Choco Mousse

Who doesn’t love chocolate? I know I do and as Simona grows older I want her to experience its goodness. Needless to say, I wasn’t about to give chocolate or sugar to a 1 year old, so I had to come up with an alternative. Chocolate has high levels of sugar, palm oil and usually…

Simona’s 1st birthday smash cake

Congratulations! You survived your child’s first year! It has been a crazy whirlwind of ups and downs, tears and smiles, doubt and confidence. You now feel as if no one else knows your child better than you do – until he or she enters a new phase that leaves you totally clueless. Do not despair…

Veggie tots

This recipe is a great option when you’re short on time (or hands), especially if you have prepped veggies ready to go. I had cauliflower, carrots and broccoli chopped and frozen, so all I had to do was thaw and drain them very well. In addition, you can make tots out of most vegetables –…

Chicken and peas stew

What I love about this recipe is that it makes a lot of stew, which can be divided into portions to freeze. I cook this during weekend nap time or in the evening after Simona is asleep. Ingredients: 2 cups chopped organic, free range chicken breast or thigh – chopped in small pieces (depending on…

Toddler getaway at 12 months

Traveling with a baby can be stressful enough – is the baby going to freak out because she missed nap time? Will there be a lot of crying on the plane? What if the flight is delayed? How am I going to stop her from licking everything in her sight? Whoa! Why did I ever…

Lentil soup

Soups and stews are an important part of our family’s diet, so it was only natural that I look for recipes and ideas I can incorporate into Simona’s diet. I want to make sure she gets wholesome meals with variety of ingredients. The added numerous benefits of this legume make it an easy choice for…

Breakfast for champions

Breakfast is becoming a bit more challenging after passing the 12 months mark. On one hand, Simona’s appetite is growing quicker so we have a shorter window to react and prepare food. At the same time, she is demanding chunkier/harder consistencies in her food, so purees and cereals no longer make the cut. The below…

Veggie puree

The meals I prepared for Simona during the 7-9 month mark were some of the easiest and fastest foods to date. I enjoyed basically throwing whatever veggies I had in the fridge into a saucepan and boil them up. As she was still quite physically demanding on me (read this as, she had to be…