As I mentioned in my previous post, there have been many changes in the Unexpected Dad household. One of those is my daughter’s maturing diet. Not only have we started feeding her “regular” food, such as cut-up fruit, oatmeal and even little pieces of my wife’s awesome banana bread, but we have also started making our own baby food using fresh ingredients. Preparing food in this manner saves money, plus we know exactly what is in our baby’s food and it is exciting to see her eating food that we eat ourselves.
Our baby loves this recipe, I like to call it Chicken Parm. Here is what you will need:
- 1 Medium sized boneless, skinless chicken breast. Cooked and diced.
- 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce.
- 1/4 cup whole grain pasta. Cooked.
- 1/4 cup peas. Cooked.
- 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese.
Cook the chicken breast using your favorite method (grill, bake, etc.) and cut into small pieces. Cook the pasta as indicated on the box. We usually cook the pasta for a little longer than the directions call for; well cooked pasta seems to chop up better in the food processor. Steam or boil the peas, again if they are a little over-done they will mix up better in the food processor. Note that you can substitute different vegetables for the peas, we sometimes use broccoli or butternut squash.
Mix all the ingredients in a food processor. Note that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on a food processor or one of those specialized home baby food makers. Here at the Unexpected Dad household, we use a little Ninja Food Processor, it is less than $35.00 and works very well.
Blend the ingredients in several short 2-3 second bursts, pausing every once in a while to open the processor and scrape the sides of the bowl down with a plastic spatula so that the food mixes well. How long to blend the food will depend on how coarse or fine your child likes their food. We have been making the food a little more coarse so that Unexpected Baby is exposed to different textures. The tomato sauce is used as a liquid to help mix all the solid foods and to provide a more baby food like consistency; you may need to add or subtract liquid to get the food to the consistency that you want. If more liquid is needed you can always just add a little bit of water.
This particular recipe usually makes about 3 meals for our baby. We refrigerate leftovers and then warm the food up slightly (usually just about 15-20 seconds) in the microwave.
One final note: Please check with your pediatrician before starting your baby on regular food items and home made baby food.
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