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Catherine McCord's Butternut Squash is a great introduction to solid foods.
A friend of mine told me that she couldn't get her kids to eat vegetables no matter what she tried. Sound familiar? When you're trying to inspire your kids to eat vegetables, one of the most important things to remember is keeping it fun. It's all about the presentation when it comes to the vegetables. And serving this veggie pancakes which are crispy on the outside and tender in the inside is a great way to start. So, for the recipe, in a bowl, I'm gonna put flour, some baking powder and salt. Kids love pancakes. I mean, how much fun is it when you give your kids a pancake, it's usually what I consider to be a pretty easy sell in the kitchen. So that-- that is-- I've got the dry ingredients there. And then in the large bowl, you've got one large egg and you just wanna whisk this up. And this is also an easy recipe. In the end of the day don't you want things to be easy? Got the whi-- whisk egg. Hoop, that's enough. And then I've got some milk. And this is also fun because you can get your kids involve helping you in this recipe. All right, got the whisked egg. And then to this, I'm gonna add some grated zucchini and carrot. And when you're grating them, you wanna make sure to use the box grater, the large side. 'Coz you want them shredded, these are in teeny tiny pieces so that they cook evenly. And then you're just gonna coat the carrot and zucchini with the egg mixture. And if you don't have carrot or zucchini, you could also try red bell pepper. You can even try small pieces of broccoli or cauliflower 'coz you just wanna make sure that they'll cook in a few minutes. And then you're gonna top it with your flour mixture. And you just wanna coat it evenly. 'Coz they're just gonna be like pancakes. And what I love about this is you can freeze what you don't make. So, say you're feeding, you know, two or three people, you can put the remainders in the freezer in zipper bags. And then when you want to pull them out you just re-heat them in a 300 degree oven for about 10 minutes. All right, and then here is a good little trick that I like to do, is the ice cream scooper. You think ice cream scoopers are just, you know, useful for making ice cream. But they're not. They're great proportioning our cookies or even things like these veggie pancakes. So, we're gonna take a little bit of oil. You can use olive oil, you could use canola or vegetable oil. Let's gonna swirl that and cost my pan that I've got over a medium high heat because again you're trying to make them crispy on the outside but you don't want to burn them. You go to make sure the inside cooks through. Ah, see? And you just hear that nice sizzle. I'm telling you, my kids if you give them these with either some ketchup or some mustard on the side to dip in to add to the fun factor, it's pretty easy to get everybody to eat this. And these are not just for kids. These are perfect for adults too. So, when you need a side dish, a dinner or even breakfast or lunch, these are perfect for school lunch. All right, I'm gonna let them cook for few minutes on each side and then we're gonna flip them. And you see those little bubbles that are starting, right when that happens you know that it's been about three minutes and they're return to get a turn. Oh, look at these, they're gorgeous, golden on the inside-- outside, tender on the inside. Yeah, I would say that everybody is gonna love this. So, one of the best part is that no matter you're age, if-- if you're one year old or if you're whatever my age is, these are perfect because they have that soft center. Oh yeah, I need a bite. Hot. I like-- I'm like a kid, I like to dip them in ketchup. Uhm, uhm they're so crispy on the outside but the sweetness of the carrot comes out. Zucchini they're so tender in the inside. Yeah, these are-- these are a hit, these are winners. For more fast [unk] recipes like these and more check out weelicious.com. Uhm.
Learn how to make Butternut Apple Sweet Potato Puree, a great first food for babies.
So you've decided to make homemade baby food. Here's a few quick tips to make storing it a lot easier. After you pureed it up, you can place it into these containers. If you are refrigerating the food for six- to ninth-month-old, this would be about two servings. For a 9 to 12-month old it would be about one serving. If you're gonna refrigerate the food, you could put it in like this and then let it rest, stay in the refrigerator for about three days. You don't wanna keep baby food, homemade for more than three days. Put it on like this. This is really important, label your food. Just so that you know, whether it's in a refrigerator or in a freezer, how long it's been in there. I like to use painter's tape because it comes right off and you can just use an indelible marker to write exactly what the food is. If you're deciding to freeze, make sure that you don't fill the container more than 3/4 the way up because the food will expand. After you have frozen the food, you wanna make sure to put it back in the refrigerator when you defrost it. It will take anywhere from 12 to 24 hours. Try not to microwave the food because you don't wanna get hot spots in the food so when you feed your baby you don't wanna burn your baby's mouth. -That's it. For more fast, fresh and easy recipes like these and more and quick tips, checkout weelicious.com.
Give baby a nutritious start on solids with Catherine McCord's Spinach and Banana Puree.
-Your baby should be at least 4 months before you introduce her to solids, but it's best to wait until 6 months. At that age he'll have developed good head control and the skills necessary for swallowing food. You'll know she's ready for solids of she seems fascinated watching you eat, eagerly looking on as you take in every bite or reaching towards your kind of food. When your baby is ready to eat solids, start her off with pureed foods, vegetables or iron-fortified whole grain cereals. Stir full of anything with added sugars. When making cereal, mix it with breast milk or formula until it's slightly thicker than a [unk]. Prepare a very small amount and offer it to her on a small spoon. Some babies may rejects solids at first. That's okay. She's still gonna use this new source of nutrients. If she's 6 months old, continue to offer them slowly and calmly until she gets to hang a bit. If she's younger, you can wait a few days and try again. Even after you've introduced solids you should continue to offer breast milk or formula at meal time for the first couple of months. Start save 2 of her meals with one or two tablespoons of solid food followed by breast milk or formula. As your baby gets older, you can gradually increase the number of times you offer solids as well as the amount. Take note if your baby starts to turn her head away from food or spits it out. She's letting you know that she's done eating.