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Who says that baby food has to be bland? Why not spice it up? Spices add variety, expose babies to a range of different tastes, and also give them a head start on becoming used to the flavours of family meals, which he or she will eventually eat alongside the family. There are so many "do's and dont's" when it comes to what and when to feed your baby. While I agree that you should limit certain foods due to possible allergic reactions, I also think that you shouldn't deprive your baby's developing taste-buds of harmless spices and herbs!! ;-)

I started to introduce spices and herbs in my son's diet at around 7 months. I incorporated them into meals, one at a time, by just adding add a pinch or two in foods he had already eaten. Once I knew that an allergic reaction was not an issue I increased the amount and began to mix herbs and spices together. I hope that by broadening his palate now and introducing him to a wide range of new tastes, I will be less likely to encounter problems with "fussy feeding" later on. Wishful thinking? Well, only time will tell! ;-)

I've compiled a list of combinations that use in my recipes, but I know the possibilities and combinations are endless!

FRUIT
Apple + cinnamon
Apricot + allspice
Banana + carob
Blackberries + cardamom
Blueberry + vanilla
Date + cloves
Fig + cloves
Peach + ginger
Plum + nutmeg, cardamom
Cherry + vanilla
Mango + ginger
Pear + cloves
Pineapple + mint
Strawberry + vanilla

MEAT, POULTRY AND FISH
Chicken + rosemary, thyme
Ground beef + cumin, oregano
Ground veal + fennel
Lamb + mint
Turkey + thyme
White Fish, salmon, shrimp + dill, tarragon or turmeric

VEGGIES AND LEGUMES
Broccoli + garlic, lemon
Cauliflower + nutmeg
Carrot + ginger
Edamame + mint, garlic
Eggplant + oregano, parsley
Green beans + garlic
Lentils + cumin, coriander or curry
Mushrooms + parsley, sage
Peas + mint
Potatoes + chives or dill
Rapini + garlic
Tomato + basil, oregano, bay leaf
Squash/Yam + nutmeg
Zucchini + saffron

 

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