Making Baby Purees

So, I’ve known for a while that I wanted to make my own baby foods for L, mainly because I want to know for sure what’s in the food I’m giving her, plus it saves us money (not to mention, made with love)!  At first, I was really intimidated by the idea of it.  I didn’t know what foods to feed her, how to prepare them, and I had a bad feeling I might give up after only a few weeks.  After finding some useful resources and trying a few things out, I’m realizing that it’s not nearly as bad as I thought.

After extensive research (and by that, I mean a quick Google search), I found Wholesome Baby Food, which has a comprehensive list of what foods to offer when and specific instructions on the best way to puree them.  I found these trays, which have come in so handy for freezing the food into individual serving sizes.  Remember, at this age L is only eating an ounce or 2 of solids per meal, so 1 sweet potato will make several meals, which is why you want to freeze most of what you make.  When it’s meal time, I can just pop out an individual cube and heat it up!  Also, the lids make freezer storage easy and the trays are BPA-free.  Win!

One thing I’ve learned along the way is not to be afraid to mix and match (once we’ve introduced a food and safely determined she doesn’t have an allergy).  The very first thing we introduced to her was rice cereal, which she LOVED, but when we introduced fruits and veggies, she seemed to have a “take it or leave it” attitude.  One day, I eyed an avocado and banana sitting on the counter and decided to try mixing them together.  It was a weird combination, but I wanted to see.  Guess what?  She LOVED it.

I hate cooking, but for whatever reason, I think it’s fun to prepare different foods and combinations and see what she thinks.   This past weekend, I pureed peas and acorn squash.

Prep work was a breeze.  All I had to do was cut the squash in half, bake it, then scoop out the seeds and other goop before throwing the good part in the food processor.

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I cheated a little on the peas and got frozen because it seemed like way too much work to get fresh then open the pods and scoop out the peas (guess I won’t be winning mother of the year anytime soon).
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Confession: I hate peas, so I’m not sure why I thought it would be a good idea to make L try them.  They haven’t been a hit with her, but Harrier seems to think they look tasty.
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Voila!  Yummy squash (which did turn out to be a hit) and some peas ready to freeze into individual sizes.
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