Q – When should my baby start eating solid food?
Homemade Brown Rice and Quinoa Baby Food is fun and easy to make – and packs a huge punch for your little one as they begin solid food. You can also make this first food recipe in a rice cooker in bulk and freeze individual spoonfuls in ice cube trays. Once froze, pop the cubes out and keep them together in a big labelled ziplock bag. Just make sure when you thaw in the microwave that there are no hot spots.
½ cup brown rice
½ cup quinoa
2 cups purified water or organic free-range chicken stock
1 jar (4 ounces) organic meat baby food, any flavour
Put the rice, quinoa, and water or stock in a small pan
Bring to a boil over medium heat
Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 40 to 50 minutes, until the water is absorbed
Fluff with a fork and add the baby food
Cool before serving
Variation: Add peas, other soft cooked vegetables, or fruit
Sweet Potato (also known as the yam) can be orange fleshed or ivory-white, though color is no particular indication of sweetness. Sweet potato puree provides a tummy satisfying starch as well as chill-beating vitamin C. Orange fleshed varieties are rich in beta carotene, the stuff which turns Flamingo feathers pink and, if eaten all the time, gives babies a ruddy glow. If your baby seems to have acquired a golden tan, lay off the orange colored food!
We like to freeze the puree in ice cube trays and pop the frozen cubes into labeled baggies or containers in the freezer. This allows you to always have an assortment of ‘cubes’ on hand. The recipe can also be prepared with a variety of other veggies (even canned pumpkin).. wink
Suitable for 6 months onwards. Makes 2 cups
Sweet Potato Puree
You will need:
1 pound Sweet Potatoes
Peel the potatoes and chunk into bite sized pieces and put into a pot with enough boiling water to cover. Return water to boil, reduce heat, loosely cover, and cook 20-30 minutes or until perfectly soft and tender. Drain – not too thoroughly – reserving a little of the cooking water. Mash (or use a food processor) to a puree with a little of the cooking water.
Alternately, you can use a steamer…
Serve and enjoy!
Good for 9 mos and up. It doesn’t get much easier than this. It’s quick, yummy and really good for you and your little one! You know what they say, “an apple a day”! This recipe is great if your little one is starting to eat soft solids and not just pureed foods.
With summer here and berries in abundance, your little one can enjoy the sweet berries of the summer season with this simple recipe. Blueberries are one of the most suitable berries for babies as they don’t need sweetening. They are high in vitamin C and contain a natural enzyme that allows them to keep for a long time in the fridge.
This recipe is short but trust us, it’s sweet! It’s good for babies’ ages 9 months on.
Makes 1 serving
The nutty flavor and grainy texture of quinoa is delicious with the sweet juicy flesh of the squash, a combination popular in Peru, home territory to both of these ingredients. Quinoa was the staple grain food of the Incas of Peru – they call it the mother seed. Modern chemists identify it as being remarkably high in protein – particularly lysine, which is difficult to obtain in other vegetable source. It also supplies fiber, vitamins B and E, calcium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. This makes a delicious Quinoa and Butternut Squash Baby Food Recipe.
Quinoa and Butternut Squash Baby Food Recipe
1- pound piece butternut squash or other yellow-fleshed squash
- Put the quinoa grains in a small pan with enough spring water to cover by about 2 cm.
- Bring to a boil, reduce and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the dark skins pop open, showing the pale insides.
- Meanwhile peel the squash with a sharp knife, remove the fibers and seeds in the middle and cut up the flesh.
- Stir the cut-up squash into the quinoa, let it bubble up, reduce the heat to a gentle simmer, tightly cover, and cook for 20- 25 minutes, until the grains are tender and translucent and the squash is completely soft.
Makes about 3 cups
Suitable for 9 months and on
Food Adventures – Elisabeth Luard & Frances Boswell
For 9 mos and up
Organic Baby by Kimberly Rider
For babies eight months and older
Organic Baby by Kimberly Rider
Food Adventures by Elisabeth Luard & Frances Boswell
Suitable for 9 months onwards
A cornmeal pudding as they like it in Romania (they call it mamaliga) takes the place of bread on the rural table and is always eaten on its own, as a separate course.