Hello Mamas !
Just sharing a BLW recipe for a veggie and nutrient packed pasta sauce that is super easy for busy Mamas to whip up in a hurry and so easy to heat up and prepare after freezing 🙂
With this sauce as a base, you can try out all kinds of different carbs, meats and green veggies for your bubba. It has sweet, savoury and even a slightly spicy (onion) elements and there is no sugar and no sodium added – everything is 100 per cent natural !
Here’s our recipe:
7 servings (make and freeze)
1/2 Purple Onion, chopped
2 Small Organic Orange Carrots, washed and sliced
7 cm x 5 cm Chunk of Butternut Squash, washed, peeled and sliced into cubes
1 Large Organic Vine-ripened tomato, washed and sliced
1/2 Large Fuji Apple, washed and sliced
1 small Organic Sweet Potato, washed, peeled and sliced
4 cups of filtered or boiled water
Using 1/2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, grease pan and bring to medium heat.
When pan is hot, add onions and fry till fragrant.
After onions become translucent, add carrots, butternut squash and sweet potato chunks and fry evenly until fragrant (about five minutes)
Pour mixture of onions, carrots, squash and sweet potato into your slow cooker. Add 4 cups of water.
Finally, add your slices of apple and tomato.
Leave to simmer and stew in slow cooker on “High” for 1 hr before switching it to “Low” for 3-4 hours.
At the end of it, pour entire mixture into blender and pulse to the consistency you like. Sophie-doll enjoys chunks in her pasta sauce, so we have small soft chunks of carrot and sweet potato in ours 🙂
This sauce has natural sodium from the tomatoes and natural sugar from the apples, and is a great way to introduce the taste of tomatoes to our bubbas without the “green” or slightly raw taste of uncooked tomatoes. It’s also packed with beta-carotene, vitamins and fibre!
Here are some ways you can use this sauce:
Simply prepare your cous cous with the puree/sauce instead of using boiling water 🙂 Roll into balls and toast or pan fry for 4 minutes so your baby can hold them and self feed – they tend to also enjoy the crunchy outer layer 🙂
On days when I’m too tired or lazy to whip up a full meal for Sophie, I just defrost and steam one serving of the pasta sauce and then add one serving of baby star pasta – in this case, brown rice pasta stars from Bellamy 🙂
To this, you can add fresh toppings ! I sometimes add
- Chicken shreds and kale for a more full meal
- Ricotta cheese and steamed spinach
- Corn and steamed minced pork
- Add formula or milk to create a creamy milky tomato sauce which she loves! (Please check if your baby is lactose intolerant)
I mix-feed her the pasta – I do feed her from a spoon, but I also give her her own spoon and guide her to shoveling up the pasta stars and putting it into her mouth. As her grip gets better, she can sometimes even pick off the tiny stars off the tray !
I’m looking to buy bigger sized baby veggie pasta so she can hand-feed in future 🙂
Simply toast a slice of wholemeal bread and then top with the sauce like a pizza and whatever else you want, like pan-fried mushrooms, boiled capsicum, etc 🙂 Let baby self feed – he or she will love the colors and textures !
Hope this post helps out those of you who are looking for options for BLW and trying to “trick” your LO into eating their veggies!
Libby and Sophie-Rose