Since we are now introducing table foods, I have been trying to come up with interesting table foods for our little cupcake to eat. I had looked at the little jars of baby macaroni and cheese at the store and found that the list of ingredients was long and complicated. I then started looking through my cookbooks at home and came up with my own version of macaroni and cheese for babies. It is a small amount, as we are not eating very much of it yet. It is simple and takes the same amount of time as making it from the box!
1/3 cup of mini fusilli
1/2 tbs of butter
1/2 tbs of olive oil
1/2 tbs of flour
3 tbs of whole milk
1 slice of mild cheese
Cook fusilli in a small saucepan of lightly salted boiling water for about 15 minutes (this is past package directions, but you want it to be soft and mushy for babies. Especially mine who still doesn’t have teeth!).
In another small saucepan melt the butter and olive oil on low heat. Once melted whisk in the flour and let cook for one minute. After flour has cooked whisk in milk. After milk has cooked for a minute, break cheese into chunks and whisk in. Stir until smooth.
Once fusilli has finished drain and then add to cheese mixture. Stir pasta with cheese. Make sure the macaroni and cheese has cooled before serving!
I had to pass this tidbit of information along to other Moms who may be more savvy than me and already know this, or my have missed it like I did! When my little cupcake started eating meats mixed in with his baby food I had a really hard time finding different types. I also found that many of them had so many different mix-ins that it almost defeated the purpose of giving him meats. I was shopping at Babies R Us the other day and they carry a Gerber baby food product that has 2nd foods that are just meats. There are three types turkey, chicken, and beef, and they are just plain turkey with turkey gravy, chicken with chicken gravy, etc. They are also smaller, so you are able to introduce them and check for reactions without using up a 3.5 or 4 oz jar of baby food. Our local grocery stores do not carry these, so I would have missed them. I don’t usually think of Babies R Us for baby food as we are usually shopping there for other things, but they actually have a pretty big selection. Considering we live about 45 minutes from the nearest Babies R Us we usually don’t go there often, but I would consider it in the future for the selection.
Perhaps if I give Babies R Us enough press, they’ll just decide to build one closer, hahaha.
As our little sweet pea has finally reached stage 2 baby foods, I have been buying up all the different kinds available on my quest to make him a well rounded food connoisseur! However, I learned a valuable lesson in my food buying the other day. There are many different kinds of baby food mixes (including baby food smoothies, which I’m not sure the value of giving your baby a “smoothie” except that it’s trendy, and yes I bought the mango). Anyway, two of these mixes include banana-orange and pineapple-pear. As banana and pear are a favorite in our house I figured these would be great to add into the mix of our other foods. As I found out babies under one year should not have citrus. ANY citrus. This includes tomatoes, oranges, and pineapples. Luckily, we did not encounter any reactions to the fruits, but I stopped giving them to him obviously! Now being knowledgeable about the no citrus I have been avoiding any of those stated fruits. However I found that the front label isn’t always indicative of the interior product. Once we began meats mixed with veggies I realized that too can be problematic. When I began scanning the store shelves for baby meats I came across several including a vegetable beef. Which as I was reading the ingredients I found includes tomato paste. While the tomato paste is very low on the list of ingredients (meaning that there are scant amounts) it still brought about many questions. Is a scant amount of citrus okay? Or no citrus at all? As I’m sure most Mom’s encounter it’s better to ere on the side of caution and just avoid, but when we reach a year I hope that our little sweet pea will enjoy all the tomatoes, pineapples, and oranges there are out there to try!