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Lisa Codina's Blog – March 2012 Archive (8)

Spice It Up!

Who says that baby food has to be bland? Why not spice it up? Spices add variety, expose babies to a range of different tastes, and also give them a head start on becoming used to the flavours of family meals, which he or she will eventually eat alongside the family. There are so many "do's and dont's" when it comes to what and when to feed your baby. While I agree that you should limit certain foods due to possible allergic reactions, I also think that you shouldn't deprive your baby's…

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Added by Lisa Codina on March 29, 2012 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Healthy Puffed Rice Carob Krispies

Sunday morning was another one of those "Holly Homemaker" mornings! As my son played in the family room (bouncing away to the Wiggles on the Ipad) I was preparing tomato sauce, focaccia, and some puffed rice bars for breakfast this week. I was so wrapped up in my cooking fiasco that I didn't notice that it was snack-time! Of course, I could have just grated some fruit or opened a box of cheerios, but instead I was inspired to make a baby-friendly version of my favourite treat, to which I…

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Added by Lisa Codina on March 26, 2012 at 7:19pm — No Comments

Grated Fruit? Why Didn't I Think of That?!

Forget chopping, boiling, and pureeing fresh fruits! The pediatrician I went to in Italy (check out post "When in Rome Do as the Romans Do" for more info) recommended that I mash or grate fresh organic fruits as my son's first foods-please tell me I'm not the only one who didn't think of this?!! Of course, I heard this breaking news after spending days and days…

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Added by Lisa Codina on March 21, 2012 at 8:06pm — 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 7:49pm — 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

Save Money and Time with these Cooking and Storing Tips!

I grew up in a household where meals were prepared daily, well, except for Taco Fridays, and the fridge was always stocked with fresh food.  There was however, one area of the fridge that was constantly neglected; the fruit and veggie tray (aka the “bottomless pit”). Sure, there was fresh produce on the top layer, but if you dug deep enough there was always a fruit or veggie or two lingering, transforming into mush, and growing fur.  And so, just as grocery shopping was done bi-weekly, so…

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Added by Lisa Codina on March 16, 2012 at 8:20pm — No Comments

Yummy Fig Compote and Ricotta Snack for Baby!

It's too bad my son can't eat nuts yet because they are a perfect compliment to soft, chewy figs! I'm a huge fan of figs.  Not only are they healthy (need fiber?!) but also filling.

A few years ago I made a dessert from one of my Williams's Sonoma cookbooks that called for figs, mascarpone, orange zest, and chopped pistachios (note to self: I need to make that dessert again!) I've adapted the recipe for my son to enjoy too!

(makes 1/2 cup-if you want to freeze some…

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

When In Rome Do As The Romans Do!

Every year my husband (who is from Italy) and I visit family for the summer (yes, the entire summer! I'm a teacher, he works from home-explains it all!)  Last summer was the first time the Italian "nonni" were finally going to meet their grandson (well, my mother-in-law came to visit when he was 2 weeks old but that doesn't count because he slept the entire time!).

When we left for Italy my son was 4 months old...and already eating solids!  I know, "you're not supposed to give babies…

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Added by Lisa Codina on March 15, 2012 at 6:07pm — No Comments

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