Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Baby Food Recipes Take 2

Hi peeps!

For my beautiful cousin, Yolandie; its just a few short weeks to go and her and Jan's beautiful daughter will arrive into this world. Not long after; her bestie; Liani and her husband, Franco (from LF Photography - link is on the right; please go take a look!); will also be welcoming their bundle of joy too.

It reminded me that I did promise to do more recipes on baby food and I forgots. :(

But I'm making up for it today with these fab baby foods that baby will definitely love! Let's take a look:

Baby's first vegetable purees recipe

These purees are your baby's very first tastes of solid food and should be served one at a time to introduce new taste sensations gradually. Pureed vegetables are the next step on from rice cereal.

Age suitability : 4.5months+
Suitable for freezing : Yes
Food group: VEGGIES
Ingredients Suggestions:
sweet potato

Stove or oven method:

Take two cups of your chosen vegetable. Peel if required and cut into even sized pieces.

Steam until tender and then puree using a stick blender, blender or food processor.

To make it the right consistency for your baby's first food, you will need to add some boiled water to hte puree until it has a nice moist, soft consistency.

Set aside a portion or two and then freeze the remainder in a covered ice cube tray so you are able to defrost portions when required.

Steaming on the stovetop, using a pressure cooker and steaming in the microwave are all ideal ways to make baby food.

Boiling the vegetables is fine but it will leave your puree less nutritious as the vitamins end up in the cooking water.

You need to make sure that you use clean and dry utensils and bowls when preparing baby food to ensure good hygiene.
*This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung*

Apple and mango puree recipe

Packed with vitamins A, B and C, iron, potassium and protein, mangoes are a sweet-tasting treat that are good for babies. Mix with simple, well-loved apple puree for a fruity surprise.
Age suitability : 8 months+
Suitable for freezing : Yes
1 ripe mango
1 apple - Granny Smith or Golden Delicious are best

Stove or oven method:

Peel, core and cut the apple into chunks.

Place in a small saucepan and fill with just enough water to cover the apples.

Boil until tender, constantly checking the water doesn’t dry up.

Cut the mango lengthways as close to the seed as possible.

With your knife, cut the mango flesh-side-up into little squares, being careful not to cut all the way through the skin.

Gently “pop” the mango squares out by pushing from the skin side up and cut the cubes off.

Place cubes of mango and cooked apple chunks into a blender and blend until smooth.

Make a large batch of mango and batch of apple and freeze the fruits separately in cubes. Then you’ll be free to mix either in with other fruits or veggies. Just ensure you never refreeze the second recipe if using defrosted fruits.

Mangoes are tropical fruits and therefore not ideal for babies younger than six months, but eight months is ideal. Introduce it alone for four days to ensure there are no reactions before mixing with other fruits or foods. Mangoes can sometimes cause mild allergic reactions - check your baby for rash around the mouth area and the bottom after it passes through.
Can be frozen for up to four weeks.
*This recipe was created by Belinda Graham*

*excited baby hugs and delicious squeezies to all expecting mom's and to everyone who have already been blessed*
Chef Shants xxxxx

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