Sunshine is one of the best sources of vitamin D, which helps guard against cancer, osteoporosis and diabetes; however, spending time in the sun can be a challenge during the cold winter months. Get your vitamin D indoors by adding mushrooms to your and your family's diet! Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears shares his Winter Gloom 'Shrooms recipe to boost your baby's vitamin D.
Makes three portions for babies older than 8 months
• 1 1/2 carrots, topped, tailed and sliced.
• 4 button mushrooms, fully cooked or sautéed for safety.
• 4.4 oz. Wild Alaskan salmon fillet, skinned.
• 2 oz. orange juice
• 1.4 oz. grated cheddar cheese
• 1 tbsp butter
• 2 tbsp milk
1. Put the carrots and mushrooms into a saucepan, cover with water, bring to a boil and cook over medium heat for approximately 20 minutes, or until tender. Alternatively, place the vegetables in a steamer and cook for 20 minutes. Remember, mushrooms should be fully cooked for safety.
2. Meanwhile, place the salmon in a dish, pour on the orange juice and scatter the cheese. Cover, leaving an air vent, and microwave on high for about 2 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Or, cover with foil and cook in an oven pre-heated to 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes.
3. Flake the fish with a fork, making sure there are no bones.
4. Drain the carrot mixture, mix with the butter and milk and puree in a blender together with the flaked fish and its sauce.
5. Pour into ice-cube trays and freeze for future use, or chill and serve.