Who say baby food has to be sucks and bland? Haygen boy has been eating my home cook porridge daily since he was 7 months old. The porridge is full of goodness and flavorful despite not using any seasoning at all. With him just recently pass the one year old mark, my ingredients choice expanded even more now.
I group the ingredients into 5 major categories and usually will have 1 from each categories in every meal. It is not only tasty and flavorful, but also covering all the nutrition and vitamins that Haygen boy needs.
Millet, Buckwheat seed, Quinoa, Baby oats, Australia potatoes
Chicken fillet, Lean pork, Cod fish, Grouper, Small anchovies
Broccoli, Spinach, Cauliflower, Peas, French bean, Asparagus, Pea sprouts
Butternut, Parsnip, Carrot, Pumpkin, Sweet corn, Apricots
Celery, Brown onion, Leek, Cabbage, Dates, Watercress, Tomatoes
Every weekend I will do the shopping getting all the fresh ingredients enough for an entire week. I then wash, cut and store all the ingredients nicely in the fridge. This is to save time every morning cooking the porridge before sending Haygen boy to his nanny.
Some ingredients like sweet corn or peas are available in frozen form and can be a good backup on occasions where you ran out of the fresh one.
I will also prepare the broth and store them in individual container. For this, I use either chicken or pork. Then a mixture of other ingredients like leek, carrot or onions. I particularly like to use celery for the “salty” taste without actually using salt. Leek for the “earthy” taste. Carrots and parsnip for the “sweet” taste. And onion for the “punchy” taste and to intensified other flavors. The meat will be minced in a grinder and store together with the broth.
Stuffs like butternut or pumpkin will be steamed until soft before freezing them in individual container. Sweet corn, carrot or parsnip will go into the chopper before storing in the fridge.
In the morning, I will briefly grind a mixture of the grains before steaming it in a pot together with the broth. This is to reduce the cooking time to about 30 minutes for a smooth texture suitable for babies. I’m currently mixing these power grains with white rice for him as they contain significantly more nutrients.
For some added sweetness and flavoring, I will add in some butternut, parsnips or sweet corn. Vegetables are cut into tiny bits using a chopper before adding in at the last 5 minutes of the cooking.
1 bowl? 2 bowls?… yum yum yum!