introducing new foods: chicken

we debated about introducing k to meat. m & i were never vegetarians though we don’t eat meat often. but it feels weird to give your child animal meat to eat while reading children’s books to them about animals as cute lovable creatures or as friends experiencing daily lives as we (humans) do.

in the end, it came down to nutrition. meat is an excellent source of protein, which is necessary for baby’s growing body. i guess we didn’t have a choice when we were kids and it’s not like we resent our parents for feeding us meat now. as adults we can make the choices about what we want or not want to eat for various reasons. so when k gets older, she can decide for herself too.

we chose chicken because it has the least amount of fat. in order to try to be more humane, we always choose free range grass fed chicken  here are two ways to prep chicken without loosing too much nutrients: baking and boiling.

baked chicken

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ingredients

preparation

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. if chicken breast is very thick, slice horizontally so they are two thinner pieces of chicken.
  3. place in baking pan with water. bake for 15 minutes or until fully cooked with no pink inside.
  4. take out of oven and leave out to cool.
  5. save cooked chicken in food storage container
  6. save chicken juice from the pan into a liquid storage container.

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boiled chicken

cooking tools

ingredients

preparation

  1. if chicken breast is very thick, slice horizontally so they are two thinner pieces of chicken.
  2. place chicken in frying pan with water. cook for 15 minutes or until fully cooked with no pink inside.
  3. allow to cool.
  4. save cooked chicken in food storage container
  5. save chicken juice from the pan into a liquid storage container

note

1. resource Healthy Eating Politics: Free Range Chicken

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