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Iron-Rich Casserole for Babies

Mini Beef Casserole for Babies

12

Serves

10 mins

Prep Time

2 hrs 30 mins

Cook Time

Regina Wypych

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Regina Wypych

Offal, such as liver and kidney, is packed full of nutrients including iron. This rustic recipe is a tasty and gentle introduction for baby and the whole family. However, if kidney is not your thing, simply swap it out for more beef steak. TIP For busy and tired parents skip the frying steps and place all ingredients (except for the Worcestershire Sauce) in the crockpot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

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Ingredients

Ingredients

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400g Quality Mark beef steaks

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150g beef or sheep kidney

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1 tbsp olive oil

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1 onion

chopped

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2 celery stalks

finely sliced

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2 carrots

peeled and chopped

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2 medium sized potato

peeled and roughly chopped

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1 medium sized golden kumara

peeled and roughly chopped

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1 tsp dried thyme

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2 cups beef stock

(use low salt) or water (if cooking for a younger baby)

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3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

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1 tbsp cornflour

combined with a 1/4 cup of water

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2 tbsp Italian parsley

finely chopped

Method

To Make Casserole

Preparation for Age Groups

Slow Cooker

1

Pre-heat oven to 170c

2

Trim and discard any excess fat off the steak and cut into 2cm cubes.

3

To prepare the kidneys, halve and discard the fatty white cores and slice into small bite size pieces.

4

Heat oil in a large fry-pan or stove-top casserole dish. Fry the onion and celery on a moderate heat for a few minutes until the onion has softened a little.

5

Add the carrot, potato and kumara, and continue frying for several minutes.

6

Stir through beef and kidney and continue frying until they have browned a little. If you’re not using a stove-top casserole dish, transfer everything to a casserole dish at this point.

7

Add the thyme and beef stock (or water if cooking for younger babies) and put the lid on the casserole dish. Place in the oven for 1½ - 2 hours, stirring occasionally, and cook until meat is tender.

8

If cooking for a young baby or toddler, remove some of the casserole at this stage and purée, mash or chop it.

9

For older children and adults add the Worcestershire sauce, combined cornflour and water, stir through and return to the oven uncovered for another 5-10 minutes until sauce has thickened.

10

Garnish with parsley. Serve alongside steamed green vegetables.

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Nutrition Information per Serving (180g)

Percentage daily intakes are based on an average adult diet of 8700 kJ (2100 kilocalories).

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Energy

478 (114)kJ

Protein

10.5g

Total Fat

3.8g

Saturated Fat

1g

Carbs

8.6g

Sugars

4.7g

Sodium

35mg

Iron*

2mg

* Percentage of recommended daily intake (Aust/NZ)

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