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578 recipe submissions by the Mothering community.

Guacamole Dip

  Thanks to Mothering member MrsKoehn for contributing this recipe.    Serves 4 adults or 2 adults and 4 children. Prep time is about 15 minutes.   Ingredients 2 ripe organic avocados 1-2 organic garlic cloves, minced 1 medium organic tomato, diced 2 tsp fresh lemon juice (concentrate works in a pinch) 2 tablespoons organic sour cream (plain yogurt, mayo, or whole milk may be used or to go dairy free, omit entirely) 1 tsp fresh cilantro, minced 1/4 teaspoon cumin salt and pepper to taste   Directions Mash all ingredients together with a fork or whip... read more

Starting Baby on Foods - Video

Find out how to get baby started on food straight from the table from food expert Cynthia Lair of Cookus Interruptus. Get full instructions and comments at the Cookus Interruptus website. read more

Jack-O'-Lantern Cookies

Have some sweet and spooky fun with these great natural Jack-O'-Lantern cookies for Halloween. How: Make the spelt cookie recipe (listed below) Roll out dough and cut into pumpkin shapes Bake cookies and let cool Make yam frosting recipe (listed below) Spread the yam frosting on the cookies to color your jack o' lanterns orange Use black and green icing, or use raisins, for the eyes, nose, mouth, and stem (natural food coloring ideas) Enjoy your festive Halloween cookies!   Spelt Cookie Recipe 1 cup butter1 cup honey or sugar4 egg yolks¼ cup rice, soy or... read more

Applesauce Muffins

These are so quick to make! Kids can help stir the batter, and spoon it into muffin tins. These muffins are egg- and dairy-free, and you can easily double the recipe1/4 cup oil1/2 cup molasses (for increased sweetness use half molasses and half honey)1 cup applesauce1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour1/2 tsp. baking soda1 1/2 tsp. baking powder1/2 tsp. salt1 tsp. cinnamon 1/8 tsp. cloves 1/2 cup raisins (optional) Preheat oven to 375. Grease a 12 cup muffin tin. Mix the oil molasses, and applesauce. Mix together the dry ingredients. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Stir in the... read more

Flu Proofing Garlic and Lemon Tea

Some folks swear that when they eat a raw garlic clove for breakfast every day, the never get colds or the flu. Straight garlic is too spicy for children (and most adults), but try this garlic and lemon tea to keep the flu at bay. Parsley deodorizes the garlic, and contributes a little Vitamin A.1 small garlic clove, finely minced and mashed with½ tsp honeyJuice of 1/4 lemon1 tsp spearmint, peppermint or sage leaves1 to 2 tsp finely minced parsley leavesPut the garlic mashed with honey (the garlic should almost disappear) into a teacup with the lemon juice. Put the... read more

Really Raw Fruit Cake

  Looking for a totally raw, gluten-free fruit cake to make for your family's healthy holiday dinner? Here's one that disappears as fast as you can make it!     1 cup dates   1 cup raisins 1 cup prunes 1 cup pecans 1 cup walnuts 1 cup shredded coconut Honey   Place the dates, raisins, and prunes in a food processor and mix until combined well. Finely chop the nuts and then mix them along with the coconut, by hand. Add enough honey to moisten then place into a cake pan or mold of your choice. Turn out onto a cake plate and serve!   read more

Vegetarian Chili

3 cups cooked pinto or kidney beans 1 medium chopped yellow onion 1 green or red diced bell pepper 2 chopped tomatoes 1 cup tomato sauce 1 tablespoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 2 minced gloves garlic 1 roasted, peeled & minced chile 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantroCombine all the ingredients, except the cilantro, in a large Dutch oven. Cover and bring to a slow boil. Remove the cover and reduce the heat to a low simmer. Cook for 40 minutes. Add the cilantro just before serving. Garnish with grated cheese and red onion. Serve with Cornbread. read more

Fiesta Burrito Bowls

I admit, even though it isn’t always the healthiest option, I enjoy going out to eat sometimes just for the reprieve from cooking! One of my favorite places is Chipotle, and they are definitely on the healthier end of the eating out spectrum, but they can be pricey, especially with four kids. This recipe has a similar taste to a salad bowl from Chipotle but is easy to make at home. Often, I just cook extra chicken from a night earlier in the week so I can assemble these without any cooking… almost as good as eating out! The other advantage to this... read more

Baby Nog

This is a great drink to have at the beginning of your day. It’s packed with protein for energy, and B vitamins to calm and sustain you. Both and yeast and the molasses are good sources of iron. Adapt the drink to your particular tastes and food persuasions. It’s good throughout pregnancy and during the breastfeeding years as well. 1 cup cow, soy, or rice milk 1 raw egg (optional) 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (if the drink gives you gas, start with 1 teaspoon and gradually increase to 1 tablespoon) 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses... read more

Whole Grain Baby Cereal

I don’t like calling this "baby cereal" because this cereal is for everyone. Adults and older children can dress it up with bananas, date sugar, toasted nuts, sliced apples, milk, maple syrup, blueberries, or whatever. The grains were chosen because they are the least allergenic and the easiest to digest. Try to find organic varieties if possible. Choose one: 1 cup short-grain brown rice 1 cup millet 1 cup quinoa 1 cup sweet brown rice Toast grain Place grains in a fine strainer; rinse and drain. Oven toasting: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread grains on a cookie... read more

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