Friday, May 27, 2016

Apple, Strawberry, Banana Baby Food Waffles #CookingwithGerber

This is a sponsored conversation, however, the chit chat, opinions, and recipes are all my own!

Moms, baby cereal is a part of life during the early years of a child's life. We have all mixed it with fruit, spooned it into mouths and cleaned it out of hair! But, did you know that even after your child is past the baby cereal stage, there is a good reason to keep it in the pantry! Gerber brand cereal also makes for an awesome baking substitution and there are so many ways to use it to add a little something special to your recipes!

There are 4 varieties of Gerber baby Cereal available at Wal-Mart stores; Oatmeal Cereal, Oatmeal & Banana Cereal, Lil' Bits Strawberry and Banana and MultiGrain. which are great for different stages of feeding baby and introducing textures. 

I have been around the block of picky eating a few times now, my daughter will eat anything and everything, my son, however, is incredibly picky. His famous line is "That makes me weird..." when he is offered almost any kind of food. He will eat waffles, pancakes, chicken and potatoes... you can imagine how I worry about his nutritional needs! At the age of 6 he is growing and developing. He is active and plays sports, the mom in me needs to know he is getting some essential nutrients in his selective eating phase.

Last week I whipped up a fantastic and easy recipe with Gerber Oatmeal and Banana Baby Cereal and Gerber baby food {apple strawberry banana stage 2}. This was so easy to make and my son had NO CLUE I slipped some added goodness into one of his favorite foods.

If you are looking for a healthy recipe with added nutrients that is an awesome and hearty breakfast in its own, you are going to love my recipe for Apple, Strawberry, Banana Baby Food Waffles!

2 cups of all-purpose baking mix
1 cup of Gerber Oatmeal and Banana Baby Cereal
1 container of Gerber Apple strawberry Banana 2nd foods
2 1/2 to 2 2/3 cup of milk
1 banana sliced finely
1 egg

Add baking mix, Gerber baby cereal, egg and banana together, lightly stir to smash the banana.
Add the apple, strawberry, banana baby food to the mixture, stir lightly
Begin to gradually combine the milk and the waffle mix. When you reach the desired consistency, stir the batter well to smash up any larger chunks of banana.
Add to your waffle iron and cook until done.
Serve warm with syrup or sliced fruit.

My son really loved these fruity waffles. The fruit flavor was not overpowering which is awesome for parents of picky eaters! If your child likes fruit, you could reduce the milk by 6 ounces and add an additional container of baby fruit food.

How do you use Gerber Baby Food? Have you ever added it to a recipe? I would love to hear about your experiences with Gerber Cereal.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Throw Together Chili Recipe with Farmer's Pantry Cornbread Crisps

Throw Together Chili with Farmer's Pantry Cornbread Crisps

It is May.... my furnace is still kicking on in the mornings and again throughout the evening! One day last week I felt that a pot of chili was in order, but I was ill prepared to make it. I had very limited ingredients. I didn't let that stop me and I made a quick pot of Throw Together Chili. This was an economical and delicious dinner- and it was easy! Best of all, this made 2 dinners!

My Throw Together Chili cost $8.30 for 2 dinners and took really only a few minutes of effort.

I used about 1/2 pound of lean ground beef; this cost $2.25
4 cans of tomato soup $3.36 {4 cans at .79}
I had about 1/2 an onion in the freezer- I always freeze the veggies I can't use immediately for dishes like this. {FREE}
I used about 1 1/2 tablespoons of chili powder {all I had... ill prepared as I mentioned} and 1 teaspoon of ground red pepper { a few cents... not worth calculating!}
I offered cheese to top the chili with 4 ounces was about .89
Instead of crackers we used Farmers Pantry Jalapeno Cornbread Crisps $2 for a 2-ounce bag

total of $8.30
cost per meal $4.15 {4 servings}

I served cantaloupe on the side with the Throw Together Chili with both meals. Cantaloupe was on sale for $1.29 a melon- which added about 65 cents  to the total of each meal.  You can't beat a meal for a family of 4 that tastes amazing for under $5!!

Before we get to the recipe for Throw Together Chili let me tell you a little more about Farmer's Pantry Cornbread Crisps.

Farmer’s Pantry Cornbread Crisps, available in Original and Jalapeno flavors, are a crispy, savory snack that tastes as mouth-wateringly delicious as the first bite of a slice of corn bread or corn muffin. Made from fresh corn and other whole grains grown on American farms, these crisps are sure to appeal to discriminating snackers across the country.

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Throw Together Chili
A quick chili made with simple ingredients.

  • 4 cans Condensed Tomato Soup
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 bag Farmer's Pantry Cornbread Crisps

Cook lean ground beef until browned and cooked thoroughly.Drain any fat.Break beef into small pieces.Place beef into a soup pot.Add onion and sautee.Add 4 cans of tomato soup to the beef and onion mix.Add 2 1/2 cups of water to the soupAdd the chili powder and ground red pepper.Stir well.Heat on medium heat for about 20 minutes, stirring regularly.Serve topped with shredded cheese and Farmer's Pantry Cornbread Crisps.

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8 servings

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