When each of my kids were just starting out in the world of solid foods I attempted to make my own baby food. I would puree different vegetables and fruit for them, but I never did anything too fancy because cooking just really isn’t my strong suit. There are a few recipes I enjoy, but for the most part, I would rather let my husband take over in that department.
I do, however, have some friends who are rock stars in the kitchen and make incredibly tasty baby food. Latinas cook a little differently than your average American. We’re not afraid of a little spice and interesting combinations. I asked a Cuban friend of mine to share one of her baby food recipes. Find it after the jump.
A main staple in Cuban food is malanga, which is a root and kind of reminds me of yuca (or cassava). Many Cubans use malanga as a base for different types of baby food purees.
For this particular recipe my friend used:
- Chicken (skinless thighs or drumsticks have the best flavor)
First brown the chicken with garlic, peppers, and onion. Then add your veggies to the mix (whatever you have on hand really, but this time she used peas). Add a pinch of salt and some oregano. Add some water and malanga (cut in pieces) and cook like a soup. Once the malanga has softened (much like a potato) blend everything together to the consistency that your baby prefers.
What are some baby food recipes that your little one enjoys?