+ J. M. J.
Fitting good food into the mealtimes of a short-attention-spanned toddler can be a challenge. That’s where Super Porridge comes in (Super Baby Food, Ruth Yaron, 1998).
Super Porridge is whole grain(s) blended into powder and made into cereal.
High Protein Super Porridge (9+ mo for higher calorie & activity needs) is blended whole grain(s) & legume(s) and made into cereal.
Maybe I went off the deep end. I thought, “There are many healthy foods in our kitchen with nutrients, complex carbs, fiber, protein, good fats…why not put them together into toddler hot cereal?”
SUPER DUPER PORRIDGE
In a blender combine:
1/2 cup dried beans (here 2 Tbs each garbanzos, lentils, green split peas & great northern)
2 Tbs quinoa
1 heaping Tbs flax seed
1 heaping Tbs wheat germ
1 cup whole grain (oatmeal shown here)
Then BLEND that puppy about 2 minutes, until very smooth.
It will be a soft, very fine flour. Store this dried cereal in an air tight container. Can you see the green split peas? Didn’t think so. They won’t turn the cereal green. 😉
Every 1/2 c dry cereal = boil 1 cup water (or bring milk to a constantly-stirred simmer). Cook 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
Optional: add things like fruit or yogurt. Serve it up. Store leftover prepared porridge 2-3 days covered in fridge.