My Favorite Baby Food Purée Recipes

At Elizabeth’s four month appointment, her doctor gave us the okay to start solid food, and I was SO EXCITED!

I’ve been looking forward to making Elizabeth’s baby food since she was just a tiny, new nugget. I don’t have anything against pre-made/store bought baby food. But, I get so much enjoyment out of planning her “menu” and making the food myself. Plus, I can purchase and make a little over 2 weeks worth of food for about $20 or less, depending on what is in season. Score!

Elizabeth is still in “Stage One” for solid foods, so they are puréed down so she can swallow them easily. She hasn’t sprouted any teeth yet, but I have a feeling they are coming soon!. At her six month appointment in a few weeks, we will see if she can start some soft solids in addition to purées.

I’m on the “baby foodie” train of thought in that I want her to try as many different fruit and veggie combinations right from the start. We did not start her on any cereal, but rather jumped right into fruit and veggies. It’s a traditional French approach (read more about the French food philosophy as well as parenting in Bringing Up Bébé, I cannot recommend it enough!) and I wanted to expose Elizabeth to a bunch of different flavors and textures right off the bat. I have also incorporated herbs and spices from the beginning as well. No salt, pepper or other potential irritants, but cinnamon, rosemary, basil and sage. For example, the first solid food Elizabeth had was roasted bananas pureed with rosemary. It was so good, Ruben finished what Elizabeth didn’t, ha! I also followed the doctors recommendation of introducing a single food item to test for allergies, and then started combinations based on what she had already tried.

If you are interesting in making your own baby food, check out four of my (and most importantly, Elizabeth’s) favorite baby food recipes!

I don’t have one of those fancy baby food steamer/blender combos, but I do just fine with the following tools:

-Knife/Peeler/Cutting board/Steamer basket
-I use this immersion blender to purée the food (I didn’t like the results I was getting in my food processor)
-I LOVE these Preppin’ Smart EZ Pop freezer cubes from Innobaby. They are 3oz cubes (exactly the amount Elizabeth eats) and I can freeze the food and easily pop out the cube I want to defrost for the day

My Favorite Baby Food Purée Recipes

Avocado, Kiwi and Pear Purée

1 avocado
1 pear
2 kiwis
1/2 cup water

Yield: 12-15 ounces
Store: 3 months in the freezer; 3 days in the fridge (color may change slightly due to the avocado)

Instructions:
1) Peel and chop the kiwi
2) Half and de-seed the avocado
3) Dice the pear
4) Add the kiwi, avocado and pear to a blender or food processor and puree until it reaches your desired consistency (add water if mixture needs to be more smooth)

My Favorite Baby Food Purée Recipes

Apple, Blackberry and Baby Kale Purée

2 apples (I use Gala)
1 cup blackberries
1 cup baby kale, firmly packed
1 cup water

Yield: 12-15 ounces
Store: 3 months in freezer, 3 days in fridge

Instructions:
1) In a saucepan, add 1 cup of water and bring to a boil over medium heat
2) Core, peel and chop the apples
3) Layer the apples first, blackberries second and baby kale last into a steamer basket and cook for 10 minutes; let cool slightly
4) Transfer ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until it reaches your desired consistency (add water from saucepan if mixture needs to be more smooth)

My Favorite Baby Food Purée Recipes

Broccoli, Potato and Apple Purée

1 russet potato
1 cup broccoli florets
1 apple (I used Gala)
1 cup water

Yield: 12-15 ounces
Store: 3 months in freezer, 3 days in fridge

Instructions:
1) In a saucepan, add 1 cup of water and bring to a boil over medium heat
2) Peel and finely dice the potato; add to the saucepan of boiling water and cook until easily pierced with a fork. Drain the potatoes and set aside to cool slightly
3) Core, peel and chop the apples
4) Chop the broccoli florets
5) Bring a saucepan of water back to a boil and steam the apples and broccoli in a steamer basket; cook until broccoli is bright green and easily pierced with a fork
6) Transfer ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until it reaches your desired consistency (add water from saucepan if mixture needs to be more smooth)

My Favorite Baby Food Puree Recipes

 

Blueberry, Avocado and Banana Purée

1 cup blueberries
1 avocado
2 bananas

Yield: 12-15 ounces
Store: 3 months in freezer, 3 days in fridge

Instructions:
1) Half and de-seed the avocado
2) Wash and dry the blueberries
3) Peel and dice the banana
4) Add the kiwi, avocado and pear to a blender or food processor and puree until it reaches your desired consistency (add water if mixture needs to be more smooth)
5) Pour the mixture into a strainer; use a spoon to press out the mixture leaving the blueberry skins that did not blend in the strainer

My Favorite Baby Food Puree Recipes

I hope that you and your little one enjoy these recipes! Please comment with your favorites, I’m always looking to try something new.

xo,
Ash

 

One thought on “My Favorite Baby Food Purée Recipes

  1. This post was fabulous! I too can’t wait for my baby to be ready for solid foods so I can share the joys of food with him! Thank you for the recipe suggestions!

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