Toddler Nutrition Quiz

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Please refer to the photo above.
Question:
According to the 2004 International Conference of Toddler Nutrition which bottle of milk has been deemed safe for toddler consumption?
A- Bottle labeled A
B- Bottle labeled B
C- Bottle A and B are not safe for toddler consumption.

Correct answer is B.

Rational:
* Bottle labeled A on the left has colorful numbers and words representing numbers. This bottle most likely contains a suspicious white liquid that should be avoided at all costs. Do not trust your mama even if she swears its milk.
* Bottle B is safe as it is a bottle with blue sail boats. All bottles with blue sailboats contain yummy milk.
* Keep in mind that Answer C can accepted under certain circumstances. The International Conference of Toddler Nutrition can change their positions on toddler nutrition at any moment. On a Sunday at nap time at 1:17PM it may be best to go with option C. In this case ask your mama for juice. At this moment the milk in the blue sail boat bottle appears slightly off. Demand that instead she gives you juice in a glass that is actually made of glass. Remember- plastic purple cups are for babies. Take three sips of juice. At the fourth sip let the juice dribble down your shirt soaking it well. Next, go to the sofa. Put your hand inside the glass to swirl the juice cleaning your hand. Then pour as much juice on to the sofa as you deem necessary. Then call for mama. Point to the juice stained sofa. In your sweetest voice shout, “Oh no mama! The juice!” Then grab any cloth lying about like papa’s cardigan sleeve to do clean up. With these actions you have avoided death by poisoning by refusing the “milk” in the blue sailboat bottle, stayed hydrated with the sips of juice, washed your hands, and helped mama clean the sofa.

Please pick up a copy of the updated 2014 publication by the International Conference of Toddler Nutrition, “Spaghetti: Why Plain Spaghetti With Butter And Cheese Is All That you Need For Your Growing Toddler Body”.

EVENTS: Ale, President of The International Conference of Toddler Nutrition, will be hosting nutrition seminars at a playground near you in the spring. Return to this webpage for dates and details.

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Tuesday’s With Ale: Berrr! Its Cold Out! Time for Lentil Soup!

Wow! What a cold Tuesday! Today New York City reached record lows with temperatures of 4 degrees Fahrenheit. Right now is a toasty 12 degrees outside. I’m cozy at home, writing this in my fluffy slippers and eating a bowl of lentil soup.

There is nothing more yummy on a winter’s day than lentil soup. Its warm and fills your belly with goodness. Ale is taking his nap so I have a moment to share with you my recipe. The way I make Lentil Soup is the way that its made in Spain.

Warning! : This is not a cooking blog so the photos are subpar and lentil soup does not photograph well! But it sure is delicious!

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Ingredients:
2 cups of lentils
1 medium size onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 potato
1 small chorizo sausage
4 cups of chicken broth
2 cups of water
3 bay leafs
4 table spoons of olive oil
salt to taste

*In a soup pot, heat the olive oil

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* Finely chop the onion and garlic and add it to the oil. Cook and stir it until the onions become translucent

* Chop about 1 inch of the choroizo and add it to the onions and garlic. Let it cook for about 5 min. Set a side the rest of the chorizo

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* Stir in the lentils and mix them well with the garlic, onion and chorizo
* Add the 4 cups of chicken broth and the bay leafs.- Cover and let it simmer on low for 30-40 min until the lentils are tender
* In the meantime chop the potato in little cubes and thinly slice the chorizo

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* Once the lentils are tender- with a hand held blender- puree the lentils a few pulses so that at least half of the mixture is puréed
* At this point add more water if the soup has become too thick
* Add the potatoes and the chorizo to the lentils and cook on low heat until the potatoes are tender- about 30 min- Stir occasionally- don’t burn the bottom of the pot!
* Add more water if necessary and add salt to taste
* Enjoy with bread and a big glass of red wine!

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Here is Ale dressed for the cold. We went out for a moment this morning.
Stay warm everyone! Bundle up!
If you live in a warm place- can we switch? Thanks!

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Daily Prompt: Simply Irresistible

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Tell us about the favorite dish or food that you simply cannot turn down.

I live with a toddler who has been sick for the last few days and is the world’s most picky eater. This means that today my son has not eaten much of anything. I honestly think he would rather starve to death waiting for a huge plate of spaghetti bolognese than eat a vegetable or try something new.

This is something that I simply can not understand. I love to eat. I love to try new foods. I can not remember a time that I did not enjoy food. I can also honestly say that I do not have a favorite dish that I can not live without. What I find irresistible changes from day to day and where I am and what I am doing. If I’m at work and it’s been an extremely busy day I can not pass up the box of donuts that someone brings in. I will eat a chocolate glazed donut like it was water from heaven and long for a coffee to accompany it. When I am at the beach in the south of Spain I must have pescaito frito (fried fish) and wash it down with an ice cold draft beer. Thanksgiving is coming and I am craving my mom’s herb and sausage stuffing. For dessert I’m looking forward to enjoying pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream.

I hope that my enthusiasm for food will eventually reach my little boy. Each day I present him with something new. Sometimes the food will pass the finger poke test and he will eat it. Most times he will sit stubbornly in his high chair and say “spaghetti?” or “cupcake?” in hopes that if maybe he says it three times it will become a reality. One day I am sure we will enjoy a delectable meal together. What I am most certain of is that one day he will eat us out of house and home.

Photo of breakfast in Spain- coffee with milk, churros, and toast with crushed tomato and olive oil.