A few months back I posted how I was going to attempt to make all of my daughter's food. She is 10 months old now and I have been successful at it. Yay! It's been a lot easier than I thought it would be. I thought I would share a few of my recipes and tips with you all.
Chicken and Veggies
I usually buy a rotisserie chicken when I go shopping to use in meals. To use it with baby food, I take about a cup of meat and chop it up. I add it to a baked squash or a few baked sweet potatoes in a mixing bowl. Add a little bit of chicken broth and puree with a hand blender. She loves it.
1 pound stewing beef - cut into 1 inch slices
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 potatoes, peeled and sliced into chunks
1 cup frozen peas
enough water to cover the food
1 tbsp beef boullion
Boil everything together until the meat and veggies are soft. Add water as necessary. Puree with a hand blender.
Apricots and ?
To make a good apricot puree, re-hydrate dried apricots with a enough water to cover them up. Boil for about 10 minutes. Puree right in the pot. I like to make apricot plus another fruit mix. To make apricots and bananas, I take 2 bananas, slice them and lay them out on a piece of aluminum foil. Scoop a good portion of the apricot puree on top. Add a little bit of vanilla (1 tsp). Wrap the fruit up into a package and bake it at 325 for 20 minutes. Once the fruit is all soft, empty the packet out into a mixing bowl and puree everything together with a hand blender. I do the same with apricot and apple, just substitute a couple of peeled, cored and sliced apples for the banana. And yes, I've done this with just the apple and banana and it works great too. Very tasty!
How to store your baby food:
Spoon into ice cube trays. I label the trays with a dry-erase marker so I remember what's in there. The next day pop the cubes into freezer bags, make sure to label them and date the food, so you know what you have and when you made it. Baby food in the freezer can be kept and used for 3-6 months. Thawed food can be kept refrigerated for a couple of days. The great thing with the cubes is that there is very little waste. You get a good sense of how much your little one will eat and you just need to defrost/heat that much. I usually microwave 2-3 cubes for about 40 seconds. But be sure to stir and check the temperature before you serve it. You don't want your baby to get a burnt tongue from a hot spot. Have fun and be creative!