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How to make baby food with flavour and nurture adventurous palates

May 27, 2015

how to make baby food with flavour

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I really love food so when my babies were starting solids I was really aware of setting them up for eating for life. Babies have more taste buds than adults so the main thing to be aware of is what their little systems can handle.

Bear in mind that Indian babies eat Indian food, and Thai babies eat Thai food so a how to make baby food with flavour is probably irrelevant in many countries.

I couldn’t bear the thought of them eating mashed pear and smooshed pumpkin for months on end so I decided early on to get experimental with their meals.

I added fresh herbs and spices and got them into flavor from the get go and now that my children are a little older their palates are really broad and I can give them everything I eat. Whether they eat it or not is an entirely different blog but ultimately it was a long-term plan because I’m lazy and I don’t want to be cooking separate meals for fussy kids.

I started D Man on solids at 4 months, because he was showing a definite interest in eating something other than boob and Kiki started at 6 months because she was the second baby and no one ever rushes into more work with the second, right?

Whenever your little one is ready to start solids, there is one thing that all mums take into consideration – their baby’s health.

Making your own food for bubs is always the number one way to ensure you know what is going into your baby’s mouth, but for the days that you are in a rush or need to grab something on the go it’s important to have a brand you can trust as your go to baby food.

how to make baby food with flavour

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Using quality ingredients, and approved by nutritionists who are also mums themselves, means that on the days you don’t have time to create your own gourmet mushy feast you can be sure your still giving your child only the best.

When you do have the time, these food combos were a mega hit with my babies so if you’re looking for inspiration for feeding your baby who is transitioning to solids, you should try these out.

Try making larger batches and freezing it to make your life easier. You can freeze in ice cube trays or zip lock sandwich bags.

Once you’ve done your preliminary pear, apple, and pumpkin that mostly lands on the floor I suggest you start adding interesting flavours to get your little one used to flavour.

I like to steam in a little stock. You can buy stock without salt, or make your own stocks.

 how to make baby food with flavour

Asian style – 7-8 months

  •  1 carrot
  • 1 stalk celery
  • ½ cob of sweetcorn, kernels removed
  • ½ clove garlic
  • ½ teaspoon grated ginger
  • coriander

Place all of the ingredients except the coriander in a saucepan with a little chicken stock. Pop the lid on and steam until soft. Blitz the ingredients to a mashed consistency then blend together with the coriander and serve.

 

Spicy Fruit Pudding – 7 months

  •  1 apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 pear, peeled and chopped
  • 3 dried apricots
  • 1 tablespoon sultanas
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • a pinch of nutmeg

(you can add a spoon of oats to this too at around 8-10 months)

Place all ingredients in a saucepan over a medium heat with 2 tablespoons water. When just soft removed and blend until smooth, or if baby is ready serve chunky.

how to make baby food with flavour

Cauliflower and Cheese – cheese not recommended until 8-10 months. Make without until then if you wish

  • ¼ cup broccoli florets
  • ¼ cup cauliflower florets
  • ½ peeled potato
  • ¼ cup cheese
  • a pinch of nutmeg.

Place vegetables into a saucepan over a medium heat with a couple of tablespoons of stock. When cooked add the cheese and nutmeg and blend together.

 

Treat ‘em Green – 7 months

  • ½ zucchini
  • ¼ cup frozen peas
  • ¼ cauliflower florets
  • ¼ avocado
  • 10 mint leaves

Place zucchini, peas and cauliflower in a little saucepan over a medium heat with ¼ cup of vegetable stock and pop the lid on. When just soft, mash slightly and blend together with the avocado and mint. Ensure peas are adequately cooked and mashed not to pose a choking hazard.

Pulses are a great option also. My kids loved this red lentil dhal from around 9-10 months. I added yoghurt to it to make it creamy and delicious.

how to make baby food with flavour

Adding mashed cannellini beans and chick peas (ensure they are properly mashed aa they are a possible choking hazard) are great for protein when they are around 7-8 months, as is a little bit of meat. You can branch out into lamb and vegetables with rosemary, and beef and vegetables with basil and oregano when you think they’re ready!

A good guide for the appropriate age for foods is here.

Some ideas for finger foods can be found here –

Triple C Pikelets

Polenta Chips

Banana Berry WeetBix Muffins

Apple Fritters

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