Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Baby Food - Veggies

Although this is a website documenting Emma's lunches now that she's a toddler, there were a lot of things I used to do with Emma's food when she was a baby. 

She had started solids at 5 months.  I intended to start at 6 months but due to her lactose intolerance we started a little earlier.  I loved making baby food and I never actually bought any ready baby food for her.


Her first food was carrots, then potatoes and then zucchini and so on.  I started her with veggies because I didn't want her to get used to sweet flavours first.  We introduced fruits much later.  The lesson I wanted to give is that not everything that comes in a spoon is sweet.  Its very important to find a pediatrician who supports your views.


first foods
Emma eating solids for the first time
You may think that it's hard to do it yourself, or it takes a lot of time but it really didn't.  Its easy to do for any working or stay at home mom.
I'd actually prepare the food pretty much once per week, on Sundays.


baby food


Recipe: 
  1. Buy the veggies, anything you find at the fruit shop; carrots, broccoli, zucchini, corn, green peas, cauliflower, leek, spinach, egg plant, squash, baby asparagus, sweet potatoes*, potatoes* etc.
  2. Clean & chop
  3. Steam or boil (steaming keeps more of the nutrients, I used to boil only the potatoes)
  4. Blend each food separately. I used the Braun Mulitiquick Hand Blender
  5. Place each food separately in ice cube trays.  
  6. Cover with ceran wrap & freeze.
When needed, you can pick any cube, it takes about a minute or two to defrost without using the microwave.  Mix and match 4 or 5 cubes of all different foods, or all the same or just two types of veggies,  whatever you are in the mood for, warm up in a small pan for a minute or so (I never used the microwave but you can do that too).  When it was warm I'd place it in a small bowl and add a teaspoon of olive oil.


In this picture, we're about to prepare green peas, carrots and corn for Baby Emma.

And that was it. No salt.  The only store bought product I did use was rice flour to tie together some of the more watery veggies like zucchini. But I did a lot of research and got pediatric recommendations on the brand with no additives, no preservatives, no added sugar etc. I used Novalac the original baby rice (not the fruity ones or any other flavors).

* Potatoes are an exception, I'd always boil them and I'd never freeze them.


Hope you find this helpful.  As baby grew I'd make more sophisticated recipes. I will add some of those in the future.

















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17 comments:

  1. Oh this sounds like a great idea! I hope to be at SAHM and prepare our own baby foods someday!

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  4. Great ideas! We started my daughter on veggies first too and made all our own baby food. Her favorite food was and still is, avocados!

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  6. We juststarted baby on solids too. And now that I know novalac is the least sweet i will try that too. Thanks for great advice!!!! Do tell how u proceeded with the more sophisticated menus!! I like to hear of tried and tested ideas to compare wiith my prior and future experience :)))))

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    What a cutie you have :).

    I have to have positive mind and it will work :)

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  9. I always enjoyed making my kids baby food...so much better!
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  11. It's especially easy this time of year with the garden overflowing with all those yummy veggies.

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  13. wow! great info! My little girl is 3 months and I couldn't remember the age to start her on solids. Happens fast!!!

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