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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Homemade Baby Food is a Breeze
I am sure most moms (including me) can list a thousand and one excuses as to why they do not make their own baby food but if any of them are how hard it is or how much time it takes then you don’t have an excuse anymore! Making your own baby food is extremely easy! Even if you have to use the blender or food processor you already own and need to steam your fruits and veggies in an old-fashion pot - the process is still surprisingly easy. However, if you invest in a Baby Brezza (or one of the other baby food processors - Baby Posh Garage usually has them available) your steps are cut in half. Just cut up the the fruits or vegetables you want to make, throw it in the Brezza’s container and the Baby Brezza steams and blends it for you! It’s actually pretty amazing and made me feel completely obsolete but until they come up with a machine that feeds and changes my baby too I guess I’m not out of a job!
You can mix whatever ingredients you want. Pre-packaged baby foods come in wacky combinations (I even came across a bizarre mix of green beans, raisins and pears!) and our children gobble it up like it’s their first piece of cake so this is the time to be creative! However, if your looking for a few recipes to get you started I have included a couple of known winners below!
Bonus tip: If you have extra, just scoop it into ice cube trays, pop the tray into the freezer and as soon as the cubes are frozen (usually about an hour or two) pile them into a ziploc bag or container and just put it back in the freezer. When you are ready to use a cube or two just leave it out for an hour or microwave for 15-30 seconds (depending on the strength of your microwave).
** ALWAYS check with your pediatrician before starting new foods **
Carrot and Pear Puree (Great for babies just starting solids!)
1. Peel and dice 3 medium carrots
2. Peel and dice 1 small pear
3. Steam until tender and blend until desired consistency (if using a Baby Brezza set for 15 minutes and walk away!)
** You can always stir in some water, breast milk or formula to make a thinner puree!
Sweet Potato, Parsnip, Apple and Cinnamon Puree
1/2 parsnip, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1 small sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1 small apple (or half a large apple), peeled and cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1 teaspoon cinnamon (can always add a little more to taste!)
Steam all ingredients (minus the cinnamon) until they are tender
Blend all ingredients (add the cinnamon) until smooth
(if using a Baby Brezza combine steps 1 & 2 and put all in the container together and set for 20 minutes and walk away!)
Serve to your hungry baby :)
Written by: BPG Staff Blogger: B Bradley, Super-mom