Spinach + Oatmeal + Chicken Puree
Welcome to Dumpy Diapers' first recipe post! I'm starting off with a doozy, because if you're anything like me, you've got the most energy & determination to start something new right out of the gate, so I'm throwing you the most time consuming, difficult baby food puree I've made yet! I hope you're also like me in that you don't discourage easily. Haha.
All this being said, this recipe is hardly challenging; it's just the least easy of the ones I've made thus far, because each element of it requires cooking, and to save time you'll want to multitask. That being said, it yields a really yummy result that I'm sure your baby will love, and you will be so pleased with both the food and yourself!
This puree is packed with goodness! As a great first food for baby, oatmeal is easy on the digestive system, and packed with nutrients, antioxidants and minerals such as iron (hello, added breastfed baby bonus). Spinach, our next ingredient, is full of calcium and Vitamin A, and chicken is of course an excellent source of protein and low in fat. This recipe as a whole is definitely better suited to older babies, due to nitrates found in spinach (which cannot be digested until baby's stomach reaches maturity at 6mo+). Many pediatricians also do not recommend meat or poultry until baby reaches 6 months, so this recipe is definitely for "Stage 2" eaters. Spinach is also one of the veggies on the produce "Dirty Dozen" found high in pesticide residue, so shop organic if you can! My little man was a fan, so I hope you and your littles are, too!
Ages 6mo+ | Yields ~16 oz | 25 min cook time | 3 days fridge/2 months freezer, air-tight storage
1/4 cup Old Fashioned Oats
1/2 cup water
2-3 handfuls of organic Spinach
1 8-oz boneless, skinless Chicken breast, cubed
1 cup Chicken broth or stock (I recommend low sodium)
*1 tsp dried parsley
1. Place stock in a medium saucepan and bring to boil over medium heat.
2. In a separate small saucepan, place water and oats over medium/low heat, stirring often, until oatmeal consistency is reached, about 10 minutes. Add spinach and wilt for 2-3 minutes.
3. Add cubed chicken and *parsley to boiling stock and reduce heat to low. Cover & simmer for 15-20 minutes, until chicken is just cooked through. Let cool slightly.
4. Transfer chicken cubes and spinach + oatmeal mixture to a blender or food processor and puree until you reach your desired consistency, using stock to thin as needed.
*Be sure to check with your pediatrician about using seasonings/spices. Our doctor has not recommended it at this time (6-9 month stage), so we did not use parsley when preparing this recipe.