Saturday, February 1, 2014

Cooking For Your Baby





I make all of Emma Bee's food from scratch.  I love to cook and when I found out I was pregnant, I was so excited to make my baby's food from scratch!  This past summer we planted a big garden and everything I planted was planned just for her.  I wanted a garden full of veggies that I could feed to my baby.

Making baby food purees is so much simpler than you may think and it doesn't take a lot of time! Simply steam your veggies, cut into small chunks and process to a smooth puree.  I have found that a Magic Bullet Food Processor or NutriBullet works great and gets veggies and fruits super smooth and creamy!  For thicker purees just add a little bottle water, breast milk or formula to thin them down for first foods.  For veggies that contain a lot of moisture, you can add a little rice cereal or baby oatmeal cereal to thicken them up for 2nd foods.  

Fruits are also very easy!  I simply cut them up or leave whole if they are berries such as blueberries.  I put them in a sauce pan with a little bit of baby water if needed and slowly cook down to a smooth sauce stirring often.  Peaches and nectarines work great and cook down smooth without any extra water.  Strawberries and blueberries need a little moisture.  Depending on the fruit I may still put it through the bullet to puree smooth.

To store them, I have found that the easiest way to store homemade fruit and veggies purees in bulk is to freeze them in ice cube trays and store in freezer bags.  Simply fill up an ice cube tray with your puree and freeze.  Once they are frozen solid, pop out the cubes and put them in freezer bags.  You'll be able to pull out perfect portions as you need them.  I started with just a cube per meal and then as Emma Bee got bigger and her appetite grew, I would pull out a few at a time.  This is a great way to cook in large batches that will last for months!  You're always giving baby a home cooked meal without ever hardly having to cook.

Plus if you are pregnant or if baby is too young for purees during the summer and you're harvesting yummy foods from your garden, you can make home cooked garden veggies in the fall and save them for later in the year when baby is ready for them!

Here are some of Emma Bee's favorites.  
Everything on this list are veggies and fruits that I've been able to make at home for her from fresh produce!

Avocado 
Beets
Broccoli
Butternut Squash
Carrots
Eggplant
Green Beans
Lentils
Purple String Beans
Red Potatoes  
Spaghetti Squash
Sweet Peas
Sweet Potatoes
Swiss Chard
Turnips
Yellow Squash
Yellow Wax Beans
Zucchini 


Apple Sauce
Banana Puree
Blueberry Sauce 
Nectarine Puree 
Peach Puree 
Pear Sauce
Strawberry Puree


Now that Emma Bee is eating meats, Ive also given her beef roast and chicken.   Shes not quite used to the whole food textures yet so I've pureed them for her or cut it up in super small bits.   I've made a beef roast and chicken (separate, not together) slow cooked in the crock pot and pureed these with a veggie.  I've also done this in big batches and froze it in the ice cube trays just like my plain veggies.  Store in freezer bags and grab them as you need them!

I think making home made food for my baby is a lot easier than most people think AND it makes me feel good when she likes momma's cooking, its healthy for my baby girl and saves us a lot of money!


6 comments:

  1. Loved your post! I made food for our last two and think it is an excellent idea to pass along to new moms.

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  2. We're trying baby led weaning and so far Amelia hates mushy foods, lol

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  3. Thanks so much for sharing, I love this post! My oldest is so picky!
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  4. It's very important for kids nowadays to eat healthy food, especially during these times when nothing is natural anymore. I admire your passion and will to give your kid the best.

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  5. I make 80% of the food that we feed our son and I feel like I'm running out of ideas for what to give him, so I loved seeing your list for ideas! I have a question about the ice cube tray freezing method: how do you defrost it afterward? I find that usually I don't plan ahead well enough to give myself a lot of time to defrost. I've tried freezing portions in ziploc snack sized bags. I lay them flat in the freezer so they defrost quickly in warm water and then I snip off the corner of the bag and squeeze out the food. But it'd be nice to not have to use so many bags.

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  6. i want so badly to make my son's food but with working full time, it's just so much more convenient to buy the pouches at Target. Good for you for doing what's best for your kid!

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