Recipe: Calabecitas for the Whole Family -- Baby, Too!

by Cheryl Tallman

feeding babyAre you looking for a meal that can be prepared for the whole family, even Baby? This family-friendly recipe includes a step to remove Baby's portion before the adding seasonings and cheese. While the cheese is melting on the "adult" portions, prepare a puree for babies in Stages Two and Three.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 medium-sized Zucchini, dice
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 ears fresh sweet corn or 1-1/2 cups of frozen corn or canned corn, rinsed & drained
  • 1 can black beans
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sprinkle of chili powder, optional
  • Salt and fresh pepper, to taste

Directions

1. Cook:
Pour black beans in colander and rinse for 1 minute under cold water. Remove husks from corn and cut kernels off the cobs. In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, corn and zucchini and sauté until zucchini and onion is softened, about 5-6 minutes. Reduce heat to low and gently stir in black beans and continue cooking to heat the black beans about 1-2 minutes.

2. Set Aside Part for Baby:
Remove a portion of the mixture from the pan to puree for your baby (see below).

3. Family Portion:
To the remaining mixture (for the rest of the family), add salt and pepper to taste; sprinkle lightly with chili powder and spread cheddar cheese evenly over the top. Cover pan to melt cheese about 1 minute. Serve immediately and can be frozen into small portions for future meals.

4. Baby Portion:
Using the set aside mixture for toddlers/babies: The ingredients in this recipe are diced, so its a great finger food for a toddler. It can also be blended to a lumpy (stage 3**) or smooth texture (stage 2*) depending on the type of the foods your baby is eating. Simply add water to develop the appropriate texture.

Note: The set-aside mixture for Baby does not include cheese, chili powder or salt and pepper.

*Stage 2: mixed food purees (2 or 3 food purees mixed together)
**Stage 3: A combo of pureed foods and textured foods such a mashed rice, pastina, meats (ground or shredded, etc.).

Cheryl Tallman is the co-founder of Fresh Baby, creators of the award-winning So Easy Baby Food Kit, and author of the So Easy Baby Food Basics: Homemade Baby Food in Less Than 30 Minutes Per Week and So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips and Simple Recipes for the Toddler Years. Visit Cheryl online at her website for more delicious tips.

Copyright © Cheryl Tallman. Permission to republish granted to Pregnancy.org.