New Parent Feeding Guide Stage Three

Catherine McCord, model, actress and mom of two, shares her favorite recipes for babies one year and up.
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Updated March 2, 2017
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Spinach Pancakes

Makes 16 baby servings

1 cup packed fresh spinach
1 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

  1. In a blender, combine the spinach, buttermilk, egg, and oil and blend until smooth.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients.
  3. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined.
  4. Heat a large pan or griddle over medium heat and grease with butter or oil.
  5. Pour about 1 tablespoon of the pancake mixture onto the griddle, making as many pancakes as will fit and cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Flip the pancakes and cook for one minute longer and serve.

*Mixture can also be used in a waffle iron following manufacturer’s directions.

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Smoothie Your Way

Makes 1 baby serving

1 banana
1 cup fruit (of your choice fresh or frozen such as mango, berries, papaya, pineapple or cherries)
1/2 cup plain yogurt or kefir
1/2 cup milk (I like to use vanilla rice or almond milk)

  1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth.
  2. Serve.
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Gnocchi With Tomato Sauce

Makes 4 baby servings

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound prepackaged gnocchi
2 tablespoons thinly sliced basil
Parmesan cheese
Mozzarella balls

  1. Heat the oil in a sauce pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic and carrots and sauté until veggies are soft, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes and salt and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and puree until smooth using an immersion blender, or carefully transfer to a regular blender and puree.
  3. Cook the gnocchi according to package directions.
  4. Drain the gnocchi, add to the sauce and simmer for 2 minutes.
  5. Top the gnocchi with basil, parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese balls.
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Sweet Potato “Fries”

1 large sweet potato
1 Tbsp olive oil

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cut sweet potato into 2-inch batons which resemble french fries. You can also cut them in long wedges so they resemble steak fries.
  3. Place them on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Toss until the sweet potatoes are coated with oil.
  4. Place cookie sheet in the middle of the oven and bake for 15 minutes (Keep an eye on them. They go from golden to burnt quick!).
  5. With a spatula, flip the potatoes, and continue to bake another 15 minutes or until they have a golden color.
  6. Cool and serve.
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