Quinoa Sunbutter Pancakes: FPIES Recipies

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Pancakes! Though I cannot claim that they taste or feel anything like normal pancakes, ha! They are flat and oily and taste just like their name, sunbutter and quinoa. I added the sunbutter to improve the flavor from just quinoa.  Since being on a TED, I really enjoying having something a little different. I drizzle mine with pure maple syrup or cooked blueberries and maple syrup (with Tapioca startch if I want a thick sauce).

Again, I have no measurments for you, but I will try to measure it next time I make them and will update the post.

I mix sunbutter, coconut oil and honey together (Use maple syup if for baby under 1). Then I sprinkled the quinoa flour in till it had a smooth spreadable consistancy. If it gets too thick I add water, coconut milk or even pear juice.  Lastly fry them in a pan with a small amount of coconut oil.

Coconut Melties: FPIES Recipies

We recently introduced Miss A to coconut hoping it would be a great source of fats for her. She loves it! It also opens up a multitude of possibilities as there is coconut oil, shredded coconut, coconut flour, coconut milk, and coconut butter or manna. One of our challenges though is she refused puree. She wants to feed herself. But she only recently popped her first 2 teeth. So she has limited foods, that have to be in small soft chunks. Time to get creative. Enter the Coconut Meltie. IMG_7038

I’m afraid this isnt excatly a “recipe” as I never measure anything. But you can’t mess it up!

I took her safe foods, blended together and froze them in small plops. This way she can pick them up and feed herself, yet they melt fast into smooth soft puree.

I used pepared quinoa flakes, pears and coconut butter. Blend them together so they are a soft thick puree. Then make little plops into a freezer safe container.

Enjoy they melty goodness.

 

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Strawberry Ham

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Today we found strawberries on a great sale, so we loaded up on them and spent the afternoon washing, slicing, blending and filling up the dehydrator.

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A few years ago when Ms. S was about 2, she loved eating our homemade strawberry fruit leather, but called it strawberry ham. I guess she thought it looked like deli meat. It has been one of those cute things that your kid says and just sticks. So today we blended up some strawberry rhubarb fruit leather, sprinkled with some chia seeds for extra nutrients and some texture. We also sliced up many strawberries to dehydrate for adding into oatmeal or trail mix.

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The sale was great timing as we are starting to prepare for our big adventure for the summer. We have booked our spots at a back country campground, and will be backpacking with our girls for a 2 night trip. 7km in, a rest day, and 7 km out.  It is a beautiful place and a gorgeous trail, accessible enough to push the chariot loaded with pink clothes, fluffy sleeping bags and yummy strawberry ham. Sound a little crazy? Maybe. But these crazy adventures give me a burst of energy and sense of life and wonder. They help me to refocus on my great life purpose, as we step outside our regular routine, standard views, and mundane tasks.

We have done this trail before, when Ms. S was 2 and Ms. B was 11 months old. It was epic. It was an unusually warm fall, and we hiked it in October. It was stunning. The crisp air, blue water, and stunning night sky. Ms. B hardly slept that night. On the plus side, we didn’t need to worry about wildlife as I’m sure her crying kept everything far far away. But that was how she was as a baby and we thought, “We could stay up all night at home with a crying baby, or have a grand adventure with a crying baby.” But the lack of sleep and crying baby isn’t what I really remember about that trip, it was the quiet waters, the mist on the mountains, the crisp air, the stars, and watching Ms. S explore in the wild.  Since we’ve been married, Ben and I have had many adventures in which we have coined the phrase, “You don’t have to be having fun to have fun.”  Now I really sound crazy.  But it helps me to remember that things can’t and won’t go perfectly. And that the things that are hard, are often the most memorable, and reap the greatest rewards.

 

So here we go again. I’m excited to return and to share natures beauty with our girls. I better bring lots of strawberry ham.

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