How to Introduce Meat to Your Baby
My baby, who is now 1 year old, doesn't enjoy eating meat, and eating eggs, is a rarity. So, we had to come up with a plan on how to get this little guy to eat protein! Protein is the building blocks to a healthy body. Protein contains amino acids which are good for a strong healthy body. Meat is also high in iron, which, at our latest doctor visit we were told he needed to increase. Who would have thought my clean eating healthy baby needed more iron. So after some brain storming, I've come up with a few ways to get some healthy nutrients, like iron and protein, into my little guy’s diet.
Click here to read my iron packed DIY baby juice recipe.
When making homemade food, it allows you to control what exactly what is in your food. This is great for kids and babies because you can hide veggies in their meals. They can also eat exactly what you are having for dinner, but made easy for baby to eat. Meat has always been too chunky for my little guy’s liking so we decided a meatball would be a soft way to introduce meat.
Let's start off with the ingredients.
For my version of Baby Meatballs You will need...
Ground Turkey (Organic is best)
Cooked baby carrots
Organic Baby Cereal Oatmeal (which also is high in iron)
Mix ¼ # or so of ground turkey with the egg. Grate the carrots finely and add to the mixture. Start with 3-4 TBS of baby oatmeal adding more to create a meatball consistency. Knead until completely mixed without any lumps.
Next you will want to roll the meat mixture into tiny Baby Meatballs about 1 inch x 1 inch. Cook in a skillet using Organic Coconut oil until the meatballs are slightly browned. Add approximately ½”water and place lid to cover skillet. Allow the meatballs to steam until thoroughly cooked. (aprox 10 minutes)
Once the meat balls are cooked, place in a Silicone ice cube tray ( I have a couple different sizes ), allow the meatballs to cool in refrigerator. Once chilled, move to freezer. Label your Ziploc bag and transfer the meatballs once frozen. I like to freeze the meatballs separately so you can easily pop one or two out of the Ziploc at a time! Be sure to label and date your Ziploc.
Make your meatballs into Spagetti! While freezing your meatballs, pull out another silicone ice cube tray for freezing pasta sauce(no sugar adeded) and spagetti squash. Divide your sauce into squares and freeze. For the spagetti squash, I recommend cutting it in half and baking it on 400 degrees until soft when poked with a fork. Freeze with the sauce or individually. Silicone ice cube trays are great for making and freezing baby food. I always have squash and applesauce frozen in cubes in my freezer. Now that my baby is getting bigger, I am freezing dinners like these.
Comment below if your Baby tried the meatballs!
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