There are special people in our lives who we have to feed and we spend a good amount of our time doing this. These are our children who all vary in their appetites. Once I made the following conclusion: the earlier you start to introduce various ingredients into their diet, the easier your life and your child’s life will be later.
Modern mums are more into making home-made food for their babies now. There is a special way new products should be introduced to babies. First, the initial amount is important; second, watching for reaction is the key; and third, introducing one ingredient at a time and only when the baby’s skin is healthy is the way to go. If the baby’s cheeks become red then the food should be stopped and tried again a month later. If the reaction is ignored it will take much longer to adapt, or it may even increase the range of foods that your baby is allergic to. I used my own system, which I would like to share here in my post.
3 months – ½ teaspoon apple juice or orange juice increase gradually to 30ml during one month.
4 months – 30g runny porridge made from buckwheat meal (alternatively rice meal or semolina) using milk and water. That is, using the milk which is usually given to that particular baby. Then increasing portions from 30g to 80g.
5 months – ¼ egg yolk hard boiled and mixed with milk … to 1 egg yolk; apple purée from 1 teaspoon increased to 50g during this month. These are given at least two days apart.
6 months – 80g vegetable soup made of cabbage, sweet potato, onion and carrot … to 150g; plain yoghurt or kefir from 1 teaspoon …to 50g… two days apart.
7 months – add veal to the soup above and process the cooked meat but not all vegetables; apple/banana purée … two days apart.
8 months – potato mash with home-made meat mince; yoghurt or kefir increased to 70g.
9 months – chicken soup with vegetables; a tiny piece of boiled egg white increased to 1/2 egg white.
10 months – 1 teaspoon home made white fish pattie … to 1 whole fish pattie (If egg did not go well, just steam the fish); cucumber; lettuce.
11 months – 80g lamb soup with rice … to 150g.
12 months – eat with parents but exclude all red fruits and berries, sugars and legumes.
Not all kids will be able to eat table food with adults after their 1st birthday. It will also depend on the number of teeth 🙂 I have a few special dishes that are suitable for both, toddlers and adults. For example, I make this Lazy Lamb Fingers recipe when small kids are around and usually every kid loves it. It is healthy and very easy to make. I make mince at home or I ask a butcher to mince the piece of lamb of my choice.
Lazy Lamb Fingers
500g lean lamb mince
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon besan flour (chickpea flour), full
1 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
Salt and pepper as desired (I use 1 teaspoon of table salt and 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper)
Optional: 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1. Preheat the oven to 200C.
2. Dice the onion and process with the egg and spices. If you are making your own mince put the onion through with meat.
3. Finely grate garlic and combine all the ingredients except the oil.
4. Prepare a tray: cover with baking paper and spray a little oil
5. Transfer the mince mixture into the tray and make a layer of about 2cm thick, then spread the oil on the surface of the meat.
6. Using a spatula divide the meat layer into 12 rectangular pieces about 2x8cm (cut through the meat and move spatula as to make small gaps.)
7. Bake at 200C for 15 minutes. Take out, cover and let it rest for 5-10 minutes.
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