My son is a gourmet in the making, or so I like to think. I make about 80% of Ethan’s food from scratch. (Not counting the breastmilk, which, amazingly, I make 100% from scratch.) Go me, right? And I didn’t even invest in one of those baby food machines, though I was sorely tempted. Armed with a steamer insert and a food processor, my child has gradually been introduced to numerous fruits and veggies, as well as home made veggie stock and grains. (Meat purees and yogurt I have left to the professionals).
The basic formula to make any home made baby food is this: steam (or roast) and puree. It’s simple. Sometimes you need to add a little liquid, whether some of the water from when you steamed, or some breast milk, to get the right consistency. But if you want to have a little more fun with what you’re making for your baby than simply steaming and pureeing, I highly recommend these books.
First off, the Williams-Sonoma Baby & Toddler cookbook. This book was a total life saver for me. Not only does it have numerous recipes for various stages, from super-smooth puree to regular “grown-up” meal, but it has instructions on when to introduce different things. And I am happy to inform you that all their recommendations match what my pediatrician says, so it’s not like they’re talking out of their bums. I have made Ethan almost all of the purees in here, and he is quite a fan. We haven’t really moved onto the chunkier stuff yet because his gag reflex is a force to be reckoned with. But we’ll get there. The root vegetable stew is a particular favorite these days. You can check the book out here.
Next up is Weelicious. This book is just awesome. It was originally a blog, which can be found here. This is a cookbook your whole family will appreciate, including you and your significant other. I have made recipes out of here that Ethan can’t even dream of eating any time soon, like the tortilla soup and slow cooker bbq chicken. My husband and I loved them. Someday E will love them, too. In the meantime, the book also includes a handful of fabulous purees for baby. E’s favorite so far is the roasted banana and pear puree. Bonus: It makes the house smell amazing!
It’s that easy, folks. I always knew I wanted to make as much of Ethan’s food as possible. I still buy the organic pouches and jars, and he probably has one of those every other day, or sometimes more frequently than that. But I love making food for him. I try to make a couple of batches every weekend and freeze them in these Beaba baby food freezer trays. Simple ice cube trays could work, too. The freezer is chock-full of freezer bags with little individually portioned purees. I love it! E does, too. I thaw them in the fridge, and then often stir a little cereal and olive oil or coconut oil, or the occasional spice, into them. Sometimes I’m even jealous of what he’s eating!
[Side note: No, this post is not sponsored by anyone or anything. I am simply sharing the products and books that I have found particularly helpful.]