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Chickpea Baby Food Recipe 6 Months & up

Chickpea Baby Food Recipe 6 Months & up
Recipe type: Baby Food
Prep time: 
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Serves: 1
Trial size chickpea garbanzo bean recipe.
  • 5 chickpeas AKA garbanzo beans (from a can is fine)
  • rice cereal and breast milk/water/formula to desired textured
  1. OK, so I know the ingredients are a little vague, but that's the glory of making your own baby food. You don't have to be precise in measurements.
  2. Start with the chickpeas...If you're using canned all you have to do is strain about 5 or 6 chickpeas and then soak in hot water.
  3. I allowed mine to soak for about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Strain.
  5. Mash with a fork to a fine texture.
  6. Add the rice cereal and mash more.
  7. Add breast milk or water (baby safe) to desired creamy texture.
  8. Remember when introducing your baby to new foods (like this) that you'll need to allow a few days between the next "new food" for signs of allergies (although uncommon in garbanzo beans).

Now that we have a 6 month old in the house, we’ve started to experiment with making our own baby food! Here’s how you too can sample a chickpea baby food recipe without making an entire batch. see recipe

A Quick Guide to Oil Pulling (Using Coconut Oil)

Oil pulling is a hot all natural health and beauty trend right now and there are many benefits to adding this little routine to your daily regimen and here’s the short list:

Whitens teeth, helps fight bad breath and gingivitis, pulls toxins and bacteria from your saliva/mouth. Some people say it helps clear skin and acne problems. Fights cavities? OK, now I haven’t found research done on the cavity thing, but some say it does! Others have said it helps with headaches and hangovers, liver problems, asthma, hormone imbalances, skin conditions…One of the benefits that I’m really enjoying is the inst-lip moisturizer that accompanies the coconut oil. Also, the coconut leaves a light pleasant aftertaste.

My husband and I recently started doing this in the morning after coffee. The key is to take about a teaspoon or more of coconut or sesame oil and (if you’re using coconut oil let it”melt” in your mouth without swallowing). Swish it around like you would do with mouth wash, but do it for 20 minutes. Here’s a tip! Do it while you shower or while you check your morning emails/read the news/etc.

Warning! Out of habit, your first instinct will be to spit out in sink. Do not, I repeat, do not spit out into the sink or toilet! Oils thicken up and can cause clogging of pipes/drain. rinse your mouth with warm water afterwards to clean out any lingering toxins.




Mini Gruyère Scones

mini gruyere sconesTry these incredibly appealing, savory and easy to prepare scones from our Featured Foodie, Lisa, with!

Mini Gruyère Scones
Serves: 12-16
  • 1 cup spelt flour or unbleached white flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • ⅔ cup Gruyère cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup plain yogurt or milk
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat an oven to 425°.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Cut the butter using a pastry cutter or a knife and fork until the butter is reduced to small crumbs. Add the cheese and parsley, and stir to combine. Mix in the milk or yogurt and stir until a soft dough forms.
  3. Lightly flour a large cutting board, turn the dough out and divide in half. Lightly knead each half a few times and then flour your hands and pat each portion of the dough into a small round that is roughly ¾-inch thick. Cut each round into 6 to 8 wedges and transfer to the prepared baking sheet, leaving about an inch between each wedge.
  4. Bake in the oven until the tops turn a light golden brown — about 10 to 12 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. They can be reheated in foil in the oven at a low heat before serving if desired.




Blueberry Peach Smoothie

blueberry peach smoothieThanks to our Featured Foodie,, for this smoothie creation that substitutes ice cubes with frozen broccoli! see recipe

Crockpot Lasagna

crockpot lasagna
Because “no one wants to bake lasagna in the oven in the middle of the summer”. What a terrific idea, thanks to! see recipe

Leftover Hamburgers Turned Greek Pita Pockets

hamburger pita pocketsWith the ingredients for our pita pockets, I used things that I happened to have on hand in my fridge. Remove ingredients that you don’t care for, replace some, add more! Anything goes and let me tell you, these were so simple to make and super refreshing to eat on a hot summer night! see recipe

Sushi Rice & Spicy Tuna Sushi

spicy tuna sushiMaking sushi at home might be easier than you think! We do it all the time. Jenny at shares her recipe for sushi rice and a spicy tuna roll. Thanks, Jenny! see recipe

Homemade Limoncello

What?! We were not aware this was possible. Thanks to we now know it is! see recipe

Cheddar, Jalapeno and Dill Scones

cheddar, jalepeno, and dill-scones
Our Featured Foodie friends over at Teeny Tiny Kitchen created these amazingly tasty scones with jalapeno and cheddar…mmm see recipe

Fuss-Free Egg Salad

Fuss-Free Egg Salad
Thank you Cynthia, with, for this simple egg salad recipe. Add just enough mayonnaise to make it creamy, but not runny. see recipe

Spring Into Summer Pasta Salad

pasta saladWith the weather warming up, we felt like having a refreshing pasta salad to accompany our grilled pork chops.  see recipe

Spicy Vine Tomato Relish

spicy vine tomato relish
A terrific way to preserve fresh tomatoes from your garden and very tasty…thank you! see recipe

No-Bake Nutella and Pretzel Cookies

no-bake nutella and pretzel cookies
Check out this great idea for no-bake cookies, thanks to our Featured Foodie, No oven required! see recipe

Golden Squash Biscuits

golden squash biscuits
Fat free biscuits thanks to, our Featured Foodie. Lauren substitutes butter for squash puree and it works wonderfully. see recipe

Greek Omelette

greek omelette
A simple and healthy breakfast or light lunch for 2 or 3 thanks to our Featured Foodie, Lisa’s Kitchen!
see recipe

Spicy Shrimp with Rice Noodles

spicy shrimp with rice noodles
A traditional Thai dish prepared in under 20 minutes. Thank you,! see recipe

Pork Carnitas (Slow Cooker)

pork carnitas
A traditional, versatile Mexican staple that has a nice balance of sweet and spice. Thanks to! see recipe

Authentic Italian Hot Pepper Salad

hot pepper salad
Authentic Italian Hot Pepper Salad recipe sent down through generations in the family. If you can handle the heat, this stuff is absolutely delicious.  Very versatile…I ate it on a fresh roll for a mouthwatering sandwich.
see recipe

How to Roast Garlic

how to roast garlic
Our Featured Foodie, Savour the Senses, offers this easy method for roasting garlic in olive oil. Not only does it give you roasted garlic, but you’re left with garlic oil as well!

see recipe

Smoked Pork Butt

smoked pork butt

smoked pork butt

We were recently gifted a smoker and this was our first experiment and it was delicious! see recipe

Sparkling Lemon and Blueberry Terrine

Sparkling Lemon and Blueberry Terrine

Sparkling Lemon and Blueberry Terrine

Don’t let it intimidate, this 5 ingredient delight is quite simple to prepare! see recipe

Holiday Cheese Ball!

holiday cheese ball

holiday cheese ball

Whip up this delicious version of the holiday cheese ball brought to you by our friends at Teeny Tiny Kitchen up in Vermont! see recipe

Shrimp Cakes

shrimp cakes

shrimp cakes

This recipe is super simple and versatile. Tasty little crab cake alternative! see recipe

Iced Sugar Cookies

iced sugar cookies

iced sugar cookies

These adorable holiday cookies will get you in the Christmas spirit in…minutes! Thanks to our Feature Foodie, see recipe

Parmesan Cheese Crisps

Parmesan Cheese Crisps
These cheese crisps make great toppers for salads, sandwiches, or even pasta! Made in under 10 minutes! see recipe

Kent’s Green Bean Casserole

green bean casserole

green bean casserole

My mom-in-law is cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year, but she put Kent in charge of this bad boy!  see recipe

Chik-fil-a-like Nuggets

chikfila style nuggets

chikfila style nuggets

OK, so you live in a Chik-fil-a dead zone or maybe you just want to make your very own at home…Here ya go! see recipe

Pumpkin Dip

pumpkin dip

pumpkin dip

This dip was a huge hit at a party that we went to last week. Yummy and such a special seasonal treat! see recipe

Ginger Tea Pumpkin Custard

ginger tea pumpkin custard

ginger tea pumpkin custard

“Infusing milk with ginger tea, cinnamon and star anise gave the custard a beautiful subtle flavor and let the pumpkin really shine,” notes our Featured Foodie, Rhonda with What a glorious treat!
see recipe

“Doritos Locos” Taco Bake

doritos locos taco bake

Taco Bell’s latest hit in a homemade casserole form. Just as tasty and almost as fast…ready in half an hour. Thank you Lauren at for this creation! see recipe