Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Baby Food (?!?!?)

So today, I'm making baby food. Now, before you say "That lady's crazy if she thinks I have time to make my own baby food...), hear me out! It doesn't have to be difficult.

Mr. C. enjoying his spinach and quinoa...

The best thing about making your baby's food, to me, is the cost. WAY cheaper! Secondly, I truly do love giving my kids wholesome food where I know every ingredient. Not that I think Gerber is bad for kids (at least not the baby purées....don't get me started on their "microwave meals" for toddlers...) but since making my own baby food turned out to be so easy and had at least a couple of advantages, why not?

I don't have a lot of spare time either but I can usually cook enough baby food in one morning to last at least 30 days, if not more. Months 6-10 (when your babies pretty much eating only purées) are the easiest. Mr. C is only 8 months with two tiny little teeth so we're still on purées. 
Today, I boiled (separately) carrots, broccoli, and apples (would have steamed the veg except I don't have a steamer insert...take note, husband!), sautéed spinach, poached pork, and made quinoa using chicken broth. I used the food processor to purée everything (except for the apples, which I used the food mill for), adding water or cooking liquid and olive oil when necessary, and voilà, I had a ton of baby food. I mixed the pork and some creamy carrots together and froze those in my ice cube trays. I'll freeze the rest in the same way, then when it's mealtime I just pull two to three cubes out and defrost them quickly in the microwave for my cutie. (Depending on what it is, I might mix in some yogurt or water or even rice cereal.) For dinner today Mr. C had a mixture of quinoa (which I did not purée) and spinach with a little applesauce for dinner, which he LOVED. Surprise! I love it when they still eat everything....

All the purées

Going into the ice cube trays
Along with the cubes of chicken mixed with applesauce and brown rice as well as puréed peas that I still have in my freezer from the last time I made baby food, this will probably last until Mr. C is ready to start eating chunkier foods.

There is a fantastic site that has great information on making baby food all the way from 4-6 months until toddlerhood that I love to reference...it's www.wholesomebabyfood.com. Check it out and let me know what you think.

And you can also let me know if you think I'm crazy or if you like my ideas...and share some ideas of your own, please!!