making baby food – it’s so easy!

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I didn’t know I would be able to make my own baby food, and that it would be so easy to do.  I really wasn’t looking forward to spending tons of money on processed goop and had fears of stacks and stacks of little glass bottles lining my kitchen counter.  I admit the idea was a bit intimidating at first, but I’m so glad I did my research and dove in.

If you think about it, homemade food usually tastes better than packaged food, and is better for you. So why would baby food be any different? My thinking is if I can make my son homemade food from fresh ingredients, he won’t be shocked when he switches to eating the real thing and (hopefully) won’t refuse it.  Homemade pureed green beans taste like real green beans.  Processed green beans in a jar do not.  If you wouldn’t eat it yourself, why would you feed it to your baby?

I spend a couple hours max on the weekend making Liam’s food and put the finished product in ice-cube trays to freeze. The cubes can then be transferred to freezer bags and I just pick out a cube or two per day for his meals.

I knew that if I was going to be making all of Lima Bean’s food, I would need a pretty decent food processer.  I purchased the Ninja Master Prep and it works really well. I didn’t get the Baby Bullet or any other specially-made-for-baby-food processor because I plan to use it for other things – and frankly, I don’t see the difference.

I started my son on avocado when he was 5 ½ months old because of its healthy fats and smooth texture. He loves it and even prefers it over other foods. If I make him something he doesn’t like, I’ll mix it with avocado and he’ll gobble it up.  Banana is another easy food that only requires a little mashing and it’s ready to go. It’s very convenient to just throw a banana in the diaper bag for feeding on the go.

Here are some baby food “recipes” I’ve made so far:

Brown Rice Cereal
1. Grind some brown rice in a spice mill or coffee grinder
2. Add ¼ cup rice cereal to 1 cup of boiling water and simmer for approximately 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Add formula/breast milk as desired.


Avocado
1. Wash avocado
2. Slice avocado, remove pit and scoop insides from shell into blender/processor.
3. Process until smooth, adding water/formula/breast milk as needed

Banana
1. Peel banana and slice
2. Mash banana with a fork until smooth


Sweet Potato
1. Wash sweet potato
2. Poke holes in sweet potato with a fork and bake in 350 degrees oven for approximately 40 minutes until fork tender.
3. Let cool a little, and then scoop insides into blender/processor
4. Process until smooth, adding water/formula/breast milk as needed

Carrots
1. Wash and peel carrots
2. Steam carrots until tender
3. Let cool a little, and then pour into blender/processor
4. Process until smooth, adding water/formula/breast milk as needed (use the water the carrots were steamed with so you don’t lose any vitamins)

Green Beans
1. Wash green beans
2. Boil green beans for approximately 3 minutes until fork tender
3. Drain green beans, reserving the water
4. Pour green beans into blender/processor
4. Process until smooth, adding water/formula/breast milk as needed (use the water the green beans were steamed with so you don’t lose any vitamins)

Acorn/Butternut Squash
1. Wash squash
2. Halve squash and scoop out the seeds and pulp
3. Place squash face down on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil
4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 40 minutes until fork tender
5. Let cool a little, and then scoop insides into blender/processor
4. Process until smooth, adding water/formula/breast milk as needed

** veggies and fruits will keep in the freezer for up to three months.

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