Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Baby food

A record of the things Little E has eaten so far and the more adventurous recipes we have tried that she has enjoyed:

Pear *
Mango *
Rock melon *
Honey dew melon

Pumpkin *
Carrot *
Sweet potato
Spring onion

Chicken *

Rice cereal
Millet & oats cereal
Yoghurt (cow and sheep) (plain and vanilla)
Goat's curd

* = favourite

Baby chicken soup *

1/2 a chicken breast with skin on, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and sliced
1 celery stick, sliced
1 medium potato, peeled and chopped
1 spring onion, sliced

Put all the ingredients in a small saucepan and cover with water. Simmer until the vegetables are soft (about 20 minutes) then blend.

Baby beef casserole
~150gm beef
1/4 cup of white rice
1 carrot, peeled and sliced
1 stick of celery, sliced
4 grape tomatoes, halved
2 spring onions, sliced

Put all the ingredients in a small saucepan and cover with water. Simmer until the vegetables are soft (about 20 minutes) then blend.

Baby chicken cacciatore *
1/2 a chicken breast with skin on, chopped
A handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 of a small red capsicum
1 stick of celery, sliced
1 spring onion, sliced
1 tablespoon of parsley, finely chopped

Put all the ingredients in a small saucepan and cover with water. Simmer until the vegetables are soft (about 15 minutes) then blend.

Fish with cheesy tomato sauce (she had this without the fish for lunch and with fish for dinner)
50 grams of white fish
2 small carrots, peeled and sliced
1 large tomato, skinned and chopped
4 cubes of frozen cauliflower puree
50 grams of cheese
3-4 basil leaves, chopped finely

Put the carrots in a small saucepan, cover with water and cook for about 10 minutes. Then add the frozen cauliflower cubes and cook about another 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in another pan, saute the tomato in butter until it is soft.
Add the basil and cheese to the tomato sauce and stir until the cheese melts.

In a separate pan, fry the fish in butter and then flake it into small pieces.
Drain the carrots and combine the carrots, tomato sauce and fish; puree.


_vTg_ said...

PS. Interested that rock melon is a favourite of Eli's. It's one of the few fruit that both my guys consistently reject.

_vTg_ said...

Ah, the memories of recipes defined by "X cubes of Y"! They sound yummy!! Matthew used to like what I called "Baby Dhal"- from memory it was lentils, a little bit of garlic or onion (?fried- maybe just boiled), optional spinach and a little not salty chicken stock, cooked and blended. Joshua just got grandma's not-to-hot dhal (and everything else squishy that Matthew was eating at the time!!) Can't locate it, but somewhere on the web was a good resource for lots of half-normal recipes with things like "sweet" (=not hot) curries. Check Nigella's How to Eat final chapter- lots of interesting purees and squishy foods.

Emily said...

One of the mum's a playgroup brought some of the first grapes of the season in on Wednesday. Hideously expensive but oh my did H go ape for them. I think he ate most of them (luckily there were plenty of other sweet treats on offer for the other kids). Sadly he's now demanding grapes left right and centre. Bought a tiny bunch at Coles yesterday and was horrified when they ended up costing nearly 5 dollars... almost a dollar per grape!!!! I suspect Ms Eli will quite like them too when they're a bit cheaper.

Henry loves rock melon too btw, though, in his typically intelligent manner, he does try to eat the skin as well : )

ANB said...

Em - I will definitely be gobbling grapes myself as soon as they become slightly cheaper! (And if I am patient enough, peeling them for Eli!) Perhaps a trip to the Swan Valley is in order?
V - Eli is just silly over rockmelon, she cried at mothers' group recently when I took a piece for myself and thought I wasn't going to give her any! Thanks for the thoughts about squishy foods, dahl sounds like a good one to try.

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