Did you know that Health Canada now advises that first solid foods for infants be iron-rich? By about 6 months of age, baby should be served meat, fish, poultry, or meat alternatives daily. Read more about the Canadian Guidelines here…
Why? Baby needs iron for optimal brain development and growth. At 6 months baby’s iron stores are depleted so a food source is needed. Beef is one of nature’s best sources of iron.
It’s easy to transform a simple ‘Mom & Dad’ meal into a nutritious meal for baby. Let’s start out with STEP 1 – this delicious recipe for Tuscan Beef Kabobs with Quinoa & Roasted Cauliflower.
- 1 tsp EACH Italian seasoning, coarsely ground pepper and salt
- ⅛ tsp garlic powder
- 1 lb (500 g) Beef Grilling Steak (e.g. Strip Loin or Top Sirloin), 1 inch thick
- ½ cup minced red onion
- ¼ cup EACH olive oil and chopped fresh basil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced fresh or roasted mashed
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- ½ tsp EACH salt and dried oregano
- 2 cups assorted grilled vegetables (e.g. zucchini, sweet red
- pepper, asparagus, etc.), cut into chunks
- 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
- 1 can (540 mL) lentils, drained and rinsed
- 1 jar (170 mL) marinated artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped
- Combine pepper, Italian seasoning and garlic powder in small bowl. Rub mixture over steak; let stand for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, whisk together oil, red onion, garlic, vinegar, basil, salt and oregano in large salad bowl. Add grilled vegetables, tomatoes, lentils and artichoke hearts. Gently toss together and season to taste.
- Grill steak over medium-high heat for 4 to 7 minutes per side for medium doneness (160ºF/71ºC). Let stand for 5 minutes. Cut steak into thin slices; serve with lentil mixture.
Now on to STEP 2, see how you can easily adapt this “Mom & Dad” meal into meals for baby by downloading this great resource. Just click!