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(Lots) More Baby Food August 2, 2010

Filed under: Baby Food — lindsayrose @ 3:05 am

More and more each day, I realize how much I love making Madden’s food.  It is funny to me because I would have never ever thought that I would be doing this, and now it is one of my favorite things.  In no way do I think that baby food that comes in jars is bad, I just think that it is fun and rewarding to make it myself.  I love making something and then watching him dig in, seeing that he loves it, and knowing that it is jam packed full of good stuff.  In a weird sort of a way, it almost feels kind of like a bonding experience for me.  Strange, I know.

This weekend, I made him more peas because he absolutely loves peas.  Food Lion frozen peas are beyond delicious.  I have no idea why they taste so much better than any other kind of frozen pea I have tasted, but they do.  I put them in my Pampered Chef Micro Cooker (love it) with a splash of water and popped them in the microwave.  Because he will only put peas in his mouth, but not doing anything with them after that, I still give them a rough chop.  I tossed them in an ice cube tray, and 8 minutes later had 7 servings of peas for the little man.

I’ve found out this week that Madden loves corn as well.  I wanted to add some more nutrition to the corn, so I boiled it with some black beans (rinsed to get rid of as much of the nasty bean juice as possible) and a pinch of cumin.  I tossed those in the chopper and had 9 more servings of veggies in under ten minutes. 

Wholesomebabyfood.com has been my go-to website ever since I have started feeding Madden solids.  It has lots of great information, right down to what foods are good to mix together.  There is a great finger foods section that had a recipe for Apple Turkey Loaf.  I tossed the ingredients together and threw it in the oven in no time at all, and ended up with a new favorite for my little guy.  He loves this stuff.  This is going to be a new staple in our freezer!

This evening, I needed to use up some blueberries that were about to go bad.  I also had some very ripe bananas, so I googled something like “baby banana bread” and found this recipe.  I wasn’t sure whether it would be good or not, but I was pleasantly surprised.  The fruit gives it just enough sweetness.  Because Madden is under a year, I used 2 egg yolks instead of a whole egg.  I also didn’t have any self-rising flour, so I threw in a teaspoon of baking soda.  Madden was already asleep by the time it had cooled, but we’re going to test this out in the morning!

 

Baby Burgers July 29, 2010

Filed under: Baby Food,The Herald Columns — lindsayrose @ 4:24 am

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.

Baby Burgers

Beef

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.

Chicken

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.