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Advantages of Breastfeeding

baby, EAT By August 20, 2007 Tags: , , , No Comments

You have probably read a lot about breastfeeding and know that breast milk is the best source of nutrition for your new baby, but did you know that the advantages extend beyond nutrition? Your breast milk provides a combination of vitamins & minerals but it is also loaded with disease fighting substances that help protect your baby from illness.

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BC Grilled Peaches

EAT, family meals By August 1, 2007 Tags: , , No Comments

This is a perfect light dessert for a hot summer day or night! Grilled peaches are filled with nutrition and flavour, and go very well with vanilla ice cream or homemade granola.

Serves 2 people

You need:
2 whole peaches
8 tbsp balsamic vinegar
4 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 pinch of pepper

If you have a grill

  1. Clean your peaches. Cut them in half, around the pit and twist so that it becomes two halves. Now remove the pit (If you are having difficulty removing the pit, try twisting in with your fingers or using a spoon to pry it out).
  2. Rub a little lemon juice over the peach halves so that they don’t dry out or brown.
  3. Preheat your grill to medium heat.
  4. While grill is heating up, put balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, the rest of your lemon juice and pepper into a small pot. Bring to a boil and stir until the brown sugar has dissolved.
  5. Take your peaches and your balsamic glaze out to the grill.
  6. Place peaches on grill, the cut half facing down for about 2 minutes, just to mark them.
  7. Now turn the peaches over, pour glaze over them and into the “pit hole” and grill for 5-6 more minutes, until mostly soft. Serve!

PS. This recipe is great with frozen yogurt or a nice vanilla ice cream!

If you don’t have a grill:

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Clean your peaches. Cut them in half, around the pit and twist so that it becomes two halves. Now remove the pit (If you are having difficulty removing the pit, try twisting in with your fingers or using a spoon to pry it out).
  3. Take a small frying pan and preheat to medium. Place the peaches, cut side down on the pan (no oil necessary) and let them sizzle there for about 2 minutes, so that the bottom browns just a little. Now put the peaches on a tray lined with foil with the cut side up.
  4. Put balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, lemon juice and pepper into the same pan. Bring to a boil and stir until the brown sugar has dissolved.
  5. Pour the balsamic glaze over the peaches and into the “pit hole” and put in oven for 7-8 minutes, until they are somewhat soft. (Your glaze may burn a little, in the pan, but it should not burn on the peaches).
  6. Take the peaches out and serve for a lovely dessert.

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Peach Cobbler for Babies

baby, EAT By August 1, 2007 Tags: , , , No Comments

Peaches are the perfect, mushy and colourful baby treat. Making them into a dessert is a great was to make sure your baby eats the rainbow.

You will need:

  • One ripe BC peach
  • ¼ cup spring water
  • 1tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbs oat flour
  1. Chop peach up finely and place with spring water in an oven proof dish.
  2. Mix brown sugar and oat flour together and pour over the top of the peaches.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbling and soft.
  4. Remove, cool and let your little one enjoy!

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Chipotle Glazed Chicken Breast with Grilled Veggie Salad

EAT, family meals By July 1, 2007 Tags: , , , No Comments

This is a great dish to serve at a summer BBQ or party.

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Chicken Soup with Rice

baby, EAT By June 1, 2007 Tags: , , No Comments

Chicken Rice Soup Baby recipe

This is a great recipe for 9 months and on.  What you’ll need:

  • 1 pound boney chicken bits
  • 1 large carrot-scraped and cut into chunks
  • Green tops of 1-2 leeks or 1 onion quartered
  • 4 cups of spring water
  • ½ cup white rice

Rinse the chicken bits and vegetables and put them into a roomy pot with the spring water.
Bring to a boil, allow the spring water a single belch and skim off the grey foam that rises.
Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 30-40 minutes until well flavoured and reduced by half.
Strain, discarding the solids, blot the surface of the soup to remove any traced of fat.
Let cool and store in fridge for no longer than a week.

Tip: To keep for longer freeze in ice cube trays.

Measure 1 ¼ cup of broth into a small pan and add the rice.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes till the rice is perfectly soft and tender.
Enjoy!

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Garlic Broth

baby, EAT By December 9, 2006 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

sick baby brothFrom Adventures in Baby Food, Elisabeth Luard and Frances Boswell

Garlic broth works well during cold and flu season. This is a general cure-all and stomach settler for babies and young children throughout the lands of the Mediterranean, thought this particular version is from Provence.

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Rice Congee

baby, EAT By November 6, 2006 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

baby food recipe for new babiesTraditionally a dish eaten in China and the rice growing regions of Southeast Asia. Rice Congee, an unseasoned and unsweetened rice pudding is eaten much like a slice of toast – for breakfast and as a filler between meals. Light and digestible, it is the perfect baby food. Grownups eat it hot; for babies let it cool to finger temperature.

Tip: All rice, even the rice labeled “glutinous” is gluten-free, making it non- allergenic. It is also free of extrinsic sugar, the sticky stuff which leads to tooth decay!

Rice Congee

  • ½ cup short grain rice (Thai fragrant is perfect)
  • 2 ½ cups of water

If you have time, soak the rice for 2 hours in plenty of cold water, then drain. If not, no matter.
Put the rice in a roomy pot and add the water (proportions do matter though: for a rice to make pudding, the grains must absorb 4 times their own volume of liquid). Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, loosely cover and simmer gently for a least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until you have a soft soupy pudding. It freezes well – just pop a supply in the ice cube tray and defrost portions as needed.

From Adventures in Baby Food, Elisabeth Luard and Frances Boswell

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