Toddler can’t even control herself around this baby food. She hovers around the baby until she is done and then asks to eat the leftovers. Even licking the plate. I tell her that our food is so much better! She gets to eat pasta, hamburgers, wraps, and even dessert! But she would rather have mashed up, bland, simple baby food. I guess it’s back to basics.
We have started with some simple homemade recipes for baby. In order to make life a little less crazy, I do a couple things that make preparing home made baby food a little easier:
- Mash cooked food with a fork or potato masher instead of blending in a baby bullet or blender (saves time and avoids the tricky part of transferring really hot food to a blender). Plus, now you don’t have to buy a baby bullet. Those things are pricey!
- Freeze individual portions in ice cube tray or muffin tin then transfer to ziplock bag so it makes it just as easy as grabbing a jar of baby food. Except now you know how the food was made.
- Grind up a large portion of whole rice or oats so that you have baby cereal on the ready.
Here are the recipes that Toddler is going crazy about:
Make ahead: Put a couple cups of dry brown rice into a blender and blend until very fine. Transfer to an air tight container. Now you have a supply of rice cereal that you can cook and mix with other items.
Cook: Take a couple spoons of dry rice and place in pot with 1/4 cup of water (very rough estimates). Boil until very soft. It will soak up a lot of water so keep adding if you need to. The consistency should end up a little runnier than a paste. You can mix in a bit of breast milk here if baby is not into the taste. My first had absolutely no problem with this rice cereal while my second isn’t as into it. So I mix in some breast milk to get that flavour she is used.
Unsweetened Apple Sauce
Make ahead: Peel and chop apples, cook in water until soft. Mash with potato masher and transfer to ice cube trays or muffin trays. Freeze, then transfer to a ziplock bag. My kids are big eaters so the ice cube size portions didn’t last very long for us and we opted for muffin tin size very quickly.
Cook: I actually don’t warm this back up before eating. I just thaw and serve.
Butternut Squash + Carrots + Apples
Make ahead: Steam the squash, carrots, and apples until soft. Save some of the cooking water and dump out the rest. Transfer mixture to the pot with the cooking water. Mash everything together and transfer to muffin or ice cube tray to freeze. Once frozen, transfer to ziplock bag.
Cook: Add frozen portion to a pot with a little bit of water in the bottom so the food doesn’t burn. Cook until heated through (I also add a bit of rice to bulk it up).
Oat Cereal + Apples/Peaches
Make ahead: Put a couple cups of dry oats into a blender and blend until very fine. Transfer to an air tight container until later use.
Cook: Cook oats in water until it’s just about at the paste stage. Add apple sauce or other fruit puree if preferred.
Make ahead: Chop and steam sweet potato until soft. At some of the cooking water to the sweet potato and mash with a fork. Freeze in portions until use
Cook: Add frozen portion to a pot with a little bit of water in the bottom so the food doesn’t burn. Cook until heated through.
What are you cooking for your baby’s first foods?
Avocado | Apple Sauce | Sweet Potato Mash