Sometimes when you’re in the grocery store, it’s hard to put together ideas for baby food while your mind is on several different things and/or you are trying to wrangle the baby into the seat at the same time. Here are some things that I combined today, and they were all SO easy! One pot combinations, no baby food maker necessary. Note: for a video on how to freeze food into individual portions the easy way, check out this video I made a while back HERE
Strawberry, Spinach, and Rutabaga
Combine strawberries, rutabaga, and spinach in a sauce pan, and put on medium low heat. Cover, and steam/simmer for about 10 minutes or until all vegetables and fruit are soft. Blend in food processor till smooth! Freeze in individual servings or serve fresh.
Red Lentils with Unsalted Butter
Put a bag of lentils in a pot. Add water, so it covers the lentils by 2 inches. Bring up to a boil, then turn the heat down to low, and cover. Lentils should be very soft. You should be able to stir them and have it turn into a smooth paste. Add a tablespoon of unsalted butter and mix together. Freeze individual portions.
Asparagus & Avocado
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Lay out asparagus on baking sheet & drizzle with Olive Oil. Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes until asparagus are soft. Put the asparagus in the food processor and add a whole fresh avocado. Blend and freeze individual servings.
Strawberry, Banana, Cherry, Papaya
Cut pits out of fresh cherries. Chop strawberries, papaya, and banana. Simmer the fruit together on medium low until soft. Blend and freeze individual servings.
***AND FOR THE BEST ONE YET***
Pork Chops with Yellow Bellpepper, Onion, and Apple
This is so easy. Pre-heat over to 375 degrees. Put 2 boneless pork chops(can be substituted for chicken), some onion, an apple, yellow bell pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil in an oven dish. Cover with aluminum foil. Put in oven for 50 min to an hour, until pork is cooked through (it will be solid white when you cut it). Chop the meat and put all contents of the pan into the food processor and blend! Freeze in individual portions.
It’s very important to NOT add salt to your baby’s food. Unsalted butter is OK.
Don’t be afraid to try new things! Here are a list of vegetables and fruits that are great for making baby food. Write them down and bring them to the grocery store with you for inspiration!
*Beets, carrots, onion, celery, bell pepper, strawberries, cherries, eggplant, spinach, kale, garlic, papaya, rutabaga, asparagus, peaches, apples, corn, lentils, lima beans, chicken, pork chops, bison, avocado, bananas, green beans, peas, pumpkin, all types of squash, broccoli, oranges, mango, blueberry, pears and more!*
As with all foods, introduce ONE at a time before you combine several things your baby has never tried. Wait four days between new foods, to pinpoint allergies!