More Gourmet Baby Food!

The last couple days I have been back in the kitchen creating gourmet baby food. Some of the past favorites are being made like: Carrot Apple Celery Soup, Chicken and Potato, Tomatoes and Carrots with Basil, Chicken and Apple Balls, and Mini Cottage Pies… But some new ones have joined the list as well! 😉

  • Chicken with Winter Vegetables … with chicken breast, leek, onion, carrots, celery, and chicken broth.
  • Lentil and Vegetable (Purée) … with onion, carrots, celery, lentils, sweet potato, tomato purée, and cheddar cheese.

 

  • Tomatoes and Carrots with Basil … with carrots, tomatoes, cauliflower florets, fresh basil, and cheddar cheese.
  • Chicken and Apple Balls … with chicken breast, green apples, onion, fresh parsley, herbs, whole grain bread crumbs cooked in chicken broth.
  • Mini Cottage Pies … with lean ground beef, carrots, potatoes, onion, red bell pepper, garlic, fresh parsley, and chicken broth.
  • Carrot, Apple and Celery Soup … with carrots, green apples, celery, and onions.
  • Chicken and Potato … with chicken breast, potatoes, garlic, onions, and leek.

Fabulously Pink!

Yes, I LOVE Barbie. I openly admit that I love Barbie.. always have.. always will. Let’s face it, Barbie has had some of the coolest jobs anyone can imagine – astronaut, race car driver, president – and she always is fabulously dressed when doing them. So when I saw this outfit that Barbie is wearing, I just had to post. Why? Because I just love what she’s wearing! 😉

Perfect in Pink! I would so totally wear this oufit! ;)
Perfect in Pink! I would so totally wear this oufit! 😉

Chicken & Potato Soup

This is another one of my favorite soups that I modified for gourmet baby food. But, when I make it for myself, I add bacon. The other difference is, I leave all the ingredients very chunky, but for little ones, I chop it in the blender. I leave it still a bit chunky, but once I put it through the blender the texture becomes thicker and actually something a toddler can feed themself. It’s less soupy, and is more of a ‘mash’. 🙂

I melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. I add finely chopped garlic and finely sliced onions, and cook, stirring for 3 minutes, until slightly softened. I then add finely sliced leeks and cook for another 3 minutes, stirring.

In a bowl I mix all purpose flour with enough of my homemade chicken stock to make a smooth paste, and stir that into the pan.  I continue to cook, stirring for 2 minutes. I pour in more of my homemade chicken stock, then add chopped potatoes, and chopped chicken breast. I bring it to a boil, then lower the heat, and simmer for 25 minutes, until the chicken and potatoes are tender and cooked through.

I then put the soup in the blender and chop briefly to create a thick chicken and potato mash texture, yet still chunky.  🙂

Carrot, Apple & Celery Soup :)

Carrot, Apple & Celery Soup is probably one of my absolute favorite soups!! It is bursting with so much flavour, my mouth is watering just thinking about it now. And because there is a sweetness in the flavours, but still super healthy, it is the perfect  dish for a baby or toddler. The only twist is… I purée it smooth for myself, so it is more of a soup, but as gourmet baby food, I leave it somewhat chunky. That’s more fun for little ones to eat. 😉

I placed carrots, onions, and celery in a large pan and added my homemade vegetable stock. I brought it to a boil, reduced the heat, covered it and let simmer for 10 minutes.

In the mean time, I peeled, cored, and diced apples. I prefer Granny Smith because they are both sweet and tart. I added the diced apples, tomato paste, a bay leaf, and sugar to a pan and brought it to a boil over medium heat. I reduced the heat, partially covered it, and let simmer for 20 minutes. I removed and discarded the bay leaf.

I placed the carrot and apple mixture in a blender and chopped it, keeping a chunky texture.

Soooo yummy! 🙂

Mini Cottage Pies

Mini Cottage Pies are a great way to introduce red meat to a baby or toddler. There’s also something very comforting, and unintimidating about them, unlike a steak. I think it may be the combination of the potato & carrot mash, that gives it that ‘comfort food’ feeling

I put chopped carrots into a saucepan, cover them with boiling water, and cook for 5 minutes. I then add chopped potatoes and cook for an additional 15 minutes.

While the carrots and potatoes are cooking, I heat olive oil in a skillet, and sauté chopped onion and bell peppers for 3 to 4 minutes. I add crushed and chopped garlic and sauté for 1 minute. At this point in time, because the red bell peppers have the skins on them, I place the peppers and onions in a food processor and chop them up very fine. I then return them back to the hot pan. At this time, I add lean ground beef, season with ground black pepper, and sauté until browned. I prefer the slightly more chunky ground beef, so I no longer add it to the food processor as I originally did when I first introduced this recipe.

I then add fresh chopped parsley, tomato paste, and homemade chicken broth, and bring it to a boil, then I cover it and let it simmer for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, once the potatoes and carrots are cooked, I strain and mash them with milk and butter.

I spoon the meat into small ramekins, and topp with the mashed potato and carrot. I brush them with a little beaten egg, then heat them through in an oven preheated to 350F, then under a preheated broiler until lightly golden.

Chicken Apple Balls

Chicken and Apple Balls are super tasty, and a great finger food for a toddler to feed themself at the dinner table  🙂

I heated olive oil in a pan and sauted half a finely chopped onion for about 3 minutes. Using my hands, I squeezed out a little of the excess liquid from my grated Granny Smith apple. I then mixed the apple with the chicken, my cooked and uncooked finely chopped onions, herbs – fresh parsley and fresh thyme, and whole wheat bread crumbs. I put it lightly through a food processor to bring it to a consistency that will help keep the balls together, but I still it it a bit chunky. I seasoned with a little pepper.

I then formed little meatballs with my hands, rolled them in flour, and cooked them in a pot of chicken stock for about 10 minutes until thoroughly cooked through. I spooned them out of the pot using a slotted spoon, place them on a cookie sheet, and I baked then in the oven until they formed a light golden brown crust. I let them cool slightly before serving. Yummy! 🙂

Chicken with Sweet Potato and Apple

This one is yummy and sweet… 🙂

I heated vegetable oil in a saucepan, then added finely chopped onion, and sauteed them for 2-3 minutes. I then added chopped chicken and sauteed it until it turned opaque. I added finely chopped green apple (peeled and cored), finely chopped sweet potatoes, and chicken broth. I brought it to a boil, covered it, and let simmer for 15 minutes. I placed the mixture in a blender and chopped it to a chunky texture. 🙂

Yummy!!