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Winter Veggies with Mixed Grains for Babies

Winter Veggies with Mixed GrainsWhen working on a new baby food menu for a client I’ve noticed that the mom’s love to choose from the menu or even personalize their selections to meet the needs of their baby. You can’t get that kind of service in a jar!

One of the selections that my new client made was Winter Veggies with Mixed Grains. This has been a favorite of babies and parents. It’s a complete meal that you can feed your baby that is a bit older from 8 months and up. As a client I will meet your needs by making the meal either a bit chunkier and thicker or smoother and thinner, depending on the stage your baby is in.

The veggies I use are spinach and butternut squash.  Butternut Squash is packed with beta carotene & vitamin A. Spinach is among the world’s healthiest vegetables.  Spinach comes out at the top of our ranking list for nutrient richness. Rich in vitamins and minerals, it is also concentrated in health-promoting phytonutrients such as carotenoids (beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin) and flavonoids to provide you with powerful antioxidant protection.

The grains I used are Barley and Quinoa, but you can use any type of rich nutrient grains. The reason why I love Barley  is because it gives your intestinal health a boost. In addition to providing bulk it also provides you with “friendly” bacteria in the large intestine. In a sense it helps keep you regular, and remeber when babies start eating they tend to have difficulties in that department.

Quinoa is AMAZING! A recently rediscovered ancient “grain” native to South America, quinoa was once called “the gold of the Incas,” who recognized its value in increasing the stamina of their warriors. Not only is quinoa high in protein, but the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. Not only is quinoa’s amino acid profile well balanced, making it a good choice for vegans concerned about adequate protein intake, but quinoa is especially well-endowed with the amino acid lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. In addition to protein, quinoa features a host of other health-building nutrients. Because quinoa is a very good source of manganese as well as a good source of magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus.

Veggies with Mixed Grains

Ingredients

1 Butternut Squash
1 lb of fresh Spinach
1 cup of cooked barley
1 cup of cooked quinoa
water

Directions

1. Split the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Roast the squash in the oven at 400 until soft, it takes about an hour.

2. In the meantime steam the spinach in a sauce pan with a little water until just wilted.

3. Following the directions on the package of barley cook until almost done. The last 10 minutes add the Quinoa with the amount of water that would take and let the barley and quinoa cook together. I know this seems a little weird but it saves you time and also saves you cleaning a second pot. Barley takes about 90 minutes to cook and quinoa only takes 10 minutes.

4. When all the ingredients are cooked place them in a large bowl and use an immersion blender to puree or you can use a food processor. Blend until they are the consistency that you want.

***You will need to add a bit of water, continuing adding water until you feel it’s the right thickness. Remember younger babies need their food thinner and smooth while older babies can handle foods a bit chunkier and thicker. For information on freezing and serving homemade baby food head over to Baby Food Making 101.

 

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