Baby's Vegetables And Condiments
1 heaping tablespoon carrot rinsed and finely diced
1 heaping tablespoon Chinese cabbage rinsed and finely sliced
1 heaping tablespoon string beans rinsed and finely sliced.
Utensils: Small pan with lid Glass storage container
Place the vegetables in sections around the pot. Cover with water. Place a lid on the pan. Bring to boil on a medium flame. Reduce the flame to low. Cook for about 15 to 20 minutes or until very soft. Remove from heat and place in a small glass storage bowl Add a tablespoon of the vegetables and liquid to the strainer with the grain. Stir through the strainer with the soft grains. Store the remaining vegetables in the fridge. They can be kept for one day.
Variations for Vegetables
Many different vegetables can be used. Include summer squash, winter squash, kale, watercress, onions, leeks, parsnips, turnips or peas. Broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage may be used. However, they can create gas for some babies. Try cooking them on their own to start with. After the baby has been eating for at least a month, a small amount of tofu can be cooked with the vegetables. Most babies have vegetable preferences. This is fine if they are eating a few different ones. Vegetables can be cooked with a few drops of sesame oil.
Toasted Sesame Seeds
Sesame seeds are a great source of vitamins and minerals. They help to develop strong teeth and bones. Use sesame seeds on a regular basis in your baby's food.
Ingredients: 1/2 cup sesame seeds rinsed and placed in a strainer
Utensils: Stainless steel frying pan Suribachi and surikoji Small glass storage container with air tight lid
Place the pan on a medium/high flame. Add the sesame seeds. Toast the seeds for about 5 minutes. They should crush easily between the thumb and little finger. Remember to move the seeds back and forth in the pan so that they toast evenly. Store the seeds in a glass container with a lid Toasted seeds can be stored for about 2 weeks Crush the seeds to a coarse powder before adding to the grains and vegetables in the strainer. Seeds can be crushed in a suribachi with a surikoji. A small grinding utensil known as a Slinky can also be used. These can be purchased in Kitchenware or Natural foods shops.