In this post we share a recipe for a Beef, Potato, Carrot and Apple Puree – a great way to start introducing your baby to meat.
The guidelines provided by New Zealand, Australia and the UK suggest introducing meat for babies from 6 months onwards. There is no stipulation that you need to wait until later. It is recommended to introduce some soft vegetables and fruits first as these are easily digestible. This also means that when you introduce meat you can add it to foods your baby has shown that enjoy already so that they are more likely to accept the new flavour. Including either apple or pear in the puree should help sweeten a meat puree and make it more palatable for your baby.
From 6 months onwards when your baby needs more iron and zinc, it is recommended by health professionals to aim to introduce your baby to foods containing these nutrients. The best sources are considered to be meat and vegetarian alternatives although you can also offer fortified cereals. I posted a series on how much protein do we actually need a while ago which you might find helpful and interesting.
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Beef, Potato, Carrot and Apple Puree
A great way to get a smooth potato puree is to use jacket potatoes and scoop out the inside. Pureeing potatoes makes them go starchy and gloppy which your baby won’t find overly enjoyable.
Mummy to three small boys way past purees!
- 1 medium jacket potato
- 80g beef chunks, mince or roast
- 2 carrots
- 1 medium apple
- Bake the jacket potato at 200'C for about an hour. (I made this puree when the rest of the family were eating jacket potatoes)
- Peel and chop the carrots and apple and place in a sauce pan just covered with water.
- Meanwhile cook the beef by frying in a little oil or use some of the family roast.
- Remove from the heat and place the vegetables and beef into a container for blending. Do not drain the water away!
- Blend all the ingredients. Add the cooking water bit by bit to achieve the consistency desired.
- Cover and cool then freeze into portions immediately.