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Recipes to Live By First Foods


way, there must be. My neighbors and best friends had their fi rst bundle of joy March 31. Five of my fellow Norman NEXT board members have given birth recently (or their wives did) and a sixth is due any day. OEC's family is expanding, too, with proud new parents and grandparents brandishing cell phone photos everywhere you look. New babies are a joy, especially for the "experienced"


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parent. We have so much knowledge we're bursting at the seams to share!


CARROTS (6 mo.)


CARROTS are a great fi rst food because they are easy to digest, rarely cause an allergic reaction, have a sweet fl avor, and are inexpensive.


Choose carrots with a rich orange color (indicates a high concentration of beta-carotene) and with green tops still attached as you can tell the age by the fresh, feathery green top. Avoid rubbery or "bendy" carrots with cracked skins and droopy tops. These are indicators of the carrots old age which aff ects its nutritional value and fl avor.


Don't waste money on "baby carrots." They aren't actually babies, but adult carrots trimmed to uniform size.


TIP: BIG=SWEET. Most of the sugars are concentrated in the core, therefore, the larger the core, the sweeter the carrot.


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t's baby season! I didn't know there was a season for babies, but since it seems like everywhere I go there are people with new babies or babies on the


Tory Tedder-Loffl and


Seriously, though, with the seemingly millions of


things you need to buy for a baby, this bit of knowledge will be welcomed by your bank account, at least: Don't buy baby food. Jarred food can be nice for travel, but mostly it is a


waste of money and not nearly as healthy has making your own. I am no "Susie Homemaker," but I swear, making baby food is the easiest new baby skill you will ever learn. Why? Because you already know how to do it. Mostly you just mash with a fork and thin as needed with water, breast milk, or formula, but some recipes do well with blenders or food processors. T ere are many Web sites and cookbooks with easy and healthy homemade baby food ideas and suggestions.


*Follow your doctor's instructions as to when to introduce new foods. INGREDIENTS: Carrots Milk (breast milk or formula)


DIRECTIONS: Slice or chop a carrot and either steam it or boil it in a little water, about 5


to 8 minutes. Do not over cook to the point where they become mushy or watery as they will have lost nutrients. Puree with a food processor or blender adding a little breast milk or


formula to make the puree the thickness you desire. OR Cut into sticks, wrap loosely in foil, and place in a preheated 375 degree


oven. The carrots will cook in their own steam and will be ready within 20-30 minutes. (Careful of escaping hot steam when you open the foil.) Continue as above with your food processor or blender.


OR For variety, add some sliced apple or pear (also good fi rst foods) in with the


carrots to bake.


and PEAS, of course! (6 mo.) INGREDIENTS:


Frozen peas*


DIRECTIONS: Steam or boil in a little water until tender. Pop them in the food processor or blender (with the carrots) for your child's fi rst mixed meal. *Do not use canned peas. They have entirely too much sodium and other additives to be safe for babies. Frozen peas are the freshest, most convenient choice (unless you fi nd some at the farmers market).


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