Check out these 25+ Freezer-Friendly Meal and Snack Ideas for New Moms. Perfect for prepping before baby or making for an expecting friend or family member!
It’s just about 3 weeks away until baby #2 is due to arrive! I can not believe how long yet how fast this pregnancy went by and most of all can not wait to meet this little girl. Things have been slowing down in my private practice work this month in preparation for babies arrival but I have been keeping busy soaking in the last days with having just the little guy around and preparing food to freeze for when baby arrives.
I decided to put together a great round up of family and kid-friendly recipe ideas from other fellow RD bloggers that at perfect for making ahead and freezing for new moms! These recipes are great if you are the mom-2-be or if you are looking for something to make for a friend or family member who is expecting.
Intrigued by the new craze around oat milk and banana milk? How about making it yourself and combine the two for your very own homemade Banana Oat Milk?! Perfect for sipping, adding to coffee or cereal in the morning!
This year at FNCE one thing was for sure. There is a definite trend for alternative milks, beyond nut milks! Two of my favorites were Mooala Banana Milk and Oatly Oat milk.
You may have seen the trend of oat milk lattees and or the option to add oat milk in your coffee over the past year, well now you can buy it yourself! I was definitely intrigued because I am such an oat and banana fan and was pleasantly surprised how delicious they were. Both are free of added sugars and are free from dairy, soy, and nuts. Oatly is also fortified with calcium and vitamin D making it a great milk substitute for those with milk, soy and nut allergies. For those young toddlers out there with multiple food allergies and in need of a milk substitute, they also have a whole milk option.
Just for some fun I decided to take a shot at making my own banana and oat milk! The process of making banana oat milk includes making a blend of water, oats and banana then straining the mixture through a cheesecloth. Blending the ingredients together is super easy, the straining process, not so much! And it’s definitely a bit messy. But after all was said and done the final product was DELISH and much cheaper. I’ve been enjoying the Banana Oat Milk in my coffee and with cereal and the little guy has been drinking it by the glass full!
To a high speed blender add all ingredients. Blend on high for 2-3 minutes until oats are well combined.
Strain mixture through a cheese cloth or nut milk bag. Try placing cheese cloth in a large mason jar and pouring half the mixture in at a time. Twist the top of the clheesecloth so no liquid can escape and squeeze the bottom of the cloth to help strain out the milk. Once most of the liquid is removed, dump out the unstrained mixture and repeat with the remaining liquid.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
In need of quick weeknight recipes the whole family will enjoy? Check out these 20+ Kid-Friendly Dinner Recipes Ready in 20 Minutes (or less)!
Most nights of the week getting dinner on the table can be a challenge! Put a cranky toddler and currently tired/hungry pregnant mom together and you have me searching for the quickest, easiest meal I can whip together. I know I am not alone in this. I hear the same thing from many of my clients, the last thing they want to do when they come home at night is cook. So I am assuming you can also relate and are in need of some help!
That is why I reached out to my fellow RD bloggers and searched through my recipes to bring you 20+ recipes you can prepare and cook in under 20 minutes! Plus as a bonus I added 5 meal ideas that don’t require a recipe and can be personalized based on your families food preferences, using ingredients you have in your kitchen.
Also, everything you see listed is both nourishing and kid-friendly! Win-win.
Looking to cook more with your little one in the new year? I’ve rounded up my favorites to share with you in my Holiday Gift Guide for your Little Sous Chef!
Not sure what to get your child, grandchild, niece or nephew for christmas this year? Give a gift that keeps giving! Kid-friendly food preparation tools and educational toys are a great idea for getting kids interested in cooking and having fun in the kitchen! Here are a few of my favorite tools that I have used with my son over the past year and have found really helpful.
I got this exact learning tower for my son last year for Christmas and we use it every day! It’s adjustable platform allows your child to reach the counter to help you cook and prepare foods at the right height as they grow. IAnd is a much safer, sturdier option than using a step stool.
This caddy comes with just about any kitchen tool your little one might need to help you in the kitchen. They tools are made smaller than regular adult size tools and have grips on the handle so the tools are less likely to slip from their hands.
This crinkle cutting tool is the perfect first knife for young toddlers. It’s wide enough that they can use to hands to push down and cut fruits and vegetables. Curious Chef Knife Set
These plastic knives are a great cutting tool for older toddlers or kids who have some experience cutting. The blade is duller than a regular knife and it’s serrated edge makes it easier to hold on to food as they cut.
Cookie cutter help turn a boring slice of fruit or cookie dough into a fun and exciting shape Non-Slip Mixing Bowls
No-slip bowls are helpful when your little one is learning to stir and mix to prevent any potential spills that might occur with a regular bowl. I have found the bigger the bowl the better, more area for them to pour in and it helps keep as much food in the bowl as they stir.
Sometimes cooking doesn’t have to include real food! I love these sets by Melissa and Doug to keep in my sons play kitchen. I often bring them out to entertain him while I am finishing up dinner! Melissa & Doug Food Group Set
This food group set is another great gift to give kids to help practice identifying foods and eventually start learning about the different food groups. And also are helpful to keep near the kitchen for entertainment!
What are some of your favorite kitchen tools that you use with your little sous chef?
These Apple Cranberry Muffins make for a fun kid activity and delicious addition to breakfast or snack this holiday season.
These Apple Cranberry Muffins were inspired by another family recipe I found while creating our family cookbook this year. This recipe came from my mom who used to make apple muffins for breakfast on the weekends, frequently! And as you may see if you look back through many of my recipes think Apple Cranberry Mini Pies and Butternut Squash Cranberry Apple Bake and my Naturally Sweet Cranberry Apple Compote, I love apples and cranberries together. Cranberries by themselves are a bit too tart for me and apples by themselves are a bit boring. Put them together you have a less tart, more exciting baked good, side dish or sauce. Agree?!
In this recipe I used half whole wheat flour to add some more fiber and protein, added a bit more spice (because cinnamon and nutmeg are yummers!) and added in the cranberries for a nice burst of color and flavor, and added nutrients like fiber and antioxidants.
This Pumpkin Pie Dessert Hummus made a great kid and adult-friendly dip! Serve it up with some apple slices or cookies for a fun snack or dessert.
Pureed chickpeas make a great bland base for just about any flavor combination, sweet or savory. And I have to admit I am totally on the dessert hummus train and can’t get enough of this Pumpkin Pie Dessert Hummus I made with my son. I was inspired by the ten cans of hummus I had left in my pantry from a recent cooking class that I wanted to use up before we moved. I also had half of a can of pumpkin puree left in the fridge that I needed to use up. Insert pumpkin hummus! I had tried a savory version before but wasn’t sold so instead I played around with a sweet version that would be good for a snack or dessert. The chickpeas provide a great source of fiber and protein to make this treat more filling and satisfying.
The Pumpkin Pie Dessert Hummus pairs great with apple slices, graham crackers, or even these pictured Enjoy Life Snickerdoodles. Anything goes! I love using dips to get my son to try new foods. So if there is a fruit your child is still learning to like you could try serving the dip with both a “new” fruit and a fruit they enjoy. Worst case they eat the fruit they are familiar with, best case they eat the “new” fruit and dip everything in the hummus. You just never know what might be the ticket.