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May 2, 2011
Mirror Moms

The following recipes are from "The?Best?Homemade Bay Food on the Planet" by Karin?Knight and Tina Ruggiero.

Lovely Little Pasta Soup

Age: 9 months


11/2 cups (355 ml) low-sodium chicken broth

2 (22 g) tablespoons uncooked pastina

Stovetop method: Bring broth to a gentle boil and add pastina. Cook, stirring frequently 7 or 8 minutes or until pastina is cooked. Serve warm.

The soup, covered tightly, will last for two or three days in the refrigerator. To reheat, add just a bit of water.

Yield: 4 baby servings, cup (55 grams) each

Each serving contains: 50.8 calories; 0.2 gram total fat; 0.1 gram saturated fat; 1.9 milligrams cholesterol; 225.6 milligrams sodium; 9.6 grams carbohydrates; 0.4 gram dietary fiber; 2.5 grams protein; 2.2 milligrams calcium; 0.4 milligram iron.

Age: 18-23 months


1 cup (235 ml) water

3 tablespoons (12 g) uncooked stelline (star-shaped) pasta

1 tablespoon (9 g) raisins

1/4 cup (60 ml) whole milk

Fruit of choice

Yield: 1 toddler serving, or 1/2 cup (115 grams)

Stovetop method: Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the pasta and raisins.

Simmer, uncovered and stirring occasionally, 10 minutes until the pasta is just tender. Drain. Add the milk and fruit of choice.

Each serving (not including fruit of choice) contains: 121.9 calories; 2.2 grams total fat; 1.2 grams saturated fat; 6.1 milligrams cholesterol; 27.8 milligrams sodium; 21.6 grams carbohydrates; 1.5 grams dietary fiber; 4.0 grams protein; 80.6 milligrams calcium; 0.8 milligrams iron; 6.62 IU vitamin A; and 16.8 milligrams vitamin C.

Age: 7 months


1/2 small butternut squash

2 tablespoons (28 ml) water

Yield: 4 baby servings, 21/2 tablespoons (35 to 40 grams) each

Microwave method: Seed and peel squash and cut half lengthwise.

Place in microwave-safe dish, add water, and cover.

Microwave on high 8 to 10 minutes, until soft.

Allow mixture to cool slightly and then puree in a blender 30 seconds.

Add a little breast milk or formula if wanted to achieve the desired consistency.

This recipe, covered tightly, will last for two days in the refrigerator.

Each serving contains: 31.9 calories; 1.1 grams total fat; 0.5 grams saturated fat; 3.2 milligrams cholesterol; 5.4 mg sodium; 5.7 grams carbohydrates; 0.7 gram dietary fiber; 0.6 gram protein; 24.4 mg calcium; 0.3 milligram iron.



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