Food & Drink

Please enjoy the following recipes for babies and parents and access feeding and shopping tips.

For Parents

DB’s Lots O’ Meat Red Sauce

The sauce I am providing here was originally inspired from my first crack at making a “lasagna to remember.”   It was the base sauce for the lasagna.  Since then, I have been tweeking it a little, here and there, each time I make it; I’m sure I’ll keep tweeking it until I get it “just right.”  That said, this sauce is hearty, delicious and versatile.  It can be used as the base sauce for lasagna, baked on rigatoni or penne, and/or simply used as a topping sauce on your favorite pasta.  Enjoy!

Ingredient

Amount

Ground Chuck

1

lb.
Ground Italian Sausage

1

lb.
Pancetta, diced

4

oz.
Onions, diced

1

of each
Cloves Garlic, Minced

4-6

of each
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

1

Tablespoon
Oregano, Ground

2

Teaspoon
Basil, Ground

2

Teaspoon
Salt

1/4

Teaspoon
Pepper

1/4

Teaspoon
Cremini Mushrooms, Stems Removed, Caps Sliced

8

oz.
Diced Tomatoes with Garlic & Italian Spices (organic)

1

14.5 oz. cans
Tomato Sauce (organic)

2

15 oz. cans
Tomato Paste (organic)

1

6 oz. cans
Recipe serves

4-6

 

Instructions

  1. In a large saute pan, add 1 TBSP EVOO and heat to medium.
  2. Add onion and 4-6 cloves of garlic, cook until onions are translucent, set aside and reserve.
  3. In same pan, add Pancetta and cook until browned.  Add onion/garlic mixture to Pancetta and cook for 2-3 minutes more.  Set aside onion/Pancetta mixture into large sauce pan.
  4. In same saute pan, add Italian Sausage and cook over medium heat until meat is browned and crumbled, remove meat with slotted spoon and add to onion/Pancetta mixture.
  5. In same saute pan with rendered fat from Italian Sausage, add Ground Chuck, cook over medium heat until meat is browned & crumbled, remove meat with slotted spoon and add to onion/Pancetta/Italian Sausage mixture in large sauce pan.
  6. In same saute pan, toss in the mushrooms & season them with salt.
  7. Cook the mushrooms until they are soft and wilted and dark brown, 4-5 minutes.  Remove from pan & add to onion/meat mixture in large sauce pan.
  8. Add oregano, basil, salt & pepper to large sauce pan.
  9. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste to large sauce pan. Stir all ingredients together.
  10. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 60 minutes.

 

DB’s Green Smoothie

My beautiful bride and I kick start each day with this Green Smoothie.  Hopefully you will give it a try.  I recommend that you experiment with the amounts of each ingredient to achieve a blend that you can live with, or hopefully enjoy.  Let me know what you think and if you’ve made any improvements.  Also, if you have any other recipes for similar smoothies, I’d love to hear about, and try them.  Enjoy!

Ingredient

Amount

Coconut Water (no pulp)

16

oz.
Kale, chopped

1

handful
Spinach, Baby

1

handful
Pineapple, chopped

1-2

cups to taste
Mango, chopped

1-2

cups to taste
Banana

1

each
Frozen fruit of choice (e.g., Pineapple, Mango, or Banana

1

cup
Recipe serves

2

14-18 oz. Servings

 

Instructions

  1. In a Vitamix Blender, add 16 oz. of Coconut Water.
  2. Add Supplement(s) of choice.
  3. Add Kale.
  4. Add Banana
  5. Add Frozen Fruit of choice.
  6. Add Mango.
  7. Add Spinach.
  8. Add Pineapple.
  9. Blend.  If too thick, just add Coconut Water until desired texture.
  10. Pour into pint glasses.

 

Note 1: A Vitamix blender (or something with similar power to pulverize) is essential to truly blend this mixture to achieve a smooth consistency and optimize your body’s ability to utilize all the nutrients.

Note 2: You can also add supplement(s) of choice.  We add buffered Vitamin C powder and at times Acai Powder, Chia Seeds, or Flax Seeds for variety.  Please note that supplements (especially Acai Powder) will modify flavor, so you need to just play around with the right mix of ingredients to get your desired result.

Note 3: The more fruit you use compared to greens will probably make this smoothie easier to “enjoy,” especially as you still have your green smoothie “training wheels” on.  If you are someone who can already enjoy greens, this is probably not necessary.  In order to maximize health benefits, ideally you would be able to “enjoy” this smoothie where the ratio of greens is greater than the fruit.

 

For Babies

Coming soon…food and drink recipes for babies. It will include tips on getting started and recipes for foods at every stage (e.g., 4-6 months, 7-8 months, 9-11 months, 12-18 months).

 

Feeding and Shopping Tips

Coming soon…ideas for creating a weekly menu, establishing feeding schedules and developing strategies for healthy and efficient grocery shopping.