Ever since Lil Z-Bear was born, we have started a switch to organic in our house. It’s a slow process and we are nowhere near where we want to be. However, everything we put in Lil Z-Bear is 100% organic. Think organic is expensive? Well, it is. But, if you compare buying conventional jarred baby food against homemade organic baby food, organic is cheaper. Way cheaper.
Daunted by homemade baby food? There is no need to be! It’s easy, fun, and inexpensive. I don’t have any special equipment to make baby food (mainly because we just don’t have the counterspace in our small kitchen) but all I need is the stove and oven, and my trusty Cuisinart Food Processor. Below are some recipes I want to share that always please Lil Z-Bear!
1 medium organic butternut squash
Cut the squash lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place on a cookie sheet lined with foil and bake half hour to 45 minutes at 400 degrees. Squash is done when flesh is soft and tender and easily scoops out of the skin. Mash flesh with fork or potato masher, or puree in food processor. Add a little water to thin out and make smooth. Portion out and freeze. Thaw in warm water or microwave for 30 seconds. Serve with a sprinkling of cinnamon.
3 medium organic sweet potatoes (or organic jewel yams, I switch between the two, Lil Z-Bear loves both!)
Boil covered for 45 minutes. Let rest until cool enough to handle and peel. Mash with fork or potato masher. Portion out and freeze. Thaw in warm water or microwave for 30 seconds. Serve with a sprinkling of freshly cracked black pepper.
A bag of organic baby carrots
Place on a cookie sheet lined with foil and bake 35 to 45 minutes at 375 degrees. Carrots are done when soft and tender. Place in food processor and puree until smooth. Add a little water to thin, if necessaray. Portion out and freeze. Thaw in warm water or microwave for 30 seconds.
Sweet Green Peas
A bag of frozen organic peas.
Boil covered in 3/4 cup of water for 15 to 25 minutes. Drain and puree in food processor until smooth. Add a little water to thin, if necessary. Portion out and freeze. Thaw in warm water or microwave for 30 seconds.
3 Organic Comice Pears (although any pear will do, and if you can’t find Comice, Bartlett and Anjou work very well, the soft, juicy texture of Comice pears make them ideal for baby food)
Organic Rice or Oatmeal Cereal
Peel pears, remove seeds and stem, and cut into cubes. Steam or microvawe for 3 to 5 minutes. Mash with fork or potato masher. Add 4 tablespoons of organic rice cereal or oatmeal to thicken. Portion out and freeze. Thaw in warm water or microwave for 30 seconds.
One small very ripe organic banana
Tablespoon of organic rice cereal
This is probably the easiest baby food to make. Mash banana with a fork until smooth. Add a tablespoon of rice cereal and mix well. Serve immediately.