February 7, 2016

Food Thomas Loves

Posted in: Baby

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One of the hardest things about motherhood for me is meal times with Thomas. When solids were first introduced to him he seemed to love everything I gave him. We had fun.

I don’t know when, but at some point Thomas decided he wasn’t a fan of food. Breakfast, lunch and dinner has become a struggle and quiet frankly it’s my least favourite time of the day. I feel anxious and frustrated every time we sit down to eat because it’s such an unpleasant time for both of us.

You can imagine my relief when I find recipes that Thomas not only enjoys but will open his mouth for. Finding reciepes is hit and miss. I’ll go out and buy produce and spend the time cooking only to have Thomas make a song and dance over the meal. It’s so incredibly frustrating.

We have recently discovered an Apricot Lamb reciepe which Thomas LOVES so I have to share it. It’s pretty easy to make although there is a bit of cooking time involved.

Toby is really good at making this dish and wanted to share it with you all. So, Toby, take it away, Buddy.

Ingredients:

Olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

2 carrots, peeled and finely diced

1 garlic clove

550g diced lamb meat

2 cup vegetable stock

Can of apricot halves, you will need 12 halves and 1/2 a cup of syrup

300g potato, peeled and finely diced

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 160 degrees

apricot lamb 25 apricot lamb 24 apricot lamb 22 apricot lamb 19apricot lamb 14^ Chop the onions, carrots, garlic, potatoes, lamb and apricots.

apricot lamb 21^ Now is a good time to get all babies out of the kitchen because things are going to get hot.

apricot lamb 20^ On the stovetop, heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat and saute the onion and carrot for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.

apricot lamb 18 ^ Push the vegetables to the side of the pan, turn up the heat and brown the lamb for 2 minutes on each side.

apricot lamb17 apricot lamb16apricot lamb 15 ^ Add the stock, apricot syrup and potatoes and stir well.

apricot lamb 13^ Transfer all ingredients from the saucepan to a casserole dish or a baking dish. Transfer to the oven and cook, covered, for 1 hour.

apricot lamb 12^ Add apricots to the casserole. Cook for a further 30 minutes, adding more water if needed.

apricot lamb 10 ^ When you are done you should be able to break down and mash everything in the dish with a fork.

apricot lamb 9 ^ You can puree further if you like. We like to puree into liquid, basically, because our friend, Thomas is a lazy eater and isn’t a fan of chewing too much. And we are all for making meal times as easy as possible.

apricot lamb 8 apricot lamb 6 ^ Pop your leftovers into ice cub trays and freeze for future dinners.

apricot lamb 5 ^ Thomas is still obsessed with Greek Yoghurt, it must be on everything.

apricot lamb 3 ^ So, what do you think Thomas? Did I do good?

apricot lamb 4^ Just incase you can’t tell, I would like some.

apricot lamb^ Everyone is happy with the Apricot Lamb dish!