baby food recipes????

Sonya - posted on 02/03/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Does anyone know any simple recipes for baby foods? I get some jarred foods and the baby rice cereal. I'd like to make her alot more homemade foods that will be gentle on her tummy. She is also starting to like chunky foods since she is an unsupported sitter, so grinding everything isnt the only option i am open to....

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Sara - posted on 02/21/2009

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I've found the wholesome babyfood website to be very helpful... I have no problem w/ using the ready-made stuff, but was interested in trying some things on my own... I'm, personally, not ready for full-out 'recipes' yet, but there is a lot of good info on how to do different fruits and veggies, meats, etc and how to cook/mix/etc. I also don't freeze much (yet), but just have made small amounts and refridgerated for a couple of days... So far it's been fun and it feels good to kind of have a hand in making my son's foods. I've had some success w/ grapes, blueberries and bananas...I also mixed peaches in there (mixed in food processor)... And we also have tried sweet potato w/ peaches... he seems to like it! We use oats or rice cereal to thicken... Good luck and have fun!

Yanika - posted on 02/19/2009

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We used an amazing baby food recipe book called "top 100 baby purees, by Annabel Karmel" the book is separated into eating stages ex 6 month beg, 6-7month first tastes, 7-9 weining, 9-12growing independence.
A few of our fav recipes are ...
1.apple and pear 2.trio of root veg: 1 med sweet potato,2-3 med carrots,1 med parsnip(all peeld chopped and steamed) puree or mash together, can add water or formula to get to desired consistency. repeat method for all food
3. rutabaga, carrot and peas 4. sweet potato with spinach and peas 5. potato carrot and corn 6. chicken with sweet potato and apple(boil the chicken seperate until fully cooked.. the fat with boil off the chicken) 5. banana avocado and yogurt(no cook, just mash together) make sure you use a kid friendly yogurt used with 3.5 % whole milk and low in sugar. there Are alot more longer recioes in the boook like pasta risotto, chicken bolognese, beef casserole, fruity muesli, rice pudding, cherubs chowder etc..
hope that helps and happy cooking !

Christy - posted on 02/19/2009

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I also do the steam/food processor/ice cube tray thing - it's easy and my son loves all the food he's been given. He is doing good with more chunky foods now, so we just dice up bananas, avocados, baked sweet potato, really ripe pear, etc (he also gets rice cereal with the fruit/veggie). Also, a great book is "Naturally Delicious Meals for Baby" by Gerrie Hawes. It goes through all the food stages and has tons of great recipes. Good luck!

Melissa - posted on 02/08/2009

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I bought a great book called Blender Baby Food, by Nicole Young.

Easy recipes, when to introduce what foods and spices.

Kristin - posted on 02/08/2009

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Baby Food recipes... no, but I have found that my almost 8 month old loves, scrambled eggs (made w/ water not milk yet), nutragrain bars (cut into small pieces) and pastina (pasta) mixed in w/ his regular baby food veggies and fruit. They seem to fill him up and satisfy him longer. Also I cut up small pieces of cantaloupe, watermelon and strawberries and he LOVES that - I can't argue with naturally sweet things. The other day he had 2 bites of vegetarian sausage and seemed to like it... will try it again another day.

Yanika - posted on 02/08/2009

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One of my daughters fav recipes is chicken with sweet potato and apples. You simply biol the chicken until its fully cooked, steam the sweet potato and apple then either blend them or mash them all together. sometimes i add a little yogurt just before i feed her to give it a creamier texture. So yummy(i have to admit ive tried it) plus its all the main food groups in one meal.

Stacey - posted on 02/07/2009

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Avacodo and banana are favourites around here and really easy to prepare.



I think the wholesome baby food website is great, too. It's the primary resource we use for recipes and recommendations on when to introduce new foods.

Angela - posted on 02/07/2009

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Comment and question here - first, my question:  I give my daughter what I call "average foods" - bananas, pears, peaches, apples, avacado, peas, green beans, carrots, and squash.  Sweet potatoes caused diaper rash.  But what else can I give her at this age?  I worry.  I noticed that Wendi said she gives her son blueberries, spinach and red peppers - any general resrictions on those in terms of age or are they ok for my 7.5 month old?



 



And my comment -I bought the Beaba Babycook steamer/food processor from Williams/Sonoma - I LOVE it!  All in one, two steps and I'm done.  I freeze several 2 ounce portions of fruits and vegetables every couple of days.  It was a bit expensive, but a few relatives gave me gift cards for Christmas and I got free shipping, so that helped a lot.  Any steamer and food processor will do  but I like havinmg one appliance vs. two.  My daughter has loved everything I have given her.  And I figured if there is anything she doesn't like, I can find recipes for soups made with vegetable purees. 

Wendi - posted on 02/07/2009

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I second www.wholesomebabyfood.com. It is a great resource. I make all my own baby food; I simply puree the fruit or veggie in the processor, then freeze in ice cube trays. Then I put the cubes into plastic freezer bags, vacuum seal the bags, label & date them. The cubes are approx. 1-ounce servings, so I generally pull out 3 cubes for each meal, mix with some cereal and feed the baby. He enjoys a mixture of apples, bananas & blueberries. And also carrots, spinach and red peppers. Butternut squash and pumpkin are also big hits. You can also buy canned pumpkin and unsweetened applesause to use without having to process them.

Helen - posted on 02/06/2009

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annabel Karmel is the baby food guru in the UK.she has a website annabelkarmel.com.  her book ' baby and toddler meal planner' has been my lifesaver! it starts with purees but then goes onto lumpier stuff. i was sceptical about some of the stronger flavours but my son has loved every single thing i've given him! good luck x



 

Amy - posted on 02/03/2009

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I've used both of these web sites.  My baby will not eat off a spoon.  We had to skip purees and go right to finger foods and the baby led blog has been really helpful.



www.wholesomebabyfood.com



babyledweaning.blogware.com

Allie - posted on 02/03/2009

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I've been making baby food for about a month and haven't ventured to far from the normal baby food...but my daughter LOVES Butternut Squash. I but one and it makes plenty. Cut it length wise and remove the seeds, put it in a casserole dish with the "meat" side down and add water so it's about an inch deep. Then bake it at 400 deg. for around 30-40 minutes or until the skin is pukered and a more tan colored...Then I pull it out, scoop out the good stuff and put it in the blender with a little breast milk (formula, juice, H2O work too) and blend it to whatever consistency...I freeze it afterward.

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