Baby Food Evolved – Self Feeding

As the Wee Baby T has become more dexterous and his teeth have started making their grand entrance, the purees have taken a back-seat to more tangible items.  T has started feeding himself anything he can get his fingers around, so we made handy (GET IT?) bites just for him.

Purees are catastrophically messy, but these bites make post-meal cleanup a breeze!

Ingredients:

  • Chicken – about 1/2 chicken breast, cut into chunks about the size of your thumb.  It’s going to get blended anyway, so don’t stress too much.
  • Bread – one slice. Maybe 2.
  • Whole milk – couple ML?  Just enough to soak a slice of bread
  • Spinach – as much as you can wedge in the blender
  • Green Peppers – I used about 1/2 of a good sized pepper.
  • Garlic – 2 cloves, smashed
  • Egg – just one.
  • Other – honestly you can put whatever you like in this. If your kid eats it, chuck it in the blender.

Directions:

Start by thoroughly cooking the chicken. To test if it is done, pick the biggest piece and slice it in half. White the entire way through? They’re all done.

Put a slice of bread in a bowl and pour some whole milk over it. You just want enough to soak in to the bread, if it starts floating you have way too much.

Blend. Chuck it all in, as much as will fit. It will blend down to nothing, so you can do a couple of additions. If your end product is too runny just add another slice of bread.

Bake. Spray a small cookie sheet with oil and pour it in. Try to keep it as even as possible. Bake at 355 F for about 15 minutes. Bake time will vary DRAMATICALLY based on the viscosity of your mix. Basically you want it to set to about a sponge-cake consistency.

Note: unlike cookies, this won’t set after you take it out of the oven. Once it is out that is as cooked and set as it is going to be.

Once cooled, slice into 1 inch squares. You can break it up further when feeding your little one.

An average serving for our guy is anywhere from 9-12 squares, but that’s obviously just a guideline.

These are perfect for trips to the museum, or just an easy meal at home.  Leave a comment and let me know what your little one thinks!

Good luck out there!

 

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