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    Baby Food

    Sat Feb 28, 2009 10:30 am Groupie
    Hi Everyone, I am a new mom to a beautiful 10 month little girl. She is now starting to eat table food but I am, of course, sticking to the easy stuff (potatoes, bananas, etc.). I also work so don't have much time to be in the kitchen.

    Any ideas, suggestions on how to feed my baby healthy table food appropriate to her age?
    Um Safia
    Sun Mar 01, 2009 6:06 am
    Forum Host
    Hi there,

    that is such a lovely age! I will come back later with some ideas, recipes & cookbooks for you....

    icon_biggrin.gif Rezika.
    Um Safia
    Mon Mar 02, 2009 12:05 pm
    Forum Host
    From around 10 months I fed my children the same meals as my husband & I ate - I removed their portions before adding salt & spices. I then chopped the food up into appropriate sized pieces for them.

    With my daughter, I found freezing portions of food to be invaluable. It is a great time saver to make a few meals at the weekend (or whenever you have a spare hour or so) & then portion up, label & freeze!

    The small pastas like the tiny shells, orzo & stars are really good for 10 month old. Mix in a little cheese sauce (basic shite sauce with grated hard cheese) or a tomato & veggie sauce.

    Here are some nice recipes from Annabel Karmel (I will submit the recipes later):

    Tomato, sweet potato & cheese sauce with pasta shells.

    Makes 8 portions of sauce & is suitable for freezing.

    1 tbsp olive oil
    1 onion, chopped
    1 clove garlic, crushed
    8oz sweet potato, peeled & chopped
    2 medium carrots, peeled & sliced
    14oz tin chopped tomatoes
    7fl oz boiling vegetable stock or water
    2oz chedder cheese, grated

    Heat the oil in a saucepan & saute the onion for about 4 minutes until softened. Add the garlic & saute for 1 more minute.

    Stir in the sweet potato & carrots, then pour in the tomatoes & boiling stock or water. Bring to the boil, stirring, then cover & simmer for about 30 minutes until the veggies are tender.

    Allow to cool slightly, then blend the sauce to a puree & stir in the cheese until melted.

    Serve each portion of sauce mixed with 1 oz soft cooked pasta.

    Finger sized salmon fishcakes

    Makes 4-6 portions (24-26 fish cakes)

    1 medium potato5 1/2 oz poached salmon, skin & bones removed
    1 large spring onion, finely chopped
    1tbsp mayo
    3-4 tbsp tomato ketchup (to taste)
    2 tbsp plain flour
    1 egg, beaten
    4 tbsp dried breadcrumbs
    3 tbsp fresh grated Parmesan cheese
    5-6 tbsp sunflower oil for frying

    Microwave the potato for 7-9 minutes until soft. Leave to satnd for 10 mins, or until cool enough to handle, then peel off the skin with a sharp knife.

    Put the potato in a bowl & mash well. Flake the salmon & stir into the potato together with the spring onions, mayo & ketchup. Mix really well. Roll teaspoonfuls of the mixture into small balls.

    Put the flour on a plate, put the egg in a bowl, mix the breadcrumbs & parmesan together on another plate.

    Dust the balls with flour, then dip in the egg & coat in the breadcrumbs. For best results, cover & chill overnight.

    Heat the oil in a frying pan & cook the fishcakes for about 4 mins, turning occasionally, until golden brown on all sides. Drain on kitchen paper & allow to cool to warm before serving.

    N.B: To freeze the fishcakes, open freeze on a tray then store in a freezer bag. Cook them from frozen adding an extra 1 minute to the cooking time.

    Great cookbooks:

    2. Baby Food (75 recipes)

    Baby stuff (40 recipes)

    baby food (20 recipes)

    Some of the recipes in the cookbooks are duplicates, but not many. Also one or two are for slightly older babies but the recipes are easily adaptable.

    Also, any recipes you come across for younger babies, can be made suitable for a 10 month old by chopping instead of pureeing & adding small amounts of shredded or cubed meat, chicken or fish.

    Specifically 10 months:

    Beef Chuck Roast Stew (baby Food)

    Baby Food- Chicken, Two Potatoes, and Cheese (Oamc)
    Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:38 pm Groupie
    My daughter is 6 mths, so I have been checking out recipes for her. Here are some you might like.
    "Lovely Lentils With Brown Rice"
    "Cereal Cookies for Babies"
    "Toddler Tofu Bites"
    "Yummy Veggie Shepherd's Pie" (veggies cut to appropriate size)
    "Mango and Tofu Cream"
    Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:22 pm Groupie
    thank you all for your feedback!!!
    abe ray
    Fri Apr 10, 2009 7:47 pm Groupie
    Creamy Pumpkin Soup
    You can freeze this ahead of time & save yourself some time at the stove.
    also try these 2 tuna salad mixes Cheesy Tuna Salad
    & Spicy Tuna Salad!
    Thu May 07, 2009 4:31 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    My son is 11 months old and my DH and I feed him whatever we eat. We feel that the only way he will learn what he likes and does not like is to try new things and there are not many things he refuses.

    That being said, I make sure that we have some kind of vegetable everynight. Preferably fresh but after working all day I'm not opposed to opening a can of sliced carrots.

    If I'm making something that has quite a bit of spice to it I will set a little bit aside for him before I season the rest of it. But for the most part he has learned to love what we love. Including garlic, onions, green peppers.....

    Any type of chicken seems to be a winner. Roasted potatoes are great. He loves the pasta and carbs. I just make sure I only keep whole grain breads in the house.

    Hope this helps. Bottom line is, feed him whatever you feel comfortable with. I don't even bother with the jarred food anymore. After experiencing big people food, the runny mess in a jar is not appealing to him anymore.
    Chef# 616082
    Tue May 12, 2009 7:12 pm Groupie
    My grandson is a veggie hater but loves meats and breads so I make mini muffins for him with zucchini, carrot, sweet potato, pumpkin or apple. They freeze and travel really well. I also make carrot and pumpkin cookies.

    He loves a pate I make with a small steak sauted with garlic onion, carrot, celery, zucchini and spinach then blended with parsley, mayo, mustard and a glub of olive oil.

    He loves these Never Fail Tuna Patties (Salmon Works Too) salmon patties (I add parsley for the vitamins) and they freeze and reheat well.
    Fri Jun 19, 2009 5:24 pm Groupie
    as already said above... we just blend the food we are eating (as I cook with very little salt etc)... If we had made a curry I tend not to use a lot of spice but wouldn't give it to such a small child so would make something extra ...... search the fridge find some meat or fish add a little stock, some potato, carrots and create a little stew.... (I've even knocked up a microwaved potato added it into some stock and a bit of boiled ham in an emergency..)... all ours have eaten it (and our grown up children who now have their own little ones keep saying how they wolf it down and they don't do it with those shop bought jars.... and I'm not surprised as I tasted one once !!! )

    Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:22 am Groupie
    Yesterday we made what we call (in this area of the uk) "potato pie". Some other people will call it "loose potato pie", "stew", "meat and potato pie or stew" etc...

    Basically its some onions (we prefer to brown them in a little olive oil), carrots, beef (cheap cuts), a little garlic, pepper, some beef stock pots (like stock cubes), dash of Worcestershire sauce (maybe) cook for a few hours until nice and tender then add a lot of chopped potato and cook until nicely breaking down into the stock (this thickens it up a little).

    Now that how we the adults and older children ate it, with lots of buttered bread, pickled red cabbage and a separate crust cooked on a baking sheet and cut into squares (its about the most basic dish that all families around Lancashire will make in roughly the same way)

    and for the babies a little was allowed to cool and then blended.

    Which was wolfed down !

    Wed Aug 19, 2009 5:16 am Groupie
    I am so happy that I found this thread icon_smile.gif
    My grandson, 1 week shy of 10 months, wants to dig into what we eat. We sit him in his highchair at the table with us. We "when I say, we, I mean my daughter, his Mom and I" feed him baby jar food, and fruits, toast, easy things like that. But I tell ya.....the boy reaches out for our plates! icon_lol.gif Then he just sits there and looks at us with this look on his face, like...."why aren't you giving me any of that?" you know the puppy faces they can make and steal your heart? icon_smile.gif

    So yesterday I made a Italian sausage, kale and bean soup. So I then took some of it and ran it through my food processor, and wah-la, he had a smile on his face from check to check icon_smile.gif He loved it. I have leftover soup that I am going to run through the food processor and freeze and give to give.
    I am looking forward to saving some of those cookbooks above and making some recipes just for my special Grandson "I love him dearly" my first Grandchild icon_smile.gif

    Thank you for sharing the cookbooks.
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