batch cooking volume 4: lunches & dinners!

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I heart NY. It’s an iconic t-shirt and mug phrase and I used to think it was a little egotistical of NY to plaster it all over their touristy souvenirs. I mean, who do you think you are NY? Doesn’t everyone love their home state or province? Why do you get to be known for “I heart NY?” Well, we just got back from NY visiting family who recently moved there and guess what?  I heart NY too! They got me! It really is just such an amazing place that you can’t help but love it! From the hustle and bustle … Read More

smoky corn chowder

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This soup originally appeared in the Soups for Syria e-book I compiled last year. If you’re looking for more soup ideas for the fall, download yourself a copy! There are over 30 soup recipes from incredible food bloggers. Then I encourage you to make a donation to Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), an amazing organization doing amazing work in Syria.  I brought this soup to a friend after the birth of her second baby. This is what she texted afterwards:  “Oh. My. Gosh. This soup is amazing!!! Would you share the recipe? Or is it a secret??? Unless it’s just whipping … Read More

beef stew for baby

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To season or not to season, that is the question. Some people believe that all food given to baby should taste exactly as is, with no flavour or seasoning added to it. They believe that bland food is best for babies and think additional seasoning can be overwhelming for their tastebuds. Others believe that each food should be given separately; no mixing allowed! They believe that babies should taste and get to know each food on its own. The truth is that there is no evidence to support either one. The only rules to seasoning baby food are as follows: … Read More

know the difference between choking and gagging

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You’ll find that even babies who are developmentally ready to start solids will sometimes gag on their foods as they are learning how to manage different foods and textures in their mouths. Choking, on the other hand, is not normal! In this video you’ll learn how to spot the difference between gagging and choking.   

baby biscuits

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Babies don’t need teething rusks but it sure is nice to give them something that they can easily pick up and eat. That’s where this recipe for baby biscuits comes in. why it’s the smart choice While rusks are just starch, sugar, and salt, these biscuits are full of nutrients that babies need, like iron.

food exposure checklist

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Below you’ll find a printable checklist for exposing your child to the top 9 food allergens.  Some guidelines to follow when introducing new foods to your child Wait 2-3 days in between offering new foods. While this will not prevent an allergy, this spacing allows for easy identification of the offending food IF your child experiences a reaction. Introduce new foods earlier in the day. A reaction could be delayed or immediate. The more serious reactions will not be delayed by several hours. For this reason, you don’t want to  introduce a new food and then put your baby to bed. If … Read More

preventing food allergies

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The rate of food allergies in children has increased over the years. According to this article by the Centre for Disease Control in the USA, food allergies increased from 2.4% in 1997 to 3.4% in 2011. One interesting correlation in this article notes that the rate of food allergies increased with higher incomes! The richer you are, the more likely your child is to develop a food allergy! Considering a food allergy could be potentially fatal if a child accidentally ingests the food allergen, prevention is certainly something to aim for. Unfortunately, scientists have yet to isolate the exact mechanism … Read More