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Foodbuzz 24x24x24: A Fall Feast for All Ages

October 4, 2010

Parties, Recipes

For Foodbuzz’s October 24×24 event Frigidaire asked families to ‘set a place’ at the virtual kids’ table to support Save the Children’s efforts to ensure that kids have access to healthy foods this holiday season and all year long.To recognize Frigidaire’s charitable partnership with Save the Children, this month’s 24×24 featured kids’ meals or parties. Check out Make Time For Change to find more information!

I was thrilled when my proposal to have a dinner party to celebrate Anna’s first bites of real food, was accepted! I wanted to document the event where she graduated from her mother’s milk diet to the good life of real food! Homemade, organic, pureed fruits and vegetables, to be exact! Can you think of a better reason to have a dinner party?
The guests at the party were my parents, Brady, my brother Kevin, my cousin Cindy, her husband Tom and their 15 month old Addie! I was so excited that we were going to be in Cleveland for the weekend of the event so Cindy and my mom could help me learn this new way of cooking and share in the special event. I was also excited to show how one meal could be made and modified for a 6 month old baby, a 15 month old toddler and 7 adults!
The Preparation

I had been reading some books on starting babies with solid foods and I particularly like the ideas behind this book.
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It focuses on getting your child to eat real foods and healthy green veggies at that! It also gives great information on how to get your child to like veggies and think of them as a part of every meal. I highly recommend reading it if your are pregnant or have a baby – it is full of great information!   
I also did some research in some of my other baby cookbooks and talked to my friends with little kids who had recently reached this milestone with their children.

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Then I gathered the necessary baby food making tools.

  • KidCo baby food mill or a mini food processor
  • organic veggies
  • some of Anna’s milk {my milk} to thin out the food. It is important to use the milk or formula your baby is used to when making their first baby food. It is the taste they are used to and their body is comfortable with, so it should make trying new foods easier.

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For the apples, my family ventured to our local apple orchard to get local apples! We had fun putting Anna in the pumpkin patch and chowing down on fresh kettle corn while we were there.

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The Cooking

There are a few basic cooking methods for making baby food. Baking and steaming are great methods because they allow the food to keep most of the nutrients during the cooking process. They are also easy and convenient.

Baby Applesauce:

  • 5 apples
  • 1/2 c. water

  1. Peel the apples
  2. Cut the apples into little pieces, discarding the core.
  3. Simmer with water on medium low, stirring frequently
  4. Cook until apples are soft and break apart
  5. For babies who are newer to solids, puree in the food processor or baby food mill

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While the food cooked, the girls got a lesson on football…

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Organic sweet potatoes and butternut squash baking

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When the sweet potatoes and squash were baked, I scooped them out of the skin.

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And put them through the food mill to make sure there were no rough or big pieces.

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Then added a little milk, and stirred them up!

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Baby Pureed squash and sweet potatoes

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 butternut squash (or part of)
  • baby’s milk ( a splash)
  1. Bake sweet potatoes and squash at 400 until very soft
  2. Scoop out flesh of veggies
  3. Smash the baked potato and squash with a fork
  4. Puree or process until all chunks are removed
  5. Stir in baby’s milk to make smoother

Organic green beans steaming

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Baby Green Beans

  • organic green beans
  1. Steam green beans until very soft
  2. Puree or process soft green beans until smooth (they are much more chunky than the potato/squash mash)

While we were making baby food, I also made dinner for us! We had the same meal as the girls, in “grown up” form!

Roasting the butternut squash with sweet potatoes.

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The Meal

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Addie’s Plate

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Maple Mustard Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Butternut Squash

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Whole Wheat (oil free) Pumpkin Bread

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Grilled Chicken

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Green Beans with almonds

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Tossed Salad

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Brown Rice and Lentil Combo

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Cottage Cheese

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Pinot Noir

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Addie’s Plate

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Addie was able to eat a little of everything except the almonds on the green beans. Her food was cut into little pieces that she could pick up with her fingers and with her spoon.

Anna’s meal – pureed brown rice, green beans and sweet potato/squash

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Not sure what to think of things. She sat at the table in her hook on chair.

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She was hungry, so it was perfect timing!

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Her first bites…

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hmm….

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She liked it!

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Not a fan of the rice…

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That was exhausting…

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Addie is a professional eater. She loved her dinner. 🙂

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She even “showed Anna how to use a spoon”!

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Our meal was a fall feast for everyone!

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Dessert was apple crisp and applesauce. Can you guess who had which treat?!

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Recipes

Maple Mustard Sweet Potatoes and Butternut Squash

  • 5 sweet potatoes, diced
  • 1 large butternut squash, diced
  • cooking spray
  • 1 T. EVOO
  • 2 T. dijon mustard
  • 1 T. maple syrup
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 T. apple cider vinegar
  1. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and cover with diced veggies
  2. Roast diced veggies in the oven at 425 for about 40 minutes. until soft. Check and move veggies around throughout cooking.
  3. Make dressing by combining EVOO, mustard, maple syrup, salt and pepper and vinegar.
  4. When veggies are done, drizzle dressing on top
  5. Serve warm

Homemade Local Apple Crisp

  • 6 large apples, peeled and cut into pieces
  • cooking spray
  • 1/4 c. white sugar or stevia baking mix
  • 1.5 t. + 1.5 t. cinnamon
  • 2/3 c. oats
  • 2/3 c. multigrain baking mix
  • 1/3 c. brown sugar
  • 1/3 c. coconut oil
  1. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a bowl, combine apples, sugar of choice, 11/2 tsp. cinnamon. Stir to coat
  3. Place apples in the 9×13.
  4. Make topping: combine 1.5 t. cinnamon, oats, baking mix, brown sugar and oil.
  5. Stir topping until crumbly.
  6. Cover apples with crumb topping.
  7. Bake at 325 for 30-40 minutes [until golden brown and bubbly].
  8. Serve!

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread

  • 2 cups sugar of your choice
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce (instead of oil)
  • 4 eggs, lightly bean
  • 16 ounces canned unsweetened pumpkin
  • 3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup water

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray two bread pans with cooking spray.
  3. Stir together sugar and applesauce.
  4. Stir in eggs and pumpkin.
  5. Combine dry ingredients in separate bowl.
  6. Blend dry ingredients and water into wet mixture, alternating.
  7. Divide batter between two bread pans.
  8. Bake for about 40 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.
  9. Let stand 10 minutes.
  10. Remove from pans and enjoy!

Green Beans and Almonds

all measurements are approximate and according to your tastes

  • 1 lb. fresh, rinsed, snipped green beans
  • sliced, toasted almonds
  • Good Seasonings Italian dressing (the dry packet), made as directed
  1. Blanch green beans – cook them in boiling water for a few minutes – make sure they are firm
  2. Drizzle with dressing
  3. Sprinkle with almonds
  4. Enjoy!
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9 Responses to “Foodbuzz 24x24x24: A Fall Feast for All Ages”

  1. Heather Says:

    Wow, this is so great! You will be so happy that you documented this important day in Anna’s life. 🙂

  2. CaSaundra Says:

    What a fabulous recap of your dinner party! You are so creative to
    come up with a meal that caters to various age groups. I think Anna
    already likes that fact that you are a foodie! 🙂

  3. kristin Says:

    1. this is amazing
    2. you are the worlds best mom

  4. Angela Says:

    I just adore Anna’s expressive eyebrows. How cute!!

  5. Casey Angelova Says:

    What a post! I love that no one got left out! Everything looked fabulous!

  6. Ashley Says:

    What an awesome spread…love the kid friendly approach too! So cool! Pattersons!!! We almost went there but it was sooo rainy my whole trip home, that we decided not to go. So do you live around there?

  7. Kylie @ A Hungry Spoon Says:

    Love it, Ali! What a wonderful feast. The sweet potatoes and squash would definitely be my favorite–I can’t get enough of it right now!

  8. Kristin Says:

    I can’t wait to make the whole wheat pumpkin bread – sounds yummy! I may have to add chocolate chips to mine as well…

  9. natalie (the sweets life) Says:

    love this! it’s definitely one of the more creative Foodbuzz meals I’ve seen and Anna’s reactions are so cute!

    can’t wait to try making that pumpkin bread!

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