This is the period of getting creative and cooking different types of porridge for Luca so that she doesn’t get bored with eating the same sort of semi-solids as she transitions to solids. She is nearly 1-year-old now and has a pretty handsome set of front row teeth already;)
I wash all my veggies and fruits this way – when cooking for a baby especially. Just add Thieves Fruit & Veggie soak to a basin of water: soak, rinse, and enjoy eating your fruits and vegetables as nature intended.
I’ve been experimenting with various ingredients.. Squash, Turnip, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Spinach, Watercress, Gourds, Pumpkin .. all are great vegetable choices as they keep some from, but soften considerably while cooking. Just add some chicken breast or lean minced meat in to give a low-fat, low cholesterol, nutritious porridge for bubs.
Ingredients (serves 4)
1/2 head broccoli, cut into small florets
1/2 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
1 carrot, julienned
1 /4 cup jasmine rice, rinsed & soaked for 5 hours
300g minced meat or, skinless chicken breast meat. Use a cleaver and really chop up the mince till it’s fine
1 handful of dried anchovies to 2 liters of water, bring to boil for 20 min.
Strain and remove the anchovies/ikan bills
1 tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil to be added last to the porridge, just as it’s done cooking.
1. Mix the mince meat with cool water so that it disperses into smaller bits and doesn’t clump together. Or shallow fry w/o oil, the mince till it separates into bits but without overcooking it.
2. Add rice, minced meat and soup stock in a pot. Add broccoli, cauliflower and carrots. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes till rice is soft and broken down. Depending on how soft the baby likes it you can cook it for longer or less time. Keep adding water till the correct consistency is obtained.
Voila! Baby porridge that’s nutritious and flavourful!