Lisa Codina's Blog Posts Tagged 'baby' (18)

Chicken Potato and Dill Lentil Stew

This cool autumn weather has had me craving hearty soups and stews lately-you name the soup or stew and I've been craving it (or is it a pregnancy thing?!).  To prove that fact, in the last 4 days I've made chicken soup, pesto broccoli minestrone (recipe to come!) and this hearty one-pot wonder.

This is a variation of one of my staple recipes, "Indian-Spiced…

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Added by Lisa Codina on October 14, 2012 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Nutella Swirl Pumpkin Muffins

What better way to welcome autumn than with some scrumptious pumpkin, Nutella (need I say more?!) muffins!

This "toddler-friendly" recipe is a variation of my baby-friendly "Pumpkin Spice Muffin Bites."  It's a little more indulgent but still relatively healthy as I substituted the butter with coconut oil (yes, it IS healthy in small doses...not convinced? Check out…

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Added by Lisa Codina on October 3, 2012 at 8:45pm — 1 Comment

Coconut Cinnamon French Toast with Caramelized Banana Maple Syrup

On Sunday morning, while munching on a "carob coconut puffed rice bar" and sipping my usual decaf Earl Grey, I saw a "Cinnamon Toast Crunch" commercial, which had me start reminiscing about my "breakfasts of the past."

Long gone are the days when I used to devour sugary cereals like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Puffs (my favourite!) and…

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Added by Lisa Codina on September 25, 2012 at 5:50pm — No Comments

Chicken Avocado and Cheddar Sammie

Who would have thought that a few simple ingredients and inspiration for my sons' dinner would end up turning into a new family favourite?

Little did I know that some defrosted chicken, the borderline overripe avocados sitting in the fruit basket, and the two lonely slices of cheddar cheese in the fridge would amount to such a tasty and satisying meal for the family.

1 tsp light mayo

1/2 tsp honey dijon mustard

1/2 mashed avocado (I doubled the amount to also…

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Added by Lisa Codina on September 11, 2012 at 8:20pm — No Comments

Eggplant Parmesan Pasta

When I went into the kitchen this morning to prepare my son's snack I found lunch already prepared on the stove-sauteed eggplant and fresh tomatoes...

It reminded me of a recipe that I used to cook often while living in Italy (note to self: I need to prepare this more often at home!).  I gave this pasta its name because it's basically eggplant parm in a bowl (minus the breadcrumbs!).

Here's what you…

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Added by Lisa Codina on August 20, 2012 at 11:27am — No Comments

Creamy Smoked Salmon Pasta

This is one of my favourite pasta recipes! It's become a staple recipe in my home for my husband and I (obviously, no cream cheese for me!).  It's simple to make and the perfect pasta for salmon lovers. You can also make it with fresh salmon steaks (simply cook them and remove the bones) or give pre-cooked salmon a new life by adding it to this pasta.

1/2 cup bow tie pasta (or pasta of your choice)

1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 tbsp. finely chopped onions

1-2 filets (or…

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Added by Lisa Codina on August 6, 2012 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Creamy Smoked Salmon Pasta

This is one of my favourite pasta recipes! It's become a staple recipe in my home for my husband and I (obviously, no cream cheese for me!).  It's simple to make and the perfect pasta for salmon lovers. You can also make it with fresh salmon steaks (simply cook them and remove the bones) or give pre-cooked salmon a new life by adding it to this pasta.

1/2 cup bow tie pasta (or pasta of your choice)

1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 tbsp. finely chopped onions

1-2 filets (or…

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Added by Lisa Codina on August 6, 2012 at 2:26pm — No Comments

Baby Bolognese Sauce

What baby doesn't like pasta? And what baby doesn't like Bolognese sauce?! The list of ingredients in this recipe might seem a bit long but they should already be staples in your pantry (so there is no need to rush off to the grocery store if you want to prepare this sauce in a hurry!).

The only thing you might not have is San Marzano tomatoes...you could use any diced canned tomato but I prefer San Marzano. They are so much sweeter and tastier than other canned tomatoes. Try them for…

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Added by Lisa Codina on July 16, 2012 at 9:56am — No Comments

Baby Bolognese Sauce

What baby doesn't like pasta? And what baby doesn't like Bolognese sauce?! The list of ingredients in this recipe might seem a bit long but they should already be staples in your pantry (so there is no need to rush off to the grocery store if you want to prepare this sauce in a hurry!).

The only thing you might not have is San Marzano tomatoes...you could use any diced canned tomato but I prefer San Marzano. They are so much sweeter and tastier than other canned tomatoes. Try them for…

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Added by Lisa Codina on July 16, 2012 at 9:56am — No Comments

Baby Carbonara

Pasta carbonara is one of those dishes that I think is really overrated, meaning you DO NOT have to spend an obscene amount of money on it at a restaurant! The ingredients are so simple and inexpensive and it really is easy to make.

After making some for dinner the other night I was inspired to make a version that my son can enjoy too. Pasta carbonara calls for pancetta (which I think can be quite difficult for baby to chew on once cooked), raw eggs and sometimes heavy cream. I…

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Added by Lisa Codina on June 14, 2012 at 2:56pm — No Comments

Baby Carbonara

Pasta carbonara is one of those dishes that I think is really overrated, meaning you DO NOT have to spend an obscene amount of money on it at a restaurant! The ingredients are so simple and inexpensive and it really is easy to make.

After making some for dinner the other night I was inspired to make a version that my son can enjoy too. Pasta carbonara calls for pancetta (which I think can be quite difficult for baby to chew on once cooked), raw eggs and sometimes heavy cream. I…

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Added by Lisa Codina on June 14, 2012 at 2:56pm — No Comments

Baby Carbonara

Pasta carbonara is one of those dishes that I think is really overrated, meaning you DO NOT have to spend an obscene amount of money on it at a restaurant! The ingredients are so simple and inexpensive and it really is easy to make.

After making some for dinner the other night I was inspired to make a version that my son can enjoy too. Pasta carbonara calls for pancetta (which I think can be quite difficult for baby to chew on once cooked), raw eggs and sometimes heavy cream. I…

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Added by Lisa Codina on June 14, 2012 at 2:56pm — No Comments

Chicken Couscous with Roasted Red Pepper Dip

This is one of my faves to cook for both baby and I! I cook extra chicken so I can add it to a salad the next day. You can cook the chicken any way you want...steam it, boil it, sautee it or even BBQ it.

Chicken breasts (however many you want to cook!)

1 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil (or cooking spray) plus extra for drizzling

Pre-made roasted red pepper dip

fresh…

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Added by Lisa Codina on June 11, 2012 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Broccoli Pistachio Pesto

Today I was in the mood for pesto, but I didn't feel like running off to the grocery store to pick up basil and pine nuts. Instead, I improvised with ingredients I already had in the house-pre-steamed broccoli and pistachios. I often substitute pine nuts with walnuts in my pesto because frankly, pine nuts are quite expensive and because you really can't taste that much of a difference. I had neither in the freezer so I opted for the pistachios and the final result was delicious!! (Of course…

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Added by Lisa Codina on May 10, 2012 at 8:32pm — No Comments

The Perfect Asparagus and Potato Frittata

For the longest time I've assumed that I've mastered the art of making the perfect frittata-until that memorable day when my mother-in-law offered to teach me her secret "trick." (There was no way I was going to have a frittata-off with her! At Easter, in her part of the country they make mammoth-sized frittatas, sometimes with up to 40 eggs!) Having said that (to my credit), I think my frittatas were pretty good, but now thanks to her I've finally figured out what that one little technique…

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Added by Lisa Codina on April 11, 2012 at 7:43pm — No Comments

Gluten-Free Veal and Rapini Mini-Meatballs

Who doesn't love meatballs? I've tried a variety of recipes in the past but was inspired to make this one when discovering some rapini in the "bottomless pit" in the fridge! It hadn't grown any fur so I knew it was safe to eat! ;-)

I initially was planning on making burgers for myself (I already figured my husband wouldn't eat them because rapini is on his list of "stinky veggies!") I tricked him had him taste them but did not tell him what was in them. Strangely, he didn't…

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Added by Lisa Codina on April 5, 2012 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Mexican Riviera Dreaming!

I woke up this morning feeling kind of "blah!" Could have been the early morning wake-up call (aka my son screaming in his crib for no apparent reason!), or the long day yesterday (celebrating my son's first birthday!!) or simply the lack of sun outside! We had such amazing weather during March Break that I did't even care whether or not I had joined the masses of people who took off to Mexico for the week. Having said that, now that "winter" is back (although it's not as cold as it should…

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Added by Lisa Codina on April 1, 2012 at 6:04pm — No Comments

Apple and Date Compote with Greek Yogurt

For someone who doesn't have much of an appreciation for dates, I have to say that this recipe may have converted me! I don't know what inspired me to try this combo, but whatever it was, I am SO thankful (and my son is too!). When the compote was just about done I snuck a taste and realized that it was VERY sweet (almost too sweet for ME, if that's possible!) I personally though that it needed something tart to balance out the sweetness. Though the lemon zest is "optional" in this recipe I…

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Added by Lisa Codina on March 19, 2012 at 5:25pm — No Comments

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