Pumpkin season

October is one of my favorite months. I love the cooler weather, the colors and comfort food! Of course, I can’t miss adding that it is also pumpkin season. For me, pumpkins are very versatile fruits (yes, it turns out that pumpkins are fruits!). This time last year, we were pureeing pumpkins and making them…

Overnight oats

These days, mornings can become pretty hectic. Depending on how much Simona has eaten for dinner the night before, I may or may not have 5 minutes to get something ready for breakfast. I love the idea of overnight old-fashioned – the oats dissolve so well in the yogurt and become soft and chewey. Perfect…

Savory Sunday Muffins

I love Sundays, especially when the baby decides to be happy, even though she woke us up at the crack of dawn. This morning, Simona was especially cheerful and cooperative and gave me a moment to make breakfast. Below you can find a recipe for savory muffins with a little twist – yogurt instead of…

Sizzling steak stir-fry

We continue our quest for new flavors with this ridiculously easy and incredibly tasty recipe, adapted from Jamie Oliver’s world recipe category group. I’ve taken out the ingredients I didn’t put in but it still tasted amazing. Since Simona is still challenged on the number of teeth, I had to chew the meat for her….

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…

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…

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…

Baked zucchini

I love how easy it is to steam or bake zucchini. This versatile vegetable offers plenty of opportunities to create tasty and creative meals that are sure to be a crowd-pleaser. One our favorite family friendly recipes is a zucchini-bake and so it made sense to offer this to Simona. What’s good about it is…