Babys Food Recipes
by Melanie Waxman
Milk -- top^
Pressure Cooker or Heavy Pot with
Lid-Glass Storage container with lid Stainless steel strainer
2 tablespoons medium grain brown rice
2 tablespoons whole barley
2 tablespoons sweet brown rice
5 cups spring water
Place the grains in a small bowl and cover with water.
Wash the grains to remove any dirt or dust.
Pour off the excess water. Repeat two more times.
Add the 5 cups of water to the rinsed grains.
Cover with a sushi mat and let sit for at least 3 hours.
Place the grains and water in a pressure cooker or heavy pot.
Cover witha lid. Place the
cooker or pot on a medium flame.
If using a pressure cooker, bring up to pressure. Place a
flamedeflector under the cooker and reduce the flame to low.
Cook for about onehour. Remove from the heat and allow the
pressure to come down naturally. If using a pot, bring to
a boil. Place a flame deflector under the pot and reduce the
flame to low. Cook for about 1 1/2 hours. Remove from the
heat. The grains are now ready to make grain milk.
make the grain milk
Place about half a cup of the
soft grains and liquid in a strainer over a small bowl. Gently
stir the mixture around so that the liquid goes through the
strainer. This is the basic grain milk. See the extras
that can be added to the grain milk.
Place the cooked grains in
a glass storage container. The soft grains can be stored in
the refrigerator for about 3 days. Make sure they are cool
before placing in the refrigerator.
Store the soft grains rather than the grain milk.
It will last longer. Each day
take a small amount of the soft grain and heat it up in a
pan. A little water may need to be added to give it a milk
like consistency when strained.
Tips on Feeding Your Baby
For babys first feeding;
make sure that the grain milk is the same consistency as breast
Plan to feed the baby at the same time each day and stick
to it. Lunch is probably the best time to begin.
Add another feeding time when you and your baby feel comfortable.
Dontcdespair if your baby only eats a very small amount.
A few teaspoons at eachfeeding to begin with are fine.
As your baby gets used to solid foods the grain milk can get
a little thicker. Dont make it thicker too quickly because
it can cause constipation. For the first few days give your
baby grain milk sweetened with rice syrup or barley malt.
After the first few days begin to add the vegetables and sesame
seeds. Babys food needs to be naturally sweet so rice
syrup or barley malt should be added on a daily basis. Vegetables
should also be added at every feeding. Used toasted sesame
seeds at least 3 times a week.
The other suggestions can be used for variety. As your baby
gets used to feeding the amount of water that is used for
cooking the grains can be reduced. Reduce by half a cup every
two weeks. The texture of the grain milk will get thicker
too. A baby mill can then be used to give the baby mashed
grains and vegetables.
Ways to Prepare Grain Milk
Cook the grains with a 1/2-inch
strip of rinsed kombu sea vegetable. Use this every other
time you prepare the soft grains. Other grains may be used
such as whole oats and short grain brown rice.
Vary the grains but cook only 3 different kinds together.
Grains can be cooked by themselves too. The ratio of water
to grain remains the same; 6 tablespoons grain to 5 cups spring
One teaspoon of aduki beans may be added to the grains before
cooking. Use these after the baby has been eating for a month.
Cracked grains can also be given to the baby. Try oatmeal,
cous cous or polenta cooked with extra water. They can be
cooked on their own or a small amount added to the whole grains
and cooked together. They can be strained in the same way
as the grain milk.
Add the extra ingredients as you would for the grain milk.
Include the cracked grains after the baby has been eating
for about a month.
for the Grain Milk
Add one teaspoon of rice syrup
or barley malt to a small bowl of grain milk. Add one teaspoon
of ground toasted sesame seeds to the soft grains before straining.
Add one tablespoon of soft vegetables and their liquid to
the soft grains before straining. Add one teaspoon freshly
squeezed tangerine juice to a small bowl of grain milk. Add
one-teaspoon apple juice to a small bowl of grain milk. Add
about half a teaspoon of tahini to the soft grains before
straining. This can be added when you are heating up the soft
grain after storing in the fridge.
Vegetables -- top^
1 heaping tablespoon carrot
rinsed and finely diced
1 heaping tablespoon Chinese cabbage rinsed and finely sliced
1 heaping tablespoon string beans rinsed and finely sliced
Small pan with lid, Glass storage container
Place the vegetables in sections around the pot.
Cover with water
Place a lid on the pan
Bring to boil on a medium flame. Reduce the flame to low.
Cook for about 15 to 20 minutes or until very soft.
Remove from heat and place in a small glass storage bowl
Add a tablespoon of the vegetables and liquid to the strainer
grain. Stir through the strainer with the soft grains.
Store the remaining vegetables in the fridge. They can be
kept for one
Variations for Vegetables
Many different vegetables can
be used such as summer squash, winter squash, kale, watercress,
onions, leeks, parsnips, turnips or peas. Broccoli, cauliflower
and cabbage can be used but they can create gas for some babies.
Try cooking them on their own
to start with. After the baby has been eating for at least
a month, a small amount of tofu can be cooked with the vegetables.
Most babies have vegetable
preferences. This is fine if they are eating a few different
Vegetables can be cooked with a few drops of sesame oil.
Sesame Seeds -- top^
1/2 cup sesame seeds rinsed and placed in a strainer
Stainless steel frying pan
Suribachi and surikoji
Small glass storage container with air tight lid
Place the pan on a medium/high flame.
Add the sesame seeds.
Toasted the seeds for about 5 minutes or until they crush
the thumb and little finger.
Remember to move the seeds back and forth in the pan so that
Store the seeds in a glass container with a lid
Toasted seeds can be stored for about 2 weeks
Crush the seeds to a coarse powder before adding to the grains
vegetables in the strainer.
Seeds can be crushed in a suribachi with a surikoji. A small
utensil known as a Slinky can also be used. These can be purchased
Kitchenware or Natural foods shops.