Making Baby's Food
When my daughter turned 6-7 months old I decided to make her baby puree myself. Buying all those jars was so expensive, I thought making it at home would be more economical and I would know exactly what she was getting. I bougth the Beaba Babycook Baby Food Maker along with some freezer trays and got to work. Below are some of what I made back then at the 6-7 month mark and some of what I make now at 15 months. Not all recipes need the Beaba.
For defrosting... you can use the Beaba but personally I popped the food out of the tray, put it in a glass bowl and microwaved. For the fruit I used 40-42 seconds. For veggies which I wanted warm I used 1 minute or longer as needed. MAKE SURE YOU STIR AND CHECK THE TEMPERATURE OF THE FOOD YOURSELF BEFORE YOU FEED TO BABY!!
Beaba Babycook and Freezer Tray
Apples & Pears
One thing I want to note before I list the recipes is that you need to be aware of what your baby can handle. If they are just starting solids you really need to puree the fruit and veggies quite well so there is no harm of choking. As they get older you can go for a chunkier consistency.
Fill the water tank up to level 3 (see your Beeba instructions). Wash, peel and core two golden delicous apples and one bosc pear. Dice them and add into the babycook basket. Turn the steamer on. When the machine is done steaming pull out the basket and reserve the liquid. Put the fruit in the mixing/puree container with some of the reserved liquid and puree. Check the consistency. If you are looking for chunkier food you will most likely only need half of the liquid but if you have a child on the younger side like 6-7 months you may need all of the liquid to make a really fine puree.
Some twists for older babies. Add a handful of golden raisins to the basket before steaming along with a sprinkle or two of cinnamon.
Extra can be frozen in the freezer trays.
Quick Tomato "Sauce"
I used this recipe when my daughter was a little older like 9 months and could easily eat small pastina.
Again fill the water basin to leve 3. In the basket add 1/2 clove garlic, a handful of grape tomatoes (red, yellow or whatever you have) and a 1/2 leaf of basil. Steam then puree with some of the reserved liquid as needed and add to cooked pastina. Makes a yummy sauce. Just beware of any tomato skin that didn't puree well. You can add some grated cheese as well.
I usually didn't have any extra to freeze here.
Spinach & Sweet Potatoes
I've been making this one for quite some time now. She loved it at 9 months and still does. I sometimes add in some baby ceral or mix it with cooked cream of wheat but she usually likes it without the add-ins.
So level three again for the water. Peel and dice half a sweet potato and put into the basket. Wash baby spinach leaves and add to the basket until it reaches the top (ie. you can't fit in any more). Steam and then puree with about 1/2 of the reserved liquid.
Other add ins - I also sometimes add in a diced carrot before steaming.
This one freezes well.
Banana & Avocada
No steaming required here. You simply add two ripe bananas and one ripe avocado into the mixing container and puree. I actually make double this each time (4 bananas and 2 avocados). She loves this one and it freezes well.
When you remove these from the freezer tray and defrost ( I usually put in the microwave for 40 seconds) you will notice it can turn brown but not to worry... just stir it up and it is ok to eat.
I made this one a lot around twelve months but she is not loving it lately so we are taking a break from it.
Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Wash two zucchinis and two summer sqashes. Wash and fully peel an eggplant. Dice/cube all of the veggies and add to the cookie sheet. Drizze with extra virgin olive oil. (I sometimes add a sprinkle of salt but this is optional). Mix the veggies and oil so they are all coated. Spread out so they lay flat on the cookie sheet and bake for approx 20-25mins. Once they are soft/tender remove form the oven and puree. You can do this in the Beaba but you may have to do in batches. I used a food processor. I usually didn't add any water but just made sure I blended it long enough until it became smooth. You can add a bit of water if you need it.
This froze well and made quite a bit of food.
Brown Rice & Veggies
I just started making this for my daughter and she likes it but sometimes takes a while to eat it :). When she is not in the mood to chew feeding time can be less than fun.
In a medium saucepan add two peeled and diced carrots, (make sure none of the pieces are rounds... they should be half moons and small enough for your toddler to handle eating without choking), a small head of broccoli (washed and cut into very small toddler bit size pieced florets) and 9 Tablespoons of 10 minuite brown rice. Fill the pot with water about 3/4's full and boil until the veggies are very soft and rice is cooked. Drain the water out and serve.
This freezes well in portion sized freezer trays or tupperware.
Another non cook recipe. I do this one in one of those handheld blender/mixers... I'll link a like item below. Mine is super old and I couldn't find the same one on-line.
Wash two handfuls of blueberries and add to the blending cup. Wash and hull three strawberries and chop into the cup. Blend.. that's it. This is usually one serving for my daughter so I don't freeze this one but if you want to make extra it should freeze just fine.
I didn't start this one until she turned 1 because strawberries are a no no for babies. When she was younger I used to steam the blueberries in the Beaba and puree with the reserved liquid. She liked that quite a bit. Sometimes after the blueberries were steamed I'd add a bit of banana to puree with the steamed blueberries. It helped to thicken up the puree. Or I'd steam both blueberries and peeled apple. That was a good one too.
If you are unsure about what is ok to give your baby to eat you should always first ask your doctor. You can also check out sites like parents.com and earthsbest.com . They both offer guidelines and sugestions on feeding baby. Parents.com also lists recipes.
Hope you can use some of these.