I got this recipe for this incredible meat sauce from my pal Cecily of Bean and Bear. I didn’t introduce meat until Olive was around 12 months, but now that she is eating all kinds of meat, this is the perfect meal. The carrots are soft enough that I don’t worry about her choking, and it has the perfect texture. Once she is a bit older and better able to feed herself, I think that I will serve this over a bed of rice. Adults love this recipe too!
As Cecily points out on her blog, it is best to use organic, grass fed beef if you can find it. I found mine at Whole Foods in Toronto, and she found hers at the Healthy Butcher, which is also in Toronto. You can definitely substitute the tomatoes for canned tomatoes, but just make sure that you buy a brand that offers cans with a BPA free lining. I tried this once and the taste just didn’t compare, so now I take the extra time to chop all of the tomatoes, even though it can be a bit of a timely endeavour! When cooking for kids I think that the most important thing is to chop everything up really small – take the extra time with the celery, carrots and tomatoes.
- 2 lbs organic meat (turkey, chicken or beef. Ideally grass fed if you can find it).
- 2 tbpn olive oil
- 7 carrots peeled and chopped
- 4 celery stalks
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 yellow onion peeled and chopped
- Thyme finely chopped
- Oregano finely chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 8 large tomatoes diced (be sure to keep all of the juices)
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
- Heat olive oil in dutch oven on low
- Add onion and garlic and sauté until translucent
- Add carrot and celery and sauté for another 10 minutes
- Add the oregano and thyme
- Now add your meat and cook for 10 minutes (until meat is mostly cooked through)
- Add tomatoes, bay leaf, salt and pepper to taste
- Bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer
- Leave simmering for a few hours until liquid reaches desired consistency
- Stir often to make sure the bottom does not burn
Again, this is a recipe that freezes incredibly well, so go ahead and make a big batch! I keep most in smaller baby jars, and a few in larger jars for adult consumption.