I puréed meat.
Last go round, I, like most baby food makers I know, waited to introduce meat until the boy could eat little chunks on his own. This time around, she needs the iron and she can’t handle the little chunks yet so I had two choices, buy jarred baby meat or make my own. And as grossed out as I was by making meat mush, for reasons I can’t explain, the jars grossed me out more.
I commented on the gross-out factor at Obi’s developmental play group before the holidays and got some tips from a mom with an older child with global delays. Her son can’t eat anything that isn’t puréed and she talked about all the things she blends up without batting an eye. This woman is a role model for anyone who is caring for a special needs child. Her positivity and ability to take everything in stride is quite inspiring to me – who still has quite a few why-oh-why days.
Anyway, with her encouragement in my head I set about making my first meat based baby food. I loosely followed a recipe by Annabel Karmel found here. I def got a little queasy in the process – I’m no supermom and I find blender meat to be one of the grossest things around, but I got it done, portioned and into the freezer.
Though she’s slow to take to it on it’s own, she’ll eat it mixed in with other things. I’ve now also done a beef with carrots and celery and that one wasn’t so bad.
I’m chalk this one up to you-gotta-do-what-you-gotta-do.
You’ll find the recipe I based it on below but before you go, I just wanted see if you’re interested in joining me in a random act of kindness. I stumbled upon a blog post this morning from mom of a former micro-preemie with delays who’s entered a photo in a contest and needs votes. I don’t know her at all but felt compelled to not only vote, but encourage others to vote too. It’s a small contest, with a rather tasty prize and she has a chance of winning with a little support from afar. You can read the post here and vote for her photo here. It’s entitled Woodland Creature. I’m sure she’s wondering where the sudden surge in votes has come from – she’s probably not expecting them from a random reader spreading the word from 1000km away but hell, if the internet wasn’t made for random acts of kindness, just what was it made for. You can vote from all your devices and I’m pretty sure she’ll be super grateful if you do.
Chicken with Carrots and Apple Purée
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 small onion, peeled and chopped
- 350g/12oz carrots, peeled and sliced
- 250ml/8 fl oz unsalted chicken stock or use water with a bay leaf
- 1 chicken breast (approx. 125g/4oz)
- 1 small apple, cored, peeled and chopped
- Heat the olive oil in a saucepan and sauté the onion until softened.
- Add the sliced carrots, pour over the chicken stock or water and bay leaf and bring to the boil.
- Reduce the heat, then cover and cook for 10 minutes.
- Cut the chicken into pieces and add to the carrots together with the chopped apple, and continue to cook for 10 minutes.
- Remove the bay leaf if necessary.
- Puree in a blender and then spoon some of the puree into your baby’s bowl and serve lukewarm.
- Freeze the remainder in individual portions.