Whole Wheat Pasta, Turkey Breast, Spinach and Tomato Homemade Baby Puree

 

img_5673I’m no chef and no nutritionist, but I’m learning to eat healthy and I follow my pediatrician’s advice.

When my baby was ready to eat baby food, I definately wanted to make it myself.  So, I went online and research the different ways to make baby food and the steps required. It went really well.  I love to cook and to learn how to make the foods that I like at home, so I wanted to do this for my baby too.

My baby is turning 9 months now and it just got interesting! As I can add more ingredients to his menu, I am having lots of fun creating recipes for him.

My goal, right now, is to make baby foods out of the same ingredients that I cook for myself so that  can simply make a baby version of what I eat. This will be very helpful for me and the baby in the process of transitioning to all solid, regular foods.

I was making this baby food today and I thought a lot of moms could benefit from it.

Since my baby is 9 months old, he has already tried most of the ingredients. So I would say that this recipe is good for babies 8 months and older.

Remember that when you start baby foods you must try one ingredient for 3-4 days before you introduce a new one. You can introduce just one new ingredient to a mixture. In this way, you will know the culprit in case a food allergy is presented. So, if your trying this recipe your baby should’ve already tried at least all but one of the ingredients. Otherwise, you should try each new ingredient by adding it to food that he has already tried first.

Now that my baby is eating more amounts of food (abut 3 ounces) I am using the oxo tot containers for freezing the baby foods.I have used them before for storing in the fridge and they are great.

Today I made turkey, spinach and tomato whole wheat pasta; a meal that I enjoy myself and now my baby can too.

I don’t really use measurements so much when I cook. I cook more as we say “by the eye” or considering the spatial amount and taste of what I want to make. So, consider my measurements in this recipe an idea more than an exact amount.

 

 

Ingredients:

  1. Turkey breast: I took a small portion that could fill 3/4 of the 4 ounce oxo tot container (so about 3 ounces).
  2. Whole wheat spaghetti: to make about 2 ounces or 1/2 of the 4 ounce container.
  3. Cooked Spinach: 1 full container or 4 ounces, consider spinach shrinks after cooking.
  4. Tomato: Cut into small cubes to fill 1/2 of a 4 ounce container or 2 ounces.
  5. Salt: just a pinch (optional)
  6. tomato sauce: about 2-3 teaspoons
  7. Lemon.

Prep Time: about 10 minutes

Season the turkey with just a pinch of salt, if desired. Cook the turkey in a small pot at a low heat setting. First add the tomato sauce and when it starts warming up add a little water (about 2 teaspoons) to dilute the sauce, mix and add the turkey. Squeeze a few drops of lemon on top. Mix again. Let the turkey cook in the sauce for about 7-10 minutes mixing so that it cooks evenly and you are still left with some of the sauce as a base.

Boil the pasta for about 3-5 minutes to cook. These pictures show you an idea of the small amount.

Steam the spinach for about 2 minutes until cooked. I have a steaming pot that I can use while boiling the pasta.

Place all cooked ingredients in a blender and add the tomatoes.

Blend and add water as needed for your desired consistency of the puree. You can add it from the boiling water where the pasta was cooked.

This puree turned out to be green as the spinach rich color predominates and that’s good because most baby foods turn out orangish or creamish. The amounts I used made baby food enough to fill 2 of the 4 ounce containers (8 ounces of baby food total). Store in the oxo tot 2 ounce or 4 ounce containers in the freezer; however you feel it will be more convenient for your baby’s meal arrangement.  When you anticipate to feed baby with this meal just thaw overnight in the fridge and then warm up in an individual crockpot in the container.

Feel free to adjust the amounts as you wish. Like I said, I am not a chef but just a new mom trying to make good foods for my baby. I taste all my baby foods to make sure it has a good balanced taste that the baby will like. I find it’s good for him to get used to different types of flavors.

If you’re Hispanic, know that my baby is just starting to get a little of that hispanic seasoning in his foods. I use sofrito, the traditional Puerto Rican seasoning, which is good with any tomato sauce base cooking. It’s all natural and homemade with garlic, culantro, cilantro, onions, green and red peppers. I added about 1/2 a teaspoon to the tomato sauce when it was warming.

Hope your baby likes it!

 

 

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