Thursday, 19 April 2012

bringing in the meat

As i was researching how to introduce meat into my babies diet i stumbled across this website that explained the benefits and added a few ideas on how to cook it. So it got me seriously thinking of easy ways to make flavorful food that is healthy and nutritious for my little girl, here is something i made:

i didn't take photos because it was a spare of the moment kind of thing and i have to admit the end result doesnt look very nice but it does taste good.

what you need?

slow cooker.
fry pan (obviously)

  • nice piece of stake sliced and diced
  • coli-flower
  • carrots peeled and finely sliced
  • butternut pumpkin diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

so brown the beef until no pink is visible. chuck it in the slow cooker with 1 cup of water 
blanch the vegetables till they are soft then add them to slow cooker along with cinnamon.
put lid on. stir every now and again.

It should take about 4 hours but the idea of making baby food in the slow cooker is that you can actually use those 4 hours and do other things. handy? yes i think so.

once that time is up check to see if the meat is really tender. blend it until its almost powdery then stir in the super soft veggies and serve warm. My daughter is 10 months with 2 and a half teeth so she is at the stage where lumps are ok but if your baby isn't at that stage simply blend everything up together.

handy tip: when freezing your babies food place it in ice-cube trays. It is easy to get out and you have proportion control.

handy fact:  smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
cinnamon is also a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.

Always try things one at a time and give it atleast 4 days to see if any allergic reaction occurs. If you try one at a time and an allergic reaction does happen its easier to explain to the doctor. 

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