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 Baby Food Recipes

Avocados are one of the very best foods you can give to your growing baby. The most renowned pediatricians recommend avocados as a healthier option for a first food than refined cereals. They are full of healthy omegas (no saturated fat) that are needed for brain and heart development. Avocados are also rich in protein, critical B vitamins and zinc for immune support.

 

Creamy Banana-Cado Baby Food 4-6 months+

Peel and de-pit a ripe avocado
Cut “meat” out and mash with a fork
Peel and mash 1 banana
?Place in a blender or food processor and puree until desired texture is achieved. Avocados and Bananas do not need to be cooked.

 

Baby's Yummy Avocado Fruit Salad 6-8 months+

3 or 4 ripe avocados
3 or 4 ripe bananas
3 or 4 organic Pears (steamed)
A couple of dollops Yogurt (for 8 months +)
?Peel, de seed and slice fruits as needed
Place in a blender or food processor and puree until desired texture is achieved.  Add a couple of dollops of
yogurt if desired

 

Pumpkin, Banana 'Cado 6-8 months+

½ cup pumpkin puree (fresh or canned)
1 avocado, peeled seeded & diced
1 ripe organic peach – peeled, pitted & diced

?Combine all foods (steam peach together if need be) and mash or puree if needed.

 

Peas are the perfect way to add protein to your baby’s diet. One cup of peas has more protein than a tablespoon of peanut butter. Peas are also full of fiber to aid digestion as you introduce new foods. One serving of peas has as much Vitamin C as two large apples, so adding peas during the winter will boost your baby’s immune system.  Peas are also an amazing source of Vitamin A and folate. Their sweet flavor is appealing to all ages. Frozen peas taste nearly the same as fresh peas and are easily pureed when fresh peas are out of season. Steaming or boiling peas in a small amount of water is the best way to prepare them for baby food.

 

Peas - Basic Baby Food Recipe

1. If using fresh Peas, open the pods and scrape out the peas from the pod.
If using frozen Peas (or Green Beans), cook according to package directions.

2. Place fresh peas into a steamer basket in a pan with a just enough water to slightly show through in the basket.
3. Steam until very tender; be sure to check on the water level.
4. Reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the peas.
5. Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.

It is best to use the setting that makes the finest liquid purees - green bean and pea skins are rather difficult to completely puree. Using a blender rather than a food processor or stick mixer might be better as well.

Plunging hot cooked peas into a bowl of ice cold water is known to help make a smoother puree.

6. Add the reserved water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency
7. You may wish to push the peas through a sieve or mesh strainer to get rid of any remaining skins

 

Pea & Chicken Dinner 7 months+

1/2 chicken breast, boneless and skinless, cubed
1 small
sweet potato, peeled and diced
2-3 cups of water or low sodium/homemade chicken broth
4 oz (1/2 cup) frozen peas
pinch dried sage

?Put the chicken in a saucepan and cover with water or stock.
Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 mins.
Add the sweet potato dice and cook for a further 3 mins.
Add the peas and cook for 2 mins more, until the chicken is cooked through.
To make a puree: Use a slotted spoon to transfer the ingredients to a food processor. Add the sage and blend until smooth, using some of the stock to thin the mixture if desired.
Alternatively, add the sage and mash to the perfect texture for your baby.

Curried Peas & Butternut Squash 7 months+
1 lb (2 cups)butternut squash, peeled and diced
8 oz (1 cup) peas
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp ground cumin
3 fl oz (around 1/3 cup) water

?Sauté the onions, garlic and ginger in a lidded frying pan/skillet until tender.
Add the turmeric, cumin and butternut squash dice and stir until the squash is coated.
Pour in water; cover and simmer until the squash is tender (10-15 mins).
Add the peas, stir and re-cover. Cook for a further 5 mins until the water has been absorbed (if the mixture looks too dry, add a little more water). Mash & serve with cooked brown rice.


Fruit Recipes

Apple Peach Banana 6-8 months+

1 peach – pit & peel
1 apple – cored & peeled
½ ripe banana
1/4 cup of water

?Dice apple & peach and simmer together in a small pot with water until tender.

Mash the banana into the apple & peach mix and then puree as needed

Peachy Mangos 6-8 months+

3 peaches                        
1 mango

?Peel, pit and cut peaches into chunks. Peel, de seed and cut mango into chunks.
Steam fruits together gently until tender if needed. Place in a blender/food processor and puree until smooth or mash with a fork and let baby try to use a spoon or their fingers.

Yummy Blueberry Applesauce 8-10 months+

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
2 medium apples

?Peel, core & dice apples. In a saucepan, add blueberries and apples with 1 cup of water.
Bring water to a boil then simmer for 15 minutes until soft. Puree or mash as needed. Add yogurt or cereal or both for a yummy breakfast, lunch or snack

Blueberry Peach Surprise 8-10 months +

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
2 peaches
¼ cup oatmeal

?Peel, pit & dice peaches. In a saucepan, add blueberries, oatmeal and peaches with 1 1/2 cup of water. Bring water to a boil then simmer for 15 minutes until soft and oatmeal has absorbed all the liquid. Stir frequently. Puree or mash as needed. Add yogurt or cereal or both for a yummy breakfast, lunch or snack-not the most appealing color though! J

 

Kiwi Banana Tango 8-10 months+            

1 ripe kiwi – peeled & diced
1/2 ripe banana – peeled
1/2 ripe mango – peeled & diced

?Mash all fruits together and then blend or puree as needed. Make it Creamy Kiwi Banana Tango by adding yogurt and/or cereal.

 

Pumpkin Puree Baby Food Recipe 6-8 months+

Pumpkins are actually a fruit! They are a great source of protein and fiber for your baby plus pumpkins contain high amounts beta carotene and Vitamin A. Baking pumpkins instead of boiling or steaming is the best way to ensure they retain their full nutrient value.
1 sugar pumpkin
water
cinnamon, nutmeg (optional - sprinkle into the cooking water or when you puree/mash)
Baking pumpkins instead of boiling or steaming is the best way to ensure they retain their full nutrient value.
?Bake a pumpkin exactly as you would bake a winter (Acorn, Butternut etc.) squash. Halve the pumpkin, de-seed. Place halves face down in a baking pan with approx 1-2 inches of water. Bake between 375-425for approximately 40 minutes to 1 hour-Skin should be "puckery" and/or wrinkled and pumpkin should feel soft when pressed. Scrape out the pumpkin "meat" and then mash or puree as needed for your baby.

 

Apple Pumpkin Puree Baby Food Recipe 6-8 months+
1 sugar pumpkin
3 Apples, peeled & cored (use Macintosh, Gala, Braeburn or Granny Smith)
water
cinnamon, nutmeg (optional - sprinkle into the cooking water or when you puree/mash)
?Halve the pumpkin, peel and de-seed it then cut into cubes. Slice the apples. Add 3 inches of water to a pot and then insert a steamer basket - add the pumpkin cubes and apples. Bring water to a boil and then steam gently until soft and cooked. Be sure to check on the water level. Let cool a bit then puree or mash as needed for your baby.

 

Vegetable Recipes

Garden Vegetable Combo 6-8 months+

Fresh or frozen green beans, peas, summer and/or zucchini squash, thinly sliced pieces of potato, and small pieces of chopped carrots

?Combine fresh or frozen green beans and peas, summer and/or zucchini squash and thinly sliced pieces of potato, and small pieces of chopped carrots. Add enough water to just cover the vegetables. Cook until tender, reserving water. Puree vegetables in blender or food processor, adding reserved water from the vegetables until mixture is of the desired consistency.

Sautéed Super Greens 10 months+

1 pound of fresh spinach, kale, collard greens-washed and trimmed if necessary

?Thoroughly cleanse fresh spinach and pick out damaged leaves. Heat olive oil in a frying pan.  Place spinach in the pan with the heated olive oil and sauté until tender. Leaves will shrink and appear wilted when done. Puree spinach in blender or food processor, add fresh water until mixture is of the desired consistency. Add some spices such as garlic cloves or powder, basil or onion powder if baby is able to have these spices.

Summer Squash 6-8 months+
Squash are an excellent first food for your baby. They are full of calcium, vitamins & fiber

Yellow and/or zucchini squash - as many as you want

?Choose yellow squash or zucchini that are somewhat small in diameter, as these are the tenderest. Wash squash thoroughly. Cut into small slices or chunks. Do not remove skins.

(*You may remove skins however an infant over the age of 8 months old should be able to digest squash puree with skins on) Steam until tender then place into your choice of appliance for pureeing. Add water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency - you may not need to add water as summer squash tends to be watery enough.

Sweet Potato (Yam) Baby Food Puree Recipe 4-6 months+

Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins, minerals & anti-oxidants. They are a great source of calcium and fiber.
Baking Sweet Potatoes for Baby Food:

Wash and poke holes in sweet potato with fork then wrap sweet potatoes in tin foil - do not peel for baking/microwaving. Place in a 400 degree oven and bake for 30-60 minutes or until soft. Remove skins by slitting the sweet potato lengthwise when cooled then scoop out the "meat". Use a liquid from your preferred source to puree or thin the sweet potatoes.

Boiling/Steaming Sweet Potatoes for Baby Food:

Peel sweet potatoes and cut into small chunks. Place chunks into a pan with just enough water to slightly cover potato. "Steam" boil until tender, be sure to check on the water level.
Reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the sweet potatoes if desired.

 

Spice It Up!

You can begin introducing spices at 6 months+, as always talk to your doctor about any allergy concerns. Only serving bland foods to babies is mostly likely to result in a picky eater. It can take up to 20 times of trying a new food or spice before a true like or dislike is determined, so keep trying to introduce spices to your recipes. Initially adding breast milk to pureed food can help integrate spices. Start introducing your child to a wonderful variety of flavors and whole foods.

Spice Suggestions

Fruits: Apple (Sauce): use cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, ginger

Pears: use ginger, cinnamon, a drip of vanilla or even mint

Bananas: use cinnamon, ginger, allspice, vanilla

Yogurt: mint, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, ginger, allspice, cardamom

Vegetables: Sweet potato: nutmeg, cinnamon and/or cardamom Pumpkin: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and dash of vanilla Carrots: basil & garlic-baked cinnamon carrots are yummy too. Green beans: garlic powder Mashed potatoes: dill weed or garlic

Winter Squash: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger

Cereals/Grains: Pasta: oregano, garlic, basil Oatmeal/cereals: fruits, cinnamon & nutmeg, dash of vanilla Rice: cinnamon, nutmeg, dash of vanilla, cardamom, ginger
Quinoa-sweet: cinnamon, nutmeg, dash of vanilla, cardamom, ginger for sweet

Quinoa-savory: garlic powder, pepper, onion powder, basil, oregano and others

Meats: Chicken/Turkey: cinnamon and/or coriander, garlic powder and basil, lemon zest and pepper, basil & oregano, garlic and pepper, sage, rosemary and thyme. Beef: garlic and pepper, onion powder and pepper, orange zest.