introducing new foods: lentil

a girlfriend and fellow mom of a toddler starting solids mentioned they introduced her to lentil so i was excited to have C try it too! i tried SHILOH brad lentil and picked brown lentils because it has the more iron than the other colors (red or green).

preparation is relatively easy – wash and boil for 30 minutes until soft. sometimes it took a little longer to cook because they weren’t soft enough but it required little attention. i always make an adult  serving and save the remainder a storage container.

i started k on lentil, sometimes with savory fruits and vegetables and other times with sweet. either way k took to it pretty well! i’m glad k has a healthy tastebud!

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recipe: butternut squash and green beans

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recipe: apple and green beans

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recipe: sweet potato / yam and green beans

k tolerated the green beans with white potato so i also tried the green beans and sweet potato / yam. the mixture was a hit!

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recipe: potato and green beans

potato and beans
with two food items under her belt, we can create third meal: a combo dish of potato and beans!

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recipe: milky green beans

per The Wholesome Baby Food Guide when introducing a new food, mix it with milk that baby has been drinking all her life to give him/her a familiar flavor. the food should be runny since s/he can’t chew yet so it’ll be easy to go down.
milky green beans
as smooth as that sounds, you shouldn’t put it in the bottle and have him/her drink it. it is still food and you want him/her to enjoy the beginning of his/her eating experience!

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introducing new foods: green beans

when i think of green beans for kids, i think of soft olive colored overcooked 1-inch beans. i didn’t want to serve that to my child – after all, the nutrients would have been cooked away!

green beansso i made sure i didn’t overcook the beans but that means after i cook them, i need to put it in the food processor for a litter longer to make sure they are ground into fine shreds since baby can’t chew yet. but remember you can save the water used to cook the beans so you don’t lose any of the nutrients! Continue reading “introducing new foods: green beans”

prep: food storage

time is always a concern – whether it is being a parent or as an adult – when it comes to cooking. i had received time-saving tips from friends, books and online sources about how to make the process easier when it comes to homemade baby food by freezing foods in ice cube trays or muffin pans. however when i was reading Wholesome Baby Food Guide (read post), it seemed like a lot of foods didn’t freeze well or resulted in varying consistency. i want to keep track of each food so i opted to make foods in batches and store them. Continue reading “prep: food storage”

solids: gathering information – part 2

as directed by almost all resources, we saw k’s pediatrician before we started her on solids. she provided us her recommended feeding introduction schedule which we took under advisement.

from the result of k’s food allergy tests, we knew there were some things we had to avoid. but even if there are some common foods we think know, we had to make sure to read up on it anyway, i.e. spelt, durum, semolina are in the wheat family. we also have to look at the fine print for details such as “manufactured in a facility that also processes …” or “may contain traces of …”

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solids: gathering information – part 1

months 4 and 5 had been focused on finding the root cause of k’s eczema. we spent time visiting the dermatologist and the allergists, following home direction as well as getting and then waiting results allergy tests. therefore we didn’t actually start k on solids until she was a little after 6 months old. Continue reading “solids: gathering information – part 1”

food allergy: skin prick test

to figure out what is causing k’s eczema, the dermatologist suggested we take her for a skin prick test. you can test one or more food at a time. during the test an allergist uses a small plastic probe or needle and gently pricks or scratches the skin to allow a tiny amount of the solution containing the food allergen to enter just below the surface.

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