Baby Food Recipes with Poultry
Chicken and Turkey Baby Food RecipesBaby foods made with poultry are a great way to introduce your baby to eating meats and lean proteins. A great way to fit cooking these dishes is to plan meals for the entire family. Roast a chicken for the whole family and then save some leftovers to make baby food with.
I also like to buy large family packs of chicken breasts and store them in individual portions. As soon as I bring it home I split it up into family portions, and then baby portions consisting of one chicken breast per storage bag. I then freeze or refrigerate the portions until they are ready to be cooked for the baby food recipes.
For moms on the go - a great time saver is to buy the pre-cooked whole chickens and turkey breasts that are hot and ready to eat. You can bring it home and immediately serve dinner to your family and make a quick chicken or turkey puree while you are at it!
When working with individual portions you have more options as in how to cook the chicken. After all you are only going to puree the chicken to make baby food, so there is no need to roast it. I usually poach the chicken in water or chicken stock if I am going to use it in baby food recipes. You can also bake it or boil it.
To poach the chicken or turkey just place it in a small cooking dish and add chicken broth or water to fill about half way. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cook covered for about 20 - 30 minutes until cooked all the way through. For quicker cooking times either cut up your chicken before cooking or purchase the chicken into chicken tenders.* substitute turkey for chicken in any one of the baby food recipes below
Chicken Puree - after cooking your chicken let it cool for about 10 to 15 minutes. Cut the chicken into small pieces to fit into a food processor. I like to use a baby food processor.
Place the chicken pieces into the food processor and add a tablespoon or two of either water or chicken broth or stock (if you poached the chicken you can use the liquid you cooked it in). Puree the food about 30 second at a time, stopping in between to give it a quick stir. Add more liquid if needed. Keep pureeing the poultry until you get the desired smoothness.
Chicken and Vegetable Baby Food Recipes
Chicken and Spinach - Start by poaching, baking, or boiling your chicken or turkey. While you are cooking your poultry prepare your spinach. Spinach cooks very quickly and it is a snap to make. I like to steam it so I do not diminish much of the vegetables mineral and nutrient content. Use a basket steamer to cook the spinach. Watch it closely. It will only take about a minute or less to cook it over rapidly boiling water.
Remove the spinach from the steamer and set aside to cool for a few minutes. Once your poultry is cooked and cooled enough cut it into small pieces and add it along with the spinach to a baby food processor. The ratio of amounts of each ingredient is upo to you, although I always recommend using more veggies than meat. Puree the ingredients until you've reached the desired consistency. If you need to add a teaspoon or two of water or chicken broth. This helps to achieve a smooth texture. If you use a good amount of spinach it should be proficiently moist.
Remove the mixture from the food processor bowl and either serve immediately or store in your fridge or freezer for later use.
Chicken and Apple - Poach, bake, or boil the poultry of your choice. While the poultry is cooking peel, core and cut one or two apples depending on how much of the baby food you are planning to make.
Cut the peeled apple into small chunks. Place the apple pieces into a pot of boiling water and cook on medium high heat until they are easily pierced with a fork. Remove from the boiling water and set aside to cool for about 10 minutes.
When the poultry is done cooking you will also cut this into smaller pieces to fit into your baby food processor. Add both ingredients and puree for about 30 seconds at a time, stopping to stir the mixture. Add a tablespoon or two of either apple juice, water, or chicken broth. Puree until the mixture has reached it's desired consistency. Serve immediately or store in your fridge or freezer for later use.
Chicken and Carrot - Start by cooking a poultry of your choice. While the poultry is cooking you will cook the carrots intended for the baby food recipes. I like to steam my carrots but you can also simply boil them. Cook the carrots until they are soft enough to easily pierce with a fork. When they are done cooking let them cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
When your poultry is done cooking cut it into smaller pieces and add to your food processor along with one or teo tablespoons of chicken broth, water, or vegetable stock. Cut the carrots into small pieces and add to the food processor with your poultry. Puree 30 seconds or so at a time until you've reached the desired consistency.
Chicken and Squash - Poach, bake, or boil the poultry of your choice. In the meantime slice some zucchini squash and yellow summer squash. Steam or boil the squash until tender. Set aside to cool
After your poultry has been cooked and cooled cut it into small pieces to fit it into your baby food processor. Add the cooked zucchini and summer squash. Puree for 30 seconds at a time until the mixture has reached its desired consistency. Add a tablespoon of water or chicken broth if needed.
Hearty Poultry Baby Food Recipes
Chicken and Rice - or turkey and rice of course. To make these baby food recipes simply add cooked brown rice to any of the above recipes. Add rice to plain chicken or turkey puree to make a simple poultry and rice dish.
Chicken ,Rice, and Vegetable - Add rice to any of the above poultry and vegetable recipes to create a complete baby meal.
Chicken Noodle Soup - Start by cooking your poultry. You know the drill, poach, bake, boil... whichever works the best for you. Cook some vegetables of your choice. I like to use peas and carrots, but some other great combinations are corn and green beans, potato and carrot, etc. Boil some water and cook some whole grain pasta of your choice or even egg noodles.
Once all of your ingredients are cooked and cooled cut them all into small pieces or chunks. Add to your baby food processor along with two or three tablespoons of chicken broth or stock, or just plain water. Puree all the ingredients about 30 seconds at a time stopping to stir. Puree until you have reached a smooth texture. Serve immediately or store in your fridge or freezer
I must remind you that I am not a licensed health professional or doctor. Before starting your baby on solid foods consult your pediatrician if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks for visiting!
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