I’ve found the key to getting my little one to eat is flavor, flavor, flavor — and a lot of variety. I taste all of his food before it goes into his mouth and have found that if I don’t like it, he won’t like it. It could be the taste or it could be the texture, so if he doesn’t like a food the first time, I’ll give it to him prepared a different way. For instance, he doesn’t like to eat fresh peaches, but if I bake them, he loves them. If I give him sliced banana on his tray, he just smears them around, but if I let him gum off a bite from a whole banana (while I eat it too), he begs for more. Keep mixing it up to keep their interest because babies love to explore new things. The baby food available at the supermarket has vastly improved, but nothing compares to the taste of fresh, homemade meal. This turkey, carrot and potato baby food recipe is easy to make and will help develop good eating habits — eating what you make, not store-bought prepared meals.
Because my little guy IS such an adventurous eater, I don’t give him the same foods for days on end. I make mini batches of baby food in a small saucepan a few times a week from what I have available. I leave everything to simmer to tenderness, adding bits along the way. This one is always a hit with my little guy. It has the delicious, homemade flavor of your favorite stew, and is healthy for your little one. You can puree this, or leave it chunky if your baby is eating finger foods. Just make sure you cut everything into small enough pieces.
Try to find organic vegetables and meat if possible, especially when it comes to potatoes, celery and apples. These made the “Dirty Dozen List” for fruits and vegetables containing the most pesticides for 2013. Others include cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, hot peppers, nectarines, peaches, spinach, strawberries and sweet bell peppers. I also make my own chicken stock from the leftover bones from roasting a chicken. Homemade chicken stock is rich in calcium, magnesium and other minerals, plus gelatin, which aids the body in producing cartilage. In addition to the health benefits, the taste is delicious.
- 4 ounces (1/2 cup) organic ground turkey
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup organic sweet (like Vidalia) onion, chopped
- Pinch garlic powder
- Pinch dried herbs (tarragon, oregano, ginger or whatever you prefer)
- 2 medium organic carrots, chopped
- 1/2 large organic potato, cubed
- ½ large yam or sweet potato
- 1 cup organic chicken stock (not broth)
In a saucepan, brown the turkey in the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for another 3 minutes. Add the herbs, garlic and stir for just a minute. Add the carrots, potato, sweet potato and chicken stock. Lower heat and cook covered for 15 minutes. Uncover and cook for another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. The stock should reduce down about half.
For younger babies, mash or puree this mixture in a food processor until smooth, adding the pan juices until you reach the desired consistency. For older babies who are capable of feeding themselves, you can serve as-is.