When my daughter turned 9 months old my mother suggested that I give her chicken in her baby food. My first thought was “oh that is so gross.” I had seen the gerber baby food on the shelf that had chicken in it. A white puree of mystery meat that I just could not stomach. With my daughter I relied a lot on organic store bought baby food.
I worked over sixty hours a week and felt baby food making would be too time consuming for me and my parents, who took care of my daughter. (I will blog later on the best store bought baby foods because in no way am I opposed to them.) With my son I decided that I needed to be home with my kids. I now had time to make my own baby food. My son is an EATER and sooner than expected he was ready to have animal protein in his food. I had to suck it up and do my research. Organic chicken and egg yolks seemed to be the best path. I had tried store bought chicken baby food and the only ones he really liked were the Sprout foods. He was going through them like crazy, and it did get a tad expensive. So here I am creating my own recipes and my son loves this one.
Health Benefits for Your Baby…
Chicken is an easy protein to add in to your baby food. Please note: Animal protein may be introduced anytime between 7-8 months of age. Always ask your pediatrician. Mine gave me a few ‘how to’s when I asked.’ Chicken is an excellent, low fat source of protein and a good source of niacin, phosphorus, vitamin B6 and selenium. I choose organic, free range breasts. The dark meats have more flavor; however, I am trying to make this easy and taking off fat, skin and bones is just too much.
In addition there is multiple ways to cook chicken. You can simmer, crock pot or bake. Baking is my preferred way to cook chicken because it helps keep all the nutrients inside. I use a little EVOO. If you do decide to simmer in water or use a crock pot make sure that when you puree the chicken you use the water you cooked the chicken in to make your chicken in to a puree.
Sweet potatoes: Are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and manganese. They also contain vitamin B6, potassium, iron, copper, dietary fiber and manganese. This is my go too starch as it rich in antioxidants.
To make this vitamin-packed puree, here is what you will need:
- 2 organic sweet potatoes
- 2 organic medium apples
- 1/2lb organic chicken
- salt to tatse
- cinnamon to taste
- Turn oven to 350 degrees
- Trim chicken breasts and lightly rub EVOO on to them. TIP- Cutting up the breasts cuts down baking time.
- Place tin foil on to a baking sheet and place chicken on top.
- Chicken will need 20-25 minutes in the oven or until chicken is cooked though and juices run clear.
- While chicken is baking; Clean vegetables and fruits with veggie wash.
- Peel and core two apples then cut in to slices.
- Peel and cut sweet potatoes in to cubes.
- Place apples and sweet potatoes in to a steamer. Steam until the sweet potatoes are soft.
- When chicken is ready cut in to cubes and place in the food processor. Puree until powdery.
- Add liquid from the steamed apples and sweet potatoes until you get the consistency you are looking for. I prefer mine a tad runny.
- Add the sweet potatoes and apples and blend until a smooth texture is accomplished.
- Add cinnamon and salt to taste.
Like Beth, I prefer to store my baby purees in my Beaba Silicone Food Container, and place in the freezer until they are needed. These are especially convenient for protein-filled purees since each mold is only 2 oz., and they are incredibly easy to pop out, thaw, and reheat.
Remember to always speak with your Pediatrician before feeding your infant certain foods. They may want to stick with a few specific items, or your child may not be ready to move past the single-food purees just yet. Either way, have a full discussion with your child’s doctor before changing up your baby’s food regimen.