How to use 3 ingredients to make solid food complete with nutrients

The  Story of Wheat Flour

I was introduced to wheat flour at a very young age by my late mother.  Even though rice is my main food, wheat flour is my staple food too.

The wheat flour contributes a lot of food to us while I’m growing up in my mother’s household. Those days there is no outside food.

Every day we eat fresh home-cooked food. My mum makes many things out of wheat flour such as jemput-jemput, doughnut, pancake and roti canai.

For Eid celebration, my mum makes Kuih Bahulu, Kuih Bangkit and Kek Marble. This is the Malay delicacies my mum cooks every year. It is a special meal for us. 

I remember the story of wheat flour so much. How my mother creatively makes baby food from the wheat flour for my younger sister who is still a baby at that time for her first solid food. 

Sometimes, I help my mum cook wheat baby food for my sister. My late mum showed me how to do it. It is easy and simple.

After I have my own baby, I make homemade baby food from wheat flour. I make it occasionally and alternately with rice porridge.

What is the baby first food?

The best food for babies after being born is mother’s milk.

Yet, it did not come out immediately after delivery. The mother’s milk only comes out a few hours later.  Not much.

I feel not happy when my baby is crying after feeding time.

I don’t know why they are crying. It might be there is not enough feeding or maybe other reasons.

In government hospitals, mother’s are not allowed to give formula to newborn babies. Mothers are encouraged to give breast milk.  

I once sneaked to the pantry to make baby formula at the maternity hospital in Malaysia capital, Kuala Lumpur. One of the nurses found out and told me not to. 

She said the doctors do not want mothers to give formula to the baby.  The nurse followed the doctor’s instructions and I had to follow the doctor’s advice.

What is a baby first solid food?

When babies reach four months of age, they can be introduced to solid food. I make solid food for babies from wheat. It has been a very long time since  I cooked baby food for my sister. 

Luckily, I still remember the recipe. After I cook it, I gve it to my baby. I could not give much because they are still young. Alternatively, I give baby food grain that is available at the groceries.

When the baby grows, I introduce porridge rice with vegetables, chicken, beef, anchovies and potatoes. This is my way of cooking baby food. It is more varied from my mum’s recipe.

From my mum’s wheat pudding baby recipe, it helps me to creatively make other food for babies for more healthy eating.

10 reasons why cook baby food

Although there is a lot of baby food that is commercially available during my time compared to my mother’s time, I prefer to make my own baby food.

The reasons why I prepared homecooked baby food

  • I have been taught how to cook baby food creatively by my late mother.
  • It does not cost much when we cook baby food ourselves.
  • We make more saving and not spend so much on commercial baby food.
  • A good introduction to your child for home cooks.
  • It is fresh food for babies to get nutrients.
  • There is no preservative in the food to last longer.
  • We choose the ingredients to cook baby food.
  • We know what food goes inside the baby stomach.
  • The baby is more healthy when eating home-cooked meals.
  • Create strong bonds between mother and baby.

All this can be done if we are ready to have a baby. If we are not prepared, then we give baby food randomly whatever is available in the market.

If we are ready to become a mother then we made an effort to give the best food and nutrients for them to grow healthy and intelligently.

Recipe 1

How to make baby food from wheat flour

This recipe is easy and less costly. The ingredient is always available in our kitchen to make baby pudding.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon wheat flour
  • ½ cup fresh milk
  • ½ cup of water

How to do it: Put water in the flour bit by bit in a small pan until dissolved. Add milk in it. Place on slow heat. Mix continuously until the mixture is thick. Cool it first before giving it to the baby. This pudding portion is for two meals. 

Recipe 2

How to make anchovies rice porridge

When the baby grows from four months to the advanced month, it is about time to introduce porridge rice to the baby.

Ingredients

  •  ⅓ cup of rice 
  • 1 teaspoon clean anchovies
  • 1 tablespoon cut carrot
  • 1 cup water

How to do it: Boil the rice until soft. Add in anchovies and carrots. Boil again until all the mixture is crushed. Cool it first before giving it to the baby. This is suitable for lunch and dinner.  

Recipe 3

How to make chicken rice porridge

Alternatively, we can introduce other porridge for babies for them to learn more other food. In any baby food avoid using salt and sugar. They need nutrients more than flavour.

Ingredients

  •  ⅓ cup of rice 
  • 1 teaspoon chopped chicken
  • 1 tablespoon cut potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon cut cauliflower
  • 1 cup water

How to do it: Boil the rice until soft. Add in chicken, cauliflower and potatoes. Boil again until all the mixture is crushed. Cool it first before giving it to the baby. This is suitable for lunch and dinner.

Recipe 4

How to make beef  rice porridge

Baby is at matured months and can be given another menu for a variety of food intake.  We may change the menu so the baby continuously loves to eat.

Ingredients

  •  ⅓ cup of rice 
  • 1 teaspoon chopped beef
  • 1 tablespoon cut potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon spinach
  • 1 cup of water

How to do it: Boil the rice until soft. Add in chicken, spinach and potatoes. Boil again until all the mixture is crushed. Cool it first before giving it to the baby. This is suitable for lunch and dinner.

Thanks for my late mother recipes, my children are grown-ups.  

In conclusion, cooking baby food is easy.

We use the same ingredient as you cook for family members. Give babies fresh and nutrient food for them to grow healthy. Healthy baby leads to a healthy family life. 

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