Crunchy Coleslaw

OMG.  It has been soooooooo long since I have posted on my blog and I am actually pretty excited to do so.  The kids are in school and I am finding myself with some actual freedom to you know……  blink….. go to the bathroom by myself, eat a full meal in peace!!  And of course post on my blog!

This post was actually inspired when I opened my fridge today to find my Mother-in-law’s leftover Coleslaw from my son’s birthday party.  I am now enjoying it with my lunch and it is delicious.  I know she won’t mind if I share it  😉   It’s so fresh and yummy and if you’re like myself and you don’t seem to get enough cruciferous veggies into your diet this is a perfect, easy to throw together slaw to get the job done.   Just eyeball it when tossing the following ingredients into your food processor to chop up (see picture below for the consistency):

Red cabbage

Celery

Broccoli

Then add in the deliciousness….. chopped apple, chopped pecans, raisins and finish off with a simple store bought creamy poppy seed dressing (or make your own if you have the time).  Great to take to work for lunch!

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Spiced Butternut Squash & Apple Soup

Local butternut squash and a day of apple picking inspired me to combine the two in this delicious soup. (That and the fact that as soon as Fall arrives I have the urge to make soup; it’s just so warm and comforting).

There are a variety of spices you can add to this soup depending on your tastes, but for this one I chose cinnamon and nutmeg.  Mainly because I know my kids like those ones, but I also think they just compliment the squash and apples well.

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Ingredients:

1 Tbsp Butter

1/2 Medium Red Onion chopped (you can use white also)

1 Butternut Squash peeled and chopped into small cubes

4 Gala Apples peeled and chopped in similar sized pieces as squash

1/2 Tsp Sea Salt

1 Tsp Cinnamon

Pinch of Nutmeg

2 Cups low sodium chicken or vegetable stock (homemade would be awesome!)

To Make:

Heat a large saucepan over medium heat and melt the butter.  Add the chopped onion and cook stirring occasionally until it softens.  Add the chopped squash and cook until soft (about 10 minutes).  Add the apples, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and stock.  Then add water just until the mixture is covered.  Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and let simmer stirring occasionally until the squash and apples are soft (about 25-30 minutes).

Puree the mixture in a food processor blending until smooth and creamy.  At this point you can add more water a little at a time for desired consistency.

Serve in bowls topped with thin apple slices.

*Bonus – freezable! (you may have to add water again to adjust consistency after it is warmed)

Apple Apricot Puree

I LOVE this simple puree because it works for the entire family.  You can use it for baby mixed with oatmeal in the morning or mixed with other purees throughout the day.  But why I love it so much is because it is so versatile and works for my toddler and myself as well!

This puree can be added to oatmeal, spread on toast, muffins, pancakes, waffles and more.  We especially love it on french toast with a drizzle of real maple syrup!

Make up a batch and store in the fridge in a glass jar, or freeze to use later.

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Ingredients:

-4 Large apples (I use organic Gala)

-20 dried apricots

To make:

Peel apples and chop into pieces of the same size.  Add water to a pot with a steamer tray and steam the apples until soft but not mushy.

In another pot add your apricots with just enough water to cover them.  Bring to a boil and then simmer until soft.

Add the softened apples and apricots to your blender, reserving the cooking liquid.   Add roughly 3/4 cup (total) of the cooking water from either the apples or apricots or a mixture of both.  Blend until you get a nice consistency.  (You may have to stop the blender and move the fruit around and start again until it all gets blended).  You can also add more liquid if needed.

Put your puree in a glass jar and store in the fridge or you can freeze in individual containers for your baby for later.

Yum yum.