Category Archives: Baby Food

Turkey Baby Food

My baby girl is now at the stage where we’re trying out meat. So after looking up a few recipes, I decided to try my own spin on a “Thanksgiving Dinner” for her. Here it is:

Turkey Puree’ Baby Food

Ingredients:

Ground turkey (I purchased mine as a package of 4 patties)
Cooking Spray
Mrs. Dash

Method:

Heat a nonstick skillet sprayed lightly with cooking spray to medium heat. Add patty, seasoning VERY lightly on both sides with Mrs. Dash. Cook, chopping up to be sure it cooks thoroughly. When done, empty into a bowl and puree’ using an immersion blender. You may need to add a small amount of water in order for it to puree’ correctly. Put into individual servings in the ice cube trays, cover well and freeze. Then pop them out and put them in a ziploc bag for proper freezer storage.

When ready to serve, simply microwave along with a spoon of cranberry sauce or sweet potato puree’.


The Ingredients


Cooking…


Made into puree’. Yes I know it looks disgusting. Be glad you’re a grown up!

Sweet Potato Baby Food Puree’

Ingredients:

2 Sweet Potatoes

Method:

Wash sweet potatoes well then peelthe outer skin off. Dice into small pieces. Put into microwave steam bag and microwave on HIGH until tender enough to puree. Dump into bowl and use immersion mixer to puree. Divide into ice cube tray, cover with freezer cling wrap and keep in freezer till solid. Then pop them out of the tray, put into ziploc and store in freezer for up to 3 months.


Sweet Potatoes


Peeled and getting diced


Steamed, made into puree’ and ready to be frozen!

Butternut Squash Baby Food Puree’

Ingredients:

1 Butternut Squash

Method:

Wash squash well then peel/cut the outer skin off. Dice the top part into small pieces and then scoop out the seeds of the bottom part before dicing it. Discard the seeds. Put into microwave steam bag and microwave on HIGH until tender enough to puree. Dump into bowl and use immersion mixer to puree. Divide into ice cube tray, cover with freezer cling wrap and keep in freezer till solid. Then pop them out of the tray, put into ziploc and store in freezer for up to 3 months.


1 butternut squash


bottom part with seeds


Seeds scooped out!


Diced and in microwave steamer bag


made into puree


In tray.

Green Bean Baby Food Puree’

Ingredients:

1 lb fresh green beans

Method:

Wash green beans well then snap the ends off. Put into microwave steam bag and microwave on HIGH until tender enough to puree. Dump into bowl and use immersion mixer to puree. Divide into ice cube tray, cover with freezer cling wrap and keep in freezer till solid. Then pop them out of the tray, put into ziploc and store in freezer for up to 3 months.


Fresh green beans


In the microwave steamer bag


Ready to freeze

Yellow Squash Puree Baby Food

The next few posts will all be baby food posts, sorry people!

Yellow Squash Puree’

Ingredients:

4-Yellow Squash

Method:

Wash well and cut skin off of the squash. Chop into small pieces and put into microwave steamer bag. Microwave on HIGH for about 3 minutes or until soft enough to mush up. Empty into a bowl and using your immersion mixer, puree until smooth. Divide into ice cube tray, cover with Glad Cling Wrap and freeze till solid. Put into a ziploc and keep in freezer for up to 3 months.


4 Washed Squash


Diced up!


Puree’d and in the ice cube tray ready to be frozen!

Carrot Puree’ Homemade Baby Food

I know this is not a recipe that appeals to many, but what the heck. Elise has to eat too! With the madness going on with contaminated baby food products, I want to expose Elise to as little risk as possible. Therefore, we are making her baby food at home instead of buying the jars at the supermarket. An added bonus is that she does not get the extra sodium from the preservatives. One pack of store-bought baby food carrot puree’ contains 80 mg of sodium!

Here is how to do it at home, have a healthier baby, and save money!

Homemade Carrot Puree’

Ingredients:

Fresh carrots, either grown in someone’s yard or bought at the grocery produce section (organic preferred).

That’s it.

Method:

Wash carrots VERY well. Peel using a vegetable peeler, cut ends off with a sharp knife (keep away from baby). Cut carrots into small-ish pieces and put into a Glad microwave steamer bag. You don’t need to add any liquid to it. Steam in the microwave for 3.5 – 5 minutes, allow to sit for a few minutes so you don’t burn yourself on the steam. Empty into a bowl and use an immersion mixer to puree’ very fine. You can also use a food processor if you have one. Once completely smooth, divide the carrot puree’ into an ice cube tray using a regular spoon. Smoosh down so there’s no air pockets. Cover with freezer wrap and freeze until solid. Remove from ice cube trays and keep in a sealed freezer bag for up to 3 months. Be sure to label expiration day on the freezer bag.

To serve, simply thaw out ahead of time or cook in the microwave for 30 seconds. Make sure it’s not too hot for baby. I mix it with a little bit of formula, but not too much. Each cube is one serving. For less than $2 I can make 16 servings! It saves a lot of money and I know EXACTLY what my infant is eating!


Raw carrots, straight out of Mr. Noonie’s garden!


Carrots are washed, peeled, chopped and in the microwave steaming bag!


Getting made into puree’ by my immersion mixer – best tool in the kitchen!


In the ice cube tray, ready to be frozen!

Verdict: So easy and Elise seems to love it! Really, it’s so worth the VERY small amount of time it takes to do this!