Thursday, June 21, 2012

Baby food ideas

I have found myself lately struggling to come up with new recipes for interesting and tasty food for my little boy. I want to provide him with wholesome and healthy food that, even though might not look all that crash hot, will definitely tickle his tastebuds.
Here are some of the recipes that I have tried and judging by the photos, have been a success.

Creamy Spinach & Mushrooms
1 handful of Frozen Spinach (defrosted)
3 large or 6 little Button Mushrooms (finely diced)
3/4 cup of Evaporated milk
1 tblsp of Cream of mushroom soup mix

In a frying pan, start by sautéing the mushrooms in a little butter until soft. Then add the spinach and soup mix and combine well. Take off the heat and add the evaporated milk and mix well ensuring there are not lumps of the soup mix. Put the pan back on the heat and bring it up to a quick simmer. Allow it to cook until it thickens slightly, then turn off the heat. The mixture will continue to thicken as it cools.
You can puree the mixture if your child prefers their food lump free or if you find the spinach a bit too stringy. My little fella is a lump free kinda kid.

Polenta & Veg Fingers
(got this one from my Sister Gab - a tried and tested recipe that was hugely popular with her three girls)

1 cup of mashed steamed veggies
(your choice but try to have some potato or sweet potato in your mix)
2 cups of ready made polenta
(I just use the instant polenta - much quicker)
4 tblsp grated parmesan

Mix all the ingredients together well. Spread out thinly onto a tray (you want the fingers about as thick as fish fingers) refrigerate for an hour or so until firm. Slice into finger shapes and then place on a baking tray. Spray with baking spray and bake in a moderate oven until lovely and golden. The fingers will firm up as they cool so don't panic if they are limp when you get them out of the oven.
Freddy just loved these things cause he could hold onto them and feed himself.

The last one for today is Freddy's fav for brekky at the moment
(sorry no pic with this one yet!)

Oatmeal, Prunes & Yoghurt
1/4 cup of instant oats
1/2 cup of milk of your choice (I use almond milk or rice milk)
4 prunes
1-2 tsp maple syrup or honey
1 tblsp natural yoghurt

Place oats, prunes and milk in a saucepan over med-high heat. Once the mix starts to bubble and boil, turn heat down to low and allow to simmer for 3-4 minutes. Then add the maple syrup and blend with stick blender to a smooth consistency. You might need to add a little more milk if the mixture is too sticky. Add the yoghurt to help the mix cool quicker.

I will be sure to add a few more in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned.


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