Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Jackson's and Zeytin's (my dog) Favorite Soup

I am very glad that Jackson actually likes healthy stuff unlike his momma. I have a tendency to eat junk food sometimes but, everyday I have less and less craving for them. I weight around 120 lbs., but trust me, I can finish a whole bag of chips or eat 4 slices of bread for breakfast in one sitting. Now of course I'm trying my best to feed him healthy, but it also helps me to eat healthy too. Jackson is completely changing my diet. My little miracle doesn't know how much Mommy appreciates him. So, to make this very simple soup you are going to need:
1 big size sweet potato, cut into cubes
1 big or 2 medium-sized carrots, roughly chopped
5 spears of asparagus
1 skinless, boneless chicken breast or thigh (you can make it w/o it too) chopped into cubes as well
2 cups of water
Into a mid-size pot, place the chicken and add water. Boil it until the chicken is half way cooked. Next add the potatoes and carrots, let it cook for another 5 minutes and then add the asparagus. Cook for another 5 minutes. With a knife pierce a potato and see if they are all cooked all the way through. Then with my favorite kitchen tool, I use a hand blender (sometimes I think of getting an immersion blender, like I need it in this small kitchen hahaha) and blend it all up. Stir the soup to see if everything is well blended and smooth. Turn the heat off and serve it when it gets a little bit cooler. Also a little something extra you can do. I add an avocado and smash it in after everything is cooked to balance out the sweetness of sweet potato and the carrots, plus it becomes creamier. Avocado is the best fruit for good fatty acids and rich in Potassium, Vitamin B6,C, E, K, Fiber and Folic Acid. I'm pretty sure that everyone in the household including your dog will love it :-). When I make it in big batches I put them into the BPA free breast milk bags and freeze them for later use. Whenever you don't have time to cook up something for your baby or even going to Grandma's house, it helps so much.
Enjoy!!! :-)

Friday, December 13, 2013

Who knew a lemon could do so much. I always make sure to zest the lemon before I squeeze and throw it away ;)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Red Lentil Soup

Baby Version: 
1 cup of red lentils, rinsed and drained
1 cup of yellow onions, rough chopped
1 cup of carrots, rough chopped
1 stalk of celery, rough chopped
1 medium-size any kind of potato, rough chopped
3 cups of chicken broth or water (if you are not using your own chicken broth, I suggest low-sodium organic for babies)
Adult Version:
2 tablespoon of olive oil or butter if you like
1 teaspoon of salt, pepper and cumin
1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
In a medium-size pot, add red lentils, onions, potatoes, carrots, celery and chicken broth or water and cook until all the veggies are soft. With a hand blender mix it thoroughly. If it's too thick you can add more chicken broth or water.
Now, this version above is made for Jackson, but for older kids or adults: add in salt, pepper and cumin. In a small pan pour 2 tbsp. of olive oil and heat it up until a pepper flake sizzles. Turn the heat off and add up the red pepper flakes. After you pour the soup into the bowl, drizzle a little oil-pepper mixture on top. Serve with a wedge of lemon.
We all grew up with this soup in Turkey, this is one of my favorites. It was a very cold day today in San Francisco and while I was walking my dog, suddenly I was inspired by a cold wind slapping me in the face. I came home right away and made this soup.
Enjoy :)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

I think this kind of information is important when you are cooking too.