Recipe: Easy Organic 3 Cheese Mac and Cheese

IMG_5998 IMG_5993 IMG_6003 IMG_6021Layla loves anything with cheese. Yesterday she had a lot of protein with her lunch so I figured I would give her a vegetarian dinner, so I made her a quick and easy mac and cheese with a side of broccolini aka baby broccoli. I like using broccolini because the florets are smaller and the stalks are longer so it makes it easier for Layla to feed herself. For the mac and cheese, I had three different types of organic cheese so I mixed it with some pasta, milk and sliver of butter and dinner was made. Layla loved it!

Three cheese organic mac and cheese:

1. Boil 1/2 a cup of organic pasta (I like using Trader Joes Organic Vegetable Radiatore pasta) until cooked completely and drain.

2. Add 2 tablespoons of each: shredded mozzarella, shredded monterey jack and fresh parmesan (I only use organic cheeses, but you can substitute with any type of cheese you like)

3. Add 1 teaspoon of butter and 4 tablespoons of milk

4. Stir until creamy

5. Serve with your little ones favorite veggies and/or protein

Acai Bowls With My Gal

Our family loves acai bowls. Layla especially loves the banana berry bowls. They are fresh and health, yet filling. There is a Nekter Juice Bar near our house that sells acai bowls so we try to go at least once a week, but lots of places sell acai bowls these days. Since Layla was around 10 months, I started giving her some of just the frozen acai and fruits. Now that she is older she eats all the granola and I even get the honey agave syrup on top. Before I was hesitant because you shouldn’t give children under the age of 1 any honey, but now she eats basically everything! This morning my little date and I went and had a bowl together. She couldn’t wait to get her hands on it. IMG_5282IMG_5285 IMG_5283

I found some recipes online and want to try to make our own organic bowls at home. Here is the recipe I came across on “Low Fat Vegan Chef” that I’m thinking of trying. I’ll let you know how it turned out!

Bowl Ingredients:

4 oz/ 1/2 cup apple juice (unsweetened if desired)
2 100g packets of frozen Acai (I used Sambazon Original Smoothie Packs)
1 frozen ripe banana (sub a fresh banana if you do not have a high powered blender such as a VitaMix or Blendtec)

Garnish Ingredients:

1/3-1/2 cup low fat granola of choice
1/2 -1 ripe banana, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
handful of blueberries or other berries
Drizzle of honey or agave *optional

 Directions:

1. Remove packets of acai and frozen bananas from freezer.

2. Wash and slice the strawberries, slice the banana and wash the blueberries and set aside.

3. Add apple juice to your blender. Break up the frozen acai into smaller pieces and cut the plastic open and pour into blender. Add the banana. Blend on low or pulse to break up the frozen fruit. If you have a VitaMix use the tamper to puree into a soft serve. If you have another type of blender you may have to stop and stir and keep pulsing to combine. Stop blending when smooth.

4. Scrape acai mixture into a bowl.

5. Top acai with granola.

6. Top with bananas, strawberries and blueberries.

 

Recipe: Easy Breakfast

Breakfast seems to be a favorite in our household, but sometimes (or a lot of times) we are in a rush, so making eggs, pancakes and the whole shebang is not an option. Oatmeal is quick and easy…under 5 minutes. Bring half a cup of organic rolled oats to a boil (sometimes I add some milk as well) and let it simmer for a few minutes. The time it takes to cook varies depending on the brand of oats you buy. Top off with small bites of your favorite fruit. We usually do strawberries, blackberries, blueberries or bananas. Top it all off with a sprinkle of cinnamon and enjoy with your little one. Mommy tested, Layla approved. IMG_4558 IMG_4509 IMG_4521