Teach Your Baby To Love Veggies

Daniela's Cooking corner blogI’m Brazilian.  A lot of my favorite people are Brazilian, too, so I fly there fairly often.  I want my daughter to know how I was raised, and where she got some of her best genetic traits.

Since we spend so much time in Brazil, it was important to me to find a local health care provider to take care of any illnesses or injuries away from home.  Enter Sofia’s pediatrician, Dr. Marcos.  He gets me.
When it was time to start Sofia on solid food, around seven months, my Brazilian super doctor gave me some great advice.  He said to give my baby a wide array of foods, not just for nutrition, but also to brainwash her into liking different veggies.  Okay, not brainwashing, really. But it turns out that early experience with healthy foods does condition little taste buds to love the good stuff.  Thanks to Dr. Marcos’ advice, and some helpful recipes, Sofia now eats her veggies like a champ.  Makes my life much easier. So without further ado, here is Dr. Marcos’ prescription for a baby meal that is both nutritious and good for palate development:

Starch: rice, pasta, potato, etc.

Legume: peas, beans, lentils
Protein: chicken, beef, egg
Greens: spinach, collard
Vegetable: carrots, cauliflower, beets, etc.

He even gave me some recipes that include everything baby needs, in one easy dinner, cooked in just one pan, and they taste good!  Since my mama taught me sharing is nice, I will pass them on to you.  Go forth, and make veggie devourers of your offspring.

 

GROUND BEEF, BEANS, AND VEGGIES

Portions: 2-3

AGE:  For babies of 7 months and older

– 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil
– 1 teaspoon of chopped onions
– 2 tablespoons of organic ground beef
– 2 tablespoons of cooked pinto beans
– 1 tablespoon of angel hair pasta, cut in small pieces
– 3 tablespoons of pumpkin, cubed
– 2 tablespoons of chopped broccoli
– Pinch of salt

Directions:
In a pan, heat the vegetable oil and sauté the onions and organic ground beef (add a little salt).  Add pumpkin and pasta. Cover ingredients with water. Let cook until the ingredients are soft and have some leftover juice.  Add the cooked beans and broccoli and cook for an additional 5 minutes.  Add all the ingredients in the food processor.  When you baby is ready to eat little pieces of food, smash all the ingredients with a fork and feed your lucky baby

CHICKEN, RICE, PEAS, AND SPINACH

Portions: 2-3

AGE: For babies of 7 months and older

– 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil
– 1 teaspoon of chopped onions
– 2 tablespoons of organic chicken breast, cubed
– 1 tablespoon of uncooked rice, washed
– 1 tablespoon of fresh or frozen peas
– ½ carrot, finely cubed
– 2 tablespoons of chopped spinach
– Pinch of salt

Directions:
In a pan, heat the vegetable oil and sauté the onions and organic chicken breast (add a little salt).  Add rice, peas, and carrots.  Cover ingredients with water.  Let it cook until the ingredients are soft and have some leftover juice.  Add the spinach and cook for an additional 5 minutes.   Add all the ingredients in the food processor.  When you baby is ready to eat little pieces of food, smash all the ingredients with a fork and feed your lucky baby.

Does your baby have a healthy favorite?  If so, share it in the comments!  Every mom can use a little help in the healthy eating department.

xox,

Daniela

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