Baby’s First Foods-a round up of Jewel’s first recipes

card2Doesn’t that just make you smile? I know I am a little biased…but she is entirely too sweet.

Jewel is seven months old. I have no idea where the past few months have gone. None. But with all of this passing time, some new adventures have taken place in our household. Jewel is eating food. Real food!

Naturally I am entirely too excited about this and I have made a commitment to myself to make all of Jewel’s food.

It is surprisingly easy. Your little one will enjoy each and every bite. And you get to feel like super-mom knowing that your babe’s food was made entirely by you, from fresh and organic ingredients. PS-it’s also way cheaper!

I started feeding Jewel solids when she was five and a half months old. Be sure to get the OK from your doctor before introducing your little one to food. Jewel has been trying one new food every few days. Here are a few of her first foods…

Recipes pefect for baby's first foods

Green Beans or Carrots

Thoroughly wash green beans or carrots. 
Trim ends (removing string from bean if necessary) or peel (carrots) and cut into one-inch pieces.Place in a steam basket over simmering water. Steam for about 20 minutes or until veggies are fork tender. You can also steam veggies in steamer in the microwave.
Place veggies into a food processor or blender, add a little of the cooking water at a time. Puree until veggies are completely smooth.
Transfer puree to an ice cube tray. Freeze overnight, then place cubes into freezer bags.
To serve, remove one cube and defrost in microwave.

Peas
1/4 cup frozen, organic sweet peas (shelled)
1/4 cup water or organic, low sodium chicken broth

Steam peas in microwave for 3 minutes. Place into a small blender and puree until smooth.

Squash or Sweet Potatoes

Thoroughly wash and peel one butternut squash or several sweet potatoes.
Cut into chunks and remove seeds (squash).
Place squash or potatoes chunks into a baking dish filled with about one inch of water (or organic low-sodium chicken broth). Bake at 375 degrees until fork tender (about 30 minutes).
Once slightly cooled, place squash/potato into a food processor or blender-adding cooking liquid to thin as needed. Puree until smooth.
Transfer puree to an ice cube tray. Freeze overnight, then place cubes into freezer bags.
To serve, remove one cube and defrost in microwave. Thin to desired texture with breast-milk, formula, or water.

Pears or Peaches

Thoroughly wash fruit. Rinse with a 4:1 water/white vineager solution if not using organic fruit.
Half fruit and remove pits or scoop out core.
Place fruit halves cut side down into a baking dish filled with about one inch of water.Bake fruit at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes, until fruit is very tender.
Remove skin from fruit and place into a food processor or blender. Puree until fruit is smooth. Add cooking liquid if thinning is needed.
Transfer puree to an ice cube tray. Freeze overnight, then place cubes into freezer bags.
To serve, remove one cube and defrost in microwave.

Apples

Thoroughly wash fruit.
Peel and chop apples into small chunks.
Place apples into a saucepan and cover with about 1 cup of water. Simmer apples until soft.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer apples to a food processor or blender. Puree until apples are smooth.
Transfer puree to an ice cube tray. Freeze overnight, then place cubes into freezer bags.
To serve, remove one cube and defrost in microwave.

Avocados or Bananas

Thoroughly wash fruit.
Place desired amount of fruit into a small blender with a splash of water.
Puree (or mash once your little one can handle a little texture) until smooth.

Chicken

Place a desired amount of organic/free range chicken in a baking dish. Fill pan halfway with water. Roast at 350 degrees until chicken reaches 165 degrees. Place chicken into a food processor or blender and pulse. Slowly add hot water and puree until smooth. Place chicken puree in ice cube trays and freeze. Transfer cubes to a freezer bag. To serve, steam in microwave with water, drain before serving. Cubes will hold shape and need to be re-smashed before serving.

Rice or Oatmeal

Boxed baby cereal. I wish I invented it, really. Because so many people buy it, yet it is so ridiculously easy to make.

Place desired amount of organic brown rice or rolled oats into a food processor, blender, or spice grinder. Grind until it reaches the texture of a gritty flour. Store in airtight container until ready to use.
To prepare rice or oatmeal (one serving):
In a small saucepan, add 1/4 cup water and 1 tablespoon of rice or oatmeal powder. Bring to boil over medium heat, whisking constantly to prevent lumping. Once thickened (you are looking to achieve the consistency or wallpaper paste (yummy, eh!), transfer to a small dish to cool. Thin to desired texture with breast-milk, formula, or water.
Serve alone or with fruits/veggies.

*You can make more rice or oatmeal at a time to store in the refrigerator and warm up in the microwave when needed, although I wouldn’t store it for more than 48 hours. But I’m weird and hate leftovers…so I make it fresh each time. It will thicken and gel as it cools, but rest assured, when reheated it returns to normal!

How do ya like them apples, Jewel?

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