Introducing Spices to Baby's Diet

Now that Odette has been introduced to a wide variety of foods we have just started introducing flavors and spices! We love cooking with spices so this has been a great way to get her used to the flavors we eat every day. You can turn even the most bland foods into delicious meals with just a few spices.  Plus, if your baby is breastfeed they are already used to different spices they get from mom!

We are slowly starting to introduce garlic, cinnamon, mint, lemon zest, ginger, basil and vanilla.

A recipe book that has been a great reference for making homemade baby food is 201 Organic Baby Purees (previous post on how to make homemade baby food can be found here). Each month it includes different flavors, etc. to introduce to babies. We always wait 3-4 days after introducing a new flavor in case of an allergic reaction.

 

Here are a few of our favorite recipes from 201 Organic Baby Purees:

Minted Peas:  Steam 2 cups of frozen/fresh peas until tender. Transfer to a blender with 1/2 tsp. fresh mint and blend. Gradually add water until puree is desired consistency. Add a pat of butter and serve. Freeze remaining portions.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes: Peel and chop 4 potatoes and add them to a pot with water.  Bring water to a boil and add 1 clove of garlic (pressed). Simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes or until tender. Remove potatoes and mash or puree until they are a desired consistency. Add a pat of unsalted butter and serve warm.  Remainder can be frozen.

For more great info on introducing spices to baby check out these websites here and here. Happy cooking with baby!!

 

 

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