Recipe: Palak (Spinach) & Kale Paneer

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Here is my rendition of palak paneer, a North Indian favorite in our household. In true Masala Mommy form, it’s a quick, healthy recipe that only takes 15 minutes and tastes good too. This makes about 6 servings.

Confession: I am one of those people that can’t follow directions well  (I just march to my own drumbeat, okay?) and as such, I do not measure things very well in the kitchen. I like to wing it. I play some good music, smell the different masalas as I cook (yes, I really do that) and just go with the flow. Therefore, I tried my very best to break it down into a recipe format for you. I love when readers ask me for recipes!

Gravy:

6 cups spinach

2 cups kale

½ yellow onion

½ inch ginger

1 cup sour cream (fat-free for adults)

½ cup plain greek yogurt (optional for added protein)

1 tsp. garam masala

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp. turmeric powder

2 tbsp. tikka masala powder (or less depending on brand)

1 tsp. mango powder

Dash of Cinnamon

1 tsp. sugar

Salt to taste

Paneer:

2 tbs. cooking oil (Olive Oil preferred)

1 medium block of paneer cut in cubes (Tofu substitute optional)

1 tsp. turmeric

1 tsp. mango powder

Pinch of salt

Additional items:

2 cups spinach

1 large diced tomato

2 tbs. butter (or butter alternative like Smart Balance) Continue reading “Recipe: Palak (Spinach) & Kale Paneer”

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Baby Food Recipe: Avocado with an Indian Flare

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Indian food is known for the spice…the masala. One thing that Indian food will never be accused of is being bland.

I wanted to give my 10 month old some typical first foods on an Indian menu. I tried blended forms of Khichdi (a pilaf made of lentils, rice and veggies) and Daal (lentils), but he was not a fan of the grainy texture produced by lentils.

Certain spices like turmeric offer lots of health benefits: strengthening the immune system, allowing better digestion and providing antioxidants are just a few. So I wanted to find a way to begin introducing these into his diet in a way he would enjoy.

Here is my latest creation approved by my toughest critic:

Avocado + Jeera (Cumin) and Haldi (Turmeric)

1/2 Avocado

A dash of Cumin Powder

A dash of Turmeric

Blend all of these ingredients with a little bit of room temperature water. If you want a thicker consistency, you may sprinkle a little bit of baby cereal- I use oatmeal. This is best served warm.

Avocado is one of my baby’s favorites, so all I did was slightly change up the flavor to something he already enjoys. I plan on trying the same with sweet potatoes and peas + brown rice next.

The best way to begin introducing new spices like cumin, turmeric, cinnamon and nutmeg is to add them to foods your baby already enjoys. Start out with a tiny amount and gradually increase the amount of spices. Treat new spices like new foods: allow 4 days before introducing a new item in order to identify any food allergies.

If you try out this recipe, please let us know how your munchkin liked it. I’d love to hear from you! Happy eating from my baby’s highchair to yours!

 

I am a mom of two and enjoy sharing my experiences of motherhood with my readers. This includes a few triumphs in the kitchen. The recipes provided on this website, although are researched and backed with personal experience, are presented for inspiration and ideas only. ALWAYS consult a medical professional before introducing new foods to your baby.

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Baby Food Recipe: Banana Hemp Oatmeal

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My little guy is 9 months old so he’s been eating blended baby food for a few months now.

When I’m in a hurry or on the go, jarred baby food works just fine too. However, I enjoy making a variety of baby foods at home as much as possible. It’s satisfying to know that I prepared his meal with love and I know exactly what is in it. I can introduce him to more flavors, and being vegetarian, I try to provide a variety which can be limited if relying on only store-bought.

I’ve been trying to get more protein and fat into his diet, now that he’s eating more solids throughout the day.  I recently started adding hemp into some of his food. I use Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts (Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds). I usually get the organic version, however, sometimes my local grocery store only has the non-organic, and so I use that as well.

Hemp hearts are packed with plant-based protein. 3 tablespoons equate to 10g of protein and 10g of omega fatty acids (“good” fats). I only use about one tablespoon worth in the baby food, but it’s enough to pack in a little extra protein and fat in his food.

Here is my latest recipe that my guy enjoys…most of the time anyway.

Banana Hemp Oatmeal

½ Banana

2 tbs. baby oatmeal of choice

1-2 oz breast milk (or formula)

1 tb. Hemp Hearts

A dash of cinnamon

Blend up the banana and hemp. Add a little bit of warm water to help get a smooth consistency. If you’re using formula, you may choose to add that in as well. Make sure the hemp is blended up real well, which is important to make it easy to eat. If it’s the first time for your babe, you may choose to sprinkle a little less.

Add the breast milk once the puree is complete. Breast milk should not be blended in order to avoid diminishing its natural properties that are so good for our little nuggets. You may add 1 or 2 oz. of milk, depending on the consistency desired. Add a dash of cinnamon.

Masala Mommy Tip- I usually warm up baby food using my bottle warmer via the steam. I pour the contents into a small glass bowl (I don’t use plastic) and place it on top of the warmer. That bottle warmer has so many uses. Facial anyone?

Happy Eating. I’d love to hear if you try out the recipe and if your babe enjoyed it! Leave a comment.

 I am a mom of two and enjoy sharing my experiences of motherhood with my readers. This includes a few triumphs in the kitchen. The recipes provided on this website, although are researched and backed with personal experience, are presented for inspiration and ideas only. ALWAYS consult a medical professional before introducing new foods to your baby.

 

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