When my boy was a baby I waited the full six months recommended by his pediatrician before introducing solids to him. Anticipating that time, in the weeks ahead I began making and freezing food for him to use when he was ready. These simple recipes are perfect for first foods for babies, made using fresh vegetables, fruits, and grains. Either lightly roasted or steamed, most of the recipes are able to be mixed together to create many meal combinations. These are all recipes that my little boy loved as a baby and were some of the first foods that we introduced to my new nephew Hayden.
Making baby food is highly economical and comes with peace of mind. Not only do you know what it is that your baby is eating, but you know where it was made as well as by whom.
All of the recipes are appropriate for babies six months and beyond. They are all able to be frozen.
For all of the recipes below, once you have followed the cooking instructions you will puree the ingredients with either an immersion hand blender or a regular stand up blender stirring in water or required liquid as needed until the puree reaches a desirable consistency.
Storage suggestions for all of the recipes is to spoon the purees into ice trays, freeze until solid and then transfer the cubes into storage bags or storage vessels according to kind. They keep for about 3 months in the freezer.
Two cubes are the approximate amount of a feeding for a young babe and all of the cubes of the different recipes can be combined to make different meals.
Butternut Pear Puree
3 ripe pears
1 small butternut squash
Cut the squash in half lengthwise, place face down in a shallow baking dish filled with a 1/3 -1/2 inch of water. Roast in a 400 degree oven until skin begins to pucker and the flesh of the squash is tender. Remove from oven, let cool. Remove seeds, peel the skin and chop the flesh into pieces.
Peel and cut the pear up into ½ inch pieces. Steam in water until tender.
Apple Peach Cereal Puree
2 sweet apple
2 ripe peaches
4 Tbsp of baby grain cereal
Peel and dice the fruit, add the fruit to a saucepan and let simmer until the fruit becomes soft. Add the cereal, stir together.
Pear Apple Porridge
1 1/2 cups of milk
1/2 cup of dry oatmeal
2 ripe pears
Peel and dice the fruit, add the fruit to a saucepan filled with milk and oats that have been brought to a boil. Once the fruit is added, reduce to a simmer and let cook until the fruit becomes soft.
Roasted Mashed Potatoes
1 large sweet potato
1 large white potato
1/2 cup of milk
Roast the potatoes whole in an oven preheated to 400 degrees until they are easily pierced with a fork. Remove the potatoes from the oven and separate the skin from the potato insides. Place the two potatoes insides into a bowl with the milk and using the above instructions, puree together to desired consistency. You may add more milk if you need to.
Apple Berry Breakfast
2 sweet apples
1/2 cup of fresh blueberries
1/2 cup of strawberries
1/2 cup of unsweetened apple juice
Peel and dice the apples, add the apples and juice into a saucepan at medium heat. Let cook until the apples become soft. In a bowl, mix the blueberries and diced strawberries then add in the warm apples and juice. Puree together as instructed above, adding more juice if needed for the desired consistency.
Carrot Pear Puree
2 sweet carrots
2 ripe pears
1/2 cup of apple juice
Peel and cut the pear and carrot into ½ inch pieces. Steam together in the apple juice over medium low heat until tender.
Greens and Potatoes Puree
1 large russet potato
1/2 cup fresh broccoli florets
1/2 cup fresh peas
1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock
Roast the potato whole in an oven preheated to 400 degrees until easily pierced with a fork. Remove the potato from the oven and separate the skin from the potato insides. Place the potatoes insides into a bowl and set aside. Cook the broccoli and peas together until tender in a saucepan with the stock over medium heat. Add the greens to the potatoes, puree together as instructed above adding more stock if needed for the desired consistency.
White Fruit Dessert
2 white peaches
2 ripe pears
1/2 cup apple juice
Peel and dice the fruit, add them to a saucepan at medium heat and pour the apple juice over the top. Let cook until the fruit become tender. In a bowl, puree the fruit together as instructed above. Feel free to add more juice if needed for the desired consistency.
Babies have brand new taste buds that are just screaming to try out what the world has to offer them. Making food for your little one and watching them take their first bites with excitement and awe can be a truly rewarding experience. Don’t be surprised if once you have made your first batch of food you feel inspired like I was to venture out and try new combinations.
Julia Daby is a Registered Nurse who lives happily with her husband and little boy in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. She enjoys crafts of all kinds, eating good food, reading, and being outdoors. Most important of all….she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She has a small store on etsy where she and her twin share sewing and fiber tutorials to inspire creativity in other Mamas. She writes about life, family and creativity at Happiness Comes and We Deserve This. She also can be found at Windfall Dolls, where she and her sister give away Waldorf inspired dolls to deserving little ones.
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