Beef–it’s what’s for dinner. Or at least that’s what the slogan says. As an excellent source of iron and protein, beef can be your baby’s dinner, too. The easiest way to incorporate beef into your baby’s diet is by taking some of your own meal (a bit of roast beef, a piece of hamburger, etc.) and run it through the blender or food processor. If your own meal is too spicy or you want to make up something special just for baby, these recipes are a good place to start.
Cheeseburger and Fries
This recipe combines the classic tastes of a cheeseburger dinner–minus the fat and sugar found in a typical diner or fast food joint.
4 ounces lean ground beef
2 medium potatoes, cooked and cubed
2 tablespoons tomato sauce
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Brown ground beef and drain off excess grease. To get rid of even more grease, rinse the meat in hot water.
Add cooked beef and all other ingredients to the blender and puree until desired consistency is reached. Add water, breastmilk, or formula to thin as needed.
Pot Roast Dinner
Depending upon how heavily you season your own meals, you could simply puree the components from your own pot roast dinner and feed it to your baby. If you need something a bit blander, this recipe will serve the purpose well.
1 cup water
1/4 medium white or yellow onion
1 cup cubed beef roast
1 large carrot, sliced
1 medium potato, peeled and cubed
1 clove garlic, peeled and cut in half
Pinch of salt
Dash of pepper
Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add remaining ingredients and return to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring once. Check potatoes and beef for doneness and cook until tender. Drain water and remove garlic if desired. Add remaining ingredients to blender and puree to desired consistency. Add water, breastmilk, or formula to thin as needed.
Shepherd’s pie is already a good consistency for older babies and can easily be pureed for younger babies. For a quick baby-friendly shepherd’s pie, this is a good recipe. Feel free to substitute the vegetables of your choice to suit your baby’s tastes.
1/2 cup prepared mashed potatoes
1/2 cup browned lean ground beef
1/2 cup frozen peas and carrots, steamed
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons milk
Dash of black pepper
Combine all ingredients in blender and puree until desired consistency is reached.
Beef Santa Fe
This dish combines several Tex-Mex ingredients without any spiciness.
8 ounces lean beef (any kind–roast, ground, steak, etc.)
1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed
1/4 cup fresh or frozen corn, steamed
2 Tablespoons chopped onions
2 Tablesppons chopped bell pepper
Sautee onions and peppers in a scant amount of vegetable oil. Add beef to peppers and onions and cook until browned. Add all ingredients to blender and puree until desired consistency is reached. Add water, breastmilk, or formula to thin as needed.