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Mushrooms for Baby
June 19, 2014 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Switch it up from the basic first foods of fruits and vegetables by adding mushroom into your baby’s diet. This immune-boosting veggie contains vitamin D, vitamin C, B vitamins, iron, potassium, protein, and other nutrients along with powerful antioxidants. Not to mention, mushrooms are definitely tasty!

Luckily for baby, mushrooms don’t create a high-risk for causing allergic reactions. However, you should still consult a physician before making them a regular part of baby’s diet. It’s recommended that they be introduced at around 7-8 months of age.

Mushrooms should always be cooked before feeding them to your baby. This breaks down the parts of the mushroom that are difficult to digest and also makes it less likely to cause allergic reactions. They aren’t typically served alone, so pureeing them into veggies baby already enjoys is a great idea.

Braised Beef with Sweet Potato Purée via Annabel Karmel

Ingredients:
3/4 ounces butter or margarine
1 leek, washed and sliced
4 1/2 ounces braising steak, cut into cubes
1 tablespoon flour
3 1/2 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
10 ounces sweet potato, peeled and chopped
1 cup chicken stock
Juice of 1 orange (about 1/2 cup)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F

Melt the butter or margarine in a flameproof casserole dish and sauté the leek for about 4 minutes until softened.

Roll the meat in the flour; add to the leek and sauté until browned.

Add the mushrooms and sauté for 1 minute.

Add the sweet potato, stock and orange juice.

Bring to the boil and transfer to an oven 1 1/2 hours or until the meat is tender.

Blend to the desired consistency using as much of the cooking liquid as necessary.

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