get frustrating, but don’t give in too quickly. There have been times when I have pried their mouths open to just give them a little taste and then they turned out liking it. Or doused it in applesauce. Or called quinoa ‘oatmeal’. Sometimes, this backfires- they totally knew I was messing with them and refused to eat oatmeal for a while. They are smarter than we think… Read the rest of this entry »

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