Friday, 21 November 2014

home-made baby food (9-12 months)

well, I've been making home made baby food for some time now...

Fya is now 10 months old!

hehehe

fully breastfed still and with good appetite too alhamdulillahh

we started with fruit puree - mashed banana, apples, pears, sweet potato (keledek), pumpkin (labu), butternut (errr tak tau apa? labu sayong kot) ....she's not picky altho awal2 tu she did vomit a  few times...maybe because I mash the sweet potato instead of puree-ing it with a bit of water

starting 8 months , I fed her pureed rice + vege +fish!

The usual vege suspects are like carrots, spinach, broccoli, and i used ikan tenggiri and ikan merah...

sometimes I even add potatoes or sweet potato in the mix, just so she's not bored hehehe

and sometimes I gave her kiwis too - she can eat 1 kiwi at one seatinggg hahahah

so greedy la my daughter hahahah

so at 10 month , I'm thinking to introduce chicken and beef to her 

looking for good recipes tho...I wanted to introduce pasta, soups and cheese too :)

found some do-able recipes that we can make ahead and freeze!

this is a book mark for me- I even pin it on Pinterest!

happy cooking mommies :)

xoxo
Isma

Cheesy Pasta Stars

A delicious combination of flavours is vital in baby food recipes. You can buy my organic tiny pasta shapes in most supermarkets and you can add these to your baby’s puree to add texture. The pasta comes in three sizes and shapes: stars, shells and alphabet pasta. They are graded in size to encourage babies to cope with more lumpy textures
Cheesy Pasta Stars
Prep
 
5 minutes
Cook
 
25 minutes
Best for
Serves
 
2
Suitable for freezing

INGREDIENTS

  • 125g carrots
  • 30g butter
  • 3 medium tomatoes (approx 200g), ripe tomatoes, skinned, de-seeded and chopped
  • 50g grated Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp Annabel Karmel pasta stars cooked until soft (available at Boots)

METHOD

  1. Steam the carrots for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender.
  2. Warm the butter in a separate pan, add the chopped tomatoes and sauté until mushy.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese until melted.
  4. Meanwhile cook the pasta stars in boiling water according to the instructions on the packet, then drain.
  5. Mash or puree the cooked carrots in an electric hand blender, together with 3 tablespoons of the liquid from the bottom of the steamer and blend together the tomato and cheese mixture.
  6. Finally stir in the cooked pasta stars.

Braised Beef with Sweet Potato Purée

This braised beef recipe makes a good introduction to red meat.
Braised Beef with Sweet Potato Purée
Prep
 
5 minutes
Cook
 
1 ½ hours
Best for
Makes
 
6 portions
Suitable for freezing

INGREDIENTS

  • 20g butter or margarine
  • 1 leek, washed and sliced (approx. 150g)
  • 125g braising steak, cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 100g button mushrooms, sliced
  • 275g sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 250 ml chicken stock
  • Juice of 1 orange (about 120 ml)

METHOD

  1. Melt the butter or margarine in a flameproof casserole dish and sauté the leek for about 4 minutes until softened.
  2. Roll the meat in the flour; add to the leek and sauté until browned.
  3. Add the mushrooms and sauté for 1 minute.
  4. Add the sweet potato, stock and orange juice.
  5. Bring to the boil and transfer to an oven preheated to 180C/250F/Gas 4 for 1 ½ hours or until the meat is tender.
  6. Blend to the desired consistency using as much of the cooking liquid as necessary




ONE POT CHICKEN (credit to Annabel Karmel)

Chicken is an ideal first meat for babies as it blends well with root vegetables like carrot and sweet potato. This easy one pot chicken recipe would make a good first chicken puree. Frozen vegetables are fine to use as an ingredient when making you baby's puree as they are frozen within hours of being picked, so all the nutrients are locked in. For older babies you can finely chop rather than puree this and mix it with some cooked rice.

One Pot Chicken
Prep
 
8 minutes
Cook
 
25 minutes
Best for
Makes
 
3 large portions
Suitable for freezing










INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 50g chopped onion
  • 100g chicken breast, cut into chunks
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and sliced (approx 60g)
  • 300g sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small apple, peeled and chopped
  • 200ml unsalted chicken stock
  • 40g frozen peas

METHOD

  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and sauté the onion for 3-4 minuted until softened
  2. Add the chicken to the pan and sauté for 3-4 mintues
  3. Add the carrot, sweet potato and apple, pour over the stock and bring to the boil
  4. Simmer, covered with a lid, for about 12 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender
  5. Add the frozen peas and simmer for a further 3 minutes
  6. Purée in a blender to the desired consistency

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