Starting The Baby Food Factory

The twins are 4 months old and it’s time to start thinking about solid food. With the older boy I waited until he was 6 months old but this time we’re ready earlier.

Stage 1 baby food is soft cooked and thinly puréed. This food is also lowest on the allergy scale and should be those veggies that are easiest digested by tiny tummies. You should start by introducing single ingredient at a time and 4 days apart with introducing new ingredients. (1)

This time I have started by making sweet potato and carrot purées. The babies will start tasting with such small amounts that I froze these self made purées as ice cubes. This way it’s easy to take one cube at a time and later I can mix and match different flavors.

Our girl is definitely ready for the purées. She seems excited to see the spoon and opens her mouth nicely. She doesn’t seem to get any stomach problems and is as happy as a baby can be.

Our boy on the other hand has always had problems with eating and he has had quite much stomach problems. I’m not sure if trying some solids has made it worse or not but with him I’ll take it slower. Trying even smaller amounts first and introducing new ingredients slower.

Next I think that I’ll try avocado (not frozen obviously!). Then maybe some fruit.. plum? I’m glad the summer is ahead and we have lots of fresh veggies available and even more to come. 🙂

Please share your tips and thoughts. 🙂

Have a nice week end!

Mannamaria

Our favorite everyday food

Our most often made everyday food is macaroni casserole. I think it’s probably the most often made food in any Finnish family. The boy loves it, it’s easy and fast to make and it’s cheap. The only problem I have with this dish is that it’s not very nutritious. I usually make a side salad with it.

The only thing that can go wrong with this dish is that you don’t add enough salt. Just remember to add salt and other spices and you have a perfect everyday food here.

Writing this post I looked for some help from food.com though the recipe itself is mine.

Ingredients:

1 onion
400 g ground beef
1 tbs oil (for frying)
400 g macaroni (uncooked)
7 dl milk
3 eggs
Spices (salt, pepper, herbs, nutmeg, curry, paprika, whatever you like)

Instructions

  1. Cook the macaroni. (remember to add enough salt to the boiling water)

  2. Heat oil in skillet and brown the ground beef with the chopped onion. Add spices that you like. I usually go with salt, black pepper and some dried herbs.

  3. Preheat oven to 200 c and grease an oven proof casserole dish.

  4. Add the macaroni and meat/onion mixture.

  5. Whisk together milk and eggs. Add spices that you like. I usually use salt, black pepper and curry. Pour this mixture over the macaroni and meat in the casserole. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 40 minutes, or until the casserole is heated throughout.

Tips!

  • You can add grated cheddar cheese in the casserole before baking it if you like.
  • Sometimes I add grated carrot or chopped zucchini to the meat/onion mixture in skillet but that’s not the traditional way of doing this dish. It’s just my way of adding vegetables.
  • If it lacks taste add more salt and spices next time.
  • My grand mother adds small pieces of butter on top of this dish before putting it in the oven. That adds for taste but makes it less healthy.
  • Serve with ketchup.
  • Traditionally there is grated carrot as a side salad.

 

Sauteéd Reindeer for Tuesday evening

I have been eating lots of vegetarian food lately. So much so that it seems like my body is craving for some meat. Today I was going to make spinach pancakes for dinner but when I was starting to make them all I could think of was meat. I looked into the freezer and found a little piece of reindeer meat.

I made sauteéd reindeer, mashed potatoes and lingonberries for dinner. Maybe a bit strange for a Tuesday evening but it was so good and easy to make. I think that I’ve never made reindeer during the week before. Sometimes it’s good to break habits and do what you want. I’m such a rebel.

Mannamaria

Tasty spinach crepes

Here is another easy vegetarian recipe that I often make. You can eat the crepes with lingonberries or, for example, with parmesan and little salt and black pepper.

If you are busy you can mix the ingredients together and put them in the refrigerator in the morning and cook them in the evening or lunch time.

Ingredients

2,5 decilitres spinach (frozen)
3 eggs
5 dl milk
2,5 decilitres all purpose flour
salt
black pepper
pinch of nutmeg
2-3 tablespoons butter, melted
(0,5 decilitres chive)

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and the milk.
  2. Add in the flour, spinach, (the chive if you have it), the salt and pepper. Gradually add in the nutmeg (if you like it).
  3. Beat until smooth and let it rest 30 minutes before cooking.
  4. Add in the melted butter and cook the crepes.

Have a lovely evening!

Mannamari

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Easy homemade bread

I like to make my own bread when I invite friends over for dinner. It makes a good impression and.. Ok ok to be honest we haven’t been able to host that many dinner parties lately but we do run out of bread every now and then (ok, quite often) and then I have to make my own. It’s very easy though. And the kid and the husband like it. Here’s how I do it.

You’ll need:

7 dl wheat flour
1 dl rye flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp yeast
4 dl warm water

Directions:

In the evening…

  1. Mix the flour, salt and yeast together in a big bowl.
  2. Add the water and mix the ingredients together but don’t stir too much!
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave the dough for 8-24 hours. You can leave it on the table.

In the morning…

  1. Warm up the oven to 225 c.
  2. Preheat the cast iron pot or other ovenproof dish with cover for half an hour.
  3. Meanwhile put your dough on a table that has flour on it and shape a ball from it.
  4. Cover that ball with plastic wrap.
  5. When the pot is preheated take it (carefully!) out of the oven. Cover the bottom of your pot with baking paper if necessary.
  6. Put the dough in the pot (without the plastic wrap), put the cover on and bake it in the oven for 30 minutes.
  7. Then remove the cover and bake it some 10 to 15 minutes more.

Enjoy it!

Vegetable pizza that kids love

Ok, so I have to admit that I’m always looking for recipies that are healthy and tasty and contain as much veggies as possible.

My toddler likes basically only cucumber and tomato so I have hard time making a salad that he would eat. That’s why I always try to include as much different vegetables to warm meals as possible.

He is actually not a big fan of pizza from pizzeria. I think that it’s too salty for him. I was secretly happy on the other day when I went to pick him up from kindergarden and told him “let’s go! Today is a pizza day!” and he replied “no mom! I want to have some REAL food!” 😀

This home made pizza he loves though. You can make any pizza dough you like. For example this one looks good.


As for tomato sauce I used Mutti’s polpa where I added good olive oil, salt, black pepper and dry basil and thyme. Do not use too much tomato sauce because the pizza might get watery.

You can choose any vegetables that you like. For example mushrooms, olives and sun dried tomatos would work well. I used cherry tomatos, zucchini, red bell pepper, onion, feta and mozzarella.

I spread the tomato sauce on the pizza dough. Then I sauteed onion, zucchini and red bell pepper on a pan and put that on tomato sauce.

Then I added cherry tomatos, feta cheese and mozzarella on top of it.

The oven should be as hot as possible, 250c and the pizza should be ready in about 10-15 minutes. If you have time try heating up the baking tray in an oven for couple of minutes before moving the pizza On it but be careful when you are moving the pizza.

To be honest this is not the prettiest pizza I have ever made but it tasted really good and also the kid loved it!

What are your kid’s favourite veggie foods?

Also sorry about my English. I’m so tired for staying up with the twins at night and the toddler during the day that I can’t think straight. I hope that I get to sleep a bit soon.

Love,

Mannamaria

How to get your toddler to eat cauliflower?

My kid has some favorite vegetables that he eats without any problems. Then there are the other vegetables. I don’t want to raise a picky child but I don’t want to force him to eat something he doesn’t like either. I have found a perfect solution for us.

Soup!

He eats any veggies in a soup. Of course I know that it’s not the same with nutrients when the vegetables are cooked or taste since I put some spice in it but I do think that this is a good way to introduce new flavors to him.

Here is a recipe to a cauliflower soup we had today. It was delicious!

You’ll need:
2-4 potatoes
1 onion
1 tbsp oil
6 dl water
1 tsp salt
450 g cauliflower (either fresh or frozen)
2 dl cream
1/2 tsp thyme (dry)
1/2 dl fresh basil (I used dried since I didn’t have fresh)

Directions:

  1. Peel and dice the potatoes. Chop the onion. Sauté the potatoes and onion in a pan. Add water and salt. Let it boil for approximately 10 minutes.
  2. Add cauliflower and let it boil for about 5 more minutes until all the vegetables are ready.
  3. Use your stick mixer (or blending machine) to cream the soup and add the cream. At the end add the herbs. Eat with good bread.

Tips

  • This soup is a very good starter!
  • It’s also a nice light lunch but you can add chopped boiled egg (as we did) or cottage cheese to make it more filling if you like.
  • By adding more potatoes the soup is milder and by adding more cauliflower it’s stronger. You’ll find out what suits you best soon.

Enjoy the soup!

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Lapsellani on suosikkivihannekset, joita hän syö ongelmitta vaikka joka päivä. Sitten on ne toiset vihannekset. En haluaisi kasvattaa nirsoa lasta mutta en toistaalta halua pakottaa häntä syömään ruokia, joista ei selkeästi pidä. Olen kuitenkin löytänyt täydellisen ratkaisun meille.

Keitto!

Hän syö ihan mitä tahansa kasviksia, kun ne on keitossa. Ei se tietenkään ole sama asia kuin puhtaan maun kanssa mutta mielestäni tämä on kuitenkin hyvä keino esitellä uusia makuja hänelle.

Tässä vielä resepti kukkakaalikeittoon, jota söimme tänään.

Tarvitset

2-4 jauhoista perunaa
1 sipuli
1 rkl öljyä
n. 6 dl vettä
1 tl suolaa
450 g kukkakaalia, joko tuoretta tai pakaste
2 dl kermaa
1/2 tl kuivattua timjamia
1/2 dl tuoretta basilikaa (itse tosin käytin noin teelusikallisen kuivattua, kun ei sattunut olemaan tuoretta)

Ohjeet

  1. Kuori ja kuutioi peruna. Pilko sipuli. Kuullota perunoita ja sipulia öljyssä kattilassa. Lisää vesi ja suola ja keitä noin 10 min.
  2. Lisää kukkakaali ja keitä noin 5 minuuttia tai siihen asti, että kaikki kasvikset ovat kypsiä.
  3. Soseuta sauvasekoittimella ja lisää joukkoon kerma. Mausta yrteillä ja tarjoa hyvän leivän kanssa.

Vinkkejä!

  • Keitto on kevyt ja toimii hyvin myös alkupalana!
  • Tänään söimme sen kevyenä lounaana. Sitä voi tukevoittaa lisäämällä raejuustoa tai keitettyä kananmunaa, kuten meillä tänään oli.
  • Jos kukkakaalin suosio arveluttaa, voit lisätä perunaa jolloin lopputulos on miedompi. Toisaalta kukkakaalia lisäämällä tästä saa enemmän aitoa makua irti.

Alkuperäinen resepti.
The original recipe.