Even though Sawyer is eating mostly whole foods, picking things up on his own and eating what my husband and I are eating, I do still make a few fruit and veggie purees. I haven’t completely stopped making baby food purees because I sometimes use them to mix into things and also use a puree every morning to mix into his baby cereal. He is still eating baby cereal for breakfast for the iron he needs so I switch it up between the oatmeal, rice & multigrain. I still can’t help but think it is so bland though so I always mix stuff in. He especially loves the fruits but I love mixing in veggies too to give him a little extra for the day. Now that he is eating and chewing foods on his own he is a bit more picky about veggies! So this helps a lot! So here is a super easy one I made the other day.
Apple – Plum Baby Puree
How I made it:
-5 ripe plums
-5 large apples
Rinse off apples and plums. Peel and core the apples, cut them into pieces and boil in water in a pot for about 10 minutes. Peel and core the plums and add them to the blender. Once the apples are done let them cool a bit and rinse with cooler water. Add them to the blender as well. They both have enough of their own juices so you shouldn’t need to add any liquid. Blend well and that’s it!! See, super easy! This made about 10 – 4oz jars for me. I like to freeze the extras so it lasts longer.
Turkey is a very healthy meat option, especially for babies. I knew it wouldn’t have a very great taste on its own though so I decided to pair it with orange bell peppers. Green or yellow bell pepper would probably be just as good. My son was not a huge fan of pureed chicken. I have gotten him to eat only a total of a couple bites out of the multiple times I have given it to him. He is now having a more “I can do this myself mom” attitude apparently because he is starting to not really want a whole lot to do with purees all together. So I have now been starting to wean him off and give him more and more table foods and he is doing great! This turkey and bell pepper recipe he did like a bit better though and would be great if your baby is still a bit younger or isn’t eating actual table foods yet.
My son’s pediatrician recommended starting meats at around 9 months but you could talk to your own pediatrician to get their recommendation.
How I made it:
-1lb ground turkey
-1 orange bell pepper
-water or breastmilk
Start browning the meat in a large skillet. While browning the meat, wash the bell pepper off and cut into small pieces. Make sure to get the ends cut off and the middle cut out along with the seeds. Steam the bell pepper for about 10 minutes. Finish browning the meat and then drain. Let everything cool a bit and add to your blender. Since you’re using meat this one will take quite a bit of liquid. Add your water/breastmilk a small amount at a time while blending in between until you have reached desired consistency.
…and that’s it!
This puree actually smelled and tasted really good!! I would eat this myself if it wasn’t pureed of course 😛
Another fruit puree perfect for adding to baby cereal or giving to your baby for lunch. This one, like most purees I have made, was very simple to make. I chose to use a lot of mangoes for this one so that I could have plenty extra to freeze. I use fruit on most days to add to my son’s cereal for breakfast so I go through it pretty quickly.
Here’s how I made this one:
Keep in mind I wanted to make a lot so you could cut this down if you wanted to make less. If you wanted to make a single serving I would suggest using half of each fruit and then 1 or 2 kale leaves.
-1 whole bunch of kale leaves
-water or breastmilk
The only thing that I cooked for this baby food is the kale leaves. Everything else can simply be cut up and tossed into the blender. Since the fruits are not cooked, I would suggest that this puree not be used for one of baby’s first solids. Make sure to rinse the mangoes, avocado and kale leaves. Peel and pit the mangoes, slice into small pieces and put into the blender. Peel and pit the avocado, slice into chunks and put it into the blender. Cut the stems off of the kale leaves and steam the leaves for about 10-15 minutes. Rinse leaves when you are done and let cool for a bit or run cold water over them. Add the kale to the blender and blend well. You won’t need much liquid for this one. Add small amounts of water or breastmilk as needed. This made 8 – 4oz jars and a whole ice cube tray for me.
As you can see, this is what I do when I run out of jars while making baby food…improvise by using an ice cube tray! Ice cube trays work great, you could also use them if you don’t have any jars or some other sort of baby food storage. I let the tray freeze and then pop all of the cubes out and put them into a ziplock bag and back into the freezer. This way you can just grab however many cubes you want as you need them.
My son loves this one by itself or mixed with cereal!
My son had his 9 month appointment a couple of weeks ago and his pediatritian suggested to start him on meats now. I had been previously giving him little pieces here and there from my own plate at dinner but now he can have his own for a whole meal! This opens up a whole new world of possibilities with his homemade baby food so I was very excited! However, little road block…he doesn’t really like it pureed I can tell it is definitely a texture thing. I will put it in his mouth and he immediately sticks out his tongue and lets it fall out. But it’s okay, we are working on it and hopefully he starts to like meats a bit more.
For his first meat meal I decided that chicken would be easiest and I wanted to add a veggie. Plus, it will be better flavors by adding a veggie or something else instead of trying to give them just the meat plain. I decided on Chicken – cheddar/broccoli. Since I usually like to make his food in bulk and then freeze it, I wasn’t sure how good the cheese would be so I decided to just make the cheddar broccoli and then add some of the cheese when heating up his meal after thawing it. But if you are going to make it and give it to your baby fresh then you could just add the cheese at the same time.
How I made it:
-1 lb chicken
-1 small bushel of broccoli
-1 Tbsp cheddar cheese
-Breastmilk or water
Cut chicken in bite-sized pieces. You could also leave them not cut up to cook them but I cut them into pieces to ensure that they would be fully cooked and also figured it would be much easier to puree that way. Steam the chicken for 20-30 minutes. The chicken could also be cooked on the stovetop or baked in the oven. Remove the chicken and add to your blender and set aside. Steam broccoli for about 15 minutes. Towards the end add the cheese to melt it in. Like I previously said, if you are going to be making a whole batch and freezing it, you could simply melt the cheese in later when heating up a single meal. Add the cheese and broccoli to the blender as well and let it all cool a bit. Add a small amount of breastmilk or water. You may need to add more once you start blending if it is to dry or needs to smooth out. Blend well, and that’s it!
I actually thought that this smelled really good! I would eat it myself if, well you know…it wasn’t pureed!
This made about 5 – 4oz jars for me but varies depending on how much meat and broccoli you use.
Here’s how to make this super simple fresh berry fruit puree for your baby!
What you’ll need:
-1 container of fresh blueberries
-1 container of fresh raspberries
Make sure to rinse both berries well first. Cook all berries together in boiling water for about 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water and add them to the blender. The berries have enough of their own juice that you shouldn’t need to add any extra liquid. If it is too thick just add a bit of water. This made about 5 servings of fruit for me. Of course, that’s by using the itty bitty yet super duper expensive containers from the grocery store. If you got them in larger bulk while they are in season somewhere like the farmer’s market, then you could probably make a lot more for cheaper!
That’s it! See what I mean? Very simple! My 9 month old absolutely loved this combination mixed in with his cereal in the mornings. Hope your baby enjoys this as well!