What you can expect...
Below you will find a general sampling of the various meals Chef Jenny may prepare for your baby. The list is meant to be used as a guide for parents, to see how varied and unique this service becomes. We start with the basics and then depending on how your child responds to different flavors and ingredients, we decide what to do next. Each week, two new ingredients can be introduced to help parents rule out allergies and expand your babies' palate. Think of the ingredients as building blocks to start your baby off on the right path to successful eating habits and quality nutrition from their first bite.
Stage 1 Meals (4-8 months of age)
Think simple, single ingredient meals. Some sweet, some savory, all organic and fresh. Goal #1 Rule out any potential allergic reactions. Goal #2 Build a basic flavor profile for your kiddo with babies' likes and dislikes. After a couple of weeks we may decide to start introducing a few simple blends with predetermined non-allergenic items.
VEGGIES: Butternut squash, carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes, peas, broccoli, parsnips, spinach and more.
FRUITS: Pears, apples, apricots, plums, peaches, kiwi, blueberries, mangoes and more.
Stage 2 Meals (7-10 months of age)
This stage starts to get a little fun. We can add in more ingredients because we start blending more items together. We build on what works and get creative. The addition of herbs and spices may be introduced during this stage as well. Goal #1 introduce chunkier textures. Goal #2 Begin creating complex flavor profiles.
BASIC BLENDS: Zucchini and pears. Butternut squash with broccoli. Carrots, sweet potato and apple. Peas, spinach and mint. Green beans with pears. Roasted plums with cinnamon. Spinach, kale and apple.
MORE COMPLEX BLENDS: Red lentils, carrots and shallots. Sweet potato, mango and cinnamon. Parsnips, pears and dill. Apples, kiwi and mint. Apricots, pears and ginger. Apples, blueberries and vanilla. Sunchokes with garlic and lemon zest.
Stage 3 Meals (9-12 months of age)
This stage becomes representative of complete meals. Based on your preferences, the addition of grains, plant-based and/or animal-based proteins start to be included. These will be heartier and iron rich meals, with some of the Stage 1 and 2 meals to round out your kiddos ever evolving palate.
PLANT-BASED MEALS: Beets with quinoa and cumin. Orzo with peas, zucchini, Parmesan cheese and leeks. Sweet potato with tahini, miso and maple syrup. Green beans, quinoa, almond butter and mint. Chickpea and cauiflower curry. Silken tofu with roasted nectarines and cinnamon.
ANIMAL-BASED MEALS: Salmon, kale and sweet potato. Lamb, sweet potato and cinnamon. Chicken liver with sweet potato, apple and onion. Pork, pears, cinnamon and nutmeg. Chicken stew with figs, zucchini and cinnamon. Beef with onions, carrots, tomatoes and mushrooms.