Deluxe Baby Porridge
Congee (rice porridge) – Asian comfort food great for babies. You can make it plain or get creative like this version.
8 oz cauliflower florets
1/4 cup rice
3 cups water
3 oz protein (chicken, fish, pork, or beef)
1 oz sweet potato (orange-color), cut into small pieces
1 oz pumpkin or kabocha, cut into small pieces
1 or 2 dried scallops (removed after cooked)
1 tablespoon dried silver fish, rinsed
1 ring onion, cut into small pieces
3-4 broccoli florets or 3 wedges tomato
1 egg yolk
I haven’t posted new baby recipes for a while but a good friend finally motivated me to do so. She has been cooking the sweet potato porridge for her daughter and can’t wait for my new baby recipes. So, here is my deluxe baby porridge recipe that I have been making for Baby G since he was 7 months old.
It’s called deluxe baby porridge because I have added many nutritious and delicious ingredients to the porridge: protein (you can use chicken, ground pork, fish, or beef), dried scallop (the secret ingredient in Chinese cooking that makes food extra yummy), silver fish or baby anchovy (which is loaded with calcium), potato (sweet potato or regular Russet potato or Yukon Gold), squash (I love pumpkin, kabocha, or butternut squash), vitamin C (tomato, broccoli florets, green beans, carrots), and onion. Onion has many medicinal benefits and stimulates good appetite. I also add an egg yolk towards the end of the cooking because Baby G doesn’t like formula.
Believe it or not, Baby G has been eating this same porridge for over 6 months (he is now 13 months) and he never gets bored; in fact, he eats more and more each day because he is now an active walker! This recipe is very versatile because you can change the combinations I proposed above: use a different protein every day, change your potato, squash, and vitamin C and you have many variations. For me, the silver fish, dried scallop, and onion always stay because of the great flavors they lend to the porridge. Please take note that the dried scallops are quite expensive but if you do get it, buy the small dried scallops (slightly bigger than a dime), preferably from Japan. It’s hard to swallow so I always remove it from the porridge before I blend it.
If you have never fed your baby all the ingredients in this recipe, always start by introducing one ingredient at a time until you’re sure that your baby doesn’t have any allergy reactions to the ingredients. As Baby G grows, I slowly introduce new ingredients to his porridge. His new favorite is corn kernel, which adds a subtle sweetness to the taste. So experiment with the recipe and find your baby’s favorite combinations. In any case, I can assure you that this porridge tastes very good, so much so you won’t mind eating it, too.