Preparing a Week of Baby Food

First of all, humor me and smile at this most adorable cupcake. She’s nine months old. That sweater was my mom’s and those pearls…just too much to handle. Pearls mean you need act serious, and classy…clearly.

9 month collageOk…I’m done with that.

But I must warn you, this post is all baby.

I have spent the last four months diligently pureeing fruits and veggies for Julianna. It is definitely a commitment. It most certainly takes time. Lots of time. But I am not entirely normal, and find it to be actually kinda fun.

Well, that is until now…now she wants food. Real food. And more of it.

For the past few weeks, I have been fancify-ing things up a bit. Making delicious combinations of foods each night for my wee-one to chow down. And let’s be honest. That was ridiculous, and crazy, and way too much work-even for me.

So I have smartened up a tad and started creating a weekly meal plan-this is my first week and overall I’d say it was a success. One hour of one weekend day, and Julianna’s food is done. D.O.N.E.

Now my nights consist of reheating already prepared dishes and spending more time with my babe. Genius.

Sunday afternoon, my kitchen could have easily been mistaken for Iron Chef. Iron Chef of baby food that is. A whirlwind of chopping, roasting, mashing, and pureeing. And after a mere hour on my Sunday afternoon-Julianna’s food was set for the week AND it’s nearly all homemade. Woot, woot!

Below you can find this week’s meal plan, along with a shopping list of all the ingredients you’ll need. I’ve also included an outline of steps that I took to keep my baby food extravaganza to an hour. Trust me, if you stay organized an hour is possible! And isn’t it worth it to turn your little ravenous munchkin into a miniature foodie? Heck yes. 

Julianna is 9 months old. She has tried all of these foods prior to them being mixed and mashed together. If you are unsure of any ingredients, consult your pediatrician first.

9 month old food plan: one hour, fresh ingredients, and a week's worth of homemade baby foodAnd here’s your shopping list…

9 month old food plan: one hour, fresh ingredients, and a week's worth of homemade baby food

Note: Food will last up to three days in the refrigerator. Freeze what you don’t plan to use in the first three days.

Links to recipes can be found here:

Carrots and Stars Pasta (my most favorite baby food blog, eeeeever)
Sweet Potato, Chickpeas, and Spinach

Sweet Potato, Chicken, and Rice Mash Recipe:
Puree all cooked ingredients with low-sodium (or preferably no salt) chicken stock until desired texture is reached.

Roasted Fruit Blend:
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Peel and slice fruit. Place in baking dish along with dried cherries. Add enough water to create steamy goodness (about 2 cups). Bake until fruit is tender. Mash or puree to reach desired texture.

Here are my tips for keeping within a one hour prep time:
-Start by roasting potato, chicken (in foil with water), and fruits.
-While things roast-cook carrots, zest orange, remove carrots, steam spinach.
-Cook pasta and drain.
-Cook rice, while rice cooks assemble Carrots and Stars Pasta and Sweet Potato Chickpeas Spinach.
-Assemble chicken, sweet potato, and rice mixture.-Boil eggs, and then puree or mash fruit.

 If you have any questions, please let me know. Or suggestions and ideas!

10 Responses to Preparing a Week of Baby Food

  1. Kristie January 20, 2015 at 11:15 pm #

    Another absolutely beautiful post!

  2. Mommy January 21, 2015 at 6:55 am #

    It’s time to retire from your ‘day’ job and start blogging full time. Awesome post, Lindsey.

  3. Yvette Humphrey Baby Nurse January 21, 2015 at 7:20 am #

    On point and well presented, I love it!!! Simply Awesome

  4. alycia October 26, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

    How did you cook the chicken? 🙂

    Also did you prepare egg yolk before hand?

    • sneaksandsweets9 October 26, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

      I just boiled the chicken and used some of the cooking water to thin it out. For the eggs-just hard boil the amount you want for the week and leave them in the shell until ready to use 🙂 Hope that helps!

  5. Jennifer November 26, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this, it’s very helpful. I was just curious on the amount you give your little one? When she was 9 months?

    Thanks!

    • sneaksandsweets9 December 12, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

      She ate about two or three ounces of solid food at a time 🙂

  6. Danielle January 27, 2016 at 7:32 pm #

    Such a great post thank you! This might be a silly question but she would have a bottle with this too right?

    • sneaksandsweets9 January 27, 2016 at 8:15 pm #

      Yes, at this point she was still drinking bottles 🙂

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