Friday, January 25, 2013

Personal BBQ Pizzas, A Non dairy version too!

This recipe is inspired by one I found in Parents magazine, which if you follow my posts much you will see I gain inspiration from often!

I am constantly on the prowl for things I can make a dairy free (or low dairy) for my sweet Little Asher. What I love about this dish is its personal pizzas...easy to make a dairy free one for him and dairy filled for my Little Joy! Aside from dough rolling, this was an easy and delicious and healthy lil dinner. I generally do not like BBQ pizzas but this even I enjoyed! It's in the make once a month list!

Ingredients:

  • whole wheat pizza dough (I used my bread machine and made 8-4 inch pizzas, you could buy prepared dough; my homemade dough was dairy free)
  • 5 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 1 medium carrot finely shredded (I used a zester)
  • 1 chicken breast cooked and chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • Monzerella cheese/veggie cheese
  • olive oil


Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Roll dough into 4 inch personal pizzas and place on a greased cookie sheet.
  3. Using a fork, poke holes in the crust and brush with olive oil.
  4. Bake at 425 degrees for 8 minutes (I baked my extra personal pizza crusts and then froze them for a quick pizza another day).
  5. Meanwhile, place sauce and carrots in a small sautée pan and summer for 5 minutes (you could probably skip this step but I wanted my carrots soft)
  6. After the crust is done baking, top it with sauce, chicken peppers (I steamed mine with a little water for 2 minutes to soften to make them a little easier for the kids to eat) and cheese of choice.
  7. Return to oven for an additional 8 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  8. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  9. ENJOY!


Yield: Depends on the amount of dough you use. I made 8 pizza crusts from one batch of dough in my bread machine.

Timing: Pizza can be tough, so depending on teeth I would say 12 to 15 months. If your little one is good with his molars then this pizza is fine!

Difficulty: 3 out of 5
It really was easy minus the homemade dough part.

Epicutie Rating:
Little Joy: Yummy in the Tummy...she gobbled up a little over half a pizza (in addition to steamed carrots and fruit)
Little Asher: Yummy in the Tummy...he ate 3/4 of a pizza!!! Yummmm!

This is going in the short list!


Precooked crusts....presentation is not my strong suit, I aim for TASTE!

Step 5: Simmer sauce

Toppings

Dairy free pizza ready to go!

Dairy filled pizzas ready to go!

Yum!

Little Asher's cheese melts a bit different :)

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

This recipe was inspired by the greatest chef I know, my mother. It's simple yet scrumptious. Soup soothes the soul on a cold day, we love soup! Soups can be difficult for young children not only because of the broth but because of all the varying textures. However, I am happy to report both my epicuties loved this simple soup, even the texture adverse Little Asher!
Ingredients:
-4 medium carrots, finely diced
-4 celery stalks, finely diced
-1/2 to 1 medium sweet onion, finely diced
-2-4 tablespoons olive oil (could use butter instead or half butter, half olive oil)
-1/4 cup flour
-10 1/2 cups chicken stock (more or less depending how much broth you want; I used Knoors chicken stock concentrate and loved it)
-Store cooked Rotisserie chicken, per cooked (this was left over from dinner a few nights before)
-Wheat egg noodles (amount depends on how many noodles you like)
-Salt and Pepper to taste
-Frozen peas (amount it to your liking)
Steps:
1) Heat oil in large stock pot and add onions, carrots and celery. Sautée until all veggies are soft.
2) Add flour and cook for two more minutes.
3) Gradually add chicken stock until boiling.
4) Add coarsely chopped chicken and uncooked noodles, bring to a simmer. Continue to simmer until noodles are cooked to al dente
5) Add salt and pepper to taste.
6) Add frozen peas and cook for 3-5 more minutes.
Serve: We used kitchen scissors to coarsely chop the soup and removed the majority of the broth for Little Asher. We cut the noodles up slightly for little joy but gave her broth!
Yield: oh way too much. Like 10!!!!
Timing: 9 months. Everything was super set and easy to gum with very few teeth, especially if you coarsely chop it.
Difficulty: 3 out of 5; I only give it what high of a rating because the chopping can be time consuming. Minus the chopping this is a one. Tip: chop the day before or earlier in the day when kiddos are sleeping.
Epicutie Rating:
Little Joy: Yummy in the Tummy
; "mmmm mommy thanks for dinner, I love it" followed by her cheese ball smile.
Little Asher: Yummy in the Tummy; He polished off two bowls, which totally surprised us!!!
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Little Joy at 2 years, Sept 2012

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Little Asher at 11 months, Sept 2012

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Little Elizabeth, July 2013
  • Yummy in the Tummy: Epicutie thoroughly enjoyed each bite
  • Somewhat yummy: Epicutie seemed to somewhat enjoy the food at first, but seemed to like it less with subsequent bites
  • Not so sure I like it...yet: Epicutie somewhat rejected the first bites, but seemed intrigued. The next exposure may be better!
  • Confused: Epicutie rejected the first bites, perhaps due to texture or strong flavor.
  • Sour Puss: Epicutie gave a sour face indicating she did not like the food. However--if at first you do not succeed, try, try again!

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