You are at a superb ski resort, home for lunch, and really don’t want to stress about dinner. Roast a fab piece of meat and add this incredible Big White Roasted Butternut Squash side dish. You can whip it up between trips to and from the hot tub. Better still? Make double, and turn it into a soup for later in the vacation.
The nutty flavor and grainy texture of quinoa is delicious with the sweet juicy flesh of the squash, a combination popular in Peru, home territory to both of these ingredients. Quinoa was the staple grain food of the Incas of Peru – they call it the mother seed. Modern chemists identify it as being remarkably high in protein – particularly lysine, which is difficult to obtain in other vegetable source. It also supplies fiber, vitamins B and E, calcium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. This makes a delicious Quinoa and Butternut Squash Baby Food Recipe.
Quinoa and Butternut Squash Baby Food Recipe
1- pound piece butternut squash or other yellow-fleshed squash
- Put the quinoa grains in a small pan with enough spring water to cover by about 2 cm.
- Bring to a boil, reduce and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the dark skins pop open, showing the pale insides.
- Meanwhile peel the squash with a sharp knife, remove the fibers and seeds in the middle and cut up the flesh.
- Stir the cut-up squash into the quinoa, let it bubble up, reduce the heat to a gentle simmer, tightly cover, and cook for 20- 25 minutes, until the grains are tender and translucent and the squash is completely soft.
Makes about 3 cups
Suitable for 9 months and on
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For 9 mos and up
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The most common reason mothers probably choose to breastfeed is the knowledge that human milk is the superior infant food. It contains live cells, like those in blood. Some components of human milk also enhance the effects of others, so the ingredients of human milk work together. Here is Why Human Milk is so Special.
We’re not even going to presume to give you a different Christmas or Thanksgiving turkey recipe than the one your family normally uses, but we will suspect that come Boxing Day, you’ll have a ton of turkey waiting to be ‘remade’ into family-friendly dishes. (Aren’t you glad we didn’t say leftovers?) This is a great recipe, and you can substitute tofu or chicken for those who want to avoid the tryptophan-induced sleepiness that comes on after eating turkey. Here’s our take on Acadian Turkey a la King.
Muriel Swetnam used to bake this unbelievable bread the old-fashioned, Nova Scotian way: using huge recycled coffee cans for the actual baking. She would sell it at church bake sales and I remember one day, she popped over to the house with a few loaves which we devoured in one evening. Eat it warm with real butter. Here’s Muriel’s Famous Brown Bread recipe.
What’s a traditional Canadian Christmas meal? Recipes, like family heirlooms, are often passed down through generations and Ancestry.ca, Canada’s leading family history website, turned to its customers to find out some of Canada’s favourite ancestral concoctions. Here is Mother Dorothy’s Pork Tenderloin.
With hundreds, if not thousands, of customs making up the Canadian cultural identity, what Ancestry.ca discovered was a true mosaic of meals.
Ok, so there might not be any thing “light” about these Christmas delights, but the way these cookies melt in your mouth you’ll think they are! They are so easy to make and will be a Christmas tradition if they aren’t already. Canada is made up of so many cultures and we are very lucky to sample the world in our cuisine. Thank you, Scotland, (and Aunt Eliza) for these gems.
When I was a student, I felt quite strongly about having a grown-up household on a low budget – especially for the holidays. In decorating my Christmas tree, I discovered gingerbread ornaments and white bows. Combined with tiny white lights, it was the most beautiful tree I had ever seen. (and the anatomically correct gingerbread people made great conversation at parties). Because we at UrbanMommies love the environment, and also feel that you can be stylish too – you might want to bake these with your kids. I kept mine for over 10 years. (Two tips: a) they don’t taste great after a few years. b) don’t let your dog eat them.)