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Make Your Own Baby Food Purees – Bellina Magazine

Making Baby Food PureesI am honored that one of my articles has been featured in the premier issue of Bellina magazine, a local Austin publication. You can view the magazine online: Bellina. My article, “Making Your Own Baby Food Purees” is on pages 16-19.

You can find many healthy, organic commercial options for baby food, but they are NOT cheap. Making your own baby food purees can be better for:

  • Your budget – you’ll typically spend $1 or more on each serving of baby food
  • Quality control – knowing exactly what your baby is eating, and that it’s nutritious
  • The environment – creating less waste and trash from individual packaging

You don’t need to buy any special baby-specific equipment, simply use a blender or food processor. Although the process may initially take some trial and error, you will find your rhythm and foods your baby enjoys. Then, you can save time by making large batches of purees and freezing for up to three months.

Please check out the magazine article to read more about:

  • Cooking and preparing baby purees
  • Food storage and safety
  • Ideas for food pairings
  • Recipes
  • Advantages to making your own purees

Quinoa Whole Grain Salad – Quick and Easy Meals

IMG_2020Have you found that rice, quinoa, couscous and other grains can seem a little bland when served alone?

And  we can all admit, sometimes it’s hard to eat as many veggies as we should.

A quick, easy, and delicious solution is making a whole grain salad. These can be served warm or cold and work well as a side dish or a complete meal. You can add sautéed or grilled chicken, beef, tofu or fish for additional protein.

I’d like to share a few recipes from other sites, but also give you some simple steps you can experiment with to suit your own tastes.

4 Step Basic Whole Grain Salad

  1. Cook grain according to package directions and chill if serving cold
  2. Chop and add veggies
  3. Add herbs, spices, and seasonings (personally, I prefer to season lightly vs coating with a heavy dressing)
  4. Top with toasted nuts, seeds, or dry fruit (optional)

5 Variations to Try

  1. Greek – Add tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, olives, and feta cheese. Flavor with lemon juice and olive oil. Try Mediterranean Quinoa Salad.
  2. Asian – Add finely pea pods, carrots, and edamame. Flavor with lime juice, soy sauce and top with toasted peanuts. Try Asian Inspired Tabouli Salad.
  3. Italian – Add tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil, and garlic. Flavor with an olive oil & balsamic vinaigrette. Try Caprese Couscous Salad.
  4. Garden Medley – Add finely chopped broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, red onion and other fresh veggies. Try Summer Barley Salad.
  5. Curry – Add bell peppers, cilantro, and dried cranberries. Flavor with curry powder, lime juice and top with toasted almonds. Try Cranberry and Cilantro Quinoa Salad.

Quinoa Whole Grain SaladWant Even More Recipes?

If you have a favorite recipe for Whole Grain Salad, please share below: