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Toddler Whole Wheat Macaroni & Cheese

(2 portions)

Ingredients:
5 oz. whole wheat penne rigate (any preferred brand, shape)
2 oz. carrots
2 oz. bell peppers
7 oz. fresh cream
2 oz. cream cheese
1 oz. grated parmesan cheese
4 fresh Italian basil leaves

Method:
Take a medium size pot, fill will water and add about a half tablespoon salt and bring to a boil. 
Boil pasta till al dente for about six to eight minutes depending on the brand and shape of the pasta, check on the box for suggested boiling time.  Strain the pasta and spread it out on a plate or tray to cool off.
Cut carrots and bell peppers into brunoise (very finely chopped) or place them into a food processor.
Wash the basil leaves and chop finely.
Heat up a sauté pan over medium high heat, add the carrots and bell peppers and a touch of water, sweat the vegetables for about 2 minutes, add the cream and bring to a boil, reduce the cream for about 3 minutes, add the cream cheese and keep boiling till the cheese is dissolved.  Keep boiling if you prefer the sauce thicker.
Add the pasta and basil and bring back to a boil, finish off with parmesan cheese, there is no need for additional salt, since there is enough flavor in the cheese. 

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Homemade Gourmet Baby Food

  1. Always wash your hands before preparing food.
  2. Use clean cutting board, equipment and containers to cook and store food.
  3. Wash and peel fruits and vegetables and remove seed before using.

To cook: Boil, steam, or bake then blend or mash.  Wash fresh fruit.  Cook with just a little boiling water until soft.  Puree and strain if there are any lumps.  

Cut food into cubes and add a little water or fruit juice.  Blend in a blender to desired consistency.   Do not add salt, sugar or fat
If the baby food is too thin, add baby rice cereal to thicken the mixture. If the baby food is too thick, okay to add fruit juice, formula or juice from the cooked vegetables.

Suggested vegetables:  carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, peas, green beans, spinach, cauliflower, and beets.
Suggested fruits:  banana, pears, peach, apricots, cantaloupe, and apples.
Suggested recipe: After spinach is cooked and blended, add small cubes of salmon for a healthy meal.

Cover and refrigerate or freeze cooked food after it is cooled down immediately after it is prepared.
Keep pureed food in a covered container in the refrigerator for no more then 3 days.