How To Eat Fresh Vegetables – Ideas for Working More Veggies Into Your DietWritten by Robb Ksiazek
Fresh, uncooked veggies are so healthy and it’s important to work them into your meal plan somewhere. The majority of American’s don’t eat enough vegetables and most vegetables consumed in American diet are cooked potatoes in form of french fries. American’s need more vegetables in their diet – and not in form of crispy fries.
To work more fresh uncooked vegetables into your diet, try eating more salads. Salads are a great source of vegetables and are a great appetizer to any meal (or meal themselves). Try these salad toppings for a wholesome gourmet salad:
- Cheese (blue, mozzarella, cheddar, pepper-jack, feta, or other)
- Nuts (pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds)
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Onions (green, red, sweet-yellow are all excellent)
- Bell Peppers (any color)
- Bean Sprouts or Alfalfa Sprouts
- Avocado or Guacamole
- Meats (steak, chicken, shrimp, etc.)
- Fruit (raspberries, strawberries, grapes)
Freezing Homemade Baby FoodWritten by Rachel Paxton
With our twin boys getting ready to start solid food, I have been reading about making and freezing my own baby food. It is very easy!
You can make up large quantities of baby meals and freeze them for later use.
Green beans are in season and were on sale at grocery store, so I bought several pounds to prepare and freeze. I steamed them in an electric steamer for about 20 minutes and then blended them in blender with some water until they were pureed. I then poured puree into ice cube trays. After cubes were frozen I transferred them to a reclosable freezer bag and labeled bag with name of vegetable and date. These cubes can be stored in freezer for 1-2 months.
One cube is approximately 1 ounce of food and can be thawed out in refrigerator or microwaved for a quick meal. You can also mix cubes together (e.g. one meat, one vegetable) for a combination meal. The cubes also travel well, just place a frozen cube in a sealed container until ready to eat...it will be all thawed out and ready to go.
Many types of foods can be prepared ahead of time and frozen. Try freezing cereals, pureed meats, vegetables, and fruits. Fruits (except bananas) need to be cooked before they are pureed and served to baby. Cubes of same type (vegetables, fruits, meats) can be stored in freezer together.