Healthy Recipes: Tomato Malunggay Pasta

My son loves pasta. But just like other kids, he seems to love plain pasta more than those with actual pasta sauces. This didn’t puzzle me so much as I know kids love bland taste. Anyhow, when I started my BLW (Baby Led Weaning) journey, I tried looking into food options which are healthier for my kiddo. And this is one of the recipes I sort of invented.

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The basic idea is to use raw ingredients instead of commercially bought ones. So instead of a ready made pasta sauce, I used fresh tomatoes. I wanted my baby to love the taste of malunggay, a green leafy vegetable (commonly known as moringa, drumstick tree, horseradish tree, ben oil tree, or benzoil tree, according to Mr. Wikipedia) since it has high nutritional value. I already used this in one of the green smoothie recipe I posted before.

Here’s the complete list of ingredients and instructions. Enjoy!

-Pasta (I used spirals to make it more fun)
-3 tomatoes
-A handful of malunggay
-Garlic
-Onion
-Oil
-Cheese
-Pepper to taste (I used to omit salt when my son started eating solids, but you can add salt if you want)

Instructions:

  1. Slice the onions and garlic, then set aside
  2. Boil the tomatoes, pasta, and malunggay altogether (Busy mom, must save time). Another option is to exclude the malunggay and blend it raw later. I think this is healthier.
  3. Once pasta is cooked, set it aside and then take the tomatoes and malunggay
  4. Blend the tomatoes and malunggay. If you don’t have a blender, you can try using fork or mortar and pestle (I never tried it, but the idea is to get your tomatoes and malunggay combined with a consistency of a sauce)
  5. Heat the pan, add oil
  6. Sauté onions and garlic then add blended malunggay and tomatoes
  7. Season to taste
  8. Pour the sauce over the cooked pasta then top with lots and lots of cheese
  9. Optional: Serve with toasted or garlic bread

I cooked this when my son was about a 1 year old. He finished all of the serving! Personally, I didn’t like the taste so much, but as long as the kid enjoys it, I am one happy mom. 🙂

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Healthy Recipes: Homemade Squash and Potato fries

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Ingredients:

Squash
Potatoes
1 Egg
Breadcrumbs
Garlic powder
A bit of salt
Vegetable oil for frying

Instructions:

1. After washing, slice squash and potatoes then steam for about 15 minutes or until cooked (Tip: Not too soft, just enough for a fork to poke)

2. Drain squash and potato slices. Then add desired seasoning. I chose to add garlic powder and a bit of salt (you can omit this and use pepper instead).

3. For squash, coat it with egg then breadcrumbs. Potatoes are best left bare. (I think ^__^)

4. Deep fry in vegetable oil. Drain excess oil. Cool, then serve.
My son doesn’t like dips but you can make your own dips if you want. But I’m sure kids will enjoy more if you let them eat on their own. Mine finished this on his own, one bite after another. And then he asked for another snack about 2 hours later. Haha!

Healthy Recipes: Banana Malunggay Calamansi Shake

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Ingredients:

Malunggay leaves (as much as you want)
Banana (2 medium sized)
Calamansi (8-10 fruits)
Honey or Sugar (as much as you want)
Ice (4-5 cubes)

Instructions:

1. Peel and chill bananas

2. Juice all calamansi

3. Blend the sliced chilled bananas and malunggay leaves. When done, add calamansi juice and honey/sugar, then blend some more

4. Add ice cubes then blend until ice cubes are thoroughly crushed.

All done! Easy, delicious and healthy! No reason not to try 😉

Special thanks to Kiara for the tip! ❤ The baby loved it! (Finished a whole glass the first time he tasted it)

 

Healthy Recipes: Camote tops and Calamansi Cooler

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Ingredients:

A handful of Camote tops (o para mas madali at wala nang sukat sukat, isang tali ng talbos ng kamote galing sa palengke ^__^)

About 2 glasses of water

5-8 Calamansi fruit

Sugar/Honey

 

Instructions:

1. Boil Camote tops in water

2. Pour and strain boiled water in a glass

3. Juice all  the Calamansi

4. Mix camote tops water and Calamansi juice together (Watch the color change from dark, almost black liquid to a beautiful maroon/wine red color. It almost feels like a Science experiment! Super fun!)

5. Add honey or sugar to sweeten according to desired taste (Tip: Less sugar for babies and kids. Warning: No honey for babies below 1 year old)

6. Stir, add ice, then serve! (Makes about 2 glasses)

 

It’s amazingly easy to prepare and it’s loaded with vitamins. Your kids will surely love the tangy flavor and the bright color! I know my boy does.

 

What alternative ingredients can you think of for a healthy concontion? Share please! 🙂

 

Don’t forget to have fun today! ^__^

Healthy Recipes: Cheesy Potato Balls

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Ingredients:

Potatoes

Cheese

Breadcrumbs

Egg

Oil

Instructions:

1. Boil and mash potatoes

2. Grate cheese

3. Mix potato and cheese together, form into balls (Option: Put a chunk of cheese at the center of balls for a cheesy surprise/explosion!)

4. Beat eggs, prepare breadcrumbs

5. Dip formed balls into egg and then roll into breadcrumbs until fully coated

6. Deep fry coated balls in oil (Although I didn’t follow this, so I ended up having balls with unequal golden brown color. Don’t do what I did)

8. Let it cool, then serve 🙂

 

My son finished almost all of the balls. (And he ate anothe snack after an hour. Whew!)

It’s a healthy snack  that is easy to prepare and easy on the budget.

Try it and let me know how you/your children like it!

Any recipes you want to share for kids’ snacks? Let me know in the comment box!

 

Enjoy your day!!!

Healthy Recipes: Infused Coconut Water

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So recently I’ve been having a hard time trying to adjust to my new schedule as a work at home mom. There are days when I feel super exhausted.

When I feel down, I’d always crave for chocolate candy or drink. But we all know how unhealthy and fattening those are. (Pero masarap eh!).

I wanted to try to change my go-to stress food/drink. So here’s my first candidate – Infused coconut water.

It’s refreshing, a little sweet, a little citrusy, cool, and healthy! All the good stuff to give you a boost on an especially tiring day. =)

What You’ll Need:
-Coconut water (Sabaw ng buko!) – I didn’t have fresh options as of the moment so I used the one from Tropicana
-Few slices of lemon – Tip: Use the sliced lemons sold at grocery stores (these are the old stocks) since they come in really really cheap prices. We all know lemons are expensive in the Philippines.
-Few slices of cucumber
Optional: Peppermint leaves (1-2)
How To Do It:
Just mix everything together in a glass container, chill, then enjoy! =)
Do you have other healthy beverage recipes? What’s your healthy comfort food/drink? Share them below! ^__^

Healthy Recipes: Banana-Egg Pancake

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Ingredients:

1 large sized or 2 small sized banana (I used Lakatan)

1 large egg

olive/sesame oil or butter

 

Instructions:

1. Mash banana/s

2. Beat the egg

3. Mix banana and egg together

4. Heat the pan and brush with oil/melted butter (Tip: Very very low fire since banana has sugar and burns easily)

5. Pour around 2-3 tablespoons of banana-egg mixture (The mixture can make around 3 small pancakes

6. Wait for it to dry up/form bubbles or for the other side to turn slightly brown.

7. Turn over to cook the other side of the pancake. (Tip: Use non stick pan and be really careful in turning it over)

8. Let it cool, slice it up, serve, and let your kids enjoy!