We recently asked our fans to share some easy and delicious toddler-friendly recipes with us. We enjoyed reading all your submissions and will definitely try some with our own picky eaters at home. We chose 2 winners from all the submissions to be featured on our blog. Here is the first one from Carrie Lee.
Thank you Carrier, we loved this healthy yet deliciously creamy adaptation of the traditional Mac ‘n Cheese! (And so did my 5 year old…)
Easy Peasy Mac n Cheesy
whole wheat noodles
1 small butternut squash
5 cups of vegetable broth
3/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cups shredded cheese
Cook noodles as directed. Remove skin and seeds from squash and cut into small cubes. Bring the broth to a boil and add the squash. Cook for 5-7mins until it’s fork tender. Drain and save 1/2 cup of broth. Place the squash in blender and add the broth, salt, milk and purée until smooth. Pour the puréed sauce on the noodles and add the cheese on top and mix to melt the cheese.
You can add extra milk if necessary to get to desired consistency and voila😋
One of the hardest things about being pregnant can be socializing. Something about the coziness of pregnancy, not to mention the tiredness, can mean that a Saturday night at home with a take-out and a good movie sounds much more attractive than a night out – especially when everyone else will be enjoying a cocktail or two! Stone cold sober, with tipsy friends can leave you feeling a little left out!
We asked around the office and the consensus was – Mocktails are the way to go. Simply using a wine glass or a martini glass could help a little with at least feeling like we are still a part of the party – add to that a yummy and healthy Mocktail and you’ll be back!
Here is the recipe for one we tried recently.
(Makes 2 large Mocktails)
4 small Japanese cucumbers
Simple syrup (1/4 cup sugar with 1Ž4 cup hot water, allow to cool)
A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Fresh mint or rosemary
1. Slice 4 thin pieces to use for garnish
2. Peel the skin
3. Cut in half and scoop out the seeds
4. Finely chop
5. Using a metal sieve (or cheese cloth if you have it) press the juice through into a bowl. You will be surprised how much juice they yield – keep pressing, stir and press again. You should expect around 4 oz of cucumber juice.
6. Add juice, simple syrup, lemon juice and ice to a cocktail shaker
7. Strain and serve in a martini glass
8. Garnish with the cucumber slices and a sprig of mint or rosemary
Adding a fine Vodka to this recipe takes it from Mocktail to Cocktail very easily – be sure to garnish a little differently so you don’t mix them up!
Eating organic and buying local is important to us and healthy and educational for the whole family.
However, going to the farmers market and picking up meals that even the picky eater in your clan will enjoy can be a tall order.
Here is a simple recipe that includes three staple ingredients that you can pick up at your local farmers market and that every family member is bound to enjoy again and again.