Cod, cabbage and leeks, oh the story behind this puree is a funny one. Well maybe not rolling on the floor can’t breathe funny. But mom funny. Like when as moms we are so confident that we know what we’re doing and we’re already a pro at this and our kids are like nope! Fail! Yes this is one of those stories. It’s a good thing I can laugh at myself.
If I remember correctly, fish was the first meaty protein I introduced to Emma. Maybe eggs came first. Can’t remember what came first now, the fish or the egg? (Lol). Anyways, one night I cooked Cod for my husband and myself and wondered if Emma would like it. I took a tiny piece and fed it to Emma and she genuinely liked it. She actually had a couple more bites after.
So I decided to make a baby food recipe with cod in it for her. I had already created quite a few puree recipes for her by then so in my mind I was an expert and was convinced whatever recipe I came up with she would love it. Boy was I wrong!
The recipe I came up with was cod, cabbage and broccoli. I love making cod and cabbage together and is my go to way of cooking it for us at home. I don’t really know where the idea of adding broccoli came from. I guess I just wanted more greens in this puree and a taste that she was familiar with. This was the first time she was having cabbage as well.
I steamed all of the ingredients together and puréed them. I was so proud of making such a healthy recipe for my baby. This was my first puree with fish or any other meat in it and I was confident this was one of my top recipes. I was so excited as I gave Emma a spoonful. All to just have her spit it right out. Spit it right out with a disgusted face that said it all.
If she could talk she would have said something like “why are you feeding me dog food mom?” Like seriously I had never seen her be so grossed out by any of the foods I had ever given her before. She genuinely hated it and refused to even open her mouth for me to try to give her more.
I was so dissapointed and sad at the same time. In my mind introducing her to fish and making her a recipe with it meant that we were going up some sort of level. So far in our solid foods journey she had loved all the foods I had made for her. And the one I was the most confident, proud and sure she would like it was the one she absolutely hated it!
I did feel as I had failed for a brief moment. But I quickly realized that this was all part of the process. Just because I’m her mom it doesn’t mean that she’s going to love every recipe I make for her. There have been many since then. But this first one really opened my eyes that I could never be too confident and that there’s no such thing as a pro in mom life.
Anyway, I thought it was a funny story because I’m sure you have all been there. I’m sure you guys have all had moments that you felt sure what you were doing was right and that your little one would love it very much just for them to hate it. Lessons to learn right?!
I decided after that to remove the broccoli and just focus on making the fish be the prominent flavor. I kept the cabbage because I wanted her to get used to having cod the same way we do most of the time. I added the leeks to add some flavor and make it more tasty for her. The second time around it was much better and the recipe was a success (lol).
I recommend this recipe for babies 8 months plus. It has a lot of texture and baby may need to have more experience with solids before trying this one. It is however very beneficial for babies since it contains white fish. After babies reach six months of age they have lost all the iron they received from mom while in utero. Fish is a great source of iron which is essential for your baby’s development at this age.
To cook the ingredients I used the same method I use when I cook it for us. I placed all the ingredients in parchement paper and wrapped them. Then I cook it in the oven for 20 minutes. This method steams the food with very little mess and no dishes to do after. It’s also a much healthier way to cook food since it preserves most of its nutrients. I then puree the cooked fish and veggies in a blender with some water or homemade vegetable broth. Very easy, super healthy and nutritious baby food for your baby.
Cod, Cabbage and Leeks (8 m+)
- 4 oz cod filet
- 2 cabbage leaves
- 1/2 cup chopped leeks
- 3/4 cup water or homemade vegetable broth
Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
On a long piece of parchment paper, place cabbage then top with cod and chopped leeks.
Fold ends and top of parchment paper and wrap leaving no open spaces.
Place on baking sheet and place in oven for 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes.
Carefully unwrap paper and place cooked ingredients in blender or food processor. Add water and puree.
Serve immediately or freeze for up to 3 months.
*Use all organic ingredients if possible.