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    Your baby can have just about anything at this point. It’s time for a change from her usual cereal and pureed fruits and vegetables to more fun with table food.

    Your baby is most likely now eating more textured foods and has tried a wide variety of tastes and flavors. Do not to totally abandon a certain food she did not like in the first few tries. She may surprise you one day and take a spoonful after another.

    The little one may or may not have teeth now. At this stage, babies use their gums and tongue to crush the food in their mouths before swallowing. But keep in mind that the food you give your baby should still be soft enough and small enough for her. Her food should never pose as a choking hazard.

    By now your baby should have the ability and coordination to use her thumb and forefinger to pick up bits of food. Let her feed her self with bite-size pieces of food. You can still use her baby spoon to feed her. Let her hold her spoon while feeding her so she thinks she’s feeding herself. This will strengthen her confidence.

     

    New tastes to try
    Some healthy finger foods:
    • cut pieces of banana
    • chunks of cooked pear
    • baked apple slices
    • cut pieces of avocado
    • chunks of boiled/baked sweet potato
    • boiled asparagus
    • bite size pieces of broccoli
    • steamed carrot sticks

     

    You may also give her:

    • pieces of soft bread
    • scrambled egg yolks
    • cooked pasta flavored with cottage cheese
    • tofu sautéed in garlic and onion
    • white-fleshed flaky fish (tilapia, cod, dory)
    • chicken, turkey
    • beef

    Fresh fruit juices can offer your baby a lot of vitamins. Avoid the powdered and concentrate juices from supermarkets. It may be wise to invest in a juicer to take advantage of what nature has to offer.

     

    Andi’s Pasta Dinner
    ¼ kilo beef (tenderloin), minced
    ½ medium white onion, chopped
    1 small cucumber, chopped
    1 small can of button mushrooms
    2 tablespoons of tomato paste
    1 cup tomato sauce
    1 clove of garlic, crushed
    ½ teaspoon of dried basil
    ½ teaspoon oregano
    1 tablespoon butter
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 small pack of pasta shapes
    1 cup cottage cheese

     

    In a pan, fry the minced beef until browned in vegetable oil. Set aside.
    Meanwhile, cook the pasta shapes according to the instructions on the pack.
    Sauté garlic and onions in butter in a separate pan. Let it sweat for a few minutes to bring out the onion’s sweetness.
    Add the cucumber, mushrooms, and beef into the pan. Cook for a few minutes to blend the flavors. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil.
    Drain the pasta. Mix in the cottage cheese and pasta to the beef sauce. Blend well and serve.

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    Garbabybanzo Soup
    1 cup garbanzos
    ½ medium white onion
    1 medium potato, cut into cubes
    1 clove of garlic
    2 tablespoons of olive oil (or butter)
    2 cups water
    2 tablespoons heavy cream

     

    Sautee garlic and onion in olive oil in a pan. Let it sweat for a few minutes to bring out the onion’s sweetness.
    Add the garbanzos and potato in the pan.
    Pour in the water. Simmer on low heat for about 15 to 20 minutes.

    Mash until creamy or until desired consistency is achieved.
    Add the cream. Blend well and serve.

     

    Photography by Ocs Alvarez
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