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Bean Noodles and Chicken

These noodles are made with soybean curd, which usually gives them more protein than rice noodles or other kinds of noodles. The lemon zest and mint also give the noodles a fresh, light flavor. This recipe is for babies ages 12 to 18 months.

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Ingredients

10 dry shiitake mushrooms

1 tablespoon canola oil

2 chicken thighs

16 ounces bean noodles

5 to 7 chives

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1/2 lemon

1 tablespoon chia seeds

Directions

1. Soak the mushrooms in a bowl of warm water and set aside.

2. In a pan, heat the oil. Add the chicken thighs and cook on medium heat for 20 minutes, flipping over so the thighs become golden brown on all sides.

3. Meanwhile, fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add the bean noodles and cook until tender, 5 to 7 minutes.

4. Drain the noodles and run under cold water for 1 minute, and set aside.

5. Chop up the chives.

6. Remove the mushrooms from the water (don’t discard the water—it will be used in the sauce); cut them up and discard the stems; chop them into small pieces.

7. Add the mushrooms to the chicken; add the soy sauce, juice and zest of 1/2 lemon, and cook for 5 minutes.

8. Remove the chicken from the sauce, and shred it into small pieces; return it to the sauce.

9. Add the noodles and mix well.

10. Sprinkle the chives and chia seeds on top and serve.

Serves 4

From Smart Bites for Baby, by Mika Shino

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