A staple and a favorite in our household - fruits and veggies! Between me and both of my kids we all eat more fruits and vegetables than anything else. The fridge is just packed chock full with a plethora of fresh fruit and vegetables. And my little LOVE it! Guess what? Their good attitude towards good nourishing foods like these started with my homemade baby food!I want to share with you all of the baby food recipes I used while my littles were wee ones. On this page I will share with you my recipes centered around creating homemade baby food meals and entrees with fresh vegetables.
Vegetable purees were the first baby foods I ever made from scratch. My daughter simply refused to eat any more of the baby food from the grocery store so I had no choice. But really, for me, this was the best and most healthy choice.
This was also the best way to make the switch to 100% organic baby food. Make it yourself! It's easy to make organic baby food - buy only organically grown vegetables and use these to make your baby foods. Better yet, grow your own baby food garden!
Another great earth conscious way to make baby food is to buy all of your vegetables from local farmers. Buying locally grown produce is very earth friendly. Shopping local cuts down on fuel emissions because there is less travel to ship the produce to wherever it will be sold. It also encourages your local farmers to grow more organics, and keeps your money in your local economy.
Vegetables that are great for steaming - spinach, fresh peas, squash, zucchini, green beans, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower
Baking Vegetables - I always reserved baking veggies for baby food recipes for rainy indoor days, or when making large batches of baby food. I like to regular or sweet potato, zucchini and various squashes, and pumpkin. But pretty much any vegetable can be baked/roasted.
My favorite method of baking veggies is to place them in a casserole dish in a bit of water or broth to kind of poach the veggies.
Whether you decide on baking or steaming your veggies to make baby food, once they are cooked you will need to puree them. After taking from the oven or steamer set aside for 20 minutes or so to cool. Chop the vegetables up into small pieces. Pop them into your baby food processor and puree until smooth. Serve them immediately or store in your fridge or freezer.
carrot and summer squash
sweet potato and carrot
sweet potato and apple
sweet potato and butternut squash
carrot and corn
carrot and apple
carrot and cauliflower
broccoli and cauliflower
green beans and corn
You will make a larger batch of this recipe and store the extra your fridge or freezer.
Start by steaming or poaching your vegetables, including your beans. I like to use dry organic beans. I soak my beans overnight and cook them in a crock pot. It's inexpensive and I can make dinner for the family and the baby all at once! You can also used cans but do be aware of BPA in can liners. If I have to use pre-cooked beans I opt for the kind in a carton instead of can. Pacific brand makes organic beans in a carton.
Tomato sauce - you can cut up and simmer some tomato to make homemade tomato sauce, or but some pre-made sauce.
Let all of the veggies cool after cooking and cut them into smaller pieces. Add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup beans to your food processor. Also add your cut up vegetables. Add 2-3 tablespoons of tomato sauce. Puree until smooth. Add one or two more tablespoons of tomato sauce if needed.
* If your baby is colicky or seems to get gassy very easily you may want to skip the tomato sauce. My daughter had colic from excessive gas so I could not give her tomato until she was older (about 8 or 9 months). You may substitute water or chicken broth for the tomato sauce.
Start by cooking some good whole grain brown rice (organic is preferable - rinsed before cooking).
Steam or poach your vegetable combination. Let cool for 15-20 minutes. Chop into smaller pieces. Add to food processor. Add brown rice at about a 2 to 1 ratio (if there is one cup veggies add around half a cup rice.) Add a tablespoon or two of either chicken or vegetable broth, or water. Puree until smooth.
Carrots - a good source of vitamin C, B6. Folate, Iron, potassium, copper
Green beans - A great source of Fiber, Folate, magnesium and vitamins A,C, and K. Contains protein, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, vitaminB6, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phospherus, and copper.
Peas - very good source of fiber. Also a good source of protein, vitamin A, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, phospherus, and copper.
Broccoli - a great source of fiber, vitamins A, C, E, K and B6, riboflavin, potassium, folate, and magnesium. Contains protein, thiamin, iron, calcium, phospherus, magnesium.
Spinach - Very good source of fiber, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamins A, C, E, B6, and K, folate, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phospherus, zinc and copper.
Squash (summer) - a good source of fiber, vitamins A, C and K, folate, magnesium, copper, potassium. Also contains thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, iron and B6.
Butternut - a very good source of fiber, vitamin A, and C, potassium, magnesium. Also contains vitamin B6.
Sweet potato - dietary fiber, vitamins A.C, and B6, potassium, and magnesium.
Cauliflower - a great source of fiber, vitamin, C, B6, folate, potassium and magnesium, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, iron, niacin, zinc.