Articles Tagged homemade baby food

babycook

Some of you may remember the week long giveaways I did in December. On one of those days we gave away a Beaba Babycook. After that, I was asked to do a review of this one-of-a-kind baby food making appliance. At first I was a little hesitant as I have relied on my oven and food processor to do most of my baby food making and did not see the need for yet another appliance in my kitchen. But the moment I made my first puree with this little green wonder I knew I was wrong. The Beaba Babycook is an

banana brown rice

This is a perfect meal for babies 6 months and up! Created by Tyler Florence, this recipe is naturally sweetened by roasting the bananas. A technique I would have never thought of until I stumbled upon this. The original recipe is below and on his blog , TylerFlorence.com – Banana Brown Rice. I didn’t want to make a full batch because I wasn’t sure if Mia would like it but, of course, I was wrong and she loved it! Here is Florence’s recipe and my reduced portion version with photos for baby and a toddler version for our older kiddos.

pumpkin

Linus van Pelt was right. There really is a great pumpkin. It might not be a in the form of a mysterious character that comes to the pumpkin patch on Halloween as the little guy wishes but pumpkins are certainly great. Loaded with cancer and heart disease preventing Vitamin A and Beta Carotene, pumpkins are one of the most nutritious vegetables you can give your family. A simple pumpkin puree can be used in almost anything from a pasta sauce, risotto, bread, oatmeal, cookies, pancakes, and even your kids favorite Rice Krispie treats (recipe coming soon). Take advantage of this

Peaches, peaches, peaches!!! Thanks to this year’s harvest from the ranch and our neighboring friends (thanks LL!) my house is overflowing and exploding with juicy Texas organic peaches! Best time of summer in my opinion. So, before they all get squishy I am using them in everything…and I do mean everything, beware. This is one of our favorite purees that we make all of the time but especially now when they’re in season! Full of Vitamin A, C and calcium, this puree is not only perfect for babies ready for stage 1 foods (providing they have sampled butternut squash and

blueberry spinach

For those of you following the baby food recipe part of this lovely blog, here is Mia’s favorite puree (besides her apple cherry oatmeal that is). Not only will she down an entire bowl full she doesn’t even know there’s spinach in it. Yea, for the sneaky mama in her sock monkey slippers. blueberry, apple, spinach puree {for baby stage 2} 1 cup frozen blueberries 2 peeled, cored, and chopped apples* (about 2 cups) 1/4 cup of water 1 1/2 cups fresh baby spinach* In a medium pot, place the blueberries, apples and water. Simmer over medium heat until apples are

chicken and broccoli stage 2

This is a favorite in our house. Chicken, broccoli and cheese puree is simple and delicious and packed with nutrients. A good source of protein, iron, vitamin C, fiber and calcium all in one meal. Mia likes this meal a little on the textured side. That’s the great thing about making your own baby food. You can manipulate food based on the way your  baby likes it. If you reading this and thinking “Seriously lady, I don’t have time to do all of this.” Then just cook extra chicken, broccoli, and rice the night before and throw it in the

carrots apple ginger

Sweet with a little ginger spice make this a great purée for baby. As simple as peel, cut, roast, puree. I totally didn’t think Mia would like this one but she loves it! Ate 4 whole ounces in seconds. Tomorrow’s Post: the easter bunny, jesus and a gastric bypass carrot, apple and ginger purée {for baby stage 2} 6 carrots 3 apples*, apples are on the dirty dozen list choose organic if possible 1 tsp of grated fresh ginger, about a 1 1/2 inch section of ginger 1/4 cup water or baby apple juice, organic if possible Preheat oven to

banana

Bananaquac. Sounds completely gross right? I thought so too. Until one day out of frustration while trying to get my daughter to eat avocados I mixed a banana with it. Now six months later she still devours it. Bananas are great sources for fiber and potassium and avocados contain folate, fiber, iron, Vitamin E, and healthy fats. Mixed together and you have an ideal meal. Bananaquac makes 4 oz or 1/2 cup { for baby stage 1 +} 1/2 large banana, peeled 1/2 large avocado, peeled and seeded In a bowl mash banana and avocado with a fork till desired

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It’s oatmeal time again. We were out for a while. It was tough, real tough but I got a chance to make a couple weeks worth and now we have a happy baby. Here’s an updated take on the first stage 1 oatmeal recipe post: oatmeal is everywhere. This recipe makes 2 large adult servings or 1 ice-cube tray (for storing) and a little left over for baby. We’re making it this morning to get Tim fueled up for his upcoming race this weekend in Ft.Woth. Note: pears, apples, cherries, and raisins are all on the “dirty dozen” list of

eggs

As the name suggests, this is a quick and healthy breakfast for baby. Mia of course loves it and devours it every time. Why else would I make it so much? This recipe is one for the older baby who is ready for more texture and finger food. For a smoother veggie and egg breakfast for the younger baby check out “Butternut Squash and Egg Breakfast.” Hopefully, you can use this as a starting point for your own egg recipes. Add different veggies, cheeses and whatever you can come up with that your baby can handle! Enjoy! Eggs are an

popeye and olive oyl

If Popeye and Olive Oyl ever made a meal together for Swee’Pea this is what it would be. Spinach, mango and pear purée. It’s slightly sweet flavor makes it easily enjoyable for babies, Mia in particular. Why wait till baby is 10 months to serve spinach? Spinach is high in nitrates and by giving baby spinach at that age would ensure that the body is ready to handle nitrates. For more information on nitrates read the Nitrate Article by Wholesome Baby Food.com Spinach, Mango, and Pear Puree You will need: 2 medium mangos 1 pear, pears are on the “dirty dozen list”

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Tofu? For babies? That’s right. It’s a perfect way to introduce protein in your baby’s diet. When Mia started to turn her nose up at meat recently, and I was tired of feeding her copious amounts of yogurt I came across an article on tofu. I am not a tofu lover. Sorry, but it’s gooey texture is not much to be desired in my opinion. On the other hand my husband and now my baby love it!!! I was a little worried when I first offered a bowl of tofu to Mia. I was for certain that she would turn