So, I was a little intimidated when a friend talked to me about making baby food- it sounded really complicated.
She gave me two books to use, and I found them to be very helpful.
The Healthy Baby Meal Planner by: Annabel Karmel
Super Baby Food by: Ruth Yaron
I think both of these books are fantastic, and they gave lots of great ideas- but they both went above and beyond what I really wanted to do.
I don’t buy tofu- not because I don’t like it, but because we just don’t eat it that much. I didn’t buy some of the more expensive and rare veggies- because when I cook I never make them.
I stuck with the basic foods– veggies like carrots, green beans, spinach, celery, peas, etc. You know, the ones you find most often in frozen veggie mixes at the store- that type of thing. And I didn’t do eggplant and butternut squash- or some of the seafood items- I skipped those two.
I just think I can introduce those foods when my kids get older, and if they like them- great- and if not- they are still getting a well-balanced diet- some foods are just based on preference.
This was just my philosophy- I have friends who went all out and I think that’s great too. I just wanted to let you know if you are like me and don’t really want to and/or are on a budget where buying the more expensive things is a stretch- don’t sweat it.
There are a few things I have always kept around when I have a baby in the house.
- apple sauce
- chicken broth
- whole milk
- whole milk yogurt
- cottage cheese
- sour cream
These foods are great for adding to make the consistency more appealing to a baby and also give an extra boost of flavor without being too strong. With my kids, I have noticed they prefer more bland foods- they esp. didn’t like foods that were spicy or salty. These are all great options that can make the food a little more “runny” or “lumpy” rather than thick and hard for them to chew and swallow.
I hope that this helps some of you Moms out there, or just encourages you to try to make baby food for your kiddo. I would freeze the food after I cooked it in ice cube trays for ease in warming it up and when you make it in bulk you don’t feel like you are constantly having to prepare more baby food every week. Usually in one day I could make food for the whole month.
Please post any questions or advice that you might have about making Baby Food.