Saturday, July 11, 2009

Finding an alternative

Syasya has been very picky with her food lately. As much as DH wants her to love "nasi kandar" and was excited with her choice of rice porridge and vegetables with dried anchovies or chicken, she has somewhat shunned rice altogether totally this week.

I've noted this down (from experience) to 2 things - variety and new found independence. So its time to change the "rice" to something else.

I think it boils down to culture that we Malaysians always eat rice. SO its only natural for us to feed them rice porridge and change the accompaniment (lauk pauk) instead. It didnt click that quickly that Sya was actually bored with the rice itself.

The same goes for breakfast - babies = nestle mix hot water baby food or what we old folks call NESTUM. (I hear a lot of this coming from my ol folks back in the kampung "dia tak makan nestum ke?") Sometimes it never crosses our minds to feed them something else besides that because "we simply dont know what to give them".

But rest assured that I always have a solution closer to home than DH thinks. I've bought the HEINZ sets of pasta (alphabets and dino shapes)about a month ago but have contemplated in giving this to Syasya since I've been trying to find simple recipes to accompany them.

Bolognese Sauce Recipe
3 Fresh Ripe Tomatoes
1 bayleave
2 tsb of olive oil
half a cup of chicken breast meat

1 clove of garlic

Some of the ingredients explained

I've read a few online and found inspirations to use Fresh tomatoes. A medium sized tomato contains approximately 47% of the (U.S.) recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin C, and approximately 22% of the RDA of vitamin A which makes the tomato another great food to help absorb Iron.

The acidity of tomatoes may prove harsh on a more immature tummy. Because of its acidity content you can only introduce this to babies from 10 to 12 months old. Even so it is always best to use fresh tomatoes and always cooked them to reduce the acidity.

I've a huge fan of bay leaves (even if its RM8 a small bottle) and use that with any chicken stews or soups because it flavors the stews or the soups a lot more.

Is started to introduce spices to my children's diet at 8 months. Introducing them to spices has the same reason why they should eat fresh food like vegetables, beef and chicken. It is a wonderful way to help expand their taste buds and get them used to the tastes of the family's foods.

Olive Oil
Again, olive oil is best to use at this moment for my children.
"The beneficial health effects of olive oil are due to both its high content of monounsaturated fatty acids and its high content of antioxidative substances. Studies have shown that olive oil offers protection against heart disease by controlling LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels while raising HDL (the "good" cholesterol) levels. (1-3) No other naturally produced oil has as large an amount of monounsaturated as olive oil -mainly oleic acid. Olive oil is very well tolerated by the stomach. In fact, olive oil's protective function has a beneficial effect on ulcers and gastritis. Olive oil activates the secretion of bile and pancreatic hormones much more naturally than prescribed drugs. Consequently, it lowers the incidence of gallstoneformation
I guess we all know that chicken is good and that at 10 months you can give chicken as long as it is cooked thoroughly and minced so it is easy for her gums to crush them. They dont have molars yet so this is very important.

How to cook this:
Cook the chicken meat first. Keep broth aside.

To skin the tomatoes, cut an incision at the top (cut a small x at the top but not to deep just penetrating the skin) and place them in hot boiling water. Moments later, the skin will peal off a bit. Then place the tomatoes in a food processor and blend them.

Mince the garlic.
Place olive oil in pot and saute garlic.
Put in the tomatoes and the chicken. Fry for a bit.
Place in the chicken broth and the bay leave.
Leave to simmer and reduce into a sauce.

Once sauce cools off, ready to be served with your kids favorite pasta.

Of course there are folks who are quick to point out that we can buy these ready to make sauce for them. Yes it cuts down the time but I dont agree with the salt contents of these ready to make sauces - salt is bad for babies below the age of 2.

And some also would be quick to point why do I slave myself to make homecooked food? I am providing a variety of taste "closer to home" and not much differance to our dinner table. his ensures that in the long run she does not become a picky eater (insya-allah) and I dont have to make "bubur nasi" all the time ;)

So the verdict on this? Photos make up for words he he he

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