June 29, 2011

Baby Food Recipes and Tricks

Homemade Baby Food
• Preparing homemade baby food puree is very simple and takes very little time.
• 4 steps: Cook the food, let it cool a bit, toss it into a food processor, pour into tray or jar and store (freezer).
• Puree according to baby’s age. Be creative with combinations.

Fresh & Easy Baby Food Preparation
Cooking the baby food:
• Steam, bake or boil the food (steaming maintains the most nutrients).
• Place vegetable(s) or fruit(s) in the food processor and set to puree or grind.
• The liquid the vegetable/fruits were cooked in can be added to the puree to adjust consistency. Breast milk or formula can also be used to thin the puree.

Storing the baby food:
• Transfer baby food puree into ice trays or baby food container. If freezing in glass use “safe to freeze” jars or containers.
• Fill each cube with the puree.
• Cover the tray with lid or plastic wrap or lid and put it in the freezer.
• Repeat process until no puree remains.
• Each cube is equal to approximately 1 ounce of food.
• Once the cubes of puree have set and are frozen, you can transfer the cubes into freezer bags.
• Label the bag with the date of preparation as well as the type of food. The baby food cubes should be used within a month of freezing.
• When it is time to feed baby, simply take out the number of food cubes needed and thaw and then reheat.


Baby Food Recipes 

4 to 6 Months

Green Dream
 1/2 ripe avocado, peeled
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup fresh or frozen thawed peas
1/3 cup sliced fresh green beans

Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Process for 10 seconds or until smooth for 4- to 6-month-olds or leave slightly chunkier for 6- to 12-month-olds.

Makes about 1 cup.


Cinnamon Apples and Yams
 3/4 cup peeled, cored and diced apples
3/4 cup peeled, diced yams or sweet potatoes
3/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Place all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes or until apples and yams are soft. Let cool slightly, then place in food processor and process for 5 seconds for 4- to 6-month-olds or leave slightly chunkier for 9- to 12-month-olds.

Makes about 1 cup.


6 to 9 Months and 9 to 12 Months
Banana Berry Yogurt Smoothie
 1/2 cup diced ripe banana
1/2 cup fresh or frozen thawed blueberries
1/4 cup plain yogurt

Place fruit in food processor and process for 10 seconds or until smooth. Add yogurt and pulse several times to mix.

Makes about 1 cup.


Banana Cream Pie
 1 cup water
1/2 cup diced ripe banana
1/4 cup quick oats
1/3 cup vanilla yogurt

Bring water, banana and oats to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes. Let cool slightly, then place in food processor. Pulse on and off 10 times. Add yogurt and pulse to mix for 6- to 9-month-olds or leave slightly chunkier for 9- to 12-month-olds.

Makes 1 cup.


Peachy Rice Pudding
 3/4 cup soy milk
1/2 cup diced fresh or frozen peaches
2 tablespoons diced ripe banana
1/4 cup cooked brown rice
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Bring all ingredients to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Let cool slightly, then place in food processor. Pulse on and off 10 times for 6- to
9-month-olds or leave slighty chunkier for 9- to 12-month-olds.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups.


 Apple Raisin Oatmeal
 1 cup water
1/3 cup peeled, cored and diced apple
1/4 cup quick oats
2 tablespoons raisins
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Let cool slightly then transfer to food processor. Pulse on and off 10 times for 6- to 9-month-olds or leave slightly chunkier for 9- to 12-month-olds.

Makes about 1 cup.


Lemon Chicken
 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
1/2 cup diced uncooked chicken
1/4 cup whole wheat couscous
3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon snipped green onion tops
1 tablespoon minced red bell pepper
1/8 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

Melt butter in a small saucepan. Add chicken; cook and stir for 5 minutes. Add couscous and cook for 5 minutes more then stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and remove from heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Let cool slightly then place in food processor. Process for 10 seconds. Scrape down sides and process 5 seconds more for 6- to 9-month-olds or leave slightly chunkier for 9- to 12-month-olds.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

  
Chicken Pot Pie
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup diced uncooked chicken
1/3 cup cooked brown rice
2 tablespoons diced carrots
1 tablespoon fresh or frozen thawed peas
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme

Bring all ingredients to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Let cool slightly then place in food processor. Process for 10 seconds for 6- to
9-month-olds or leave slightly chunkier for 9- to 12-month-olds.

Makes about 1 1/3 cups.


Turkey Tetrazzini
 2 cups water
1/3 cup whole grain penne pasta
1/2 cup diced, uncooked turkey breast (may substitute chicken)
2 tablespoons fresh or frozen, thawed peas
1/3 cup plain whole milk yogurt

Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add pasta and cook for 10 minutes. Add turkey and peas and cook for 10 minutes more or until all ingredients are very soft and water is mostly cooked off. Let cool slightly, then transfer to food processor. Pulse on and off 10 times. Scrape down sides and add yogurt; pulse 5 to 10 times more 6- to 9-month-olds or leave slightly chunkier for 9- to 12-month-olds.

Makes about 1 cup.



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