Quinoa got to love it.
I love this grain Quinoa is naturally gluten-free and contains iron, B-vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and fiber. It is a complete protein and comprised of all pernine essential amino acids. This is not usually the case in plant based foods. So is an idea grain to introduce to baby.
My little one loves it. She is 7 mths old now and I cook it a few different ways for her.
This is what the grain looks like uncooked, I love using the different colors , it gives it a lovely depth.
A lot of people are not use to this grain and get put off using it as they think it is to hard to cook, or takes to long. That is not the case at all. just as easy as rice.
Introducing food and how you do it is a personal choice, you do what feels right for you and your family. We do some baby lead weaning and some times I will feed her. She is my third baby, so depending on what is going on for the family. She loves to sit up with the family and eat with us, so the dinner meal with the rest of the family tends to be one that she helps her self to and eats mostly what we are eating. I cook the quinoa below for the family and just put some on her tray and she just puts it in her mouth by the hand full. Luckily i have wooden floors!! Another thing I do when cooking it this way is to roll it in to balls and she will grab those, with those sticky little fingers!
This is what the grain looks like when it is cooked, it takes on a different texture and look than the uncooked grain.
You can buy Quinoa flakes like pictured below, I make this up like a breakfast cereal for her.
And just because I could not resist, this is the little Lexi, at about 6 mths. She is ready to rock and roll in her chef hat.
1 cup of Quinoa to 2 cups of water
Add to pan and bring to boil
When it has boiled turn down to low and let simmer for about 15 – 20 mins
It will adsorb all the water and the grains go translucent when cooked.
Nothing flash here people just roll into a little baby bite size ball. i find if i have a kurmea or any root vegetable that is cooked you can mash it up and this will help bind the quinoa in to balls. Just to keep the food exciting and new for the little ones.
Quinoa flakes for breakfast
I cook the flakes to make a breakfast cereal I add a pinch of cinnamon and then add water and keep adding water as it gets thick, let simmer and keep stirring, dose not take long to cook at all. about 5 mins.
Quinao with chicken and pumpkin
Cook quinao as above, add shredded chicken (I make up a big chicken in the crock pot and then frieze in small servings sizes to add to baby’s meals. i then add cooked pumpkin in finger bite sizes, you can either leave them like that so baby can pick them up and are soft to the touch or you can mash up with Quinao, chicken and serve like that.
Just remember when introducing foods, relaxed mum relaxed baby. What a great time, don’t rush it, don’t rush them. Some days they may not want much food and some days they will love a particular meal and the next they may refuse to eat it. That’s normal.
Healthy eating habits start now, you have a great opportunity to create a fun and relax environment for your baby to explore there first foods and there first impression of food, that will stick with them for ever. Remember food diversity is one of the keys in helping to creating a healthy gut microbiome (gut flora) in your baby and this is such an important part of your baby’s over all immune system and general health and well being.
So pat your self on the back mamma, you have a very important job you are doing. What a privilege.
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