Homemade Baby Food: Feed Our Babies Locally&Seasonally

Posted by Courtney on June 11th, 2013. Filed under: Food, Kids, Recipes.

Homemade organic baby food has gotten easier with the increase in new baby food making appliances and the availability of organic produce. I encourage you mamas out there to give it at try.

Here are a few options on blending up your baby’s buffet:

-Beaba Baby Cook Baby Food Maker- it steams, blends, warms, defrosts

-Baby Bullet- purees, blends, mills grains

-the Vitamix or other high-power blender

-a standard blender or food processor may possibly do the trick

{Tips: read reviews, ask other baby food making mamas, try what you have before purchasing, look for something that makes smooth food}

Now, you have a baby food making device- what are you going to make?

Well, it depends on your babies age and hopefully what is in season or the organic produce available to you. I encourage you to buy organic fruits&veggies foremost, but I also encourage you to try your best to east locally and therefore seasonally. Also, when peas or green beans or butternut squash are in season buy a bunch, process, and can or freeze for future use. Make the most of the produce available with each season, and you will find better deals, better taste, and better nutrients.

Here are some ideas for the seasons (many thanks to my baby food making sister-in-law for recipes&tips who is currently in the midst of baby food mashing and baby food mashed everywhere):

Summer

Beets with Quinoa: Roast red or golden beets(washed&topped) tossed in coconut oil and sprinkled with salt&pepper at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Let cool&slip skins off. Cut into bite size chunks. Mix with cooked quinoa and shredded spinach. Toss with a bit of extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, and raisins (if appropriate). Puree or mash with a fork for littler ones. Great ALL family meal.

Fall 

Green Bean, Potato&Spinach Puree: 1/4lb green beans steamed, 1 cooked potato, 4 steamed spinach leaves, 1 cup homemade chicken broth, 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil. Blend all. Serve. Variations: sub peas or asparagus or broccoli for green beans. Sub kale or swiss chard for spinach.

Winter 

Chicken&Kale: Cook 6 chicken thighs drizzled with coconut oil&sprinkled with salt&pepper on a baking sheet for 15min@350. Add a few large kale leaves& a finely chopped onion and cook for another 10-15 min (check chicken, don’t burn anything). Chop&toss or pulse in food processor or puree depending on child&stage. Variations: sub spinach or swiss chard. Add crushed garlic at the end. Add bacon. Add parmesan. Add fresh herbs (sage, basil…)

Spring

Banana, Blueberry&Avocado “Pudding”: Puree 1/2 avocado, 1 banana, 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries. Serve. Variations: sub other berries or fruit for the blueberries, add 1/2 cup whole milk yogurt and/or cereal grains.

Other tips of the trade:

-Stick with plain- steam and puree or chop any seasonal veggies. Feel free to add fresh herbs, crushed garlic, butter, coconut oil, or extra virgin olive oil as your baby turns toddler.

-Make oatmeal and add: chopped or cooked seasonal fresh fruit (blueberries, strawberries, banana, pumpkin, butternut squash, apples…), cinnamon, butter or coconut oil… Blend it smooth if need be.

-“Teething Pops”: freeze leftover smoothie, baby food mixture, fresh veggie/fruit juice in a popsicle mold. A fun combo my nephew loves these hot days is: pineapple, banana, spinach, and unfiltered apple juice

-On-the-go: Blend up or shake up a few different types of fruit&veg in a straw cup. Baby food smoothie on-the-go. My second and third children lived off these things. I usually got them to drink out of a straw by 9 months.

-Start small if this scares you: mash up a banana. Keep it simple. Then, you can move to more complicated recipes and such.

-As your baby gets older and can handle more food&flavors, just blend up or mash up the dinner you are having. Pretty simple.

-Picky eaters: keep trying and reintroducing fruits&veggies that appear to not be as well-liked. Start this young and stick with it. My picky eater of 9 YEARS has recently become a good eater that eats and tries everything without hassle. Stick with it, it pays off!!

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