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Crazy Delicious Veggie Couscous

Crazy Delicious Veggie Couscous is easy, incredibly healthy, and can be made in just ten minutes!  I’m always trying to make something well-balanced, healthy, and yummy for my wee man, Lil’ G.  Now that he is eating what I eat, this has cut down my Sunday cooking by almost 2 hours, as I like to make two big meals for the week for the both of us.  Not to mention, I’m also always attempting to create dishes from the leftover ingredients in my refrigerator. What’s that annoying phrase I keep posting?  Oh yes, waste not!  Clearly, I am a pusher of this personal philosophy.  Food truly is a terrible thing to waste. Onwards, I was hangin’ with Greyson looking for a dish to make for us. I loaded the floor with pots, pans, spoons, and a variety of other kitchen items for G to play with whilst I took to the stove.  After all, he has just turned 17 months.  Can he entertain himself?  Sure.  For a little bit of time. However, when I give him the opportunity to play with things he doesn’t get to use daily, this increases my odds of a more lengthy self-play session giving me the opportunity to cook with ease!  Of course we play and “compare” creations throughout, too. 😉 

Crazy Delicious Veggie Couscous is a perfect choice for an easy and healthy dinner any day/night of the week.  Pumpkin, lentils, carrots, mushrooms, spinach, and herbs make this dish a tasty meal. Naturally, feel free to add any veggies you may have left over in your fridge. Please comment and let me know how your creations came out.  Share a pic and let’s chat about ideas for other couscous delights!  Enjoy!

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Crazy Delicious Veggie Couscous
Serves 6
Crazy Delicious Veggie Couscous is whole wheat couscous with pumpkin, carrot, lentils, mushrooms, spinach and herbs. Quick, easy, and healthy!
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 C cooked whole wheat couscous
  2. Olive oil for cooking
  3. 1 shallot - diced
  4. 3 gloves garlic - diced
  5. 1 can lentils
  6. 1 C pumpkin - diced
  7. 1 carrot - diced
  8. 1 C mushrooms - sliced (I used cremini)
  9. 1 handful spinach leaves
  10. Dried parsley, oregano, and basil to taste
  11. Salt & pepper to taste
  12. Optional: Parmesan cheese for topping
Instructions
  1. While your couscous is cooking, heat a large pan with oil
  2. Add shallot and cook for 1 minute
  3. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds - stir
  4. Add carrots, pumpkin, and some salt & pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes
  5. Add mushrooms, lentils, and herbs, more salt & pepper if needed. Cook for 2-3 minutes
  6. Add spinach and any more herbs you would like. Stir for 30 seconds.
  7. Place in individual bowls. Serve
Optional
  1. Garnish each bowl with parmesan cheese & dried parsley
Notes
  1. Serves 6 adult sized dinner bowls.
  2. Optional: Cook your couscous with a veggie broth cube
Wine pairing
  1. White - Viognier
  2. Red - Syrah
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G’s Snack & Small Meal – Toddler Food

G’s Snack & Small Meal – Toddler Food is just an idea if you’re struggling for new and healthy ideas for your wee one that are easy and yummy.  Greyson is a vegetarian right now like his momma.  People always ask me “what in the world do you feed him?” As if there is no food life outside of meat. Honestly, I’ve received the same question myself for the past 27 years.  Lord, there is SO very much food and incredibly easy, delicious, and healthy options out there that I’ll never tap into a majority of them!  I do, however, understand for heavy meat eaters how this could seem challenging.  I assure you though, it is anything but!  If you’re looking for a snack or two, a meal, or general ideas on what to feed your baby/toddler, vegetarian or not, check out this recipe and Greyson’s Grub (baby food) portion of this blog.  So many suggestions that at least one is guaranteed to grab your interest and attention!

G's Snack & Small Meal - Toddler Food

G's Snack & Small Meal - Toddler Food
G's Snack & Small Meal - Toddler Food. Simple, easy, and healthy snack or meal for any toddler.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 an avocado
  2. 1/4 C hummus
  3. 1/2 cucumber - peeled & finely diced
  4. 1 small ripe tomato - finely diced
  5. 1 slice whole wheat bread - diced
  6. 1 slice baby friendly cheese - diced/cubed
Instructions
  1. Put the bread & cheese in one bowl
  2. Put the other ingredients placed separately in another bowl
  3. Scoop out the avocado on a spoon
To serve
  1. Mix & match the ingredients as desired. Let your little one pick up the bread and cheese him/her self.
Notes
  1. This is simply an idea for a snack (in this case, many snacks can be had), or two meals. You can add other ingredients, replace ingredients etc. Do what suits your little one best! It doesn't have to always be a specific meal or jarred food. Be creative and put together foods your baby likes for a nice and healthy variety!
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G’s Arugula & White Bean Quesadilla

G’s Arugula & White Bean Quesadillas are a protein packed meal full of flavor and done in 15 minutes or less!  Healthy, delicious, and guaranteed to make any toddler actually eat their entire portion!  I make one quesadilla, give my wee man (G) 1/4, save another 1/4 for the following day, and eat the other 1/2 myself.  This is most definitely a meal that is for any age.  I had all of these ingredients left over in my fridge (remember my food philosophy? “Like the mind, food is a terrible thing to waste”) and wanted to make something different for Greyson than he’d been eating over the past few days.  I quickly pieced together these ingredients and was left with my mouth watering.  Not only did G eat his portion and practically lick his plate (lots of “more” baby signing came afterwards), but I had to go and make another one for my work lunch the following day.  I, too, was in love.  As a veg-head, I’m always packin’ with protein everywhere I can. Make the recipe as is or adjust for your lil’ one or yourself however you deem fit.  Use as much or as little of the ingredients as you’d like.  Now go chow down with your kiddo in total bliss!  

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G's Arugula & White Bean Quesadilla
Yields 2
G's Arugula & White Bean Quesadilla is packed with protein and flavor. Toddler's food of choice & mom's food of choice, too! Healthy, easy, and delicious.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 whole wheat tortillas
  2. Handful of arugula
  3. 3/4 can of small white beans or cannellini beans
  4. 1 avocado
  5. 1/2 brick of tofu (I used firm)
  6. 1 ripe tomato - chopped (finely chopped for toddler)
  7. 2 Tbl pesto
  8. 4 slices gouda cheese
  9. Small handful cilantro
  10. Cumin to taste
  11. Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, toss the tomato and pesto together. Mix well
  2. Put one slice of cheese on top of each quesadilla
  3. Divide then smash white bean (leave some whole as well) on two of the tortillas
  4. Smash half and avocado on top of the each white bean half and sprinkle with a pinch of salt
  5. Divide the tofu and smash on top of the avocado with another pinch of salt and the cumin
  6. Top each with tomato and cilantro
  7. Top again with arugula and a pinch of cumin
  8. Put the other tortillas with the gouda on top of the two filled tortillas
  9. Heat pan on low - medium heat. Cook on both sides until golden brown
  10. Done!
Notes
  1. This recipe came from what was in my refrigerator so feel free to make something similar and change up the ingredients to accommodate what is in your fridge!
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G’s Avocado Pasta

G's Avocado Pasta
Yields 6
A very simple, easy, and delicious creative Avocado Pasta dish for your baby or toddler. Perfect for vegetarian or vegan babies or toddlers as well!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 avocado - smashed (save your avocado shells)
  2. 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  3. 2 1/2 Tbl cilantro - chopped
  4. 1 Tbl tofu - crumbled
  5. 1 Tbl plain greek yogurt
  6. 2 C cooked pasta
  7. Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Mix the avocado and salt together in bowl
  2. Add the lemon juice, cilantro, tofu, greek yogurt - mix well
  3. Stir in the pasta and cover completely
To serve
  1. Place pasta in half of avocado shell
Optional
  1. Mix with diced tomato & sprinkle with parmesan cheese
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G’s First Birthday Cake!

G's Birthday Cake

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G's First Birthday Cake!
Yields 1
A delicious, healthy and completely natural birthday cake for your baby's first birthday.
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For the cake
  1. 1 C whole wheat flour
  2. 1 tsp baking powder
  3. 1 tsp baking soda
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 1/2 C fruit puree (I used an apricot, peach, and apple blend)
  6. 1/2 C soy milk
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1 tsp vanilla
For the frosting
  1. 8 oz apple sauce
  2. 1 banana
  3. 1 tsp vanilla
  4. 6 oz plain greek yogurt
  5. Approx 1/4-1/2 C raspberries
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 and grease a small circular pan.
In one bowl sift together
  1. Flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
In a separate bowl whisk together
  1. fruit puree, soy milk, egg, and vanilla
  2. Mix bowls together until smooth.
  3. Add to pan and put in oven for about 25-30 minutes
For the frosting
  1. With a very light one whisk electric whip, whip together apple sauce, banana, vanilla, and greek yogurt.
  2. Place in refrigerator.
  3. Once cake is cooled, find a cup with a large circular top and cut out 3 circles.
  4. Stack the circles, pour the frosting over the cake, and decorate the top with raspberries. Add extra raspberries to scatter around the cake on plate.
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