Winter Magic

Winter Magic
"Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall." ~ Ray Bradbury

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Cooking for Baby: Quinoa

I was introduced to Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) in conversations with other moms about feeding baby, then I found a recipe in Healthy Meals for Babies and Toddlers that looked good, so I decided to give it a try.  I improvised a little with the recipe and was very happy with the way it turned out.  I will be posting my improvised recipe rather than the one in the book.


1/4 cup quinoa (rinsed)
2 large handfuls of organic frozen peas & carrots
1/4 finely chopped onion
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp tomato paste
2/3 cup unsalted organic vegetable stock
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup cubed or finely chopped boneless chicken breast (baby bite size)
5 fresh basil leaves
oregano to taste


Heat the oil in a saucepan.  Add the onion and cook for 1 - 2 minutes until soft.  Add the peas, carrots, and chicken and cook for 2 - 3 minutes or until chicken is white.  Stir in the quinoa, tomato paste, water, and stock.  Bring to a boil, cover, and let simmer for 15 - 20 minutes until the quinoa grains are soft (they will be translucent with a little "curl" on them). Stir in the basil and oregano and cook, uncovered, for 2 - 3 minutes.

I served this "as is" to my baby bug and she loved it!  You can also puree or mash it if necessary.  I froze 4oz portions to give to her daycare.  It is best if served within 4 weeks of freezing.  

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