Love these Simple and Sweet Recipes for My Girls

Y’all know I am the absolute worst in the kitchen and can use all the help I can get. Feeding my kids is one area of parenting that I’d give myself a barely passing grade. And according to the latest research, NUTRITION is everything when it comes to health. Did you see that new study that says that poor diet is the world’s leading risk factor for death?! I literally pulled that from a U.S. News headline. I gotta step it up for my kids.

LUCKILY, for me - and my toddler Eliza,  Philia Kelnhofer has a new book with 125 simple recipes called BABY FOOD MAKER COOKBOOK: 125 Fresh, Wholesome, Organic Recipes for Your Baby Food Maker Device or Stovetop.

I thought it might be fun to share these recipes with you all so we can try them out together! I chose the baby barbecue chicken and sweet potatoes because I was born and bred in the LONE STAR STATE. And I can’t wait to enjoy the blueberry, melon, and pear puree with my girls this summer on our porch in Northern Michigan.

Thanks Philia for sharing with us!

photo by Philia Kelnhofer

photo by Philia Kelnhofer

baby barbecue chicken and sweet potatoes

Reprinted from BABY FOOD MAKER COOKBOOK: 125 Fresh, Wholesome, Organic Recipes for Your Baby Food Maker Device or Stovetop Copyright © 2019 by Philia Kelnhofer. Published by Harmony Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

When I realized store-bought barbecue sauce has several ingredients that are no-no’s for babies (mainly honey or corn syrup and sugar in higher quantities per serving than they should have), I made a little bowl of “baby barbecue sauce” for my son. I had a friend over who was skeptical that it would still taste good without those ingredients. I’m happy to report that my friend not only loved it, but she started making baby barbecue sauce for her own family. Give it a try—you won’t even miss the sugar!

BARBECUE SAUCE

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

¼ teaspoon chili powder

¼ teaspoon sweet paprika

CHICKEN AND SWEET POTATOES

2 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into

½- to ¾-inch cubes

1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into ½- to ¾-inch cubes (about 1 cup)

Make the barbecue sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the barbecue sauce and set aside. The sauce can be made ahead of time and refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week; warm it in the microwave for 20 seconds before using.

Cook the chicken and sweet potatoes according to your preferred method below:

water level

COOKING TIME: 25 minutes

Pour water into the tank to the highest level (mine is level 3, which equals about 1 cup water).

Place the chicken and sweet potato in the steamer basket or cooking compartment.

Start the cooking process. When the cooking process is done, remove the steamer basket and allow the chicken and sweet potato to cool for a few minutes. Transfer it to a serving bowl, pour on the barbecue sauce, stirring everything together if desired, and feed it to your little one.

fillable tank

COOKING TIME: 20 minutes

Fill the water tank with water.

Place the chicken and sweet potato in the blending bowl.

Set the steam timer for 20 minutes. When the timer goes off, carefully remove the chicken and sweet potato with tongs or a fork, draining any excess cooking liquid. Allow the chicken and sweet potato to cool for a few minutes. Transfer it to a serving bowl, pour on the barbecue sauce, stirring everything together if desired, and feed it to your little one.

stovetop

COOKING TIME: 15 minutes

In a 2-quart saucepan set over high heat, bring 1 cup water to a boil, about 3 minutes. Add the chicken and sweet potato, reduce the heat to medium-low, and place a tight-fitting lid on the saucepan. Steam for about 12 minutes, or until the sweet potato cubes are tender when pierced with a fork and the chicken is cooked through (there should be no pink remaining in the center when you cut into a piece, or use a meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature of the chicken has reached 165°F). Carefully remove the chicken and sweet potato, draining any excess cooking liquid. Allow the chicken and sweet potato to cool for a few minutes. Transfer it to a serving bowl, pour barbecue sauce on, stirring everything together if desired, and serve to your little one.

STORAGE INFORMATION

3 days refrigerator

2 months freezer

photo by Philia Kelnhofer

photo by Philia Kelnhofer

blueberry, melon, and pear puree

Reprinted from BABY FOOD MAKER COOKBOOK: 125 Fresh, Wholesome, Organic Recipes for Your Baby Food Maker Device or Stovetop Copyright © 2019 by Philia Kelnhofer. Published by Harmony Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

This silky smooth puree is super quick to make because the ingredients only need a touch of steam to get them to optimal softness for blending. I like using cantaloupe because of its high beta-carotene, vitamin C, and folate content, but you could use watermelon or honeydew and any type of berries you’d like.

1 cup blueberries

1 cup cubed cantaloupe, skin and seeds removed

1 medium pear, peeled, cored, and cut into slices (½ to ¾ cup)

water level

COOKING TIME: 10 minutes

Pour water into the tank to the lowest level (mine is level 1, which equals about ⅓ cup water).

Put the blueberries, cantaloupe, and pear in the steamer basket or cooking compartment.

Start the cooking process. When the cooking process is done, pour the blueberries, cantaloupe, and pear into the blending bowl with the cooking liquid. Blend.

fillable tank

COOKING TIME: 5 minutes

Fill the water tank with water.

Place the blueberries, cantaloupe, and pear into the blending bowl.

Set the steam timer for 5 minutes. When the timer goes off, blend the blueberries, cantaloupe, and pear with the cooking liquid.

stovetop

COOKING TIME: 4 minutes

In a 2-quart saucepan set over high heat, bring ½ cup water to a boil, about 2 minutes. Add the blueberries, cantaloupe, and pear; reduce the heat to medium-low; and place a tight-fitting lid on the saucepan. Steam for about 2 minutes, or until the pear slices are easily pierced with a fork.

Transfer the blueberries, cantaloupe, and pear to a blender (or food processor) with the remaining cooking liquid and blend until smooth.

STORAGE INFORMATION

3 days refrigerator; 2 months freezer


Congrats Philia on this beauty of a book! Moms, you can drool over Phila’s instagram (@philiakelnhofer) and check out her book here:
BABY FOOD MAKER COOKBOOK: 125 Fresh, Wholesome, Organic Recipes for Your Baby Food Maker Device or Stovetop.

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