Meat! Introducing Meat to your Baby’s Diet

May 28, 2009 at 8:24 am 1 comment

Many people ask me when and how to introduce meat to their baby’s diet.  Especially how to puree it.

Introduce meat to your baby’s diet at 10 months of age.  Because you should be allowing your baby to try different textures, you don’t need to puree it, you can cut it up and share it right off your plate with your child.  That being said, I have found it really helpful to have some finely chopped chicken in the freezer at the ready to add to brown rice cereal, pasta and vegetables for a quick lunch or dinner.

The pictures for this post are not going to be great!  My photography skills are only so good and I definitely could not make cooked meat look very good… but photos are below to help you visualize how to do it.

Meat is a great source of protein and babies need protein as they are constantly growing and building new cells.  You probably are aware of this as you may be buying new clothes for your no-longer-so “little one”.  Protein should not only come from animal sources, remember to include legumes in your baby’s diet as well.  Vegetarians and Vegans can offer a meat-free lifestyle to their little ones and I will be covering this in a later post.  It is important to read Vegetarian and Vegan blogs and recipes as there are many creative and delicious ways to introduce vegetable protein and vegetables to you and your family’s diet.

Try this one:

Preparing Meat

I recommend only introducing chicken at this point.  Other meats can be introduced at a later age and as your child is getting bigger and ready for more food you can chop the meat from your plate into small pieces and give it to your baby to try.  I only recommend pureeing/mincing chicken because it is handy to have in the freezer.

You can puree raw meat in a food processor and cook it, however I find it much easier and less messy to do the following:

  • Choose organic boneless, skinless chicken thighs.  They have a wonderful combination of lean and fatty meat, both which offer your child essential protein, fats, minerals and vitamins.
  • Cook chicken by either boiling or baking in the oven
  • Make sure it is cooked completely!
  • Place the meat in the mini processor and chop until fine
  • Place in your ice cube tray, cover with plastic wrap or lid & freeze
  • Easy!

I like having cubes of cooked chicken in my freezer because it is easy to thaw out and add to a meal.  Try this…

::: Cook up some brown rice pasta

::: In a small saucepan throw together one cube of cooked chicken and 2-3 cubes of chopped, steamed vegetables and 1 cube of sweet potato.  Thaw by stirring constantly and adding a little water to make it ‘saucy’.

::: Drain the pasta and add it to the saucepan.  Add a little water and stir until the pasta is coated in the veggie-chicken ‘sauce’ and serve.  Simple, easy.  Let your little one try to eat this with fingers or maybe try a baby fork!


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. carrol  |  May 29, 2009 at 3:49 am

    thanx for the wonderful recipes….il sure try them out..Please check out the blog mentioned below its really cool….!!!im sure you’ll love it!!!


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