Week 3: Finger Foods

I wish I had some better pictures, but alas - sometimes cooking is all I can manage. Cooking and taking cute how-to photos? Not so much. But what I can tell you is a few things that have worked for Lois just recently.... 

Chicken Dumplings with Major Brothy Benefits - 

Before anyone has the chance to tell me, "duh," I am going to go ahead and clear the air by saying there is nothing complicated about this little secret. However, because I figured it out on my own and it has provided dozens of delicious lunches and snacks, I thus claim is genius. 

As you know, every good Chicken and Dumplings begins with a rotisserie chicken, frozen dumplings, and organic chicken broth from a carton. If you didn't know that, you're working too hard. The first step is always: 

Bring your broth to a boil. TaDaaaaaa! 

Here is where the mommy skills come in, and what I tell you can be applied thusly to any soup you make henceforth. Once your broth begins to boil, dont waste it! The day I made these Dumplings it was cold and rainy and I knew when I went to grab the "essential three" from the store that soup must be made. While on the freezer aisle for my dumplings, I also picked up one bag each of crinkly cut carrots, peas, lima beans, and assorted veggies including brocolli and cauliflower. 

  1. Now, before you proceed with spicing your broth and adding your dumplings cook your veggies for baby! One at the time, I poured each bag into the boiling broth. In other words, pour in your carrots and cook until soft. 
  2. Retrieve those carrots from the boiling broth with a slotted spoon, and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. 
  3. Place cookie sheet in freezer. Proceed to next veggie thus until all veggies are complete. 

ONE of the best things about doing your veggies this way is that they are saturated in the delish broth taste and can easily be thawed for a quick and healthy go to lunch, snack, or side for your little one. 

THE OTHER best thing about doing your veggies this way is that all those good veggie tastes get in your broth and so when you finish you dumplings (add seasoning, then dumplings, then chicken last) they taste wonderfully. 

PS - if your baby is eating meat, it will LOVE the dumplings too. Just don't make them too salty. Guaranteed to make that sick baby happy!

Fresh Coconut Teethers - 

I mean - I want to take pictures of this but honestly - just open a coconut and let your baby chew on large chunks of the flesh. LL loves it and its easy, not to mention full of all sorts of good fats.