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Baby Food: Chicken Carrot Baby Puree

Chicken baby food made in the crockpot! Tender shreds of chicken with carrots for baby. If you’re looking for more baby food recipes, try my ebook

Chicken puree for baby with carrots

The first time I made Camille meat puree, I wasn’t sure if I should feed it to her or the cat. I poached a chicken breast, and pureed it in the Vitamix. One look, one smell, one reluctant taste, and I was done. Surely I can do better for my sweet babe than cat food fare!

My journey of making meat purees for baby food starts here:

Camille didn’t start eating meat until around 7 months. I started her on sweet potato puree at around 5 months, but she didn’t show much interest, so I took time off before intermittently reintroducing her to food. By the time we were in a good rhythm of 2 tablespoons of puree once a day, I kept hearing my pediatrician’s warnings in the back of my head: ‘her iron supply needs to be restocked; give her meat’. She was well past 6 months, and probably ready for it.

This chicken baby food was months in the making. I just had to work up the courage to make it.

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Camille at 7 months eating chicken and celeriac puree with soft pear bites for dessert.

A pretty important side note: I don’t eat much meat myself. I think we have an animal on our plate one night a week or so? Last night, we had farro salad with carrots and white beans. The night before? Pasta Alfredo with Broccoli. Before that? This

It just doesn’t occur to me to cook meat most days. I actually love to order animals at restaurants, but I have a thing about seeing raw meat in my kitchen and then subsequently consuming it. If you believe in the blood type diet, I am spot-on for an A positive—full fat dairy, no meat, and tons of legumes. It makes my body happy. I say this to show my complete inaptitude for cooking meat for my child.

has plenty of kid-approved recipes for meat purees!

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Camille at 8 months eating spaghetti squash puree, chunky green bean puree, and flaked salmon.

The next time I tried making meat for her, I faced another kind of disaster. Her dad and I were about to enjoy a rare beef dinner. Before plopping a local grass-fed chuck roast in the crockpot (with my eyes closed, of course), I cut off about 1 pound of it to cook for Camille, sans salt. I rubbed it with black pepper, seared it in a stock pot, and covered it with water and a bay leaf. I figured by the time our crockpot roast was done, her roast would be, too. My intention was for her to enjoy a no-salt version of our food.

I was so very wrong. Her roast was tough and chewy. Dad and I were eating a melt-in-your-mouth pot roast, and baby had meat so tough, even I couldn’t chew it (and I have all of my teeth)!

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Camille at 9 months eating cream of chicken and wild rice soup with a fruit salad of papaya, banana, and blood orange bites.

I ended up making her a quick no-salt gravy, and pureeing the baby roast in the Vitamix. She ate it mixed with green beans and mashed turnips. It wasn’t her favorite—she much preferred these  but she ate it. And I felt like Mama of the year for giving her that much-needed iron-rich beef.

Now, at 10 months, Camille needs to progress beyond purees. Even though she doesn’t have any teeth, she’s been gumming steamed broccoli, tiny whole wheat pasta shapes, and raisins latelyof her eating broccoli basically sums it all up.

The time was nigh for me to make her tender melt-in-her-mouth meat.

So, I reached for my crockpot. I mean, that’s what those things are for, right? Tender meat?

Using the crockpot to make chicken baby food:

I knew I wanted her chicken chunks to be saucy and rich, almost like my recipe for Baby isn’t warming up to jalapeños no matter how hard I try (kidding), so I reached for carrots.

When the chicken is done cooking to the appropriate fall-apart-ness (technical kitchen term), the carrots melt and become a creamy sauce. Hot damn! I even want to eat this!

I stirred in a little cumin to mimic that rich, barbecued beef flavor. As a Texan, my kid will eat barbecue and jalapeños one day–you can hold me to that!



 

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