Thermomix Babies

Reporter: Cassie Silver

It's the all in one kitchen, putting mothers' minds at ease. Perth mum Gemma Gilbert says it's the smallest member of the family benefiting the most. Now the baby book for every thermomix parent, making cooking for your kids even easier. It's the cookbook created by 3rd generation foodie Louise Fulton Keats. Quick and healthy meals for the households' smallest critic. And Louise created recipes that aren't just for kids. Chicken and Pumpkin cous cous for mum and dad and the pureed version for little Jack. And an apple and blueberry puree the whole family can enjoy.

Gemma says the book has helped test her toddler's tastebuds. "So he's had things like quinoa and cous cous and lots of different grains so he's more receptive to different foods and it makes it easier when you're cooking for the family as well" It's a cookbook with a difference not only are the recipes broken down into age groups but there are tips for picky palates. Therese O'Sullivan from the Telethon Institute says there are plenty of options for parents. "It's an individual decision comes down to every mother and fathers choice as so what to give their child" And you can save money just by buying raw ingredients. "Things like steaming pumpkin, broccoli sweet potato. That can all be foods that you're having as a family anyway"Avocados, legumes, even chickpeas in a can are all nutritious options for frugal families. Therese says "work with what you've got at home at what you are making for dinner anyway and then be able to mash it so if you've got some steamed pumpkin you can mash that, there's a lot of options that you can have that are very easy prepare that are nutritious as well"

More information

Thermomix for babies and toddlers

Thermomix website

www.thermomix.com.au

Link to purchase the book

www.thermomix.com.au/products/cookbooks.aspx

More baby food recipes from the Thermomix recipe community

http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/baby-food?order=value&sort=desc

Easy food ideas for the puree stage - these can be simply mashed with a fork, to help achieve the desired consistency you can add rice cereal and water/breast milk/formula

• Veges - steamed sweet potato, pumpkin, or broccoli (avoid boiling as this can leach out nutrients into the water), avocado

• Legumes - salt reduced baked beans, canned red kidney beans

• Meat -well cooked bolognaise with finely cut vege

• Fruit - canned fruit with no added sugar like apples, pears, peaches or soft raw fruits like banana, kiwi fruit

• Dairy - natural yoghurt, grated cheese

• Cereals -cous cous, rice, polenta, babies around 7 months or older enjoy cooked pasta spirals to hold and chew on

• Batch cook and freeze in ice cube trays or specialized small containers where you can press out the food when frozen, small glass snap lock containers are useful to go straight from freezer to microwave

• Look at what you are eating as a family anyway - there will often be things appropriate for the baby with only a little extra preparation

For more information on baby foods, see the Australian infant feeding guidelines at

http://eatforhealth.gov.au/guidelines (there is also a brochure "Giving your baby the best start" available on this website)

 

Recipes featured on Today Tonight

Apple, Blueberry and Cinnamon Purée

Makes about 1 ½ cups

Cinnamon adds a lovely new flavor dimension to a fresh fruit puree.

Blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant contents of any fruit. Be sure to wash them well, as pesticide residues may be present on the skins.

· 3 pink or red apples, peeled, cored, roughly chopped

· 500g water

· 150g fresh or frozen blueberries

· Small pinch ground cinnamon

Place apple into TM basket. Place water into mixing bowl, insert TM basket and cook 15min/Varoma/speed 2.

Add blueberries to TM basket and cook a further 2 min/Varoma/speed 2 or until fruit is tender.

Use the spatula to remove TM basket. Discard water and transfer apple and blueberries from TM basket into mixing bowl. Add cinnamon and purée 15 sec/speed 8. Scrape down sides of bowl and repeat.

Set aside one serving and freeze the remainder in portions. If needed, add a little water or your baby's milk before serving it to achieve the correct consistency.

*Suitable for freezing

Chicken and Pumpkin Couscous

Makes about 4 cups

By ten months, your baby should well and truly be accustomed to more texture in meals. If not, you can give this dish a little blend, but make it lumpier over the coming weeks.

This makes a tasty, quick lunch that you and your baby can share if you like.

· 1 brown onion, peeled, quartered

· 2 tablespoons olive oil

· 2 skinless chicken thigh fillets, trimmed, cut into 1 - 2cm cubes

· 150g pumpkin, peeled, cut into 1 - 2cm pieces

· 200g Chicken stock or vegetable stock (see additional recipes)

· 100g instant couscous

· 2 tablespoons fresh parsley or coriander leaves, finely chopped (optional)

Place onion into mixing bowl and chop 3 sec/speed 7. Scrape down sides of bowl.

Add oil and sauté 3 min/Varoma/speed 1. Add chicken and pumpkin and cook 3 min/100°C/Reverse/speed soft.

Add stock and cook 10 min/90°C/Reverse/speed soft or until chicken and pumpkin are cooked. Add coucous and herbs (if using) and mix 5 - 10 sec/Reverse/speed 1 or until couscous is completely combined.

Allow mixture to rest in mixing bowl with mixing bowl lid on and MC in place. The warmth will allow the couscous to finish cooking. This should take about 5 - 10 minutes.

Transfer the mixture to a ThermoServer and fluff using a fork before serving.

Chicken Stock

Makes about 1.4 litres

· 1.4 litres water

· 350 - 400g chicken wings

· ½ brown onion, peeled, quartered

· 1 carrot, roughly chopped

· 1 celery stalk, roughly chopped

· 1 teaspoon salt

· 6 peppercorns

· 1 bay leaf

· 3 sprigs fresh parsley

· 3 sprigs fresh thyme

Place water into mixing bowl.

Place all remaining ingredients into TM basket and insert TM basket into mixing bowl. Cook 60 min/100°C/speed 1. Then cook for a further 60 min/100°C/speed 1.

Use the spatula to remove TM basket. Allow stock to cool and refrigerate or freeze until needed.

*Suitable for freezing

Vegetable Stock

Makes about 1.5 litres

· 1.5 litres water

· 1 brown onion, peeled, halved

· 1 carrot, roughly chopped

· 1 celery stalk, roughly chopped

· 1 leek, roughly chopped

· 1 teaspoon salt

· 6 peppercorns