Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes combine two classic sandwiches for a fun twist! They're flavor-packed, meaty, cheesy and delicious!Jump to Recipe
This post is sponsored by Iowa Beef,
but all opinions and text are my own!
It's no secret that I love helping farmers here in the state of Iowa (and beyond!) promote their commodities. This partnership with Iowa Beef is extra special to me, because it combines two of my favorite things: my kiddos and one of my favorite proteins.
Of course I'm sharing a recipe that my family loves, but I'm also going to share how I serve it to my littles! Mamas (and dads!), this one is for you!
- Vegetable Oil
- Veggies - Yellow Onion & Green Bell Pepper (You could also add red bell peppers and mushrooms!)
- Ground Beef - I used 80% lean ground beef, but use what you've got!
- Low Sodium Beef Broth
- Beef Bouillon Cube
- Spices - Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Corn Starch
- Provolone Cheese - I always prefer to purchase a block of cheese and shred it (however, you could certainly purchase shredded cheese!)
- Hamburger Buns
VIDEO: How to make Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes
Introducing Solids to Babies
Around 6 months of age, babies are typically ready to begin solids. I started feeding my girls solids when they had just turned 6 months old, starting with single-ingredient veggie purees and soon after adding meat purees.
Beef is rich in iron, zinc, choline, B vitamins and protein, all of which are important to infants. But something as flavorful as Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes??! Yes!! Research shows that flavor and spice is GOOD for infants as it expands their taste buds!
How to Introduce Babies to Solids
Introducing new foods to babies can be fun, exciting and a bit overwhelming for the parents. From one mama to another, you've got this!
The graphic below shows different textures of ground beef/sloppy joe meat and how to know when they might be ready to move onto the next phase!
Tips for Making Homemade Baby Food
When your baby is ready for purees, you have the option of purchasing store-bought baby food or making your own. There are pros and cons to each (think cost, price and convenience) and either is a great option. If you choose to make your own, here are a few tips!
Equipment: Make sure you have a good food processor, blender or baby food blender. I have always used my food processor as it cleans up easiest.
Ingredients: Food safety is always important, but even more-so with little ones. Make sure to properly cook (like ground beef to 160F!) and store the ingredients you plan to feed your baby. When you blend the food, you'll need some type of liquid. You can use breast milk, formula or water. Add a little bit at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
Storage - My favorite way to store homemade baby food is by using silicon ice cube trays. I'll puree the foods, pour them into the container, cover and freeze. Once they're solid, I'll pop them out of the container and put them in labeled freezer bags. (See photos below!)
Tips for Feeding Solids at Different Ages & Stages
- Consistency - As you can see in the photos above, different ages and developmental stages require different textures. You know your kid best, so take it one day at a time and ease into new textures.
- Presentation – It doesn’t have to be complicated, but make it visually interesting! Include a variety of colors and shapes to make it more appealing. For toddlers, adding fun plates and utensils can help pull their attention to their food.
- Encouragement - Encourage your kiddo to try everything, even if it's just one bite. I can't tell you how many times McKinley tried something and realized she loved it! And when she didn't, we simply said "that's okay, I'm so glad you tried it!"
- Be Patient - Kids can be picky! And from experience I can tell you that they might love something one day and hate it the next. That's okay - just keep encouraging them to try it! Think about the division of responsibility....the parent/guardian is responsible for getting them the right foods and it's the child's responsibility to decide how much of it they want to eat.
- Plan for Clean-Up - Babies have to learn how to eat solids and let's just be honest, it's MESSY. Take your time.....and stock up on paper towels and laundry detergent! 😉
- Visit Beef It's What's For Dinner.com for more information on feeding beef to your baby.
DISCLAIMER - If you have questions about starting solid foods, consult your pediatrician or health care provider.
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