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Mealtime Magic
December 15, 2009 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Once your baby starts solids, dinnertime may seem challenging, but there’s no reason to cook separate meals for the whole family. All you need is a good strategy. Begin with the base of your meal, which is usually where you start adding seasonings. You can control the flavors at this point, and it’s easy to reserve some more mild tasting portions that are perfect for baby.

One of daughter’s favorite first foods was butternut squash. I’d split the squash lengthwise, remove the seeds and roast in a 400º oven until the flesh was tender. Once cooled, it’s easy to puree in your Elite food processor. Some would become her dinner, while the rest was used to make a butternut squash risotto. Now, at 18 months, she enjoys getting to eat the whole meal.

And as baby grows and becomes a more experienced eater, you can add diced, roasted root vegetables as a side your dinner and she can happily munch away—just reserve some to roast in a separate pan where you can adjust the seasoning for her developing palate. And to end the meal, give this naturally delicious treat a try.

Apple “Compote”
makes 2 to 3 servings

It may be too soon for apple pie, but add an extra apple to your shopping cart to make this wholesome treat. In fact, it’s so healthy, you can serve it as a snack, or mixed into yogurt.

1 apple
1 tablespoon water
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Peel and core an apple; add it to a small pot with enough water to just cover the apples. Bring to a boil, then simmer until fork tender. Drain and puree until very smooth in a food processor for babies 6 months and up, or keep it chunkier for older, more experienced eaters.

 

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