Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Baby Food

I have many "Momma" friends and some that have babies so I thought I would share some of my baby food recipes! It really is an easy process! Although this is a great way to feed your baby, which ever way you choose is great, too! I am not a supporter of making a mom feel guilty for the way she chooses to feed her baby! I am pro breastfeeding and making my own baby food, however, that's me!:) I would love to hear about what you do with your baby/toddler:)
I have been making baby food since my first son, Wyatt, started eating solid foods! He is now a thriving 3 year old..yikes:( I aim to blend food groups together so that when I go to prepare a meal, I can just get a few cubes and I am giving my boys a complete meal! I have made many blends of food, which I will list below! For those of you who want a guide, I LOVE and use "Super Baby Foods" by Ruth Yaron. This book was written by a mom and is full of how to's, recipes, and more! It is your complete guide to feeding your "Super" baby:) I highly recommend it! my mom used it with my little sisters, and then passed it down to me!! So, Thanks Mom for setting the standard of feeding for my children:)
I like to make a fruit blend to add to yogurt and oatmeal for breakfast, and then I make a veggie, meat, and grain mix for lunch and dinner. I usually have three different blends to choose from. If you don't have a food processor and can get one, I highly recommend it! I have a Cuisinart and what I like about mine is it has different settings. This comes in handy from first solids to later eating chunkier, heartier foods. Mine has a "food processor" mode that gives you the consistency of store bought baby food. Some processors just have one setting, and those you can monitor the consistency as it blends. It is nice to be able to hit which button I want, and let it go:) Again, this works for me, everyone has their own way!:) All ways are great! the fresh fruit you can just blend. The veggies, grains, and meats you cook before and then blend! I steam my veggies, roast my meats, and cook my grains! If you need a smoother consistency, I sometimes add some of the leftover "veggie water" from when I steamed them!

I ordered the OXO baby food trays! I do love the baby food cups and accessories that come with the "Beaba", "Magic Bullet", etc. However, I make a lot of food at one time-enough for 2-3 weeks, so I find that the trays work best! You can freeze in these trays and then take out what you need when you need it! I hope this helps you and maybe even encourages you to try! Its a great feeling knowing you are giving your children fresh food without anything else added:) Below I will list some of my favorite baby food combinations!
*Strawberry, Blueberry, and Banana
*Apple, Strawberry, and Peach
*Mango, Blueberry, and Strawberry
**I also just mash them fresh into oatmeal or yogurt!

*Squash, Zucchini, and Broccoli
*Green beans, Broccoli, and Apple
*Carrot, Potato, and Brown Rice
*Spinach, Peas, and Pear
*Edamame, Brown Rice, and Apple
*Peas and Carrots, Spaghetti Squash, and Whole Wheat Pasta
*Ground Turkey, Spinach, and Apple
*Ground Chicken, Broccoli, and Sweet Potato
**I like to mix in a fruit so the veggies are more appealing;) When you are just starting out, start with one and work up to the combinations!


Daigle Family Happenings said...

I loved making Eden's baby food! I stuck to non-mixed foods and just thawed them together to make the mixed versions. I just did ice cube trays and a blender and it was much cheaper than buying the different products that are sold for making baby food.

Emily said...

I am slowly starting Madelyn on solids and want to make my own baby food. This was super helpful! She is a nursing champ too, so hopefully she transitions well into solids. Should be fun =0)

Glenn & Allison said...

I am so glad you posted this! Perfect timing! I was getting stuck in a rut with William's food. I love making it, but I couldn't come up with some good creations. I have two of your lunch/dinner choices going as we speak. He's 8 months now, we haven't tried meats, but I think we will very soon.

Rachel Layfield said...

Awesome! I am so glad this helped you ladies:) I have been in those "ruts" before where I run out of food ideas:)