A sassy, crafty mama bird from Los Angeles
raising a very sweet little girl with Autism
and a new baby boy in the Midwest... and other stuff, too.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tasty Tuesday

Cinnamon Applesauce
I hide so many supplements for Little Bird in applesauce, that she calls this dish "cinnamon applesauce medicine".
Cinnamon Applesauce in the slow cooker
4 apples (Granny smith are great. I like honey crisp, too) peeled, cored, cut into fourths
1/3 C sugar
1/2 C apple juice (I love using fresh cider during cider mill season)
1 T butter (or alternative)
1/2 t cinnamon

Throw it all into the slow cooker on high for about 2 hours. Mash up the apples to whatever consistency you like. Enjoy!

Red Beans & Rice

Carrot Soup
Carrot Soup (i'm disappointed the picture sucks)
5 carrots sliced, salted, and roasted at 400 for 30 minutes (turn them over 1/2 way through). Cut them up, place in blender and slowly add 2 cans of broth (I use vegetable). Heat it up on the stove. So easy, healthy, and comforting.

hummus arugula wrap
I get into these grooves of finding something I love to eat and then eating it every day for weeks. Until I get sick of that and I move on. This wrap is my thing right now. Tortilla, hummus (I'm into roasted red pepper hummus right now), arugula, cherry tomatoes, cashews. Roll it up, and it's a delicious, easy-to-eat-with-one-hand (sometimes necessary) vegan lunch.

Peanut Butter and Jam

Little Bird was throwing a tantrum trying to decide what she wanted for lunch, and I was throwing out way too many options and one of them was a PB&J sandwich. I totally expected her to say no, like she had to every other idea I'd offered. I had some PB in the cupboard and some strawberry jelly in the fridge (both store bought). She ate the whole thing. If this is something she'd be willing to eat, I'll gladly make her more. So, I did the most logical thing I could think of... made strawberry jam and peanut butter from scratch. Both delicious! 

Peanut Butter
1 C peanuts (I go for raw, unsalted)
2.5 T sunflower oil
1/2 t salt (or whatever, to taste)
honey (ditto, to taste)
All in a blender until it's smooth. Drizzle in more oil or honey if your consistency is off.

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