Making food from scratch takes time.
Making baby food from scratch takes time.
Both are worthy endeavors as long as you have a plan, ingredients and a bit of patience.
This post will give you step-by-step instruction on making homemade baby food easily and quickly. My ingredients can be changed in order to incorporate foods you want to feed to your children.
Note: I advocate introducing many foods to children. Puréed packets are very popular and convenient. As long as your children become interested and introduced in solid foods as well, I see no problem with purées. In fact, it makes it very easy to hide foods they may not like whole (my son will not eat peas, but loves them in a purée!).
Making puréed baby-food from scratch:
You will need:
- 6 med/large organic carrots
- 2 1/2 cups organic frozen peas
- 1-2 cups of organic mixed greens
- 2-3 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 cup cooked quinoa (optional)
First, choose organic vegetables. I picked carrots, peas and mixed greens for this purée. You can choose anything or combination that would go well together. For inspiration, walk through the baby food aisles. You will likely be very surprised!
Cut up 6 medium to large carrots with the skin on. Add to a sauce pan with water and bring to a boil. Cook for 15 minutes or so (they can still be slightly crunchy for blending).
After 5 minutes, grab your handy Vitamix or blender and scoop up the peas and carrots. You will use a good amount of the water, but save some and add in if the mixture is too thick.
Now, I add my organic greens to the top. Add enough to fill the Vitamix to the top.
You will need the tamper to mix the veggies into a nice purée. Blend until mixed well on setting 3-4.
Next, add in a few tablespoons of coconut oil to make the mix more creamy and add healthy fats! This helps to balance out the mix and is a great choice for a first fat for a baby.
At this point you can divide up the mixture into small containers or freeze it in ice cubes. I prefer to fill reusable packets so I can easily take them on the go or for a quick feeding. I recommend Nature’s Little Squeeze brand. You can find a variety pack of 6 on Amazon for $16.99.
Knowing exactly what is in the packets/purées is also a plus. I can have confidence that my son is eating healthy, delicious food and it only takes a bit of prep time each week.
If you don’t trust me, here is a picture of my son immediately after trying this purée for the first time. Baby approved, folks.