Beef and Apple Sauce Baby Food

Feeding Art has been quite the adventure. Since he has expressed interest in food, we have tried a wide variety of foods ranging from avocado to quinoa. I have to keep reminding myself that “food before one is for fun” and that it isn’t personal when he doesn’t like avocado or carrots. I wanted to try incorporate ethically raised meat into his diet, so I chose ground beef. It cooks a lot faster. This recipe also makes a lot of baby food, so you can store the cooked beef in ice cube trays in a Ziploc bag to thaw later. Make sure to label them! It’s always difficult to guess what you’ve previously made frozen.
Feeding Art

Food before One is for Fun

Art’s ultimate favourite? He absolutely loves applesauce. I don’t even add any sugar to it; just cinnamon. So, maybe I cheated a bit by adding applesauce to beef. However, if you are unsure how a new food would affect a baby’s tummy, there’s always BRAT: bananas, rice, apples and toast.* I hope he will grow to be a healthy omnivore. I know I will be that mommy who enjoys sneaking in vegetables.

*Reference: The Pediatrician’s Guide to Feeding Babies and Toddlers: Practical Answers To Your Questions on Nutrition, Starting Solids, Allergies, Picky Eating, and More (For Parents, By Parents) (Note: Amazon affiliate link. Clicking on it does not cost you any money. It will help me make a tiny referral commission if you were to buy the book.)

Baby-approved puréed ground beef with apple sauce

Baby-approved puréed ground beef with apple sauce

Know your baby for getting the perfect beef pureé

The trick with pureéd baby foods is getting the right consistency. Art makes this face, with the baby spoonful pureé on or under his tongue when it is too thick to swallow. I have thinned it with breastmilk, but you can also use formula or boiled water. It is more palatable than it looks — that is the thing with pureé; the colour looks like mashed black beans.

Number of servings can be tricky to gauge since feeding time involves following babies’ cues. We stop feeding when he expresses disinterest or lets us know in his own way that he is full. I had given about 3 tablespoons of pureéd beef for his first serving, which is a lot. Generally 1 to 2 tablespoons is a good place to start.

Spices is preferred for seasoning and salt is never added for baby food. You don’t need to break out the tiny teaspoon though. Just a tiny dash is more than enough! It is like the most micro pinch. Dill weed and ginger helps with baby’s digestion. Lighter cooking oils are also preferred, such as grapeseed oil or sunflower oil, as I have learnt from an infant baby massage session.

Babies’ new food face is quite amusing. So, enjoy experimenting! Oh, cooking this during your baby’s nap time might or might not wake up the baby. Good luck.

Baby-approved puréed ground beef with apple sauce
Beef and Apple Sauce Baby Food
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Baby-approved puréed ground beef with apple sauce
Beef and Apple Sauce Baby Food
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Servings Prep Time
3 cups 20 minutes
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15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 cups 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
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Recipe Notes
  1. In a skillet or frying pan, add sunflower oil and heat for 1 to 2 minutes on moderate high. Add ground beef, dill-weed & ginger and fry until browned, for 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. While the ground beef is cooking in the pan, wash, peel, core and dice your apples. If you've got a Vitamix, you can add your apples & cinnamon straight to the blender on setting 1 to thinly chop the apples. Then, turn your dial to 3 while using the tamper until no visible apple chunks are present for about 3 minutes.Without the Vitamix: steam the apples in a steaming basket over a pot of boiling water, covered with a lid, before adding apples & cinnamon to your food processor.
  3. Add your cooked ground beef to the apple sauce in the food processor. Keep pulsing until fully incorporated for roughly 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Taste test for consistency. Thin it down with water and continue pulsing as desired, for a thinner puree.
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