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Homemade baby food: Easy “green” mac and cheese

Your baby is ready to start having milk-products at around 18 months, so what better way to introduce your toddler to dairy than whipping up a great meal of mac and cheese? Cheese is a delicious way to get calcium into your growing baby’s system, and it’s essential for maintaining strong bones and teeth throughout his whole life.  In addition, cheese also contains other nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, and zinc that will bring loads of benefits to your growing toddler. In a twist to the traditional mac and cheese,  we added some green to traditional mac and cheese with delicious broccoli. You’ll both love this nutritious, cheesy meal!

Age suitability: 18 months and above

Suitability to freezing: No

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Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup of elbow macaroni
  • ½ cup of broccoli florets (cut into smaller pieces)
  • ½ cup of Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • ½ cup of Medium cheddar cheese (grated)
  • ½ cup of Mozzarella cheese (cut into small pieces)
  • About 1 ½ cup of milk (you can use fresh milk if you have introduced dairy into your child’s diet)
  • ½ teaspoon of salted butter
  • About ½ teaspoon of salt
  • Pepper to taste

 

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Preparation:

  1. In one pot, boil broccoli florets with a pinch of salt. Once broccoli is cooked, drain water from the pot.
  2. Put macaroni in another pot and pour milk into the pot until macaroni is covered with milk.
  3. Add butter into the pot.
  4. Boil macaroni over medium-heat until it is soft.
  5. Once macaroni is soft, add all three kinds of cheese into the pot. (Add a bit more milk if macaroni is too dry.) Reduce heat to low.
  6. Add in broccoli florets as well. You can also add in a bit of pepper to spice it up.
  7. Stir the mixture until everything blends well together.
  8. Transfer into a bowl and serve. You can sprinkle in a bit of grated Parmesan cheese on top of macaroni before serving.

 

Notes:

For hygienic purposes, do ensure that the utensils and bowls/plates that you use to prepare this recipe are clean and dry.

Recipe is adapted from allrecipes.com and whiteonricecouple.com.

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