2023 Author: Anita Thornton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-22 03:30
In fricassee, slow cooker, stew or stir-fry, meats are a must on the plate of your baby who needs iron in his diet. No doubt your little one is getting big.
First in the form of a very smooth puree and then in small pieces, the introduction of meat is an important stage in the development of your child. Meat is an important source of protein and also provides vitamins and minerals. He alth Canada also recommends offering meat to babies from 6 months, since the iron needs of children of this age are increasingly important.
By the end of their first year, your child should eat between 60 and 90 ml (4 to 6 tbsp) of meat, poultry or fish per day. Obviously, these quantities can vary and it is important to respect your child's appetite.
- Always prefer fresh meat and not frozen to make your purees. Never refreeze thawed puree. The rule applies to all kinds of purees, but especially those with meat.
- “Moist” cooking is recommended formeats and poultry. Start by searing the meat in a pan and continue covered with a certain amount of liquid (water, broth or juice).
- Wait for your dish to cool before pureeing it in a blender or food processor. Purée smaller amounts of meat at a time (no more than one cup) to achieve the desired texture. Once in the cubes ready to freeze, allow them to cool further. A thing? Place them in the fridge. Less risk of damage or – worse – forgetting!
- To keep your meat tender, consider making a stew or using your slow cooker. A delight.
To give flavor
Mashed meats, poultry or legumes are often quite bland if presented on their own. If you prepare or buy pureed meats only, remember to mix them, during the meal, with one or two cubes of vegetables. Think about it: would you like to have a bite of beef cooked without spices and without broth? Nope? Neither does your child. By mixing it with vegetables, the taste is better and you increase the chances that your child will want more or at least not make the "baboon" in front of the spoon.
Everywhere, we advise you to limit the addition of s alt to your recipes as much as possible. For baby, you should not put any at all. However, you can, in a limited and gradual way, put spices and herbs in your children's dishes. So you start tointroduce him gently to a world of flavor. See how European books add spices or herbs earlier than in Quebec books.
- Cook the meat with onions or other foods that enhance its taste.
- Add grated cheese to your recipes.
Which meat to choose?
ChickenProbably the first meat you will give to your child. Chicken is really popular. It goes just as well with carrots, sweet potatoes and other winter vegetables as it does with fruits like peaches, pears and grapes. Also try to favor meats that have a high concentration of iron, such as beef or lamb.
In the oven, you can cook a whole chicken or bone-in breasts. Keep the cooked chicken pieces and incorporate them into your vegetable purées.
A new taste!Make your little one a salad. Add pieces of cooked chicken to small pieces of cucumber, tomato and avocado. To bind everything delicately, put a spoonful of plain yogurt. Excellent and new!
BeefPrefer beef cubes to ground beef to make your purees. Ground beef shreds less evenly than larger cuts of beef. Your purees will be smoother and more likely to interest your children. Introduce your little ones to spaghetti by concocting a Bolognese sauce just for them, without s alt, butwith fine herbs that will give it a good taste.
VealVeal is often easier to chew (and therefore more likely to be enjoyed) than beef by toddlers.
LambLamb fillets or cubes are good choices. Since this meat has a more pronounced taste than the others, it is important to pair it with foods loved by children: apple, raisins, pear. Who knows, you might want to cook this meat more often!
PorkPork tenderloins are beautiful cuts of meat that are as enjoyable to eat as they are to cook. Good discounts are often displayed in grocery stores. Know how to take advantage of it. Pork goes well, like chicken, with vegetables and fruits. Dare beautiful innovations.
TurkeyScallopini or leftover baked turkey can be used to make purees for your children.
GameAn alternative with a stronger taste, but which is a good source of protein. However, make sure that the game meat is sourced and preserved.
Deli meats, sausages, ham and other spicy meats contain a lot of fat, s alt and nitrates. They are not nutritious choices for babies and children. In addition, when eating sausages, children risk choking. Warning!
Homemade purées of meat, poultry, eggs or fish can only be kept for 1 to 2 days atrefrigerator or up to two months in the freezer.