teeny tiny foodie

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I'm a food-focused mom and at-home chef raising my baby girl to eat a variety of healthy foods right from the start. I use various flavors, textures and spices to create a teeny tiny foodie as well as a foodie family.

What's one of the first recipes you taught your kids to make?

Eliana turned 2 on June 14 so she hasn't officially made anything on her own yet other than a tasty mess while helping me. But, she has been spending time in the kitchen with me while I cook since she was around 6 months old by simply playing on the floor, hanging out in the carrier on my back or more recently, assisting me at the counter. My favorite cooking moment with her was making Apple Muffins together this winter. She helped me mix the batter and she enjoyed sampling ingredients too. Here's the URL of the post where I wrote all about it and shared some other ideas for getting Little Foodies involved in the kitchen:

http://teenytinyfoodie.com/someones-in-the-kitchen-with-mommy/

Another recipe we like to make together is Kale Chips. She helps tear the kale before we season it with olive oil, salt and other spices. Here's more about that:

http://teenytinyfoodie.com/kale-chips-the-perfect-snack/

What's a delicious no cook recipe?

Strawberry Mint Purée. It's not just for babies! It is so tasty and refreshing. We enjoy it on it's own as a delicious snack or add it to yogurt or cottage cheese for breakfast. It's also a great popsicle. Here's the URL for the recipe:

http://teenytinyfoodie.com/strawberry-mint-puree/

What's a great breakfast for a special occasion?

For a special occasion breakfast, I love to make a strata. To me, a strata is really delicious and elegant but also a great way to use up left over vegetables, cheese and bread. My favorite strata is a recipe I came up with recently called Caprese Salad Strata and it uses grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, parmesan cheese. It was so easy to prepare and it tastes so yummy that it feels really special, too.

For car and plane trips, what are some small toys, games, or other fun tiny surprises to bring along or pack in your child's backpack? Please mention the age range for the item and include a link to a picture if you have one.

Jory Lieber

For plane trips, I always pack the most ridiculously huge bag full of everything I think I'll need. Which is pointless because, inevitably, my 23 month old goes for two things: stickers and ice. Don't know how my husband discovered that ice is a magical secret weapon, but he did. He immediately makes friends with the flight attendants so they refill our cups as often as we ask.
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Can you suggest a fun summer activity like berry picking that helps kids learn where food comes from? Please link to a picture we can use if you have one.

Jory Lieber

We've been trying our hand at gardening. Nothing too big yet, just some potted herbs and a few vegetables but my daughter has been able to see the plants grow and literally taste the veggies of our labor! And, she likes to go over and take little bits of fresh basil and rosemary to munch on, too. Unfortunately, our garden last year was not as bountiful as we would have hoped for but there is always this year's crop!
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What's your go-to family meal made entirely with pantry staples? Please share a link to the recipe and photo if you have one.

Jory Lieber

Our go-to meal made of pantry staples is pasta with what I call a "No Recipe" Pasta Sauce which means I go through the pantry, refrigerator and freezer for our staples such as canned beans, onions, pasta, spices and whatever else I can get my hands on! From there, I throw it all into a pot for a quick and tasty meal.
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Please share a favorite recipes for a yummy smoothie your kids love and may not realize is good for them.

Jory Lieber

We've been making lots of smoothies for breakfast lately. My favorite surprise ingredient is kale. My daughter helps me make them. She just turned 2 in June and helps out by putting the ingredients into the blender and pushing the buttons on the blender, too. Here's my recipe for Berry Kale Smoothies: Berry Kale Smoothies Ingredients: • 1½ cups or 12 ounces fat free Greek yogurt • 1 ounce kale, ribs removed • 1 banana (frozen or raw) • 1½ cups berries (strawberries and blueberries mixed) • ½ cup milk (cow’s milk or vanilla almond milk) • 1½ tablespoons maple syrup* • 1 tablespoon chia seeds and/or wheat germ Preparation: Put all ingredients into a blender and purée until smooth. *Omit the maple syrup if using vanilla almond milk because it adds enough sweetness Leftovers freeze well as creamy popsicles or as a frozen yogurt treat.
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What's a great kid snack that would travel well on a car or plane trip? Please include a link to a picture if you have one.

Jory Lieber

I like to bring whole wheat muffins with fresh fruit and vegetables inside. I add chia seeds and flax seeds so they pack an extra punch of nutrition. My 2-year old loves them and my husband and I love them, too.
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