Wednesday, January 15, 2021

Preparing Homemade Baby Food

7 Essential Kitchen Tools For Preparing Baby Homemade Foods

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All mothers tend to make delicious and healthy homemade meals for their babies. They put in a lot of effort, love and care in doing so. It’s important to use some tools so as to make the entire process smooth, hassle free and save time, where possible. As it is, with babies, mothers barely get much time to themselves, with the use of these 7 tools; they can free up some more time as well as make healthy food easily-

 

  1. Ice Cube Trays – There are various types of ice cube trays available in the shops these days. Some are designed in cool shapes like stars, moons, triangles, fruits, etc. These fun shapes make it interesting for the little ones when they see these new shaped objects in their healthy shakes, milk or juices.Hence, it’s important to have few ice cube trays in nice new shapes and different sizes when you have a baby in the house. You can also freeze baby food into these nicely shaped ice cubes which will make food more interesting for babies and you can defrost it in small portions.

 

  1. Potato Masher – Everyone loves potatoes and they are perhaps the most used items in a baby meal. So, getting your hands on a jazzy new potato masher will not only reduce your time in doing it manually, but, it will also ensure the potatoes are mashed properly so that it’s easier for babies to eat and digest.

 

  1. Steamer Basket – Steamed veggies form an important part of a baby’s diet. Steamed vegetables are healthy and easy to steam in a steamer basket. It’s hassle free as they are fast to steam in and easy to clean up after.

 

  1. Baby food processor – This is perhaps the most essential tool of all. It helps to cook, puree and even helps in keeping food warm for a long time. So basically it does the work of steaming healthy veggies and then turns them into puree. It is important that you do some research to find out the best food processor, which will fit your needs, before you buy one.

 

  1. Strainer – You can use a strainer to remove peels from a variety of fresh, healthy, homemade foods for your bundle of joy. When you puree veggies, put it in a strainer to remove any peels or veggie parts which didn’t puree properly.

 

  1. Measuring Spoons – Measuring spoons are important to keep track of what you are feeding your baby. Most recipes will need a specific amount of each ingredient in them so a set of different sized measuring spoons will fit the bill.

 

  1. Freezer Bags – Freezer bags are utmost important so as to organize your fridge. Once you have frozen baby food into ice cubes, you can put them into different freezer bags. Date the bags and mention contents so that you don’t have to go on a searching spree in your freezer, every time your baby is hungry.

 

So these 7 kitchen tools are indeed essential for any household with a baby. Keep them on hand and your baby can enjoy healthy home cooked meals all the time.

 

 

Author Bio:

Julie Roy is writing on behalf of BestFoodProcessorGuide.net covering a wide range of food processor reviews and using guide.

 

Thursday, January 09, 2021

Easy Sandwich Recipes

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Sandwich Recipes

 

Who says sandwiches have to be limited to lunchmeat or PB&J? These flavorful and innovative sandwiches are easy to prepare but big on flavor. They’re sure to spice up your brown bag lunch or add some pizzazz at dinnertime! If you’re wanting to try some creative alternatives to normal lunchtime sandwiches or pique your family’s interest at the dinner table, these are the perfect sandwiches to try!

Cashew Chicken Salad Sandwiches

For a yummy and healthy sandwich to take to work, try a cashew chicken salad sandwich!

In a large bowl, combine 2 cups cooked, cubed chicken, ½ cup salted cashews, ½ cup chopped celery, and ½ cup drained mandarin oranges.

 

In a small bowl, combine ½ cup mayonnaise, ½ teaspoon sugar, ½ teaspoon salt, and a dash of pepper.

 

Add to chicken mixture and toss to coat.

 

To serve, spread about ½ cup chicken salad on a croissant or dinner roll. Top with sliced tomatoes or lettuce leaves, if desired. Eat some chopped vegetables and fresh fruits alongside for a tasty and healthy meal! Check out Real Simple for more healthy yet hearty sandwich options.

 

 

Roasted Eggplant Sandwich with Chive Pesto

Whether you’re a vegetarian or just someone who enjoys trying new recipes, these flavor-packed sandwiches are a delicious change-of-pace! Try this delicious and healthy sandwich from Big Girls Small Kitchen if you’re looking for something stellar to add to your Meatless Monday roster.

 

Preheat the oven to 450F.

 

In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 medium peeled, cubed eggplant, 2 medium cubed red onions, ¼ cup olive oil, and 1 teaspoon salt.

 

Toss until coated.

 

Turn out onto a parchment or foil-lined baking sheet.

 

Roast in the oven for 20 minutes.

 

Use a spatula to turn the vegetables over so they will brown on the other side.

 

Return to the oven for another 10-20 minutes, until the vegetables are brown and caramelized.

 

Place the vegetables in a bowl and toss with1/2 of a juiced lemon and 2 tablespoons chives.

 

Place the vegetables on slices of sourdough or white bread, and add white bean spread dip. Check out other vegetarian sandwich options for something low on fat but big on flavor.

 

 

Barbecue Chicken Pockets

These easy-to-make wraps are filled with barbecue chicken and cheddar goodness. They’re great to fix for kids on a school night or make to take to work for lunch.

 

To create the wraps, put a little olive oil into a medium skillet over medium heat.

 

Throw in four handfuls of fresh spinach or other greens, and cook until the greens are wilted (2-5 minutes, depending on the type).

 

Remove to a bowl and use a paper towel to squeeze out the oil so that your wrap isn’t soggy.

 

Place 2 white or wheat wraps or tortillas on 2 separate plates and microwave for 10 seconds or until pliable.

 

If desired, spread a little mayonnaise or mustard in the middle of each.

 

Place 1/3 cup cooked, chopped chicken on each wrap, and then drizzle with barbecue sauce.

 

Sprinkle ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese on each wrap.

 

Wrap up, tucking in the sides.

 

Turn the skillet to medium-low and place one wrap in the pan, seam side down.

 

Cook for 5 minutes or until browned, making sure that it doesn’t burn.

 

Flip to the other side and cook for additional 4-5 minutes or until browned.

 

Repeat with the second wrap.

 

Cut each wrap in half and serve.

 

 

 

Kendra Smithi is a food blogger who enjoys trying and creating new recipes.

Thursday, January 09, 2021

Simple Pork Chop Recipes

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Simple Pork Chop Recipes

Mushroom Garlic Pork Chops

If you’re looking for a simple yet flavorful pork chop recipe, try this one. It calls for only 5 ingredients and is ready in less than 30 minutes, so it’s guaranteed to be a winner on busy evenings. For a tasty alternative, use plain cream of mushroom soup instead and stir in 1 package of dry Ranch dressing mix at the end. This creates a yummy mushroom-ranch pork chop recipe. Serve it with rice pilaf and a green salad.

 

Mushroom Garlic Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • 1 tbl spoon oil
  • 4 bone in pork chops
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom and roasted garlic soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Cooked egg noodles
  • optional: plain cream of mushroom soup and 1 package of dry Ranch dressing, and serve with rice pilaf

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet.
  2. Add four bone-in pork chops and cook until well browned on each side.
  3. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. Stir 1 can cream of Campbell’s mushroom with roasted garlic soup and ½ cup milk into the skillet.
  5. Bring to a boil.
  6. Return pork chops to the skillet; reduce heat to low.
  7. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the chops are cooked through.
  8. Serve with hot cooked egg noodles.
  9. For a tasty alternative, use plain cream of mushroom soup instead and stir in 1 package of dry Ranch dressing mix at the end. This creates a yummy mushroom-ranch pork chop recipe. Serve it with rice-pilaf-recipe.
https://www.in-our-kitchen.com/uncategorized/simple-pork-chop-recipes/

 

Italian-style Breaded Pork Chops

While searching the web for a breaded pork chop recipe I found about 1000 recipes that looked good.  While they looked good , the ingredients were many and the directions confusing.  This recipe is easy, tasty and a winner in any situation.  This recipe goes well with a green salad, vegetables, and a light dessert such as vanilla pudding.

Italian Style Breaded Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmeasan cheee
  • 8 pork chops
  • salt, pepper
  • garlic powder to taste

Instructions

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together 3 eggs and ¼ cup whole milk.
  2. In another bowl, combine 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs and ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
  3. Sprinkle 8 uncooked pork chops with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  4. Dip them in the egg mixture, then the bread crumbs.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Place oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat.
  7. Place 4 pork chops at a time in the large frying pan and cook for 3 minutes on each side. The pork chops will be only partially cooked at this time.
  8. Place the pork chops in a large baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  9. Sprinkle more parmesan cheese and parsley on top afterwards.
  10. This recipe goes well with a green salad, vegetables, and a light dessert such as vanilla pudding.
https://www.in-our-kitchen.com/uncategorized/simple-pork-chop-recipes/

 

 

 

Apricot-Glazed Pork Chops

For another option big on flavor but short on ingredients this recipe is a winner for anyone trying to create an easy yet elegant meal. heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season 4 bone-in pork chops with ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook until browned and cooked through, 6-8 minutes per side. Add ½ cup apricot preserves and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar to the skillet and cook about 1-2 minutes more. Turn the pork once until the mixture coats all the pork chops evenly. These tangy, sweet chops are great served with red potato wedges, green beans, and rice or couscous! For more tasty recipes like this one, check out Real Simple!

Apricot Glazed Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • 2 tbl olive oil
  • 4 bone in pork chops
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 tbl balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Season 4 bone-in pork chops with ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook until browned and cooked through, 6-8 minutes per side.
  3. Add ½ cup apricot preserves and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar to the skillet and cook about 1-2 minutes more.
  4. Turn the pork once until the mixture coats all the pork chops evenly.
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Pork Chops with Mustard Sauce

For something a little fancier, try making pork chops with a simple yet delicious mustard sauce!

Pork Chops with Mustard Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 tbl olive oil - divided
  • 4 pork chops
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 chopped shallots
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tbls heavy cream
  • 1 tbl Dijon mustard
  • Fresh tarragon for decoration

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400° F.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Season 4 pork chops with ½ teaspoon each of salt and pepper and brown in the skillet (2-3 minutes per side.)
  4. Place the pork chops on a baking sheet and bake 5-7 minutes or until roasted through.
  5. Add two chopped shallots and 1 more tablespoon olive oil to the skillet and cook 3-4 minutes or until tender.
  6. Add ¾ cup dry white wine to the skillet and simmer until reduced by half.
  7. Add 2 tablespoons heavy cream and simmer until the sauce thickens slightly.
  8. Stir in 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard.
  9. Top the pork chops with the sauce and 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon.
https://www.in-our-kitchen.com/uncategorized/simple-pork-chop-recipes/

 

 

Author Bio:

Kendra Smith is a food blogger who enjoys trying and creating new recipes.

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