Enter Protein- More Homemade Baby Food

Well my little darling is now at the age that I can introduce proteins to her.  I went a little crazy and made so much food I actually ran out of containers!  I decided to make three protein mixes and two fruits.  I made chicken broccoli and quinoa, beef stew, spinach white bean and pear, apricot cherry and apple pear with cinnamon and nutmeg.  I have tasted all these meals and am surprised at how taste my version is!  By the way it does not smell as offending as the jarred kind!  Avery really likes the beef stew!  I guess my girl is into meat and potatoes like her daddy.

If you would like to make these protein rich baby purees…

Here’s what you need…

1 chicken breast, boiled and chopped

8 oz of frozen broccoli

1/4 cup of cooked quinoa

8oz of frozen spinach

1 can of white beans, drained and rinsed

1 large pear, peeled, cored and cut into chunks

1/4 lb of beef tips

a hand full of baby carrots or 2 large carrots peeled and cut into chunks

1 medium yukon gold potato, cut into similar sized chunks as the carrots

6 oz of dried apricots, soaked in hot water to soften

12oz of frozen cherries, thawed

4 small pink lady apples, cored and quartered

2 medium pears, cored and quartered

Here’s what you do…

For the chicken and broccoli:

Cook the quinoa according to package directions.  Set aside.  Boil the chicken, set aside to cool.  Steam the broccoli until tender and add all three items to the food processor and process until almost smooth, adding water as needed.  I have been leaving things a little chunkier for Avery.  Makes about 8 servings.

For the beef stew:

In an oven safe skillet, brown the beef tips in a teaspoon of olive oil.  Toss in carrots, potatoes and 1/2 cup of water to the pan.  Place the pan in an oven preheated to 400 degrees and cook for about 25 minutes or until the beef is cooked through and the veggies are soft.  Place into the food processor, adding water to process until almost smooth.  Makes about 8 servings.

For the spinach and white bean:

Steam the pears and the spinach together until tender.  Add the spinach, pears and the drained and rinsed white beans to the processor.  Process until almost smooth, adding water as needed.  Makes about 12 servings.

For the apricot and cherry:

Add the softened apricots and thawed cherries to the processor.  Process until smooth, adding water as needed.  Makes 8-10 servings.  This is sweet and would be wonderful mixed with plain greek yogurt.

For the apple and pear:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Place apples and pears on a baking sheet.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg.  Roast for 25 minutes.  Add the fruit to the processor and process until smooth, adding water as needed.  Makes about 10 servings.

Hope your little one loves it as much as mine does!

Go and Create!

Rachel

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