Cooking is a real challenge when you have a small baby. At dinner time, they always seem to get fussy and you wonder if you can get anything done. If your baby has hit 6 months old, it is time to introduce soli d food. The fastest and most convenient way to start them on this journey is to feed your baby when you are eating. And the easiest road to family eating is if everyone is eating the same thing. Here is an easy dinner recipe that will work for the whole family:
Pork Tenderloin and Applesauce (serves 4)
- 3 apples (any variety will work)
- 2 small pork tenderloins (1 lb each)
- frozen peas or lettuce to make a salad
- loaf of great bread
- oil (olive or vegetable)
- salt and pepper
Two small pork tenderloins will feed 4 people, so most likely you will have left-overs that make great sandwiches.
First, start cooking the pork because it takes about 20-25 minutes to cook. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium. Wash and dry pork and season liberally with salt and pepper.
Add pork to skillet, and cook, turning occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 145 degrees. If you don’t have an instant read thermometer, just cut it open and make sure it is only a little bit pink. It will cook a little more after you take it out of the pan and let it rest for 5-10 minutes covered with aluminum foil.
If your baby is 8 months old, go ahead and cut up some small pieces and see if she likes the pork. The pork is soft enough for a baby to chew with a few teeth.
To make applesauce, peel, slice and core the apples. Place in a saucepan, add 1/2 cup water, and heat until soft (5-10 minutes). Mash them with a fork for you and baby, or you can use a hand held blender if you want to get fancy.
Just add a salad or some peas, a loaf of delicious bread, and you have a complete meal. If you serve peas, these can also be baby food. Mash the peas to desired baby consistency.
This article has been sent to GreatDad by BabyFood101.com, a site that provides a guide to feeding babies solid foods.