For quite some time, I’ve been warned about the phases that babies go through. Now, I am finding out about them firsthand. Madden likes to teach me things like that. Since he was about four months old, I have been sure that he was going through the teething phase. Well, here we are a little over eight months with not a single pearly white in sight. My mother-in-law has told me that I can blame teething for any poor behavior until he is at least twenty-one. Apparently I’ve gotten a head start on that.
Along with the four month teething (without actually getting any teeth) phase, Madden has begun to show his independent streak. He has decided that he has no interest in baby food now that he is such a grown up little man. He wants to do it all himself. We’ve been on a hunt for foods that he can feed himself, but that are soft enough for his sweet little toothless mouth to handle. That has gone pretty well, but with a freezer full of pureed fruits and veggies that I’ve made and a baby on a spoon feeding strike, I figured it was time to get creative.
Baby burgers are a creation that came from a need to satisfy my little independent man and use up the “baby” food that he has decided is in his past. Adding the pureed veggies to a pound of ground meat along with some baby cereal to hold it all together ended up being the perfect solution. Madden now has a freezer full of healthy grown up food and nothing has gone to waste. Best yet, he seems to be a big fan of the concoctions. Taking only minutes to throw together and leaving me with a freezer stocked for the next couple of weeks, these baby burgers should leave me with plenty of time to prepare for the next phase.
1 pound ground beef
8 ounces pureed vegetables (I used carrots and broccoli)
½ cup baby cereal
¼ teaspoon basil
¼ teaspoon oregano
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon onion powder
Use seasonings that you typically cook with so that your baby learns to like the foods that you regularly make.
1 pound ground chicken
5 ounces (half of a box) frozen chopped spinach, thawed (squeeze water out)
¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese (omit if your baby is not ready for/has not had cheese)
Mix all ingredients together and form into meatballs. Flatten top to make into a small patty. Line a cookie sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Place baby burgers on baking sheet and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Cool and freeze. Once frozen, place baby burgers in Ziploc bags for easy retrieval. Warm in microwave before serving.