Cooking for Kam: Lamb Meatballs in Gravy

June 26, 2012 at 2:09 AM | Posted in Baby Food | Leave a comment
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I could go all Bubba Gump here and list all of the ways one could possibly cook a meatball. The opportunities are endless really. Meatballs are a staple in this house. We always have at least turkey or beef meatballs handy–always. I typically purée a veggie or two, toss in wheat germ, an egg and bake in the oven. Tonight I decided to try something new. Lamb–covered in gravy. Swedish style almost.

Every time we go to the pediatrician he asks if Kamran has had lamb yet. I always tell him no. I don’t think I tried lamb until I was about 24 and just didn’t see it as necessary for a toddler. (Yes, I said that, the woman who makes her child quinoa burgers.) I found some lamb hanging out in the organic meat section the other day and said what the heck, it’s just like ground beef, I’ll give it a whirl.

Now, let me tell you, I personally DO NOT LIKE TO EAT LAMB. I don’t like the taste, texture, smell or anything else about it. So the entire time I spent cooking tonight I was also gagging. The things I don’t like about cooked lamb are even worse raw. Ick. I’m not selling this, I know.

1 lb ground lamb
1/2 small diced onion
1 clove diced garlic
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 medium egg
1/2 cup water
A few tablespoons of sifted flower
Pinch of salt optional

Mix all ingredients and roll into meatballs. Spray pan with cooking spray, add meatballs and cook covered on medium low stirring to cook evenly until meatballs reach an internal temp of 160 degrees F. Remove meatballs and set aside on paper towel.

You will be left with stock in a pan. Reduce heat to low. Add water and stir well. Sift flour into pan (add optional salt) while stirring until thick. Take care not to clump. Continue to cook on low to thicken. Return meatballs to pan, stir to coat and enjoy!!

I have to say, Kayvan liked the meatballs though he said they were bland–duh because I made them for the baby. So I tried one and am so incredibly grossed out. I really don’t like lamb. Hope my kid does though or his dad is going to be eating bland lamb meatballs!! The gravy is pretty good though!!

Cooking for Kam: Lasagna Roll Ups

April 14, 2012 at 6:50 PM | Posted in Baby Food | Leave a comment
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Now that he’s getting older and can “eat what we eat” as everyone keeps telling me I’ve been working on finding baby friendly recipes. If I come up with them myself I’ll share the recipe. If it’s from a book I’ll just share the photo. Some of these will just be inspired by something I saw, not measured out and loosely thrown together. Like this one.

Lasagna Roll Ups

I saw the recipe for spinach and cheese roll ups in a baby cook book, was inspired and threw these together.

1 carrot, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 onion, minced
Pinch basil
Pinch oregano
4 tomatoes
Ground beef
Lasagna noodles
Shredded mozzarella

Boil water for lasagna noodles, place noodles in water and removed when fully cooked. Drain, lay flat and cut in half.

As noodles cook, brown ground beef. Drain.

In a separate saucepan sauté carrot, clove, onion, basil and oregano for 5-10 minutes. Add diced tomato and simmer until a chunky sauce. (short cut to this is to use the stuff you can buy in a jar–I wanted to go easy on the tomato and heavy carrot) Blend in food processor, return to pan and add fully cooked ground beef. Stir.

Now we assemble. Place a layer of shredded mozzarella into the middle of the noodle, add beef and sauce mixture and roll. Do this for all noodles and bake on 350 in the oven until cheese is melted. Let cool then refrigerate or freeze for later.

You could probably use shells to stuff instead if you wanted.

Now that I made them, Kamran might be too young at 13 months to eat these often. It’s just going to be a really messy meal.

For bigger kids I would probably serve them in extra sauce and more cheese on top.

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