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A LOT of leftover Chinese Pepper Steak - any ideas?

In ordering take out last night it would seem we went extremely overboard and have much leftover Chinese Pepper Steak. On top of that, it really wasn't very impressive in the first place.

Any ideas of what to turn it into/do with it?

Apr 14, 2011
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Hoping for favorite quick bread recipes that are more baby-friendly!

Thank you (again!) That is something I've never heard of doing before! I'll definitely give that a try, I'm thinking maybe in a pumpkin loaf, not for any other reason than that just sounds so good right now.

Oct 10, 2010
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Hoping for favorite quick bread recipes that are more baby-friendly!

That is actually exactly why, goodhealthgourmet, thank you!

Some doctors do advice against egg whites for babies under a year, raw or cooked. My son does have egg yolk, breads that I've baked for him I've modified that way, but he hasn't had egg whites. More than one of our close circle of family has/had reactions to the egg whites, so it's worth being cautious in my opinion.

I love eggs myself, as a whole, yolk, or whites. If it weren't for the known reactions from some family members, it wouldn't be something I'd be overly concerned about.

Oct 10, 2010
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Hoping for favorite quick bread recipes that are more baby-friendly!

It's getting cooler and I love baking quick breads in the fall.. however, this year I have a little one (9.5 months now) and was hoping for some recipes that would use less sugar, maybe no egg, not necessarily in the same recipe, I could handle one or the other.

We already love banana bread, pumpkin loaf, grated apple, but would certainly be willing to try new recipes/versions of them if they're your family's favorite or was your grandma's best. I've never tried zucchini bread, I'm not a huge fan of zucchini myself but the baby seems to be quite the fan.

I'd even appreciate just some new ideas when it comes to quick breads that are heavy on the fruit or vegetables. Or even just your favorite/best recipe for one(or many!)

Oct 10, 2010
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FAVORITE Quick Breads, hoping for some baby friendly ones!

It's getting cooler and I love baking quick breads in the fall.. however, this year I have a little one (9.5 months now) and was hoping for some recipes that would use less sugar, maybe no egg, not necessarily in the same recipe, I could handle one or the other.

We already love banana bread, pumpkin loaf, grated apple, but would certainly be willing to try new recipes/versions of them if they're your family's favorite or was your grandma's best. I've never tried zucchini bread, I'm not a huge fan of zucchini myself but the baby seems to be quite the fan.

I'd even appreciate just some new ideas when it comes to quick breads that are heavy on the fruit or vegetables. Or even just your favorite/best recipe for one(or many!)

Oct 09, 2010
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HELP / IDEAS / ADVICE for feeding a baby!

Thanks everyone! It's comforting to hear that parents have fed kids right off their plate and from all your posts, those kids are still around! Though my doctor's advice when asked about starting finger foods (myself being horrified at the idea of giving cheerios to my baby, cheerios!) was "it's really hard to kill a kid. trust me." So I should have known.

He has a lot of different foods under his belt now so I have the freedom to mix flavors. He's still enjoying certain foods mashed, some cut into small pieces he can feed himself, I've started to very finely chop roasted chicken and mix that with some of his purees. I made those purees, I am determined to use them. I even made him (homemade) macaroni and cheese with some of the old purees mixed in, granted it wasn't off of our plate, but it did allow a lot of leftovers.

I've really had it stuck in my head to make quick breads for him. I had already made a few mini loaves of (modified again - yogurt, applesauce, less sugar, less/different egg) banana bread and have been pulling those from the freezer. That's worked very smoothly.

Oct 09, 2010
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HELP / IDEAS / ADVICE for feeding a baby!

I absolutely love that statement. Not that I could follow it to a T, but the sentiment behind it is terrific.

My son loves to feed himself at this point, but is still willing to take our help just so it makes it to his mouth quicker. Sort of a "why yes, I am quite hungry, I suppose I will take that spoonful while playing with this piece of chicken before actually getting it into my mouth."

Oct 09, 2010
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HELP / IDEAS / ADVICE for feeding a baby!

I had been re-checking "Super Foods" out from the library for the last several months and finally gave in and purchased a copy. It's a great book that I feel like will have use over quite a period of time (even after baby, just with how informative it is about fruits/vegetables.)

I sort of felt the same as Gimlis about the meat. I understand being vegetarian and it is a wonderful way of life for some people, but I would have loved a bit more.. well, help in that area.

Oct 09, 2010
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Help! Refrigerator FULL of shredded cheese! What now?

I did! What would you recommend instead? I even gave in a tried again tonight with a different recipes, trying to make it specifically with my 10 month old in mind (keeping it simple), with rather poor (and unreceptive on behalf of the baby) results. It was gritty, I used cheddar but after looking online I think the problem was the roux and the milk not being heated beforehand? I really don't know what I'm talking about but would love to be able to make some good mac and cheese.

Oct 08, 2010
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HELP / IDEAS / ADVICE for feeding a baby!

My son is not quite 10 months old and he's been eating the usual purees (homemade), of which were steamed (not roasted, which I know would provide a lot more flavor), certain mashed produce with some texture (banana, avocado, egg yolk, potatoes), tiny pasta, cheerios, shredded cheese, yogurt, oatmeal.

I feel somewhat stuck in what to feed him, or how, I'm not sure if it's because things are so open it's overwhelming or it's my first baby and I don't want to do anything wrong/harmful. I know there is common sense but I'd love to know what others have done.

How did you do it?
How much and how often?
How did you start finger foods?
What did you use?
How did you prepare it?
How did you transition baby into eating the family meal like everyone else?

I'm really truly excited to be feeding him, and about what I can/could do, I just feel somewhat lost in it.

Oct 06, 2010
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Help! Refrigerator FULL of shredded cheese! What now?

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions! I've got some real plans for this cheese now. Some which would never have crossed my mind. Broccoli cheese soup, the queso, crackers! All things we enjoy but for some reason I never would have thought to make them myself.

We've already made a frittata (cheddar, spinach, bacon), homemade crackers, baked ziti. I'd like to try macaroni & cheese, which I did try once before, but that time could lovely be referred to as.. well, an epic fail.

Oct 05, 2010
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Help! Refrigerator FULL of shredded cheese! What now?

Due to a very well meaning mother-in-law I have a fridge AND freezer stuffed to the brink with shredded cheese. Mostly of the cheddar or mozzarella variety. What recipes do you recommend (& enjoy) that require a lot of cheese? Thanks everyone!

Oct 02, 2010
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