Monday, May 1, 2017

My Baby Hated His First Chicken

I love chicken - fried chicken, baked chicken, cajun chicken, sweet and sour chicken, chicken wings. At the risk of sounding like Bubba Gump, I will end my explanation here. In short, if there's one food that I can eat for the rest of my life, it would be chicken - specially, the southern style with waffles. YUM.

Now that Mikey is old enough for solid food/meat, I was so excited to share with him one of my favorites, only to be disappointed. To be fair, the first time I introduced poultry to him, it was boiled in water with minimal organic, low sodium chicken broth that was pureed to liquid. Not exactly appetizing. I did try it for myself and gagged at the taste of it... Unsurprisingly, he was not very pleased.

I thought the way I cooked it was just the problem and that maybe the taste of ready-made chicken from Gerber would be a game-changer.

Nope. He did not like it at all.

His face said it all. Nope.

So, when I discovered a Gerber Chicken Noodle baby food at the Duane Reade next to my office, I got really excited. Everyone loves chicken noodle soup and I was almost certain that Mikey would love it and yes, he did. He enjoyed every bite of it.

Armed with the knowledge that Mikey loves Chicken Noodle, I decided to create the homemade version of it. Buying Gerber would work, but in the long run, making our own baby meals will end up more cost-efficient and healthier -- knowing exactly what I put in my baby's mouth is key!

Here's how I created our own wholesome, healthy, baby tested chicken noodle soup.

Ingredients

  • Entire bag of egg noodles
  • 2 Tbsps butter
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Onions
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Celery 
  • 58 oz, Low Sodium, Organic Chicken Broth (4 boxes - 14.5 oz)
  • 14.5 oz, Low Sodium, Organic Vegetable Broth 
  • 1/2 lbs Cooked Chicken Breasts, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 cup chopped Carrots
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried Oregano
Steps

1. Melt butter in big pot. Once completely melted, put in onions and celery and cook until soft and tender.

2. Add Chicken and Vegetable broth, cooked chicken, noodles, carrots, basil, oregano and then bring to a boil.

3. Once boiling, simmer for 30 minutes.



4. Add dry ingredients (strain the soup out before transferring to Baby Bullet) and add 1/4 cup of soup/liquid. Puree until desired consistency.







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