Inspiration and Strawberry Muffins

May 28, 2011 at 1:58 am Leave a comment

There are certain things in life that always make me feel inspired and motivated. Listening to my baby’s laughter makes me focus on what’s really important in life. Yoga brings me back to earth and centers me. Browsing through a bookstore fills me with possibilities. Listening to the summertime leaves rustling in the treetops slows my hurried thoughts and clears my mind.

If I had to choose one website that falls into this inspirational category, it would be Weelicious.com. Its premise is that you can make healthy homemade food that your family will love, even on a hectic schedule. That in itself is quite inspiring, and if you read through some of Weelicious creator Catherine’s recipes, you’ll see that they really are kid-friendly, and quick to make, and healthy as well. She encourages parents to include children in cooking so that they learn about healthy eating choices and take a real interest in their food choices. The site is very well-organized, and has a search function, so you can easily find a recipe for any need you might have.

Weelicious has plenty of healthy and creative recipes for homemade baby food. You can click on the “Recipes 6-9 months” or “Recipes 10-12 months” to find age-appropriate recipes for your little one. Check out the Banana Molasses Oatmeal Mash (a 6-9 month recipe). Sounds scrumptious! There are some fantastic (and seriously tasty) recipe ideas here. Not your standard steamed and pureed green beans.

But you really have to explore this website on your own because there are so many facets to it other than recipes. Catherine offers tips for getting kids to try new foods; information on allergens and when to introduce certain foods to baby; and cooking videos with her kids. There’s a great Q&A section where Weelicious readers can ask Catherine their own personal questions and she writes back with tips and advice, such as suggestions for different creative foods to tempt a 9 month old baby’s taste buds.

So when I bought beautiful fresh strawberries at my local produce stand, I went straight to Weelicious for inspiration. I was not disappointed. Catherine’s strawberry muffin recipe is unique (it includes honey and lemon zest) and creates a delicious muffin without too much sugar. It was easy for me to make a dairy-free version by using soy milk instead of regular milk, with no effect on the taste. I brought a bunch into work and they disappeared very quickly. Here’s the link to the recipe: http://weelicious.com/2010/05/17/strawberry-muffins/.

Delicious Strawberry Muffins!

I used 2 cups of strawberries instead of 1.5 as the recipe calls for. The strawberries just looked so delicious, I wanted to pack the muffins full of them. Luckily this turned out fine. Also as you can see, I probably could have filled the muffin cups a little fuller. I got 17 full-size muffins out of the recipe, but probably could have filled the cups more and had 12 larger muffins.

Either way I was very happy with the result. My 17 muffins are long gone, so I’m getting ready to make another (double) batch tonight to share with family and friends over the Memorial Day weekend. Yum!!

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