Green Monster Smoothies

August 3, 2011

Oh me, oh my! This is definitely something you all MUST try!!

Anyone who knows Lucas, will know, that he is not a fantastic eater. This is probably a terrible habit that I myself have created. No, I’m not a picky eater, but I was always a bit cautious with Lucas and his eating habits. For example, when he was first introduced to solids, it was quite sometime before I offered him solid bits of food – cut up fruit, veggies, etc. Everything was puree and fed with a spoon. When he showed an interest in a specific food item, I fed it to him often to avoid a fight (Ie yogurt, apple sauce). Looking back now, I wish I had done things differently. I don’t blame myself, just glad that I have learned and can experiment with new methods with Caleb. Thankfully Lucas is now at the age where we can talk to him about trying new foods, or eating something even if he doesn’t like it.At dinner time, I will try to give him a few small pieces of vegetables saying that he has to eat them, usually he will eat them without too much of a fight. He also is at the age where he mimics others, if he sees someone eating a carrot, he too wants to try.

Caleb gets over 50% of his food cut and placed on his tray as finger food. For the most part I skipped infant cereals. I started off on them intially, but switched after only a few months when I discovered they aren’t really a good as I thought. Caleb now eats regular oatmeal mixed with apple sauce. He loves fruit – especially pears, blueberries and strawberries. For a while, he didn’t do so great with cut up veggies and had them puree for the most part, but lately he’s started to eat cut up carrots (cooked), peas, and beans – whole – he munches them to nothing! He’s not so keen on meat, but I figure that will come in time. The only real struggle we’ve had with Caleb is eating because of the independence he’s had with finger foods, feeding him with a spoon is becoming more of a challenge. He loves to have his own spoon and feed himself. But I believe spoon-feeding will be something of the past very soon.

Moving onto the Green Monster Smoothie. What a yummy, delicious, way to pack a ton of nutrients into your children, husbands, and yourself. First off, this smooth is so good! It has just the perfect amount of sweetness, you can’t taste the spinach at all, nor does it leave a funny texture or consistency. It was just all around good. At first Lucas was a little timid about the colour, as it didn’t look like his usually smoothies, but after some coaxing, he drank the entire recipe!! All three servings!!

Green Monster Smoothies
Adapted from Annie’s Eats

Yield: 2-3 servings
Ingredients:
1 banana (frozen or not), cut into chunks
1 cup chopped frozen pineapple
1 pear, coarsely chopped
1½ cups orange juice
2½ cups baby spinach leaves, rinsed and dried
1-2 tbsp. honey
3 tbsp. ground flaxseed (optional)

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until completely smooth.  Taste and adjust sweetness with additional honey, if desired.  Serve immediately.

***I omitted the honey as I found it was sweet enough, and wanted Caleb to be able to have some. I’m not totally sure what the age is that you can introduce honey…but just be aware.

Enjoy!

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Apple Cranberry Crisp

February 12, 2011

Oh me, oh my, I just ate the most delicious dessert. Good thing there is some left so I can go dish myself some seconds as soon as I’m finished typing this post.

For the past week or so I have had a bag of Granny Smith Apples sitting on my counter. I have tried to start buying more fruit for us to eat, the problem in our family is that I purchase the fruit, and it doesn’t get eaten. If I prepare it into something like muffins or a fruit salad, we gobble it up, but not just a plain ol’ apple.

Today when trying to think up some dessert ideas for a couple of meals I was dropping it off, I Food Blog Search (BEST recipe search engine ever!!) “Granny Smith Apples”. This recipe was one of the first to pop up from Annie’s Eats Blog. (a definite fave of mine).

I have had some frozen cranberries in my freezer for a while that I was happy to finally use up. However, now I am sad they are gone, this dessert was THAT good!!

So, if you have some apples and cranberries make this dessert now. If you don’t have apples and cranberries, go to the store and purchase them now. You will not be disappointed!!

Apple Cranberry Crisp

For the filling:
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin
2/3 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. light brown sugar, packed
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

For the topping:
½ cup plus 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
½ cup rolled instant oats
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Butter an 8×8” square baking dish.  Set aside.

To prepare the filling, combine the apple slices and cranberries in a medium bowl.  Add the sugars, and cinnamon.  Add the melted butter and toss the ingredients until the fruit is evenly coated.  Pour the fruit into the prepared baking dish in an even layer.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, oats and sugars, and toss with a fork until well combined.  Add in the melted butter and mix until all dry ingredients are moistened.  Crumble the mixture evenly over the fruit.  Bake for 35-40 minutes.  Serve warm. Serves 4.

Mmm, yummy!