Spring/Summer Desserts

Here’s what passes for “dessert” at our house:





Fruit with tapioca and toasted coconut

Banana bread (Whole Foods for the Whole Family)

Blueberry muffins http://www.inspiredtaste.net/18982/our-favorite-easy-blueberry-muffin-recipe/

Graham crackers

Fiber one with blueberries and raspberries

We’re working on watermelon, cherries, and strawberries. He still doesn’t like these!



Spring/Summer Vegetable Rotation

I’m aiming for a 7-day rotation of seasonal vegetables and frozen favorites:

1. Frozen peas

2. Frozen broccoli

3. Frozen baby carrots

4. Frozen edamame

5. Roasted cauliflower (When ARB sees this in the TO, he points and says, “yum yum yum!”) http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/parmesan-roasted-cauliflower

6. Sweet potato (fries/baked)

7. Squash (he doesn’t like this, but we’re working on it!)

ARB Risotto Primavera

  • 1 small onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, minced
  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • 6-8 cups stock
  • 1 cup of (frozen) peas
  • 1 cup of (fresh) tomatoes, diced
  • as much fresh basil as you can chop
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup cheese (Parmesan)

Saute onion, garlic, and carrots in butter until soft. Add rice and saute until toasty and rice is translucent on the outside.

Start adding ladles of stock, one at a time, waiting until all the liquid is absorbed between ladles. Continue for 15-20 min.

When rice tastes al dente, add peas and tomatoes. Stir.

Add one last ladle of stock, one last tb of butter, and the cheese. Stir.

Add basil. Stir.

Enjoy ASAP! Mmmm!

5 Ingredient dinner ideas

ARB loves…

Broccoli fritters: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2012/06/broccoli-parmesan-fritters/

Rotini with a quick spinach pesto (spinach, parmesan, and olive oil in the food processor –> stir into hot pasta)

Want to try:

Pasta primavera

Rice balls (weelicious)

Ruston’s Birthday Cake 2013

Cake: https://www.hersheys.com/recipes/recipe-details.aspx?id=184

Icing: http://www.52kitchenadventures.com/2013/02/20/salted-caramel-chocolate-cupcakes/

Drizzle: http://www.52kitchenadventures.com/2013/01/17/easy-7-minute-salted-caramel/

Past birthday cakes:

2012: No cake, just ARB 🙂

2011: Key lime pie (at a restaurant) in the Keys

2010: Hershey’s chocolate

2009: Red velvet

Best dinner ever

Fusilli with roasted asparagus and tomatoes. I only want to eat this ever day for the rest of my life. So good, so easy to make: http://www.thewednesdaychef.com/the_wednesday_chef/2013/03/cooking-for-hugo-big-and-little-dinner.html#more

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