quick and easy recipe for a 5month old
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Callie - posted on 09/30/2010
I've made all my daughters food. I make it 1-2 times a month and freeze it in ice cube trays. I then put them in snack sized bags (they will fit between 4-6 cubes) and then put them in a freezer bag. I found it works best if you put them in a small bag. You can also mix different kinds of puree in a bag so you have a days worth of food in one bag and thats all you'll have to get out of the freezer. I used the Super Baby Food book as my guide when I was starting. Good Luck! It's really easy.
Monica - posted on 10/01/2010
I have twins and when they were little I could not afford the jars either, so for vegetables I used canned green beans carrots and peas, instead of trying to steam them long enough to puree them. I just used a regular blender and added water until I thought it was thin enough. Sometimes I used plain canned sweet potatos, sometimes I boiled myself. I used frozen brocolli and cauli flower.
I used no sugar added regular applesauce and pureed canned peaches and pears.
As they got older, I made the mixture with more texture and by 10 months they just ate everything as finger foods. I also added more rice and pasta to their menu.
Marcia - posted on 09/20/2010
I read on a few sites that untill your baby is 7 months you shouldn't puree your own beets, turnips, carrots, spinach or collard greens because they may have large amounts of nitrates, which can cause anemia. Might be something to look into
Polina - posted on 09/20/2010
Its actually pretty simple... apples, peaches, zucchini, yellow squash (young), coli-flower, baby carrots, yams, potatoes (young/baby not big starchy ones)... you can either boil or steam any of the fruits or veggies... on www.babycenter.com website you could get list of foods month-by-month that are suggested for feeding babies.
As for recipes baby food is the easiest to make. You’ll need few things: blender or food-mill, and jars for storing food. I found 4OZ canning jars (glass) work perfectly for me (I freeze and warm the food when I need to)… ACE hardware has these jars for under $10 (set of 12).
Fruits: I personally prefer to use a toaster oven where I bake-steam most of the fruits.
Instructions: cut up apple or peach into pieces, place in oven-safe dish, pour a little bit of water into the dish (to cover the bottom to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch) and cover with foil. In my toaster oven (small ovens you can get one as low as $29 at target / walmart / sears) I bake for about 20 min at 350 degrees. After let it rest a bit and process it through food mill or something that will make fruits mushy... or use blender (just take the skins off the fruits)
NOTE: try each new food separately just a few baby-spoons to make sure your baby doesn't have any allergies.
For Veggies: I boil veggies in small pot and then use blander to make it baby-food consistency. Also, my baby loves veggie soups. Soups really are just a few ingredients put together and make it thick consistency (babies don’t really like really runny foods so you might want to make it thicker).
Common pairings of veggies: Baby carrot + baby squash or zucchini (for older babies add boiled chicken), or zucchini + coli flower. Try not to put 2 red ingredients (i.e. carrots and yams).
Another nice recipe... once you know your baby can eat carrots blend apple and carrot together... babies love it.
If you run out of ideas read the options ready baby foods have to offer in the store, then buy same ingredients and make it yourself (its pretty much the same thing minus the preservatives)...
Hope this helps
Kelina - posted on 09/19/2010
try steaming yam and then pureeing it. You can use some of the water from the steamer to make it the right consistency and add back in a few of the vitamins that come out when they get steamed. You can do the same thing with butternut squash, and some other veggies. Beware though, the yam will make their poo turn orange!
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