Spicing up your infant's diet

Spicing up your infant's diet

The foods that are typically introduced to infants around 6 months of age, are pureed, soft, and mushy in consistency, and they tend to be quite bland (from an adult's perspective). To your infant, these bland foods awake their taste buds that have been happily feeding breastmilk and/or formula for the last 6 months. Infants may dive in and become an excellent eating, while others are a little more cautious of these new foods, flavours, and textures, and not be as willing to open up for them.

For more information, check out the full article from Global News here: Babies can start eating spices after 6 months

Childhood Constipation: Management and Strategies

Childhood Constipation: Management and Strategies

Constipation is a common childhood problem. It happens often at two points early in a child's life. The first time is generally around the time when baby starts eating solid foods and starts to shift from a full fluid diet to having milk/formula and solids. The second time it commonly occurs is around toilet training. Sometimes children don't like the experience of toilet training, start to hold their bowel movements, thereby causing constipation. Beyond these two more common times, constipation unfortunately, can strike at any point.

Lamb and Lentil Meatballs

I am always looking for ways to create new and inspiring recipes that have the flavours of favourite comfort foods but are healthier versions packed with nutrition. This one meets the bill. It delivers the richness of homemade meatballs in tomato sauce in a lighter way. I used lamb in this recipe and the meat is nice and lean, the addition of lentils provides fibre and additional iron and protein, and the parsley provides a good source of vitamin C, which helps the body absorb iron.

This is a perfect recipe to try if you are looking at increasing your child's iron and fibre intake. These meatballs can be served with traditional pasta or with spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles to get even more vegetables into your family's diet. These would also make a great appetizer served with some garlic toasts or crusty bread.


LAMB AND LENTIL MEATBALLS

Author: Andrea Carpenter, RD

Recipe Type: Entrees, Apps

Serving: 20-24 meatballs

Ingredients

Meatballs:

  • 1 bunch parsley, chopped
  • 1 small can lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 pound ground lamb
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp grated parmesan
  • 2 Tbsp breadcrumbs (GF alternative would be ground flax, almond meal, or ground walnuts)
  • 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • Pinch of salt

Sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 jar stewed tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • 2 tsp of dried oregano, basil, and parley or 1-2 tsp each fresh oregano, basil, parley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

 

Directions

  1. Prepare the sauce first by chopping the tomatoes and adding to a saucepan with the olive oil on medium heat.
  2. Next, add the stewed tomatoes, garlic, honey, chili flakes and herbs. Heat through and bring to a simmer. Taste the sauce, and adjust the season by adding salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Let cook for 10 minutes more, adjusting the seasoning as needed.
  4. In a large bowl, add all the meatball ingredients and combine well, using your hands.
  5. Once thoroughly mixed, form into balls, using your hands. Try not to pack them too hard. Doing this will create more tough meatballs (and we want light and fluffy!).
  6. Place the meatballs in a casserole dish, 1/2 inch apart.
  7. Top with the prepared tomato sauce or use your favourite marinara sauce.
  8. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.
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LOVE THE RECIPE?

I would love to hear what you think of the Lamb and Lentil Meatballs. Take a picture if you make it at home, and share it on Instagram with #NKkitchen so I can see!