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Munchkin Meals: Dinner

Thursday means A Healthy Slice of Life's Munchkin Meals link-up!

This week, we are focusing on dinner. We've been trying to offer Liam (8 months old) flavor combinations instead of single-ingredient purees, whether it's two veggies, a fruit and a veggie, or a protein and a veggie. I'm turning more often to baby food cookbooks and websites for ideas and recipes. My favorite sources are:

For now, we are still introducing Liam to new foods and watching for allergic reactions, so he gets his own dinners. When he has tasted a wider variety, we will simply serve him what we eat ourselves at meals. 
The best part about feeding Liam dinner is that once he's done (and made a huge mess), it's time for his pre-bedtime bath! Liam HATES having his face wiped after a meal, but loves his bath. So, we just have to remove the bib and his diaper and plop him in the tub. 

Liam's favorite dinner meals are: 
  • Avocado 
  • Cooked ground turkey and peas (finger food)
  • Carrot and sweet potato puree
  • Sweet potato and apple puree
  • Chicken, apple and sweet potato (photo and recipe below)

Chicken Apple and Sweet Potato

Slightly adapted from Superfoods for Babies and Children
Yield: 6 baby portions

  • 1 tablespoon canola or grapeseed oil
  • ½ cup chopped white onion
  • 4 ounces ground chicken
  • ½ large sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 ½ cups unsalted chicken stock or water
  • 1 small apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and saute the onion until soft.  Add the ground chicken and cook 1 to 2 minutes. Add the sweet potato, pour in the chicken stock or water, cover, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. 
  2. Add the apple and cook until the ground chicken is fully cooked and the sweet potato is tender (about 5 to 10 minutes). 
  3. Puree if desired, or cool and serve as finger food. 

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Friday 10th of August 2012

We love avocado around here too!

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