Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Bébé bites

We've been babyfood making central here these past few days. The wee one has finally decided to branch out from breastmilk and it's been fun seeing her experience new tastes and textures. Breakfast is usually a fruit, lunch is a fruit/veggie mix and dinner is a fruit/veggie mix with chopped up bits of whatever protein I'm eating (and sometimes chopped up bits of whatever veggies I'm eating as well). I thought I'd take a few minutes to write out a few of the combos we've tried for some of you ladies with little ones.

Harvest veggie mix
Butternut Squash
Apples
Carrots
Prunes

Peel and core apples. Chop equal amounts of the squash, apples and carrots into small cubes. Chop 3 or 4 prunes. Combine all of the fruits and veggies and steam. Blend, using small amounts of the liquid leftover from steaming to achieve the desired consistency. Cool and either refrigerate or freeze in ice cube trays for future use.

Go Green!
Broccoli
Peas
Pears

Combine equal amounts of broccoli, peas and peeled/cored/chopped pears (or adjust the ratios to fit your baby's palate). Steam and blend, using small amounts of cooking liquid to achieve the desired consistency. Cool and either refrigerate or freeze in ice cube trays for future use.

Rosemary Applesauce
4 Apples
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary

(I'm still working on the best way to do this recipe but this is what I did today and it worked quite well)
Preheat oven to 350.
Peel and core apples. I chopped them into quarters because it was the easiest way to core them. Place two apples on a large piece of tin foil with a sprig of rosemary, fold the foil over and crimp the edges so the apples are sealed inside the foil packet (repeat with the other two apples and rosemary). Place the two packets on a cookie sheet and bake for about 45 minutes. Remove the rosemary and blend, using small amounts of water to achieve a good consistency.
I think I could have done this just as easily by steaming them but this worked really well  and tasted so good that I was stealing bites from her :).

Cardamom scented pears
4-5 pears
4-5 whole Cardamom pods

Peel and core pears and chop into small cubes. Place pears in steamer basket with the cardamom pods. Steam, remove pods and blend pears. You probably won't need to add any liquid to get them to the right consistency. I think I'll add some nutmeg to these the next time.

Baked nectarines
4 nectarines

Wash nectarines and slash an 'X' shape at the bottom of them with a knife. Wrap in foil and bake on 350 for an hour. Remove and allow to cool. The skin should remove easily and the flesh can be pulled right off the pit. Blend as is with no added liquid.

I'm sure we'll come up with more interesting stuff as she continues to grow and I hope to keep posting them here! Please chime in with your favorite combos and recipes!

2 comments:

fraukuech said...

How fun! I plan on doing this eventually. It seems so much healthier and yummier than the stuff from the store :)

Arifminds said...

nice , look fresh and natural

go mom and kids