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  • Aug 17 2014

    healthy veggies with optional homemade cheese sauce

    Yesterday I fed Noah a pouch-squeezed-into-a-bowl Stage 2 ‘organic’ zucchini and banana baby food blend, as I literally used the last of the pre-homemade frozen meals I prepared for his dinners a few weeks back.  We have been traveling a lot lately, mostly for our respective jobs (I went back to work part-time when Noah was 8 months old) and gg works Mon-Fri daytime hours. I looked at the consistency of the packaged food and it was a thin, smooth puree which was high in sugar (10g), carbs and low in protein. The package label says ‘organic‘ and ‘…unsweetened, unsalted and no artificial ingredients…’. Noah seemed to love it, of course, but the knot in my tummy was telling me to get to the weekend farmer’s market for some fresh Canadian produce, then get cooking (and freezing) again for the baby’s upcoming meals!

    So today we went to the Saturday outdoor farmer’s market by the lakeshore and got some beautiful, fresh vegetables and fruit. Then stopped at butcher for lean ground beef, chicken tenders and flounder.  I had some cookin’ to do!

    It’s now midnight and I’ve prepared double what I’d normally prepare of two new homemade babyfood recipes:

    1) healthy vegetables with cheese sauce

    2) baby’s first bolognese

    Here goes the first recipe. Will try with the baby for his 5:00 PM snack and let you know how he liked it.  And the bolognese will be his high protein lunch around 12:00 noon!

    HEALTHY VEGGIES WITH (OPTIONAL) HOMEMADE CHEESE SAUCE

    INGREDIENTS

    • 2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
    • 2 cups chopped cauliflower florets
    • 1 cup chopped broccoli florets
    • 1/2 cup frozen peas

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    Place the carrots into a steamer and steam for 10 minutes, then set aside.

    Steam the cauliflower and broccoli for 4 minutes.

    Add the frozen peas and continue to cook for 3 minutes.

    Meanwhile, prepare the simple cheese sauce (see at bottom).

    Transfer the vegetables to a blender, pour in the sauce, and puree.

     

    Serve lukewarm once cooled – this dish is suitable for freezing and makes approximately 8 portions.

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