A note about buying meat and poultry for your homemade baby food recipes - I recommend buying organic, or at very least meat and poultry raised without the use of antibiotics. Factory farming practices creates an environment for animals that fosters sick and malnourished animals requiring the use of antibiotics to keep them alive. These antibiotics are then passed on to you, the consumer (and more importantly, your baby). Not to mention the use of GMO feed that is also passed into the meat. When plausible organic or family farm raised is best, as well as grass fed beef.
I also like to buy large family packs of chicken breasts and store them in individual portions. As soon as I bring it home I split it up into family portions, and then baby portions consisting of one chicken breast per storage bag. I then freeze or refrigerate the portions until they are ready to be cooked for the baby food recipes.
When working with individual portions you have more options as in how to cook the chicken. After all you are only going to puree the chicken to make baby food, so there is no need to roast it. I usually poach the chicken in water or organic free range (or homemade) chicken stock if I am going to use it in baby food recipes.
To poach the chicken or turkey just place it in a small cooking dish and add chicken broth or water to fill about half way. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cook covered for about 20 - 30 minutes until cooked all the way through. For quicker cooking times either cut up your chicken before cooking or purchase the chicken tenders cuts.
Simple Chicken Puree - after cooking your chicken let it cool for about 10 to 15 minutes. Cut the chicken into small pieces to fit into a food processor. Place the chicken pieces into the food processor and add a tablespoon or two of either water, breast milk or chicken broth or stock (if you poached the chicken you can use the liquid you cooked it in). Puree the food about 30 second at a time, stopping in between to give it a quick stir. Add more liquid if needed. Keep pureeing the poultry until you get the desired consistency.
Chicken and Spinach - Start by poaching, baking, or boiling your chicken or turkey. While you are cooking your poultry prepare your spinach. Spinach cooks very quickly and it is a snap to make. I like to steam it so I do not diminish much of the vegetables mineral and nutrient content. Use a basket steamer to cook the spinach. Watch it closely. It will only take about a minute or less to cook it over rapidly boiling water.
Remove the spinach from the steamer and set aside to cool for a few minutes. Once your poultry is cooked and cooled enough cut it into small pieces and add it along with the spinach to a baby food processor. The ratio of amounts of each ingredient is entirely up to your preference, although I always recommend using more veggies than meat. Puree the ingredients until you've reached the desired consistency. If you need to, add a teaspoon or two of water or chicken broth. Remove the mixture from the food processor bowl and either serve immediately or store in your fridge or freezer for later use.
Chicken and Apple - Poach, bake, or boil the poultry of your choice. While cooking your bird, peel, core and cut one or two apples depending on how much of the baby food you are planning to make. Cut the peeled apple into small chunks. Place the apple pieces into a pot of boiling water and cook on medium high heat until they are easily pierced with a fork. Remove from the boiling water and set aside to cool for about 10 minutes. When the poultry is done cooking you will also cut this into smaller pieces to fit into your baby food processor. Add both ingredients and puree for about 30 seconds at a time, stopping to stir the mixture. Add a tablespoon or two of liquid - either breast milk, apple juice, water, or chicken broth. Puree all ingredients until it has reached the desired consistency. Serve immediately or store for later use.
Chicken and Carrot - Start by cooking a poultry of your choice. While the poultry is cooking you will cook the carrots intended for the baby food recipes. I like to steam my carrots but you can also simply boil them. Cook the carrots until they are soft enough to easily pierce with a fork. When they are done cooking let them cool for 10 to 15 minutes. When your poultry is done cooking cut it into smaller pieces and add to your food processor along with one or two tablespoons of chicken broth, water, breast milk, or vegetable stock. Add the carrots to the food processor along with your poultry. Puree 30 seconds or so at a time until you've reached the desired consistency.
Chicken and Squash - Poach, bake, or boil the poultry of your choice. In the meantime slice some zucchini squash and yellow summer squash. Steam or boil the squash until tender. Set aside to cool. After your poultry has been cooked and cooled cut it into small pieces to fit it into your baby food processor. Add the cooked zucchini and summer squash. Puree for 30 seconds at a time until the mixture has reached its desired consistency. Add a tablespoon of liquid if needed.
Turkey and Quinoa - Again, use the poultry of your choice! Quinoa is an incredibly healthy alternative to rice! Prepare one serving size of organic quinoa per the directions on the box. It cooks very similarly to rice. Puree quinoa, vegetables, and turkey at a 1:1:1 ratio for small or large batches of homemade baby food.
Chicken Noodle Soup - Start by cooking your poultry. You know the drill, poach, bake, boil... whichever works the best for you. Cook some vegetables of your choice. I like to use peas and carrots, but some other great combinations are corn and green beans, potato and carrot, etc. Boil some water and cook some whole grain pasta of your choice or even egg, or rice noodles. Once all of your ingredients are cooked and cooled cut them all into small pieces or chunks. Add to your baby food processor along with two or three tablespoons of liquid. Puree all the ingredients about 30 seconds at a time stopping to stir. Puree until you have reached a smooth texture.
I started my baby on meats when she was about 7 1/2 months old. At first, before I came to my senses and started making my own baby food, I tried store bought baby food from a jar. She couldn't stand the stuff! As a matter of fact, she actually gagged every time she attempted to taste the stuff. Homemade baby food did the trick! From the time I started feeding homemade meat based meals she absolutely loved meal time! We experienced no more gagging, and I had one very happy baby.
Some advice about introducing meat baby food recipes to you little one - Always start with a more bland tasting recipe. Also, make sure the meat is cooked all the way through. There should be no pink parts in the middle.
Here are some of the recipes I used to feed my baby, and now I pass them on to you to make your own baby food. The recipes below are all beef based baby food recipes.
A great way to gradually work making your own baby food into your daily schedule is to incorporate it into the meals you cook for your entire family. For example, plan to cook a roast. Buy a roast that is big enough to feed the family and still have leftovers. Cook the roast to please the family. When the roast comes out of the oven cut a piece off for the baby, and place it back into the oven to cook until well done.
All of these baby food recipes will start by using meat that is cooked until it is well-done. It should then be cooled and cut to smaller pieces to fit into a food processor. The smaller you cut the pieces, the easier it will be to puree.
Beef Puree - To make a beef puree place a cup or two of cooked and cut up pieces of beef into your baby food processor. Place 2 - 5 tablespoons of water or beef stock into the processor as well. I recommend that you gradually add the liquid until the puree reaches the desired consistency. Serve the puree immediately or store in your fridge or freezer.
Beef and Green Beans
Veal and Tomato
Venison and Carrot
Beef and Green Beans
Veal and Tomato
Venison and Carrot
Hearty Beef Stew recipe - Start with cooked, cooled, and cut up beef. Add this to your baby food processor. Next add your vegetables. All the vegetables should be cooked, cooled, and cut into small pieces. Add tomato, potato, carrot, and 2 - 4 tablespoons of either water, vegetable, or beef broth. Puree the mixture until desired consistency for about 30 seconds at a time stopping to stir the mixture.