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More Baby Food Making

So remember how I posted about Ike not having any teeth?  Well, guess who has two teeth now.  Yup.  The first one made an appearance about a week and half ago, with less drama that I imagined.  The second popped up yesterday, with slightly more aggitation and A LOT of chewing on fingers, Sophia, wash cloths, etc.

I think we are past the hurdle of playing with the spoon and back on the eat up all of the everything train.  So, it’s time to shake up the baby food stash.

Last week I made Ike some chicken soup to use up some leftover veggies in the fridge.  It was pretty simple and I didn’t know exactly how it would go over since he has been rejecting even old favorites lately.  He gobbled it all up.  A whole oxo container full with additional rice cereal!  Is he bored with the single food purees already?  Is it time to get a little more creative?  Here’s the recipe I used for the joyfully accepted chicken soup.

Ike’s Chicken Soup
(makes 6 2oz servings)

– one chicken breast, cut into cubes
– about 3-4 cups of water
– 1 tbs of reduced sodium organic chicken boullion
– two ribs celery, roughly chopped
– two peeled carrots, roughly chopped
– 1/2 white onion, roughly chopped
– sprinkle of dried thyme
– sprinkle of dried parsley

Literally, throw everything into a pot and cook until veggies get soft, or you remember that you were actually doing something in the kitchen.  Blend with about 1/2 cup of Earth’s Best Rice Cereal.

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“Gobble, gobble, gobble.” Baby Ike.

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This week I prepared Round 2 of baby food stashing.  He’s still got some stuff in the freezer, but we are gonna go for some new combos this round.

1.  Beef Stew

This one came together as easily as the chicken.  I just browned about a half a pound of stew meat.

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Added some beef stock and some water.  And then these veggies.

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Set a timer this time, and blended all together when the veggies were soft.

2. Chicken Soup – recipe above.

3. Spinach/Pea/Pears

– Steamed a bag of frozen organic peas in the microwave.

– Peeled, chopped, and steamed one organic gala apple.

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– Sautéed spinach for our dinner, save salt for last.  Saved about 1/4 for Ike.

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– Throw it all in a blender until a smooth, beautiful bright green!

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4. Banana/Blueberry popsicles

Blend banana and fresh organic blueberries until smooth, pour into popsicle molds.

I bought these baby popcicle molds to try to help Ike out with his obvious teething woes.  So far I’m batting zero on flavors of popcicles that he finds acceptable.  Apparently, plastic flavor is the preferred one.

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Oh also food-related, these are also now making an appearance in Ike’s diet.

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Ike likes them, he has gotten the hang of picking them up and shoveling them into his mouth.  They serve as a great distraction, we often take them in a small container to go out to dinner, shopping, etc.  In short, we need to buy another canister ASAP!

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