Camden has been trying all sorts of new mashed baby foods. I am starting to incorporate more textures into his meals, and will be starting finger foods soon. I thought I would post these recipes before I forget and move on to new more grown up recipes.
Potatoes and Green Beans
I started by steaming peeled and chopped potatoes and simmering some frozen green beans on the stove.
Then I combined them in my smoothie mixer (you can use a food processor) and added some of the water that the green beans were cooked in. This ensures that you retain all the vitamins from the veggies. This is why you shouldn’t add too much water when cooking them. I kept mixing and adding water until it was a good consistency.
Pear and Banana
I started by chopping up some very ripe pears.
Then I added a banana and the pears to the mixer and blended until smooth. This one was kind of runny. I would add oatmeal to it next time. I would make a good early food since it was very smooth and thin.
I spooned both recipes into my silicone mini muffin pan that I received for Christmas from my friend Jamie. I got a little messy as you can see.
I put it in the freezer for a couple hours and popped them out into labeled and dated freezer bags to keep until I use them. One or two of these are great for a serving size.
Broccoli and Brown Rice
I cooked the brown rice in my rice cooker according to the directions. You can also cook it on the stovetop. I simmered frozen broccoli in a pan with water and then blended in the mixer with some of the cooking water. I stirred the broccoli and some brown rice together and spooned into the freezer molds. You can add more or less rice depending on how chunky you want it for your baby.
Banana Snickerdoodle Oatmeal
I’m calling it this because Banana Oatmeal with cinnamon and vanilla is too long. I labeled it on the bag like that so I knew what was in it for allergy precautions in the beginning.
I started by grinding oatmeal using the mill attachment of my smoothie mixer. I cook it by heating to a boil 1 cup of water and whisking in 1/4 cup of ground oatmeal. I whisk for about minutes or until smooth and thick. You could also use baby oatmeal from the box. Then mash a banana into it. I added a little sprinkle of cinnamon and a drop or two of vanilla. This was really yummy! It tasted like dessert. Spoon into molds and freeze.
Here’s the finished products in freezer bags.
I hope you try making your own baby food. It’s really fun coming up with your own combinations or borrowing someone else’s. Your baby will like it too!