I would have never thought of cooking meat and fruit together although I verily enjoy fruit salsa or fruit chutney as a condiment to meat dishes. Then, there came the baby and the time to introduce her to solid proteins. Her pediatrician recommended mixing fruit puree to meats when we first introduce chicken or beef to our then 7 month old baby girl.
Using the basic principle, there can be various fruits such as pears, peaches, nectarines and meat options such as ground beef and turkey that can be used to prepare this dish. On top, if your baby is ready to take on some spices cinnamon, nutmeg, and mint are great choices to add more flavor to this dish. I always taste the food I prepare for my daughter and like the sweet, savory taste of this fruity chicken with a hint of the flavor that the bell pepper adds.
I’ve always pureed the baby foods I made until my daughter was 11 months old in fear of choking hazard although her pediatrician Okayed to give her table food by 9 months. Hey, you may think I am a chicken and too scared about choking hazard, but I like to be bit cautious and be on the safe side when it comes to feeding and introducing new food to the baby. Now that she is a year old, I don’t puree this dish anymore but still use ground meat. I suppose this can also be made with bite size meat pieces for older children. Let me know if any of you try with meat pieces and how your kids like it.
Recipe: Sweet, savory, fruity chicken
Age Group: 10 months +
¼ lb ground chicken
2 medium pears
1 Table spoon chopped bell pepper (Any type, red, green or yellow)
Pinch of Salt to taste (optional)
- Wash, peel and cut pears into quarters. Remove the core.
- Simmer pear quarters in VERY little water for 5-8 minutes.
- Add ground chicken and chopped bell pepper. Cook another 15-20 minutes until meat is cooked and pear and pepper is tender.
- Let cool. Offer as is, or mash or puree depending on the age of your child.
i. Following the same process, ground beef, turkey and other fruits such as apples can be prepared.