- Ideal as a finger food, snack or even a meal
- Eat them warm or cold
- Refrigerate or freeze
So I spent Friday cooking and freezing vegetables en masse for #babyjake.
And at the end of it, I had used up all my ice cube trays and just didn’t have it in me to keep on trucking, but I had quite a bit of left over veggies that I didn’t want to go to waste.
Unsure of what to do with my left over veggies, I needed a quick and easy solution…
Enter baby quiche cakes… Success! #babyjake loved it!
Easy, convenient and seriously healthy!
- 2-3 cups almond flour (I opted for almond flour just to add in the nutritional boost of the almonds. You could also use coconut flour, wholewheat flour, corn flour, chickpea flour or good old cake flour… pick and choose whatever suits you best. However your quantities may need to change depending on the flour replacement you choose. For example, you need way less than 2 cups when using coconut flour)
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted (can also use olive oil)
- 3-5 cups worth of any veggies (see below for ideas)
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1 ½ cups yoghurt (I used the Double Cream Plain yoghurt from Woolies. This is optional. I don’t always add it. If your mixture appears too dry, you can add it.)
- 1 Tbs baking powder
- Season with Herbal Salt / Pink Himalayan Salt (optional and if baby older than 1+ if you are worried about the salt content)
You could use a mix of any of these:
- Grated or diced carrot (may want to steam before)
- Grated baby marrow
- Chopped / shredded spinach
- Chopped broccoli / cauliflower (may want to steam before)
- Frozen / tinned corn
- Frozen peas
- Chopped red peppers
- Chopped mushrooms
- Grated apple
- Mashed banana
- Mashed sweet potato (would need to steam / mash first)
- Mashed butternut (would need to steam / mash first)
- You could also add some tuna / sardines for extra protein but you already have the egg / cheese / yoghurt so not necessary
I used peas, carrot, broccoli, spinach & sweet potato.
And another time I used broccoli, cauliflower and carrot (lightly steamed first and then chopped). With a mix of almond flour + chickpea flour.
Throw all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl to combine, and then spoon the batter into a greased muffin tray. Pop in the oven, and bake for 20+ minutes at 180 degrees celsius. Until they appear golden brown and firm.
Cool on a wire rack, and the egg will continue to set as the muffins cool. Place in a tupperware in the fridge for a couple days, or freeze.
Made about 36 muffins, which I froze and will take out once a day as a snack / easy meal. I just broke it up into little bite size pieces and #babyjake gobbled away with sheer delight.
You could give this from 7 months +
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A few things to consider:
- If your child has a hereditary predisposition to allergies, suffers from eczema or is lactose intolerant (or any other complication for that matter), don’t follow my advice – rather stick to whatever your paed says.
- I’m not a paediatric nutritionist. I’m just sharing what I have learnt. With that said however, #babyjake’s granny is a medical doctor; I have read loads of books written by the experts; chatted to fellow mommies and nurses, and have a fair amount of culinary finesse… so this is what’s worked for us.
- I follow the school of thought that encourages the introduction of ALL food groups before the age of one (this includes all allergenic foods from peanuts and eggs, to fish). The only exception is raw honey. As for cow’s milk (by cow’s milk I am referring to the actual liquid, white milk from a carton), I give #babyjake full-cream dairy yogurt, cream cheese, cottage cheese, yellow cheese etc. You can also cook for your baby using full cream milk, just don’t replace their milk boob / bottle / formula feed with cow’s milk before the age of 1.
- To be on the safe side, if you’re unsure of anything, please always (always) consult your paed, family doctor or nurse before taking my advice or trying any new foods on your baby.
- Do not take my advice over that of a medical professional.
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