You know how they say not to give baby fruits when starting then on solids first? Well that is a total myth because I did that and once V tasted savoury, she was hooked. She won’t even eat Minigo or most fruits.
Her favourite is old cheddar cheese. I cut it into little cubes and she just pops them into her mouth. Breakfasts are always rough because she doesn’t want to eat cereal unless it’s savoury. Most times ahe won’t even eat much for breakfast.
If you look in the grocery shelves for baby snacks all you will find are sweet things. Teething biscuits, rice puffs that are fruit flavored and that’s it.
So today I was on a mission to make my own spinach rice puffs. And it worked! Here’s how I did it.
Cooked rice (white or brown)
Spinach, carrots or sweet potatoes (anything that would impart a nice subtle flavour and give lots of color)
Sharp cheese (old cheddar or Parmesan)
Salt and pepper (optional)
1. Preheat oven to convection at 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Purée the warmed leftover or fresh rice with a little water. Add enough to make a smooth but thick paste.
3. Add the vegetables, cheese and seasoning (if using) and puree with the rice till well blended.
4. The consistency should be a thick pipe able paste. If too runny, add more rice.
5. Fill a piping bag and using a small round or star tip.
6. Test a small batch by microwaving on parchment paper on High for 6-8 minutes. Start with 6 and check to see if it’s dry. You can tell it is dry when the puff comes off the parchment paper.
7. Go ahead and pipe onto a parchment paper on a baking sheet and bake for at least 20 minutes.
8. Let cool and store in an airtight container. (Oh wait, let me rewind.) Let cool and give your little munchkin a handful to gobble up. He/she will love it, I guarantee.