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How to Serve Meat to Babies

How to Serve Meat to Babies 

Dust off your slow-cooker and pull out your best roasting pan because today we are looking into how to safely provide meat to babies when doing Baby Led Weaning. No brown purées, no mush and no mess (well, most of the time)!

 

Why Meat?

At around 6 months old, your baby’s iron needs are the highest they will ever be. Meat is not only rich in iron, but it has a special type of iron that’s only found in foods from animals. This type is better absorbed by your baby than the iron found in plants. Meat also has lots of protein, zinc, vitamin B12 and fats. Since your baby is probably not eating a large amount of food at this age, meat is a “bang for your bite” food.  Even just sucking on the meat juices provides that precious iron and other minerals.

 

Here, a little one enjoys a chicken meatball, perfectly safe for baby led weaning

Being Safe

Providing meat to your BLW infant does take a bit of additional care for it to be safe, including the following from Health Canada:

  • Avoid meat or fish that is :
    • Raw, like sushi or rare steak
    • Highly processed like bacon, hotdogs or processed deli meats
    • Fried, using breading and unhealthy oils
  • Offer meat or fish that has been:
    • Cooked at these minimum temps:
      • Beef/veal/lamb: 77°C (170°F)
      • Pork:  71˚ C (160˚F)
      • Ground beef/veal/lamb/pork: 71˚C (160˚F)
      • Poultry (pieces): 74˚C (165˚F)
      • Poultry (whole): 82˚C (180˚F)
      • Ground poultry: 74˚C (165˚F)
      • Fish: 70˚C (158˚F)
      • Shellfish: 74˚C (165˚F)
      • Meat/Fish Leftovers: 74˚C (165˚F); reheat only once
    • Checked with a digital thermometer for temperature at the thickest part of the meat (ensure the metal tip is not hitting the bone)
    • Properly stored in a ≤4˚C (39˚F) fridge or ≤-18˚C (0˚F) freezer (refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours)
    • Made into the right size and shape:
      • Pieces of meat about as long as an adult pinkie finger (~2-3 inches long) and that are log shaped work best
    • Made safe by removing pointy bones and skin
    • Cooked without salt or sugar

 

Lamb burgers cooked gently on the barbecue: scrumptious for you and baby!

Buying Your Meat

Deciding where to buy your meat is up to you. Conventional meat, the regular type you’d find at your grocery store, may contain growth hormones and antibiotics. However, Health Canada sets a maximal limit to the amount left in food, which should be below harmful levels. You may choose to buy organic meats, which are those produced without the use of antibiotics or hormones. You may also decide to support local farmers; often small farms cannot afford the organic certification, but do not use antibiotics or hormones in their meat production. At our house, we buy a large animal from a local farm and split it between friends to save time and money. Check out this link for more info about hormones and antibiotics in meat.

 

When Do I Offer Meat to My Baby?

You can offer meat to your baby any time it is on your menu, so that your baby can be part of the family meal. It is important to offer babies iron-rich foods 2 times per day to help them reach their iron needs. While this does not always have to be meat, it is a well-absorbed option.

 

How Do I Prepare Meat for My Baby?

Meatballs

You can take 1 lb of ground meat (any meat, so chicken, beef, lamb, veal, bison), add spices and herbs, shape it into meatballs that your baby can easily grab. A 6 month old’s hand movement ability is quite limited and they can’t pick up small pieces of food. They don’t even have the ability to re-position a piece of food in their hands so I found that log-shaped meatballs work best. About the length of an adult pinky finger. That way, the baby will grab the log-shaped meatball and some of it will be sticking out of their fist so they can easily take bites. You can experiment with different shapes like golf ball sized meatballs once your baby gets more practice. You can bake them in the oven at 400˚F (200˚C) for about 20 minutes. Meatballs are super convenient because you could freeze them and take them out when you need them. Check out my minty lamb meatballs for a fancy yet easy meal.

Sausages

I’m not talking about store-bought sausages because those can be quite tough, salty and might contain some processed ingredients. I’m talking about easy homemade sausages without any casings. You can find my amazingly tasty homemade sausage recipe in my BLW recipe book.

 

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Try your BLW-friendly sausages with sauerkraut

 

Kebabs

You can make kebabs from ground beef or bison, mixed with your favourite herbs and spices about 4 inches (10 cm) long, thread the seasoned mixture onto a skewer and cook on the barbecue for about 10 minutes.

 

Slow cooked

You can cook meat in a slow cooker or pressure cooker to make meals like pulled pork or stews. Just don’t add salt while you’re preparing the meal because babies really don’t need a lot of salt. Feel free to add salt to your portion!

 

Meat on the bone

Meat on a bone works really well because there is an integrated handle so babies can get a good grip. Some examples: garlicky chicken drumsticks (recipe in my BLW online course) and grilled lamb chops.

 

Meat in soup

You can even offer the meat from your soup because it’s usually quite tender. All you need to do is remove the chicken from a chicken soup and offer it to your baby.

 

Liver pâté

The most smooth textured and the highest in iron is liver pâté.

 

Serving meat to your baby doesn’t have to be complicated. Knowing the steps to stay safe in the kitchen can open a world of recipes for you and your family. What’s your favorite way to serve meat to your baby?

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Can babies eat foods grilled on the barbecue?

Can babies eat foods grilled on the barbecue?

 

It’s getting hot outside and it’s time to light the barbecue. You might be wondering if babies can eat food grilled on the barbecue. The question is: are barbecuing and Baby Led Weaning (BLW) compatible?

 

The answer is yes, starting at around 6 months old. You do want to make sure you do it safely (as with everything else) because research shows that cooking meat, poultry and fish at high temperatures may increase you and your baby’s risk of cancer.

 

Here are a few tips from the cancer.ca website:

 

  • Marinate meat, poultry and fish before cooking. Studies have shown that marinating these foods can prevent the formation of cancer-causing chemicals.
  • When barbecuing, choose lean cuts of meat, poultry and seafood over higher-fat meats. Trim off visible fat. This will reduce the amount of harmful chemicals that develop from the smoke created by burning fat.
  • Barbecue slowly and keep the food away from the hot coals so that flames are less likely to engulf the food to prevent charring.
  • Try grilling vegetables, veggie burgers and fruit slices. Most experts agree that plant-based foods do not form the cancer-causing substances when cooked at high heat.

 

Foods grilled on the barbecue are great for babies because they maintain their shape yet babies can easily bite into them. Asparagus are delicious this time of year. Why not try barbecued asparagus? Here is a 6-month old enjoying asparagus on the barbecue:

 

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Even grilled mushrooms are totally appropriate for babies:

 

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If your baby just sucks on a strip of meat without actually eating any, he or she is still getting some iron. It could also occupy a baby for quite some time!

 

Here are some free barbecue recipes that you can try for your baby:

 

Chicken satay with creamy peanut sauce (includes a cooking demo video)

 

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Simple burgers for babies (feel free to cook these on the barbecue)

 

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Grilled lamb chops for babies

 

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Minty Lamb Meatballs

 

The mouthwatering final product! BLW

 

For more Baby Led Weaning (BLW) recipes for babies, GET YOUR FREE COOKBOOK FOR BABIES HERE.

 

What will you grill on the barbecue this weekend?

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Chicken Satay with Creamy Peanut Sauce

Chicken Satay with Creamy Peanut Sauce (for babies 6 months and up)

 

Barbecue season has arrived! Time to light the barbecue and celebrate warm weather. Today I will show you how to prepare my newest recipe: chicken satay with creamy peanut sauce. Since a number of you asked me for more meat recipes, I thought I would create another one that can be cooked on the grill. Thank you Chanel, Joannie, Jacinthe, Sabrina, Anne-Marie, Melissa, Stephanie, Carolane, Marie-Michelle, Catherine and Noémie for asking!

 

If you’re looking for more recipes just like this one, my Baby Led Weaning Recipe eBook is now available in PDF format. Each recipe featuring real foods was created by me, a registered dietitian. Check it out! Now, back to the Chicken Satay recipe. Here’s a video of how I prepared the chicken satay with creamy peanut sauce:

 

 

This mouth-watering dish is totally appropriate for babies 6 months and up and all members of the family. I used the following ingredients for the marinade: coconut milk, fresh ginger, garlic, curry powder and lime juice.

 

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I used chicken thighs because they are so much more tender than chicken breasts. It’s partly because of the fresh ginger breaking down the meat fiber and the fact that thighs contain more fat. This chicken satay practically melts in your mouth. I used this container to mix the ingredients:

 

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Then, I added the marinade ingredients to the container and added the chicken to it to marinate 30 minutes. Afterwards, I grilled the chicken on the barbecue.

 

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I served the chicken satay with creamy peanut sauce which is also easy to prepare. All I did was whisk some peanut butter, lime juice, coconut milk, warm water, fresh ginger and garlic powder together in a bowl and it was ready.

 

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Sooooo creamy!

 

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Note: if you’re using bamboo or wooden skewers, let them soak in water for at least 15 minutes before using them so they don’t burn. Here is the final product:

 

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Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce Recipe (6 months and up)

 

½ cup (125 ml) coconut milk

1 tbsp (15 ml) fresh ginger, grated

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tsp (5 ml) curry powder

Juice of ½ a lime

4 chicken thighs (400 g), cut into pieces about 2 inches (5 cm) by 1 inch (2,5 cm)

 

In a medium container, add coconut milk, ginger, garlic curry powder and lime juice. Stir. Add chicken strips and coat with the marinade. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (or overnight for best flavour). Preheat barbecue to highest heat. Thread chicken strips onto skewers lengthwise and cook without turning them. When the chicken doesn’t stick to the grill anymore, turn the skewers and cook another 5 minutes, or until cooked through. Let cool and serve dipped in creamy peanut sauce (recipe below).

 

*Can also be made in the oven on a covered baking sheet at 400F (200C) for 10 minutes on one side and 5 minutes on the other.

 

Creamy Peanut Sauce Recipe

 

2 tbsp (30 ml) natural peanut butter

Juice of ½ a lime

2 tbsp (30 m) coconut milk

2 tbsp warm water

1 tsp (5ml) fresh ginger, grated

1 tsp (5 ml) garlic powder

 

In a medium bowl, whisk together all ingredients. Serve with chicken satay.

 

What’s your favourite food to cook on the barbecue?

 

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Simple burgers for babies (3 ingredients only!)

Simple burgers for babies

 

I’m so excited to share my simple burgers for babies recipe with you. 3 ingredients and that’s it.

 

Ingredient #1: ground veal (you can also use beef).

 

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Ingredient #2: an apple.

 

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Ingredient #3:  onion.

 

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After that, I washed the apple and then grated it.

 

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After, I chopped up the onion. I incorporated all the ingredients to a large bowl and combined.

 

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Then, I shaped the mixture into perfect mini burgers using Ricardo’s burger press.  It makes these tight burgers that really stick together.

 

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Then, I placed the simple burgers for babies on a lined baking sheet. Afterwards, I cooked them in the oven for 20 minutes at 400F and voilà!  We served them two ways: some preferred them with homemade mayonnaise and a pickle and some preferred sharp cheddar only. It would have been good with a slice of avocado on top as well.  Sides were steamed green beans and a kale salad. Raw leafy green aren’t appropriate for babies since they can stick to their palate so you can offer the simple burgers and green beans to your baby.

 

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Here is 6-month old baby E absolutely devouring the simple burgers for babies.

 

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Not bad for a 6-month old, right?

 

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Ingredients

 

1 lb (450 g) ground veal or ground beef

1 apple, grated

½ cup onion, diced (½ small onion)

½ tbsp dried sage (optional)

½ tbsp pepper (optional)

 

Preparation

 

Preheat oven to 400F.  Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix to combine.  Then form mini burgers about ⅓ the size of adult burgers, approximately 4 cm in diameter (1.5 in) by 2 cm (¾ in) in height. I used Ricardo’s burger press but it’s not necessary.  After that, place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes.  Finally, let cool and offer to your baby.  Makes 14 simple burgers for babies.

 

What did YOU serve these simple burgers for babies with?

 

The Best BLW Meatloaf

The best blw meatloaf recipe

 

I decided to create a blw meatloaf recipe that’s totally appropriate for babies just starting out with solids. Do you have older kids as well?  For some reason, these seem to appeal to that age group more than the traditional sliced meatloaf.  So… great for everyone in the family! Also, this blw meatloaf recipe uses real nourishing ingredients only so no commercial ketchup, breadcrumbs, salt or sugar added.

 

It’s super simple. I put all the blw meatloaf ingredients into a large bowl.

 

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Then, I mixed to combine and transferred the mixture among 12 lined muffin tins. Next, I baked the blw mini meatloaves at 350F for 20 minutes. While the meatloaves were cooking, I prepared the homemade ketchup. Then, I just put all the homemade ketchup ingredients into the blender and processed until smooth.

 

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Then I transferred the ketchup mixture into a saucepan.

 

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After that, I let the ketchup mixture simmer for 20 minutes uncovered until it thickened.

 

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When the BLW mini meatloaves were cooled a bit, I topped them with the homemade ketchup.

 

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We enjoyed them with my amazing Cajun Sweet Potato Fries.  You can find the cajun sweet potato fries recipe in my Baby Led Weaning Recipes iBook HERE.

 

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blw Meatloaf Recipe with Homemade Ketchup

 

Meatloaf Ingredients

 

1.3 lbs (600 g) ground beef

¾ cup onion, chopped (1 small onion)

1 cup leek, chopped (1 leek)

¼ cup green onions, chopped (3 green onions)

1 egg

½ cup almond flour (optional)

1 tsp basil, dried

1 tsp thyme, dried

1 tsp oregano, dried

1 tsp sage, dried

½ tsp pepper

1 tsp garlic powder

 

Homemade Ketchup Ingredients

 

3 medjool dates

1 ½ cups tomatoes, diced

1/8 cup apple cider vinegar

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp dry mustard

1/8 tsp allspice

 

Preheat oven to 350F and line muffin tins. After that, add all ingredients for the meatloaves to a large bowl and mix to combine. Next, transfer the mixture among 12 muffin tins. Then, bake for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, you can make the homemade unsalted ketchup. Add all ingredients for the homemade ketchup to a blender and process until smooth. Then, transfer to a saucepan and simmer on low-medium for 20 minutes, uncovered. When the meatloaves are ready, let cool and then add the ketchup on top. Enjoy!

 

Try them out and let me know what you think!

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Slow Cooked Leg of Lamb

Slow cooked leg of lamb with spiced yogurt and herb salad

 

I’m about to share the recipe for the BEST meal I’ve ever made: Slow Cooked Leg of Lamb with spiced yogurt and herb salad. What’s more, it’s totally appropriate for babies 6 months or more doing Baby Led Weaning (BLW). I perfected this recipe several times throughout the years and I’m so excited to share it with you today. Impress your guests and make this slow cooked leg of lamb next time you have them over!  It’s not only a slow cooked leg of lamb.  It’s a layered full meal complete with spiced yogurt and a herb salad.  This is part 7 of my “Half Lamb for Babies” series.

I snapped more than 15 pictures as I prepared this meal. Check out how I proceeded!

 

4 days before

 

To begin, I started thawing the leg of lamb in my fridge.

 

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I also pulled out some homemade chicken broth from the freezer and started thawing it in my fridge.

 

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1 day before

On the day before the event, I prepared the liquid that the leg of lamb will be cooked in. I took 4 room-temperature lemons:

 

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Then, I juiced them to obtain 1 cup of lemon juice.

 

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I combined the spices into the lemon juice and broth mixture. This is the smoked paprika I used:

 

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Here’s the liquid that the leg of lamb will be cooked in:

 

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After that, I took 15 garlic cloves:

 

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And smashed them like this:

 

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Then, I put the smashed garlic cloves in the fridge until the next day. I took the jalapeños:

 

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After, I seeded the jalapeños and quartered them (yes, babies can have jalapeños in this recipe because it gives the sauce a little kick but doesn’t burn the baby’s mouth). I put them in the fridge.

 

The day of the event

On the day of the event, I seasoned the leg of lamb.

 

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After, I added the onions, garlic and jalapeños to the roasting pan, then the liquid mixture. I placed the seasoned leg of lamb in the middle. The meat (super high in iron by the way!) was cooked at 425F for 45 minutes then 2 ½ hours at a lower heat.

 

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The house smelled divine! The meat was fall-off-the-bone tender.  Check out the recipe below for instructions on how to prepare the spiced yogurt and herb salad (can be prepared the day before). Here is an appropriate serving size of the lamb for a baby 6 months or more:

 

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And here is the herb salad (most babies are ready for a raw herb salad like this one at around 12-18 months old):

 

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It’s all coming together! The spiced yogurt, herb salad and meat:

 

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Add on the sauce and it’s almost complete!

 

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We served it on a mixture of mashed potatoes, celery root and carrots that my mom made. Check out the layering of the meat, sauce, spiced yogurt and herb salad.  Here is an adult-sized serving:

 

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I cannot explain how good this meal tastes. Here is a child-sized portion:

 

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And the toddlers sitting/standing around their table with their fancy slow cooked leg of lamb with spiced yogurt and herb salad:

 

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We were 12 people total and everyone finished their plate. Some even asked for more.  I’m not kidding when I say it’s the best meal I’ve ever made!

 

Slow Cooked Leg of Lamb with Spiced Yogurt and Herb Salad (for babies 6 months +)

 

Ingredients

 

Lamb

5 cups chicken broth

1 cup fresh lemon juice (I used 4 lemons)

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon whole cloves

1/2 tablespoon ground coriander

2 tablespoons smoked paprika

2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves, chopped

2 tablespoons thyme

1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns

2 onions, coarsely chopped

15 garlic cloves, peeled and lightly smashed

3 jalapeños, seeded and quartered

One 5.5 lb semi-boneless leg of lamb, tied  (2.5 kg)

Sea salt (optional) and freshly ground pepper

 

Spiced yogurt

2 cups plain Greek yogurt

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup packed cilantro leaves

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon ground coriander

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Salt (optional)

Ground pepper

 

Herb salad

3/4 cup packed parsley leaves

3/4 cup packed cilantro leaves

1/2 cup packed tarragon leaves

1/2 cup snipped chives

1 jalapeño—halved, seeded and very thinly sliced crosswise

1/2 cup very thinly sliced red onion

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Salt and freshly ground pepper

 

Preparation

 

Lamb

Preheat the oven to 425F. In a roasting pan large enough to hold the lamb, whisk the chicken broth with the lemon juice, cloves, coriander, paprika, oregano, thyme and peppercorns. Then, add the onions, garlic and jalapeños in an even layer. Season the lamb all over with salt (optional) and pepper and place it in the roasting pan, fat side up.

Braise the lamb, uncovered, for 45 minutes until it just starts to brown. After that, reduce the oven temperature to 325° and braise for about 2 hours and 30 minutes longer, until the meat is nicely browned and starting to pull away from the bone. Then, transfer the lamb to a carving board and let stand for 10 minutes.

After that, strain the braising liquid into a medium saucepan and skim off the fat. Then, boil the liquid until slightly reduced, about 10 minutes. Season the jus with salt and pepper; keep warm.

 

Spiced yogurt

Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl.

 

Herb Salad

Combine the ingredients in a medium bowl and toss well. Season with salt and pepper.

Cut the strings off of the lamb and carve the meat into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Arrange the lamb on a bed of mashed potatoes, celery root and carrots. Drizzle the jus and spiced yogurt over the lamb, top with the herb salad and serve.

This recipe was inspired by Food & Wine.

 

What do you usually prepare when you have people over? Let me know if you try this recipe by commenting below!

 

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Liver pate recipe for babies

Liver Pate BLW recipe for babies

Have you ever made liver pate recipe?  So much better than the salty store-bought version!  So first you might be wondering why you should offer liver pate to your baby.  It’s simple: babies need lots of iron! Since their iron needs are so high, it’s difficult for babies to consume enough iron every day (especially since some babies don’t eat large quantities).  With liver pate, babies get lots of concentrated nutrients per bite.

For this liver pate recipe, I used lamb liver from my half lamb I purchased a while back.  This is part 6 of the half lamb for babies series.  If you’re making this for your baby, I would recommend using chicken liver because it’s so much higher in iron AND lamb liver contains too much vitamin A.  Also, I recommend limiting your baby’s chicken liver consomption to twice per week to avoid too much vitamin A.  Here’s what I did:

I melted the coconut oil in the pan and added the apples and allspice:

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Then I cooked the liver and thyme until the liver was no longer raw. I put everything in the blender and transferred the liver pate into small jars:

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Babies can either eat liver pate on a cucumber stick, perfect to encourage self feeding with baby led weaning (BLW):

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Or enjoy the liver pate directly from a spoon:

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At our house we eat liver pâté as a snack on a regular basis. It’s a great way to make sure the little ones are getting enough iron!  You can eat this liver pate on anything, really.  Here is some liver pate spread on a cracker:

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Liver Pate Recipe

Ingredients

4 tablespoons coconut oil

1 apple, peeled and sliced

1/2 teaspoon allspice

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 small shallot, chopped

1/2 lb liver, cut into cubes

1 tablespoon fresh thyme

 

Instructions

  • Place 2 tablespoons of coconut oil into a pan on medium heat. Add apple slices and allspice and cook until soft. Add garlic and shallot and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add liver, thyme, and 2 more tablespoons of coconut oil to the pan. Cook until liver is pink inside and no longer raw.
  • Pour everything into a blender. Blend until smooth. Store in small jars.

 

Limit chicken liver consumption for babies to twice per week to avoid ingesting too much vitamin A.  Recipe inspired from Megan Garcia.

Let me know if this convinces you to make liver pate by commenting below!

Ribs recipe fail (!)

BLW ribs recipe fail

This is part 5 of my Half Lamb for Babies series.

Spoiler alert: I decided to not share the BLW ribs recipe on the blog because the taste was off and the texture was too tough. I guess we all mess up recipes once in a while!  This was a real recipe fail.  Our friends ate all the ribs but also had a great laugh because we came to the conclusion that I shouldn’t make these again. For this recipe, I placed a spice rub on the ribs and baked them in the oven for two hours. In order for ribs to be tender, they need to be cooked for a very long period of time (in a slow cooker for example). When I attempt a slow cooked rib recipe I will post it here.

We were having our best friends over and decided to prepare something out of the ordinary: lamb ribs.  It was a first for us. We have cooked ribs before but not LAMB ribs.

Meanwhile, I did take some pictures of “the making of” the ribs so I’ll share those. I thawed a package of lamb ribs from Ferme Valens:

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Then, my oldest daughter helped me combine the spices in a small bowl.

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After, I pat dried the ribs and rubbed the spice mix on all sides. I baked them for one hour at 300F. Then I baked them at 375 for another hour. Here is the final product and perfect portion size for a baby (if it were tender!):

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How often do you mess up recipes?  Comment below!

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Lamb Osso Buco Stew for Babies

Lamb Osso Buco Stew for Babies

This is the 3rd post of the Half Lamb for Babies series where I make every piece of lamb BLW-friendly.  A BLW recipe for each piece!  You can check out my two first posts: Minty Lamb Meatball recipe and Grilled Lamb Chops recipe.

I had never made lamb osso bucco before but this was BY FAR the best meal of my whole week.  Used a package of the Ferme Valens lamb shanks which can also be called osso bucco. Cooked in Instant Pot which is a pressure cooker that cooks meat in no time. This meal is full of garden-fresh veggies that I got from my CSA basket from Tourne-Sol Farm.

To serve the adult portion, I took some white rice:
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Spooned the stew on top like this:download full film Kong: Skull Island 2017

 

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The meat is so tender that even 6 month olds can enjoy it.  Here is the baby portion:

 

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Lamb Osso Buco Stew Recipe

 

INGREDIENTS

4 pieces lamb shanks (osso bucco)

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 onions, chopped

2 cups carrots, chopped

1 cup radishes

4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped

2 cups kale, chopped

2 cups + 2 more cups chicken broth

2 bay leaves

1 tablespoon dried rosemary

 

PREPARATION

Over medium-high heat in the pressure cooker pot (sauté setting for the Instant Pot), sear all sides of the lamb osso buco in coconut oil until browned. Remove from the pot. To the oil in the pan, add the chopped onion, carrots, radishes, garlic and kale and cook until about 15 minutes. Add 2 cups of chicken broth and let the mixture cook for about 5 more minutes. Add the osso buco pieces back in, and pour in the rest of the chicken broth. Make sure that the meat is covered in liquid. Add bay leaves and rosemary. Cover and cook on “meat/stew” for 35 minutes on high pressure.  Release the pressure and remove the meat.  Let cool and serve.

 

Let me know if you try this recipe by commenting below!

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Grilled Lamb Chops Recipe for Babies

Grilled lamb chops made baby led weaning (BLW)

This is the second blog post part of the “Half Lamb for Babies” series.  Basically, I bought a half lamb and every time I cook a portion, I make it appropriate to serve to babies six months or over (and the rest of the family for that matter!).  I started with minty lamb meatballs for babies made with ground lamb and today I’m sharing a scrumptious grilled lamb chops recipe.  Fancy yet simple.

First off, I thawed one package of lamb chops from La Ferme Valens:

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I picked some fresh rosemary and thyme in fresh herbs pot:

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Can you spot the one sprig of fresh rosemary in my pot of fresh herbs?

 

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Check out the fresh thyme on the left

After that, I combined all the ingredients except the lamb chops in a small bowl:

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Then I rubbed the herb mixture on both sides of the lamb chops.  I placed the lamb chops in a container to marinate for one hour in the fridge:

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Finally, I cooked them on the barbecue at the highest temperature.

 

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The finished product! You can offer one small lamb chop to your baby to gnaw on.

Babies can gnaw on these lamb chops even when just starting out at around 6 months old. They won’t get much meat off but the sucking action will draw out the iron from the meat and this can keep them busy for a long time. Long enough for the rest of the family to enjoy a nice hot meal while the baby chomps on the baby led weaning (BLW) lamb chops.

 

Did you ever give a lamb chop to a baby?

 

Grilled Lamb Chop Recipe for Babies

 

INGREDIENTS

2 large garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped

Pinch cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt (omit if you have a baby under 12 months)

2 tablespoons olive oil

4 lamb chops

 

Combine all ingredients except the lamb chops in a bowl. Rub the mixture on both sides of the lamb chops and let marinate for at least one hour in the refrigerator. Then, remove from refrigerator and allow the lamb chops to come to room temperature for about 20 minutes.

Then, heat barbecue over high heat, add the chops and sear for about 2 minutes. Flip the chops over and cook for another 3 1/2 minutes. Let cool to room temperature and offer one small lamb chop to your baby. Enjoy!

Makes approximately 4 adult-sized portions.

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