Homemade Baby Food by Christine Lee-McNaughton
With Little One being my first baby, I wanted to do everything “right” for her. I wanted to nurse her for as long as I could or until she self-weaned. I wanted to give her wholesome, healthy, unprocessed food. I wanted to avoid giving her sugar. I wanted to be the best mom possible for her. I still want all of those things and we still do most of those things.
I have learned that sometimes some things are unavoidable though. For example, going to the grandparents’ house and Grampy giving Little One ICE CREAM!!! Or other family members giving her chocolate pudding at the age of 6 months…when she has never been introduced to A) cow’s milk, B) eggs, C) sugar, D) flour, or E) CHOCOLATE!!!
“Oh! But, she likes it!”
“Ummm…Yeah! It’s CHOCOLATE!!! Of course she likes it!”
I’ve learned to ease up a bit on things like that. She’s fine. Plus, it’s only once in a while. It’s a treat. She certainly loves going to Grampy and Lola’s house though! I love that she enjoys playing at their house.
This said, at home we still feed her natural, homemade, unprocessed food…from scratch. With very little free time, I basically just feed her whatever we’re having. When she was first starting on solid food, I pureed whatever we were having and gave it to her. One of her favourite foods has always been stew. She loves the meat, potatoes and veggies.
The beauty of homemade baby food is that you know EXACTLY what goes into your baby’s food. All those veggies are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Some are even rich in calcium.
Though Little One is now a toddler and does not eat “baby food” anymore, I thought I’d share some easy, healthy baby food recipes for moms who are starting their babies on solid foods.
I use a dozen apples from our apple tree.
Cut apples in half or quarters (speeds up the cooking time).
Place in pot with enough water to cover apples.
Cook until tender.
Drain and put apples into a fruit press or colander.
Press apples through.
Presto! You’ve got apple sauce!
*This recipe makes a few jars of apple sauce.
For two servings, take one apple and one pear. Cut and cook together until just tender.
Puree or mash.
Almost instant baby food.
The easiest baby food ever! Simply take a banana, peel it, and mash it with a fork. How easy is that?
Cut avocado in half.
Scoop out the avocado “meat”.
Wash sweet potato.
Poke holes in sweet potato (keep skin/peel on for baking).
Bake in 400 degree oven until soft (depending on size, it can be 30 to 60 minutes)
Cut into cubes.
Mash or puree.
I make BUTTERNUT SQUASH similar to the way I make the SWEET POTATO. I just cut the squash in half and remove the seeds and membranes. Place squash halves face down on baking sheet and bake until tender. Puree or mash.
In a pot, boil or steam cleaned carrots (cut into chunks).
Once tender, puree or mash.
*Steaming baskets are fantastic for steaming veggies for baby food!
For babies ready to move on to something more varied:
1 c. cooked, cubed meat (fat trimmed, skin removed, etc)
1/2 c. cooked rice
2/3 c. cooked, diced veg
3/4 c. liquid (if you give your baby formula, you can use that. You can also use broth or water)
In a bowl, combine all ingredients. You can puree, blend, or chop. Make it as smooth or as chunky as your baby likes it. It all depends on what kind of textures your baby is accustomed to.
You can make this recipe with PASTA, POTATO, or any other GRAIN you wish. I changed it up to allow for variety. It’s a very versatile recipe.
These are just some quick and easy “Momsavers”.
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