Making your own baby food can be easy, despite the stereotype image that home-made baby food is for the mothers who have a lot of spare time and make everything from scratch. Making your own baby food is actually very easy, does not take much time and can be more convenient than buying the jarred stuff. My half-sister just had a baby and posted that she’d like to begin making her own baby food and it inspired me to share with you (and her) four healthy, organic and easy baby food recipes.
- Whole grain brown rice cereal: in a grain grinder or blender, grind ¼ cup of organic brown rice until it is the consistency of flour. To prepare for baby, bring 1 cup of pure water to a boil and whisk the brown rice “flour”. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently. Let this cool and add some flavor with frozen fruit cubes (see below) or stir in a little breast milk or formula. Substitute ground, rolled oats for the brown rice for variation.
- Raw fruit cubes: peel ripe organic fruit like pears, plums, melon or bananas and mash them with a fork or blend them. Add the raw fruit to ice cube trays and pop them out as needed to thaw and serve. No sugar or added “stuff” is needed and your baby will love the flavor and texture for a healthy meal or addition to the rice cereal!
- Chicken and vegetable soup: take one large free range chicken breast with the bone in, 2 ½ cups of water, a pinch of salt, 1 bay leaf and ¾ cup of organic mixed veggies. Simmer all of this in a saucepan for 25 minutes or until the vegetables and chicken are cooked through. Remove the chicken from the bones; discard bones. Add the soup mixture to your blender to puree and serve lukewarm.
- Applesauce: core and coarsely chop (do not peel) as many organic red apples as you like. One apple equals roughly ¼ cup of applesauce. Put the chopped apples into a steamer basket and steam for 10 minutes or until tender. Press the soft apples through a sieve or run them through food mill to help get the nutrients from the peels into the applesauce. No sugar is needed or preservatives and you can freeze the applesauce into cubes. Tasty and healthy for baby!
Also check out one of my favorite books, Organically Raised, for some great recipes and tips. The Nuk Mash and Serve bowl is also a very handy tool for mashing table food up for baby and can easily be washed or traveled with. I love the award winning baby food kit from Fresh Baby too because they make everything so easy. Yes, I work for Fresh Baby but I work for them because they rock. Check out other easy recipes they offer by visiting their baby food recipe data base. It’s so extensive!