Saturday, October 13, 2012

Peanut Post: Pot Roast for Peanut

As Annalyn nears 8 months, we continue to challenge the boundaries of traditional baby food.  This time, I decided to duplicate the flavors of my mom's pot roast recipe.  Beef with carrots, potatoes, onions, and garlic... but baby style!  Honestly, it smelled and tasted just like my mom's pot roast (minus the salt/pepper).  Instead of cooking it in the slow cooker all day, I decided to make it on the stove while Annalyn was napping.  Here's how Peanut's mama makes it:

Peanut's Pot Roast
- 1 lb. beef for stew
- 1/4 c. chopped onion (about 1/8 of a medium onion)
- 1/4 t. minced garlic
- 1 medium red potato, chopped (peeled or unpeeled)
- 1/2 c. carrots
- 3/4 c. water

1.  In a medium saucepan, brown the beef over medium high heat until it starts to brown, about 3-4 minutes.

2.  Meanwhile, chop the vegetables.  Add onion and garlic to the beef, saute for 2 minutes.

3.  Add chopped potato and carrots, saute for 1 minute.

4.  Add water and bring to a boil.  Then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 40-45 minutes until beef is cooked through.

5.  Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly.  In a food processor or blender, puree until smooth, adding the cooking liquid to thin.

6.  Freezes well in ice cube trays!
**As baby gets older, can make pot roast for the whole family and cut into small pieces instead of pureeing.

When first introducing meats to baby, I recommend mixing 1 cube of the meat mixture with 2-3 cubes of fruit/veggie purees.  Annalyn still seems to struggle with the thick texture of the meat dishes alone.  She had a hard time with this one when I gave it to her plain, but the next day we mixed it with butternut squash & peas and she gobbled it right up.  Then she got super happy!  Take a look...
after dinner play time is the best!

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