I’m sure you’ve been there…sitting at a baby shower, eating cookies and drinking fizzy punch. And all of a sudden it’s time to play games…yippee.
I always start wondering, “will I have to smell a Reese’s peanut butter cup poo smashed into a diaper?”
“Will I have to drink something out of a baby bottle?”
Nope, this time I get to eat baby food. Yep, I’m sure you’ve played the game where they take the the labels off of the baby food and you have to guess what kind it is by tasting or smelling it. Now, you don’t have to taste it, but if you’re competitive like me, it’s all about winning and sometimes smelling just isn’t enough. That is until you take a bite of creamed spinach baby food and you almost lose your punch all over the centerpiece. All you can think is, “That does not taste like any veggie I’ve ever had…that doesn’t even taste like food.” It’s the same thing with the carrots and the peas – they vaguely resemble their namesake, but taste so far from the actual veggie.
I figured if I thought the flavor was terrible, why would I want to feed it to my baby? So, I decided to make my own. These are my reasons:
1. It tastes better. The carrots taste like carrots. ‘Nuf said.
2. It’s cheaper. Baby food can get expensive when you are going through jar after jar. Buying bulk vegetables is a lot cheaper and goes a long way.
3. There’s more variety. The sky’s the limit when it comes to making your own baby food – you can use any veggie, any combination and get creative. And I live in Mexico – there are literally 2 kinds of vegetable baby foods for stage 1 – squash and carrots.
I know that this seems like one of those things that only moms who do cloth diapers and baby sign language would do…but really, it’s not that complicated and it takes very little time.
This is how I do it.
I buy whatever veggies I want to use. I plan to use that same vegetable for our dinner and I throw a bunch of them into the oven to roast or steam them on the stove (using my state-of-the art steamer made from a colander over a pot).
I take out about half to serve for our dinner and I take the other half and throw them in the blender.
Add some water (it’s not an exact science) and blend. If it seems too think, keep adding water until you reach the consistency you need.
My lil’ guy is just starting solids so I blend the heck out of it. But you can blend it to the desired consistency of your kiddo. You can also use a food processor for more variety in texture.
Rabbit trail…This is a picture of my backsplash…I like to call it “vintage” instead of ugly. It makes me feel better.
I freeze mine in ice cube trays so that they are ready for individual servings.
So, in about a half an hour, I’ve got a vegetable mostly ready for dinner and a weeks worth of food for the baby.
And when I’m feeding him and get a drop on my hand, I don’t hesitate to lick it off because, it won’t gag me…it just tastes like green beans…without the chewing. 🙂
One great book with recipes for flavor combinations is Tyler Florence’s “Start Fresh – Your Chid’s Jump Start to Lifelong Healthy Eating.”
It has recipes all the way up into childhood as well. My favorite thing is that it shows you how to do double duty with one recipe. For example, Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan and Olive Oil babyfood – you feed it to baby and use the same puree as a sauce for pasta. Genius.
Give it a try, if it doesn’t work for you, give it up and move on – I won’t judge you.
Do you have any good baby food recipes? Anything your kids gobble up? I’d love to hear it so I can try it!