Mexican Rice in Instant Pot


I love me some Mexican food twice a month atleast. We make paneer tacos, veggie enchiladas quite often. Last week when I made tacos, I made some Mexican rice and oh boy, little did I know that my toddler would love it so much and it’s safe to call it our family favorite. I love how simple it is yet so flavorful and it’s so easy to make! Win, win, win!! I made this in my instant pot, you can make it in a pressure cooker.  Here’s how I make it.  
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BLW | Sweet potato Rice Pudding

Sammy is not a big fan of veggies and I try hard to sneak it someway or the other. In this recipe I’m adding sweet potato(duh!) to rice pudding and I can’t say it was a hit but she did eat quite good. Another way to sneak in sweet potato is  by adding the puree to pancake batter. I’ll post the recipe for that one of these days. But for now here’s how I make sweet potato rice pudding.

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BLW | Dryfruit Ladoo


Sammy and I made this dry-fruit laddu for Diwali this year.  She helped me dump everything in the blender and I let her make some laddus which ended up on the floor. xD But it’s fun cooking with her and this is the only way she lets me cook. My husband and I both have a sweet tooth and no prizes for guessing, Sammy has a sweet tooth too! I let her have one of these laddus for her mid-morning or evening snack along with some milk. She is the happiest when I let her have anything sweet and I don’t mind as these are sugar free and very healthy
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2 Ingredient Teething Cookies

These teething cookies are healthy and so easy to make that you will never want to buy the store-bought ones ever. You babies/toddlers will love gnawing on them like there’s no tomorrow. Sammy likes to hold them by herself and she’s so happy that I let her do so.  We have teethers in all sorts of shapes and sizes and she easily gets bored of them but these cookies are such lifesavers. Here’s how I make them.

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Multi-grain Porridge/Sathumaavu Kanji

I gave Sammy only ragi/finger-millet porridge initially as I was asked not to give her more than one ingredient at a time. This porridge is a mixture of various grains and millets that are very healthy. So I started giving this only around 7th month. The procedure to cook this is very similar to ragi porridge and it smells heavenly. I add fruit chunks or peanut butter to it to make it more flavorful and also she likes to gnaw on the fruits. Here’s how I make it.
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Buckwheat porridge

Hey guys,
I’m here with another healthy porridge recipe/idea for your bub. My mom and MIL sent some amazing homemade porridge powders that I can cook into a porridge in a jiffy but I was looking for more options and my friend recommended this product to me which my bubsy loves. I started giving this when she was around 8 months. I cook this and add half an avocado or peanut butter or berries. Adding avocado/banana/nut butters/yogurt makes this porridge so creamy and filling. I add berries or other fruit chunks when she’s struggling with teething and gnawing on these fruit chunks helps her with the itchy gums. You can find this cereal in cereal aisle at Wholefoods. Alright, here’s how I cook it.

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Ragi Kanji/Finger Millet Porridge

Ragi is one of the most nutritious food that you can give your baby. This was the first solid food Sammy had I think when she was around 5 months. I din’t add any sweetener like jaggery or sugar as she has got used to the natural flavor of the porridge. I just used to cook the porridge and add some breastmilk to thin the consistency of the porridge. Eventually as her appetite built up, I started adding mashed banana/peanut butter/ steamed apple to the porridge to give it a flavor. Here’s how I make it.

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Easy Purée Ideas For Babies


I introduced solids to Sammy when she was around five months old as her doctor suggested. I breastfeed her as usual and give these as a complimentary food. I started with finger-millet porridge and some vegetable/fruit purée. I followed the 3 day rule for a month i.e I’d give her one fruit/vegetable and wait for 3 days to introduce anything new and I gave her only single ingredient purees so that it will be easy to tell what caused her the allergy. Here are some of the ideas.
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Ajwain Crackers

Postpartum cravings are real! I din’t crave much for anything except apple and watermelon during my pregnancy but I’m craving a lot these days. My dad used to but us these crackers and cream biscuits from a local bakery and these were our after school snacks. I din’t know what these crackers were called so I had to guess the ingredients and google the recipe and both google and my tastebuds din’t fail me. I found a recipe which seemed close and I tweaked it a bit.

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