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    I am new to this, but would you give meatballs to a 6 month old? I thought they were meant to eat mushy puree food at this age and definately no meat until 8 months?


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    Hi Mel,
    I gave my baby all sorts of food as soon as she showed an interest in what we had, which was really early on.
    I found this recipe for you from "Cooking for You Baby, The Natural Way" by Laraine Toms. Its a really good book, and I would recommend it to anyone. I'm just not sure if it is still available. My Mum gave me this copy, which she got in about 1978. It has been reprinted many times, but PM me if you want me to copy you any other recipes, or food guides, etc. Its a very realistic book I think.

    Meat Balls (suggests 8-10 months old)

    500 grams lean minced beef
    1 tablespoon chopped parsley
    1 egg, beaten
    1/2 cup wheatgerm (or wholemeal breadcrumbs)
    1 apple, grated

    Combine all ingredients and shape into small balls. Grill until cooked. Serve with homemade tomato sauce, or hand the balls to junior to manage his or her own - an ideal finger food.


    Here is a tomato sauce recipe from the same book, in case you are interested:

    Tomato Sauce (suggests 12 months old)

    500 grams very ripe peeled tomatoes
    1 large chopped onion (optional)
    5 stalks celery, chopped with the 'strings' removed
    1 tablespoon parsley
    pinch dried thyme or sprig or fresh
    3 tablespoons oil or margarine
    2 tablespoons wholemeal plain flour
    1 teaspoon honey

    Blend first six ingredients well ina blender (if not using a blender, mash thoroughly, seive tomatoes to remove seeds, and extend cooking time by about ten minutes).
    Heat oil or margarine, blend in flour. Stir in tomato sauce with honey very gradually, simmer and stir until mixture thickens. Place in screw top jar and store in refrigerator.

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    Hi Netix, thankyou for the recipe i will give it a go tonight. Yeah my little boy eats anything as well as long as it is food and can go in his mouth he is happy. He has been eating food since he was 3 1/2 months old and eats like a little piggy. Thank you once again, i'll let u know if i need anymore recipes thanks

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    I'm confused about solids ATM. Can I give my 7mth old egg? Can I use milk in recipes or ahould I use formula?

    I was also wondering if anyone has a recipe for polenta bread and soft polenta suitable for a 7mth old.
    TIA

    Basmati Rice and Vegies
    1 small handful of Basmati rice
    1/2 a medium sweet potato
    1 medium carrot
    1 zucchini
    4 squash
    1 cob of corn

    Boil rice according to packet then stand.
    Cut vegies into small pieces and cook until tender. Remove corn from cob. Puree everything with a little water. Makes quite alot and freezes well. Olive loves this.

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    I have a few cornmeal recipes that you may like, and substitute cornmeal for the polenta. Polenta (as far as I know) is basically just a coarser grind than cornmeal.... These are from the same book as those in my last post in this thread.

    Hot Corn Cereal (suggests 8 months)

    1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
    1/4 cup cold water
    2 tsp wheatgerm
    3/4 cup boiling water
    1/4 cup powdered milk (optional)

    Mix together cornmeal, cold water and wheatgerm. Bring three quarters of a cup of water to the boil, add the cornmeal mixture and powdered milk if you are using it.
    Stirring constantly, bring to the boil and simmer for two minutes. Serve with honey, fresh pureed fruit or, for older children, add raisins or chopped dates.


    Cornmeal Mush (suggests 8 months)

    1/2 cup water
    1/4 cup cornmeal

    Bring water to the boil in a small saucepan, slowly stir in cornmeal and cook until mushy; about fifteen minutes.


    High Protein Cornbread

    1 cup cornmeal
    1/3 cup soy flour
    1/4 cup whole wheat flour
    2 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 cup liquid milk with 1/4 cup powdered milk added
    3 tblsp honey

    Mix dry ingredients together. Beat liquid ingredients together and add to the dry, beating until smooth. Pour into greased loaf tin and bake about 30 minutes at 190 C.
    Delicious hot from the oven for the older members of the family; great toasted for small children and babies over ten months.


    In this same book, suggested menus for 6-9 month olds does include hard boiled egg yolk (mashed with half a banana), or as part of a milk shake (fruit, egg yolk, milk, wheatgerm and strained into a bottle for baby). It doesn't say anything about not giving the whites though. I have lent my other good food book to someone, I think it may have something in it further, but I'm not sure. I would give my 7 month old egg, and just use ordinary milk too.

    Hope that helps.

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