So I've embarked on Baby-led weaning for Adriel and I've been cooking a lot more though they have been really simple fares. Here's a really simple Beef Bolognese sauce that I've prepared, It freezes well for up to 3 months. I cooked it using my pressure cooker though it can definitely be cooked over the stove or even in the thermal cooker.
It takes about 1 to 1.5 hours in all to complete this recipe and I'd rate it a difficulty level 2 out of 5. The tough part is actually the cubing of the vegetables (:
Beef Bolognese (baby friendly) Recipe
2 large tomatoes, cubed and seeds removed
3 brinjals diced
4 stalks celery diced
4 carrots diced
1 can whole tomatoes (Hunt's)
Collagen stock (homemade) or beef stock (readymade)
600g minced beef
Assorted dried herbs like oregano, basil etc
Heat up pan(I used my pressure cooker to halve the cooking time) with olive oil.
Cook vegetables (excluding brinjal).
Remove vegetables from pan.
In the same pan, add more oil and cook beef.
Add all vegetables (including brinjal) in with stock, herbs and canned tomato.
Liquid should be sufficient to just cover ingredients.
Cook for 1 hour on low heat (stirring occasionally) for regular pan.
If using pressure cooker, cook for 30 mins and cook for another 10 mins after pressure release or so to dry up/thicken sauce.
Allow sauce to cool completely before freezing. I use this as a base for lasagna too!
I freeze them flat in individual portions. I do not even thaw it XD
I simply peel off the food storage bag and pop the entire frozen brick into the pot.
DISCLAIMER: I did not salt the recipe so it's friendlier for Adriel. Please feel free to salt it according to your liking.
Enjoy this delicious recipe!
Full of goodness!
Freezing in individual portions
When freezing, lay kitchen paper between each bag to prevent sticking of the bags. They tend to tear if they're stuck together. I also lay a sheet on the base of the freezer that's made of plastic.