Monday, January 28, 2013

Baby Food: Healthy Noodle Soup

Baby C has porridge most of the time, once in a while I'll cook some pasta or noodles for a change of texture and taste. Now that she has 8 teeth, I reduce the cooking time as she enjoys chewing with her tiny teeth.

This is a simple soup noodle cooked using no added flavoring other than the homemade anchovies powder. Method of preparation for the anchovies powder is available here.

For baby's early food I will avoid any article coloring/flavoring, additive and will go salt-free if possible. After 2 yo I shall go easy as their digestive systems are more mature.

Made these noodle soup for baby C lunch and brought the remaining out for second feeding, this way she can eat her noodle the same time we have our meal in restaurant. :)

Preparation Time: 15 min
Cooking Time: 15 min
Serving for: 2 meals

1 noodle (used unbleached, non-oil fried preferred)
1/4 cup carrots, diced
1/4 cup sweet potatoes, diced
1/4 cup cabbage, thinly sliced

For soup base:
2 rice bowls of water
1 teaspoon of anchovies powder

Step-by-Step Guides:
1. Boil the water in hot pot, add the anchovies powder, carrots and sweet potatoes.

2. Cook for 5 minutes with lid closed,
Then add the cabbage. Boil for another 5 minutes.

3. Add the noodle and cook for 5 minutes (or according to the time indicated on the packaging). I cook it a bit longer than the suggested timing as I wanted to ensure the noodle is easy to chew for my baby C.

4. Dish out the noodles, cut into short stripes of about 1cm each so it's easier for baby to eat.

You can serve the noodles immediately, or you may store them into a thermos for later feeding. When going out, I'll bring the noodles in separate food container and the soup in thermos to avoid the noodle from becoming soggy when served later.

Useful Reminder
You may substitute the vegetables according to your preference, but do ensure you cut them into chewable size.

If serving to younger baby please ensure you cook the vegetables for longer time until you can easily smashed the potatoes and carrots to avoid chocking.

This is the whole meal noodle I used today, the remaining was used to cook fried noodle for our dinner, it was nice and my little boy loved them too. :)

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