Basic daily meals for my little R consists of oatmeal with fruit and cinnamon or whole yogurt with fruit and cinnamon. She enjoys things such as rice, potatos and navy beans with veggies and garlic for lunch or dinner. She eats toast with mashed bananas and strawberries as well. Now that I have been giving her homo milk, she also has rice krispies or cheerios with milk as I am trying to teach her to use a spoon (so far very unsuccessful lol).
I’ve also been making big pots of beef or chicken stews. The chicken one consists of lots of water, rice and/or pastina, chicken in small cubes, veggies shopped of your choice, garlic and other herbs/spices of your choice. And the beef one is similar but with lots of mashed or cubed tomatos and substitute the chicken with beef. I love making these! In the morning I put all the raw ingredients in a big pot, and put it on a low simmer all day, or in the crockpot. By dinner she has a fresh, hot stew that she absolutely LOVES!
However if you want to get more exciting… Try these recipes made with love by my cousin Carlene for her darling son who JUST TURNED ONE!
Please note: Some recipes have been adapted from or modified from one or more of the books listed at the end of the post. Feel free to modify and adapt your own recipes to tempt your childs tastebuds.
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Stock: boil chicken cut up with any veggies, use the water to make different stuff — freeze them in the uce cube tray to use later!
P Stew: An Absolute Fav! Parsnip, pears, peas (equal amounts) blended
Apple Zuchini Risotto: Rice, ½ zucchini, ½ apple, basil (boil all together, and blend it)
Baby Guacamole: Avocado, diced tomatoes, chives and plain yogurt. When baby is eating with their fingers, try torillas in tiny squares and some shredded cheese.
Greek Salad: Diced cucumbers and cherry tomatoes, with basil and cottage cheese
Mac n Cheese: Semolina alphabet pasta, chopped cherry tomato, shredded cheddar, and mashed avocado to make it creamy
Barley & Veggies: Barley with mushroom, garlic, thyme, red peppers in stock or water.
Baby Coleslaw: Cooked zucchini (slice into long pieces), carrots and red pepper. Bake it with rosemary. Let it cool and then chop or shred. Add shredded pieces of raw apples to add crunch.
Succotash: Navy beans with corn and beef puree. This one is sort of like a chilli.
Root Veggie Medley: Parsnip, white potato, sweet potato and carrots with rosemary
Ginger Chicken: Ground chicken, ginger, red peppers, carrots, pineapple and water or stock. Cook together and puree it.
Fruit Parfait: Cottage cheese, cinnamon and cherries (or another berry of choice)
Coconut Rice Chicken: Shredded coconut and boiled rice and water together, mixed in cooked chicken and peas
Baby Hummus: Navy bean, garlic, roasted red pepper, plain yogurt pureed.
Tomato Sauce: Sweet potato, 6 cherry tomatoes, ½ red pepper, basil, oregano. Cook together & puree.. eventually add other veggies and alphabet pasta as you’ve introduced them.
Rainbow Rice:Red, Yellow and Green peppers diced, peas, rice and rosemary
Rice Pudding: Apple, cinnamon, brown rice, vanilla (boil the vanilla first to remove the alcohol) and plain yogurt. Pulse for a chunky puree.
Fish Chowder: Tilapia (or another white fish of choice), corn, potato, onion, celery, bay leaf. Boil it all together and mash it up.
Shepherds Pie: Ground chicken or turkey, cook with an onion, add whatever pureed vegetables available and potato (white or sweet)
Chicken Eggplant Parm: Chicken, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, basil and zucchini. Cook it all and mash or puree it. Pulse for a chunky puree.
Baby Chili: Navy beans, onions, tomatos corn, beef, and bay leaf. Cook in a pot together.
Beef or Chicken stew – anything you have in the fridge, with water or stock.
Book reference list:
Cooking for Baby. Lisa Barnes. 2008. Goldstreet Press.
The Baby’s Table. Brenda Bradsha & Lauren Donaldson Bramley. 2006. Random House Canada.
New Baby and Toddler Cookbook. Annabel Karmel. 2000. Random House Canada.
First Meals: Your Questions Answered. Annabel Karmel. 2009. Dorling Kindersley Limited.
Some great websites to use for nutritional information and great ideas!Caring for Kids – Healthy Bodies Nutrition Chart Vitamin/Mineral Calculator Daily Intake Checklist
…Got any baby food recipes or tips for the first time Chef Mom or Dad? Please share them!