RECIPE OF THE MONTH: BABY BEEF CASSEROLE
We’re back with a bang this month and due to popular demand one of our all-time favorite purées will remain a constant on our menus this year. Our baby beef casserole is made with pasture-raised, grass-fed organic beef that is slow-cooked with carrots and tomatoes - top choices for baby’s first foods as they’re great for developing healthy skin, teeth, tissues and eyes - and a hint of oregano. It’s an iron-rich, flavor-packed little meal that boosts developing bodies and tantalizes tiny taste buds. Best served warm.
On a health note, red meat is one of the healthiest foods for babies aged six months and up, whose innate iron supplies begin to dwindle. Iron is very important in particular for healthy brain development - it is critical for setting up memory circuits and processing speed in the brain that can’t necessarily be recreated later.
If you want to make this at home, here's the recipe. Please use organic ingredients and pasture-raised, grass-fed beef to give your baby the best nutrients. And if your little one is no longer eating purees, skip the last step and use it as a pasta sauce topped with grated parmesan.
- 1 tablespoon organic extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 small organic onion, finely chopped
- 1 stalk organic celery, finely chopped
- 8oz organic carrots, finely chopped
- 1 clove organic garlic, crushed
- 1/4 cup frozen peas
- 4oz ground beef
- 1 cup organic strained tomatoes
- 1 organic bay leaf
- ½ tsp organic oregano
- ½ tsp organic basil
- ½ organic thyme
1. Place a large heavy-bottomed saucepan on a medium heat.
2. Add the olive oil and then the onion, celery and carrot.
3. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, then add the garlic and continue to stir for another 1-2 minutes.
4. Add the beef and stir until the meat is browned all over.
5. Then pour in the strained tomatoes and add the peas, herbs and bay leaf and stir.
6. Reduce the heat to low-medium, place a lid on the pan and leave to simmer for about an hour until all the flavors have developed into a wonderfully rich sauce.
7. Leave to cool then place in a food processor and purée to your desired consistency.