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Easy Homemade Baby Food Recipes

 

If you're just getting started making your own homemade baby food, check out these excellent recipes from our friends at WeanGreen, makers of glass containers for homemade baby food. We're big fans of WeanGreen cubes, thanks to their sturdy homemade baby foodsnap-on lids that make them perfect for taking on the go! 


Recipes For Starting Baby on Solids


Apple Puree
5 apples
¼ cup water (just enough to cover the bottom of the pan, apples don’t have to be covered)

Take out the core of the apples.
Cut the apples in big chunks and put them in your pot. Add water.
Turn heat on medium high and bring water to a boil.  
Once the water is boiling, turn heat down to low.
Put lid on pot. Let simmer for 10 minutes, then puree.

Pear Mush

5 very ripe pears (pears do not need to be cooked as long as they are nice and ripe)

Wash, de-seed, and peel the pears.
Puree, as always, if you need to add a bit of water go ahead.

Recipes For 6-8 Month Olds

Now that your weaner has had the basic introduction to solids you can move on to the next recipes! Remember to always follow the ‘wait three days rule’! I love taking some of the purees and adding it into big kid and parent food.  Try one of the veggie purees in your next spaghetti sauce.

Peas Puree
2 lbs peas

Open the pod and scoop out all the good stuff.
Add enough water to just barely touch the bottom of the steamer basket and bring to a boil.
Place the peas in a steamer basket and cover.
Steam for about 3-5 minutes until your peas are very soft
Puree, if you need to thin them out a little just use some of your cooking water.

Carrots Puree
10 organic carrots (organic carrots do not need to be peeled, however if you use conventional carrots make sure you peel them first)

Cut up carrots into chunks.
Add enough water to just barely touch the bottom of the basket and bring to a boil.
Place in steamer basket and cover.
Steam for about 6-8 minutes until your carrots are very soft.
Puree. Do not use your cooking water to thin carrots. Use either breast milk or water.

Pumpkin Puree
1 Pumpkin

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
Cut the pumpkin lengthwise.
Scoop out all the seeds and guts. Use a spoon with a pointed edge to get all of it out.
Put the pumpkin in your baking pan so that the skin is facing up.
Bake for 45 minutes.
Scoop out the pumpkin from the skin and puree, if you need to make the food thinner add water or breast milk.

Mango Puree
1 mango

Cut mango lengthwise and remove seed
Place the mango in a steamer basket.
Add enough water to just barely touch the bottom of the basket.
Steam for about 3-5 minutes until your mango is very soft
Puree, if you need to thin them out a little just use some of your cooking water.

Plums Puree
5 Plums

Cut the plums in half and take out the pit and peel off the skin
Cut the plums into large pieces
Place the plum pieces in a steamer basket.
Add enough water to just barely touch the bottom of the basket.
Steam for about 3-5 minutes until your plums are very soft
Puree, if you need to thin them out a little just use some of your cooking water.

Yellow Squash Puree
1 yellow squash

Peel yellow squash and cut into large pieces
Place all the yellow squash pieces in a steamer basket.
Add enough water to just barely touch the bottom of the basket.
Steam for about 3-5 minutes until your squash is very soft
Puree, do not add any water into your puree.

Zucchini Puree
1 zucchini

Cut off the ends
Peel zucchini and cut into large pieces
Add enough water to just barely touch the bottom of the basket and bring to a boil.
Place the zucchini in the steamer basket and cover.
Steam for about 3-5 minutes until your zucchini is very soft
Puree.

The meals and combos are really up to you now that you know how to make the basics! Just remember to introduce all foods separately and wait 4 days until you introduce another.  If you haven’t introduced one of the ingredients in a meal or combo please do not serve it to your weaner yet!

6+ months

Spice up breakfast.  Take any of your weaner’s favourite fruit purees and add it into their cereal.  They do not have to be cooked at the same time.  If you are making a fresh batch of cereal you can always thaw a fruit wean cube and throw it in with the cereal.

Quick & Easy Bananacado
1 Avocado
1 Banana

Peel the avocado and take out the pit.
Peel the banana.
Mash together in a bowl.

Pear & Apple Mix
5 apples
5 pears
¼ cup water (just enough to cover the bottom of the pan, apples and pears don’t have to be covered)

Take out the core of the apples and pears.
Cut the apples and pears in big chunks and put them in your pot. Add water.
Turn heat on medium high and bring water to a boil.  
Once the water is boiling, turn heat down to low.
Put lid on pot. Let simmer for 10 minutes.
Puree.

Butternut Squashed Carrots
10 carrots
1 medium butternut squash

Preheat oven to 400 degrees farenheit.
Cut the squash lengthwise.
Scoop out all the seeds from the round end of the squash.
Wash and slice your carrots
Put the squash  in your baking pan so that the skin is facing up. Add the carrots.
Bake for 45 minutes.
Scoop out the squash from the skin.
Add both squash and carrots together to puree.

Steamed Peas & Carrots
10 carrots
2 lbs peas

Take the peas out of the pod (or if you live in Northern Alberta, open the bag)
Cut off the ends of the carrots.
Chop the carrots.
Add enough water to just barely touch the bottom of the steamer basket and bring to a boil.
Place the carrots in the steamer basket and cover.
Steam for about 5 minutes.
Add the peas.
Steam for another 5 minutes.
Puree. Do not use your cooking water to thin carrots. Use either breast milk or water.

Sweet Green Beans & Pears
1 pound green beans
5 Pears
Water

Wash and cut the ends of fresh green beans (if using frozen don’t worry about it).
Wash, de-seed and peel the pears.
Place the green beans and pears in a pot and cover with about 1 inch of water.
Bring water to a boil and then turn heat down to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
Puree, if you need to make the food thinner just add some cooking water or breast milk.

Pumpkin and Carrot Orange Mush
1 pumpkin
10 carrots

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cut the pumpkin lengthwise. Scoop out all the seeds and guts.
Cut off the ends of the carrots and cut them in half.
Put the pumpkin in your baking pan so that the skin is facing up. Add the carrots and 1/4 cup water.
Bake for 45 minutes.
Scoop out the pumpkin from the skin and puree with the carrots.

Sweet Potatoes & Green Beans
1 lb green beans
5 sweet potatoes

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Wash and cut the ends of fresh green beans (if using frozen don’t worry about it).
Wash and peel the sweet potatoes
Chop up sweet potatoes into cubes.
Throw sweet potatoes and green beans in a casserole dish with just barely enough water to cover the bottom.
Bake for 1 hour.
Throw them in your blender and puree to the right consistency. You may need to add water or breast milk to thin them out.

 

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