This is my third post about how I’m feeding my little vegan and it’s so amazing to see how he loves food and how excited he gets about eating. Until now he didn’t reject any food I gave him. Of course there are days that he eats more and other that the only thing he wants are fruits (but even on those days he will eat a little bit of whatever dish I cook for him). With almost 10 months he’s growing fast and healthy and it’s kinda funny to see the reaction of people around when I tell them he eats just plant-based food and my milk. They can’t believe he’s that big without eat or milk Vegan power I say! We all know that a vegan diet is healthy and enough but the “world outside” seems to still not believe it. Well, my baby is a good prove for those who still need it.
We’re in the middle of a GIVEAWAY here and my question was “What do you want to read in this website?”. More than one person asked me to post more about introduction to solids, baby food (with recipes), so I wil do this. Also, I’m trying to post more on our Facebook page about his daily meals, so people can see what he’s eating in case I don’t have time to write weekly posts about the topic.
In my last post I said I’d like to introduce bread, red lentils, a light version of hummus and linseed oil – or flax seed oil (for Omega 3). He’s eating all this and I also introduced cous cous, quinoa and beans to him. Quinoa is a great source of protein and is high in magnesium and iron and also a good source of calcium.
Also, I made risotto for him. He has showed some allergy reactions to snacks with rice (even baby rice) and I was afraid of giving him rice as food too but I did it for one day (lunch and dinner) and it was OK so I’ll be cooking it more for him.
Also, I’ve mentioned that I give him a vegan Vitamin D but forgot to add the link of the brand, so HERE it is!
I’m still not seasoning his food but will start when he turns 10 months (next week), with onion and parsley (will wait until he’s 1 year to introduce salt too cooking although he sometimes eat things with it when we’re out, or in bread and biscuits). Also, avoid to use oils to cook, they’re good when added cold, after the food is read.
I’ve noticed that some mamas don’t know how to cook for their little ones and although I always thought it’s just about mixing some vegetables, I decided to post 3 recipes that I cook a lot for him here:
Potato, zucchine and beet cream
(this one he’s having since he was 7 months)
2 medium potatoes or 1 big
Shop all vegetables in small squares and steam cook for about 30 min with filtered water. Mix everything with a mixer or blender for a few seconds with a little bit of water. Add the water in parts to make sure you’ll get the consistence you want. For younger babies I’d suggest to use more water and mix it a little bit more to get something like a soup. To older babies you can mix less, leaving a few pieces and use less water, getting a cream or puree.
Add a teaspoon of olive oil or linseed oil before serving it.
* With 9 months I introduced chickpeas to baby boy and sometimes I add them to this mix, so this is the closer of hummus he’s eating
Quinoa with sweet potato, pumpkin and broccoli
(introduced with 8 months)
1/2 cup of quinoa
2 small sweet potatoes
1/2 cup of pumpkin shopped pieces
1/2 cup of broccoli shopped pieces
Put 1 cup of filtered water to boil. Wash the quinoa and add it to the water when it’s boiling. Stir it from time to time and leave it cooking until the water is drained.
In a separated pan cook the sweet potatoes (put them first because they take more time to cook than pumpkin or broccoli). Cook the vegetables for around 15 minutes or until they’re cooked and soft. Mash everything with a fork and a few table spoons of water (sometimes I still mix them and use more water to get something like a soup because I’ve noticed baby boy eats better with this consistency).
Add the quinoa to the cream or soup and serve it with olive oil.
* You can use other vegetables when cooking this dish (such as tomatoes, spinach, cauliflower, kale, etc., but the potatoes and pumpkin gives it a nice and creamy texture.
Pasta and beans
1/2 cup of whole wheat pasta (choose some with small shapes, it’s easier to baby to eat if he’s still has no teeth or is just learning how to chew)
1 cup of cooked beans (I’m using azuki beans but you can choose which ones you’d like to use)
1/2 cup of shopped pumpkin (optional)
Leave the beans soaked in water for the previous night. Cook them for 90 minutes in a regular pan or 40 minutes in a pressure cooker. Set aside.
Cook the pasta in filtered boiling water for the time it’s recommended in the package. Drain it and set iside.
Blend the beans with some of the water you used to cook and add the pasta to the mix (For the first time I cooked this dish I didn’t blend the beans and it was a little bit hard to baby boy to chew pasta + beans). If you’re using pumpkin, bled it with the beans too. Add a teaspoon of olive or linseed oil before serving.