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Gourmet Baby Food: Vegetables With Pesto

When creating gourmet baby food for a toddler who is a Foodie, you must always keep in mind flavours, and flavour combinations. You must always be willing to step outside the box to create new delicious dishes, even if you aren’t completely sure how it will be received. You must be willing to create a tasty “opportunity” for your your baby or toddler… Because you just might be surprised at the response! 😉

Introducing… Vegetables with Pesto! 🙂

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-love heat. Add finely chopped onion and thinly sliced leeks. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onion softens. Add thinly sliced celery, thinly sliced carrots, and finely chopped garlic. Cook covered for an additional 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add water, diced potato, finely diced parsnip, diced turnip, and green beans cut into small pieces. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and simmer, covered for 5 minutes.

Add fresh or frozen peas, sliced zucchini, and cannellini beans, and season with pepper. Cover again and simmer for about 25 minutes until all the vegetables are tender.

Meanwhile, make the pesto by putting finely chopped garlic, fresh basil leaves, and grated Parmesan cheese in a food processor. Add extra virgin olive oil and process until smooth. Scrape down the sides as necessary.

Add fresh spinach leaves, cut into thin ribbons, into with vegetables and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Stir in the pesto.

This dish is meant to be chunky, but I like to put some in the blender and chop, then add it back to the vegetable mixture.  It creates a nice combination of chunky and creamy textures.

Yummy! 🙂

Chicken & Rice Gourmet Baby Food

I decided to create a new gourmet baby food creation, and this time is was…. Chicken & Rice.

Okay okay… I know what you’re thinking..”How is that new?” Well, it’s new because I have never created this recipe before. 😉

I put chicken stock in a large saucepan and added thinly sliced carrots, diced celery, and thinly sliced leek. I brought it to a boil, reduced the heat to low, and let simmer gently , partially covered, for 10 minutes.

I then stirred in defrosted petit pois, rice, and sliced cooked chicken. I continued cooking for an additional 10-15 minutes, until the vegetables were tender.

I added chopped fresh tarragon and parsley, then tasted to check the seasoning. I added ground pepper as needed.

Yummy!! 🙂

Gourmet Baby Food …..

The last three days I have been cooking up a storm… a gourmet baby food storm that is! 😉

Big batches of some of the favorites:

Sweet Vegetable Medley … with carrots, rutabaga, potato, parsnip and milk.
Lentils Delish … with lentils, carrots, celery, onion, sweet potato, and vegetable broth.
Tomatoes and Carrots with Basil … with carrots, tomatoes, cauliflower florets, fresh basil, and cheddar cheese.
Carrot, Apple, and Spinach … With green apples, carrots, and baby spinach leaves.
Minestrone … with garlic, prosciutto, orange and red bell peppers, tomatoes, celery, beans, cabbage, peas, parsley, vermicelli, and vegetable broth.
Carrot, Apple and Celery Soup … with carrots, green apples, celery, and onions.

And this is just the beginning… I have a few more days ahead of me for delicious items. Stay tuned for what I make! 🙂

Lentil and Vegetable (Purée)

As I have mentioned before in another post, lentils are a good, inexpensive source of protein. They also provide iron, which is very important in brain development, particularly between the ages of six months and two years. So I like the idea of making gourmet baby food with lentils to take advantage of their nutrional goodness. 🙂

I heated vegetable oil and sauteed chopped leek (.you can use onions as well), chopped carrots, and chopped celery for five minutes. I rinsed the lentils, then added them to the pan. I then added peeled and chopped sweet potato and sauteed for one minute. I poured in tomato purée, and one tablespoon of water. I covered the pan and cooked for about 30 minute. I removed the pan from the heat, and stirred in grated cheddar cheese until it melted. I chopped it further in a blender, but still kept it chunky. But you can completely purée it if you prefer. 🙂

Yum!!

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.

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! 🙂

Minestrone

This is one of those dishes where you can make a huge pot, and serve everyone in your family… not just your baby or toddler. The only difference, is you will want to chop the final product in a blender a bit so it’s still chunky, but easier to eat by your little one. 🙂

I heated olive oil in a large pot. I added finely chopped garlic, finely chopped red onions, and sliced prosciutto. I cooked everything over medium heat, stirring, for 3 minutes, until slightly softened. I then added red and orange bell peppers (finely chopped and seeded), chopped canned tomatoes, and cooked for an additional 2 minutes, stirring. I then stirred in vegetable stock, sliced celery, pinto beans, shredded green leafy cabbage, frozen peas (thawed), and fresh parsley chopped. I seasoned with pepper, brought it to a boil, then lowered the heat and let simmer for 30 mins.

I added dried vermicelli to the pot. I cooked for an additional 10-12 minutes or according to the instructions on the package. If serving the minestrone to everyone, remove from the heat and ladle into serving bowls for the adults, and garnish with freshly grated Parmesan.

For your little one, scoop out some of the minestrone into a blender and chop. Be sure to keep a nice chunky consistency, but now it will be easier for that little mouth to eat all the different flavours. 🙂

Lentils Delish!

Lentils are inexpensive, and a good source of protein. They also provide iron which is very important for brain development, especially for babies and toddlers between the ages of six months and two years. Because lentils can be difficult for young babies to digest, they should be combined with lots of vegetables. 🙂

I sauteed onions, carrots, and celery in vegetable oil for about five minutes or until softened. I then added lentils and sweet potato, and poured vegetable broth over all the veggies. I brought it to a boil, turned down the heat, then let simmer for 20 minutes, covered. I then chopped it in a blender. You can purée it , but I chose to keep it chunky.  🙂

 

Gourmet Baby Food

For many months now, I have found myself experimenting and creating in the kitchen. So what delicious things have I been creating? Well…. gourmet baby food, actually! 😉

I will have to go into more detail soon with the exact recipes I have made, but here is a mini list of some of the yummy dishes:

  • Sweet Vegetable Medley … with carrots, rutabaga, potato, parsnip and milk.
  • Lentils Delish … with lentils, carrots, celery, onion, sweet potato, and vegetable broth.
  • Tomatoes and Carrots with Basil … with carrots, tomatoes, cauliflower florets, fresh basil, and cheddar cheese.
  • Carrot, Apple, and Spinach … With green apples, carrots, and baby spinach leaves.
  • Minestrone …
  • Chicken with Sweet Potato and Apple … with chicken breast, onion, green apples, sweet potato, and chicken broth.
  • 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.

And still so many more ideas and dishes to create!! 🙂

Carrot, Apple and Celery Soup

It has been a long time, I admit, since I created a tasty soup for my Soup Adventures. And this soup did not disappoint!

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 chose Granny Smith because they are both sweet and sour.  I added the diced apples, to to sto 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

Meanwhile, I washed and cored another apple and cut it into thin slices, without peeling. I placed the slices in a small pan and squeezed lemon juice over them. I heated the apple slices gently and let simmer 1-2 minutes, or until the apple was tender.. I drained the apple slices and set aside until ready to use.

I placed the carrot and apple mixture in a blender and processed it until smooth. I returned the soup to the rinsed-out pan, reheated it gently, and seasoned to taste with salt and pepper. I then ladled the soup into warmed bowls, topped with the reserved apple slices (and if you like, shredded celery leaves), and served immediately.

Soooo yummy! 🙂