Vegan bruschetta

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These little bruschetta are so easy to do and made a yummy treat for me and fiamma! (She ate the topping)

ingredients:

Handful of cherry tomatoes
1/2 avocado
Salt/pepper to taste
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
Baguette sliced
3 large basil leaves
Balsamic vinegar reduction

To make:

Place the baguette slices on a sheet pan and drizzle with some olive oil. Bake at 350•f for about 5 minutes

Chop tomatoes into small pieces add chopped basil and the avocado cut into small pieces as well. Combine in a bowl with the olive oil and salt/pepper (a pinch of each should do it)

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Once the brea ha slightly toasted, spoon a bit of the tomato mix on top.

Finally, drizzle the balsamic on-top. You don’t need a lot a it is very sweet. Just a small amount will do. You can buy reduced balsamic at the grocery or make it yourself very easily. It is just balsamic cooked down with honey or sugar.

Enjoy these alone, or at a party with friends. Thy make a great finger snack and are healthy too!

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Vegan curried sweet potato soup

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This soup is so easy and yields about 6-8 servings.

Ingredients:
2 sweet potatoes peeled and chopped
1 small apple (gala or Fuji)
1 small sweet onion chopped
2 tablespoons curry powder or more to taste
2 cups veggie stock
1 cup non dairy milk
1 tablespoon olive oil
Pinch salt/pepper

Steps:

Place chopped potatoes in a steam basket and steam until soft.

While the potatoes are steaming, heat the olive oil in a large pot and add onions. Sauté until translucent. Add the salt and pepper and curry powder.

Once the potatoes are done add them along with the chopped apple to the onions. Let cook together for about a minute and then add the liquids. Let simmer for about 15 minutes.

Take the heated mixture and pour into a blender. Blend until smooth and then return to the pot and heat for another 2 minutes. Taste test and add more curry powder if you want a bit more spice or more stock if you want thinner.

Serve while hot, and enjoy! I love soup to keep warm. I also put some of the mix without spice on the side for my baby to enjoy. 😉

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Apple compote

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Do you make pie every holiday and dream of yummy fillings? Well here is a really yummy and easy apple compote that is great for pie, pockets, pancakes or even with ice cream!

Ingredients:
6 apples (granny smith)
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon rum (optional)

to make:

Wash, peel, and core the apples. Granny Smith hold up the best while cooking and have a lot of flavor.

Cut the pieces into cubes as even as you can make them.

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Put all ingredients into a sauce pan and cover with a parchment circle or wax paper with a hole in the center.

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Let simmer until the apples begin to steam and then remove paper and stir.

Stir occasionally so the pieces cook evenly and don’t turn to applesauce.

When they are golden brown and slide easily off a fork, the apples are done!!

Put directly into a pie shell and bake, or cool in the fridge and save for a Rainy day! Yummy!

Enjoy!

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Apple Pear Baby Food

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Ingredients:
1 apple peeled and cored
1 pear peeled and cored
Pinch cinnamon

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Wash and chop the fruit. I used organic gala apples because they are sweet and a pear d’anjou, which is also sweeter.
Chop the fruit into cubes. It doesn’t matter how clean the chop but the more similar the chunks the more evenly it will cook.

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I have a Beaba babycook. I just started using it and it is amazing. It’s so easy to use. It steams, blends, and defrosts. It has easy to follow instructions. I will do a post on this product as a review soon!
But not to worry you can use a saucepan if you don’t have one.

Put the chopped items into the steam basket or into the saucepan. Add the pinch of cinnamon.

Turn on the machine until the light goes out, or cook in the pan for about 10 minutes until the fruit is translucent and falls from a fork.

Next, take the cooked fruit and put into your blender. If you have the babycook, just remove the steam basket and put back into the blender chamber.

Pulse the fruit until smooth. For younger babies you can keep the extra liquid that has run off or add more water to make it smoother. Mine was quite runny as Fiamma is 6 months. Drain off the liquid or leave a bit chunky for older babies.

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This recipe makes 5-6 servings and Is perfect to freeze. I have a babea freezer tray, but I use ice cube trays too. Be sure to cover the tray in a wrap before freezing.

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It should last about 3 week in the freezer. Then just defrost and reheat as needed. It’s a yummy easy recipe that most all babies love.

If your starting out like me, give new foods every 3 days to test for allergies. And keep in mind babies haven’t tasted food before, and like more than our average bland foods, so experiment and don’t be afraid!

The beauty of making your own is you can use whatever you are making for yourself, so it’s easy and practical for busy moms. This recipe cost under 3 dollars for 6 servings. That’s compared to 3$ a jar for some high end foods. And you know exactly what’s inside this way!

I will be posting a lot of these soon!
Hope your baby and you both enjoy!