When we were in California we made a guest post for the online kids store Alex and Alexa. They asked us to make a post on Elsa’s favorite dinner. We are not sure if we did it because they offered to send her some cool and expensive baby clothes or because we had in fact already talked about making a vegetarian baby food post for a long time. Probably both reasons. You can read the whole post on the Alex and Alexa blog. Or a shorter version of it just by scrolling down.
Vegetarian baby food doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult. Just keep in mind to add different kinds of protein, such as beans, lentils, seeds, quinoa or eggs. Different kinds of fat such as avocado, coconut or good quality oils (flaxseed, olive, almond, sunflower, hemp). Vitamins and minerals from different kinds of fruit and vegetables.
The easiest way is to cook a lot of everything one or two days a week, store it in big jars that you keep in the fridge or freezer, and when it’s time for dinner all you need to do is to take a spoonful from each jar, heat and serve! Don’t be afraid to use mild spices and fresh herbs, babies love that.
We have put together a few of Elsa’s favorites. She actually eats everything that we put in front of her (including the napkins), but these things make her extra giddy.
Her absolute favorite food is – believe it or not – Sprouts! They are easy for her to grab, put in her mouth and to play with. Even though most of them ends up on the floor they can keep her occupied during a whole meal. Which gives us time to feed her these other dishes (and to eat ourselves). If we don’t give her sprouts we make sure that she always has something to hold on to and play with while she eats, like this cucumber ring. Use the cucumber ring instead of teething biscuits, homeopath say cucumber has amazing ability to act as a pain reliever, so cool!
Aubergine & Sweet Potato Mash
1 sweet potato
3 tbsp olive oil
Cut the vegetables in small peaces, boil them in water for 20 minutes.
Puree in a food processor or mash with a fork. Add the olive oil and stir around.
Beans & Herbs
1 can beans
5 leaves of fresh herbs (parsley, cilantro, basil…)
3 tbsp olive oil
Cook any kind of beans according to the package or use canned beans (as we usually do).
Puree beans and herbs in a food processor or mash with a fork. Add olive oil and stir around.
Cook quinoa according to the package. Mix it with oil and juice from lemon or orange.
We want to keep her off ice cream and cookies as long as we can. Right now she is more than happy with a scoop of cinnamon applesauce, a coconut avocado mash and a slice of grapefruit to chew on.
Cinnamon Apple Sauce
1 bag of apples
Cut the apples in small pieces and boil them in water on low heat until they soften, it will take about 20 minutes. Drain them from the remaining water and set to cool off for a couple of minutes. Drizzle with cinnamon and mash with a fork or a blender.
2 tbsp shredded coconut
1 tbsp flaxseed oil
Mix avocado, coconut and oil in a blender or with a fork.