Cooking for Kam: Solving for Slimy Finger Food

May 8, 2012 at 12:00 PM | Posted in Baby Food | 3 Comments
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Wheat Germ is my favorite secret mommy ingredient. It is packed full of nutrients and easy to hide in most food (like the veggie nuggets I’ll share later in the week). Another use I have found for wheat germ is that it can be used to make slimy food a little less slimy…and a lot easier for little fingers to grab.

Kamran loves butternut squash and it was no problem to feed to him as a purée. When we switched to finger food he got really frustrated chasing it around his tray. So I would cook, cube then coat in wheat germ–problem solved. I typically put the food into a bowl, sprinkle wheat germ on and shake it around until well coated. No cooking required.

Last night Kamran had avocado as part of his meal. Yet another slimy finger food made less slimy thanks to wheat germ.

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Cooking for Kam: Breaded Eggplant

May 2, 2012 at 12:00 PM | Posted in Baby Food | Leave a comment
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I’ll be the first to admit, I do not like eggplant. That won’t keep me from feeding it to my kid. It is so full of nutrients and healthy that I decided to at least try it on him. I know that once cooked, frozen then defrosted and reheated (what it takes to cook ahead) eggplant can get mushy. That is why I wanted to try the breaded route. The results were a smash hit.

The eggplant I bought was enormous so the recipe below is for a very large eggplant.

Ingredients
1 eggplant
3 medium (or 2 large eggs)
1 cup milk
1.5 cups bread crumbs
1.5 cups wheat germ
Pinch salt, pepper, parsley (optional)

You can peel the eggplant if you like. This is optional but I read that eggplant skin can be hard for little tummies to digest. That said, I peeled mine. Slice eggplant into approx 1/4 inch slices. Since the eggplant I got was so huge, I also cut the slices in half. Admittedly, I used my food processor to do the slicing.

You will need 3 separate bowls for dunking. Fill 1 bowl with beaten egg, another with milk and the last with the bread crumb and wheat germ and optional spices combined. I don’t typically cook with salt or pepper for Kamran so I did without the optional spice.

Take your slice of eggplant and first dunk into the beaten egg, then breadcrumb/wheat germ. Once you have applied this first coat, dunk into milk then bread crumb/wheat germ again. Repeat this for each slice.

There are a few ways to cook this. My preferred method for Kamran is to heat a skillet, spray with cooking spray and cook eggplant for 3 to 4 minutes each side until cooked through. Using the skillet means I can cook as I prep and it seems to take less time this way.

If you prefer, you can bake or deep fry. Of course, I can’t advocate deep fried food for a baby but I think it’s a fair method for an adult who doesn’t like eggplant much.

My son shocked me with how much he likes this recipe. He ate 6 slices in one sitting the first time I cooked it. Normally he eats about 3 slices with another food option combined.

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Cooking for Kam: Baby Food Storage

April 29, 2012 at 12:00 PM | Posted in Baby Food | Leave a comment
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I remember when I first started making baby food for Kamran. I was at a loss for how to store the stuff. I knew I was going to freeze it, but how–in what containers? There were a few different options and they all seemed good. At first I thought it would be best to buy a ton of containers with lids, make the food, portion into containers and both freeze and eat from them. That was just plain expensive in my book. I also had a hard time finding good reviews on those containers.

We ultimately decided to make the food, portion out into covered freezer trays and once frozen move to freezer bags complete with food label and date. This way, we just grabbed a few cubes of food we needed, put them into baby Tupperware, defrosted and off we went!

If you are trying to decide on which freezer tray to go with, I HIGHLY recommend the Mumi & Bubi Solids Starter Kit. Sure, in comparison to the other freezer tray options, this one is expensive. If you use the same food storage method we opted for, these are the only freezer trays you will need! They hold a ton of food. We could make 3, sometimes more different types of fruit or veggie purees at once and they would all fit within the 2 trays.

To be fair, we only tried one other type of freezer tray. A friend lent us the kidco trays and I didn’t like them quite as much. The food is a ton harder to get out of the kidco trays, in my opinion and though cheaper, it holds much less food. You will notice in the Amazon reviews that some people try to crack the Mumi & Bubi trays like you would an ice cube tray then say they are no good. Good luck, you’re right. It won’t work…because they are made for you to push down on one end of the food so it slides out the other end.

We don’t use freezer trays as much anymore because Kamran can eat typical, whole foods. Now we just cook and store directly in freezer bags.

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