a few make-your-own recipes

ImageWhen J started eating ‘real’ food I found it difficult to come up with new and exciting recipes that were still simple and quick to make. When i would go shopping I would stop by the baby section of the store and check out what concoctions they had, but most were bland and too blah for my liking. After talking to friends and family and getting some recipe ideas from them I still longed for more i decided to turn to ol’ faithful GOOGLE! I was overwhelmed by the amount of great make-your-own baby food sites/blogs, there was so much variety.

I couldn’t wait to get started(it doesn’t take much to get me excited) I figured I would try and find an hour each day to whip some recipes together and freeze them for later use. It wasn’t easy at first I’m not a natural in the kitchen so I felt like I was checking the recipes constantly and freaking out about cleanliness. Eventually I got there.

I actually ended up tweaking most of the recipes and even making up a few of my own. Here are a few of my fav’s, easy to make, easy to freeze and most important of all J eats them!

Apple + Peach Puree (4+ months)

what you’ll need:
2 small-medium apples
2 peeled peaches

what to do:
core, peel and finely chop the apples and peaches.

put the finely chopped fruit in a small pot and put enough water to cover the fruit.

bring it to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and place on low heat for a couple of mins (3-5)

strain, and set aside the access water.

using your blender puree the fruit mixture. Add a small amount of the access water if you would like.

~ this will store for 4 weeks in the freezer and 24 hours in the refrigerator.

You can also add raisins, banana chunks,etc as your baby gets older.

Sweet Potato + Cheese Din Din (4+ months)

what you’ll need:
1 tsp olive oil
1 medium size sweet potato(yam)
½ small onion
2 tbsp milk
4 tbsp water
1 tbsp of finely grated cheese (I like harvarti)

what to do:
peel and chop sweet potato and onion.

heat the olive oil and a pan over medium heat, fry up those onions until tender. Add the sweet potato and heat for approx one miniute.

add the milk and water and stir. cover and simmer, stirring once and a while, until the sweet potatoes are soft.

remove from the heat and add the cheese (grated)

put in the blender and add more water if needed.

~ this will store for 4 weeks in the freezer and 24 hours in the refrigerator.

Once again feel free to add cooked meat to this recipe, I find turkey works well.

Veggie Coco korma (7+ months)

what you’ll need:

1tsp butter
½ small onion
1 small carrot
pinch of cumin,coriander, turmeric
2 tsp tomato puree
1 potato
1 tbsp unsalted beans
2 tsp shredded coconut
½ cup cool water

what to do:

finely chop the onion,carrot,potato.
heat the butter in a pan over low heat. fry the onions and carrots until soft.

add those lovely spices, then the tomato puree and heat for 3 minutes, strirring once in a while.

put half the mixture aside, in a bowl.

add the potato, beans,coconut and water to the pan.

bring to a boil, then reduce, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes.

mash it up and add the reserved veggies.

~ this will store for 4 weeks in the freezer and 24 hours in the refrigerator.

These are just a few starter recipes, with the veggie coco korma being the more advanced one, hope you’ll give them a go!


don’t bother buying these organic…

These are the top 15 foods not to bother buying organic in Canada:

  1. onions
  2. corn
  3. pineapple
  4. avocado
  5. asparagus
  6. kiwi
  7. sweet potato
  8. mushrooms
  9. cantaloupes
  10. eggplant
  11. mangoes
  12. sweet peas
  13. cabbage
  14. watermelon
  15. grapefruit

hopefully this will help you save your pennies!

Top 5 foods to buy organic

The definition of organic foods is foods free of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, growth hormones and antibiotics. It can get very pricey buying all organic so Health Canada suggests sticking to these top 5, that way you aren’t breaking the bank but still getting “clean” foods!


  1. Apples
  2. Leafy Greens
  3. Berries
  4. Meat
  5. Dairy

Another tip to keep costs down and still maintain eating ‘clean’ is to buy produce that is in season.

Babies first foods!

I know you’ve all been there, or will be very soon, your baby is starting to lick his lips while you’re munching on that cookie. Grandparents are starting to make concerning comments  “have you given him any cereal yet? He looks hungry.” This is all natural, your baby wants some food and milk just isn’t that exciting anymore. This article is about embracing this next chapter!

So pick a date, and prep to give them their first meal. But that is the simple part. Next comes all those questions… is it better to buy jar food? Will he be allergic? Should you run to Chapters and buy out the make-your-own baby food section? Take a breath.

When J was 4 and a half months old I decided to take out the baby bullet (piece of crap) and went to my local shopper’s to see what goodies I could find. I researched the basics; start with rice, barley cereal and introduce new food slowly. I bought three different baby cereals and the one that J seemed to like best was Danone Milupa. I also liked it due to having no artificial flavouring, colouring or preservatives. Next came the actual food. I did quite a bit of research and liked the idea of buying “clean” foodsI decided to go almost all organic/locally grown for baby J, not as expensive as you would think, babies don’t each that much!

After the rice cereal came the fun stuff, I started with simple fruits at first and after about 3 days with no reactions would move on to the next (remember poop will change a bit, thats normal).

Here is a lists of foods I started J on:

*always talk to your doctor before starting your child on solids, I am in no way a medical professional I’m a mom and this is what worked for me and my baby!



4-8 months

  • banana
  • pear
  • plum
  • apple
  • peach
  • melon
  • prunes
  • avocado
  • nectarines
  • mango


  • sweet potato
  • white potato
  • squash
  • peas
  • green beans
  • bell peppers (not hot peppers)
  • zucchini
  • pumpkin
  • parsnips


  • rice
  • barley
  • oats

DAIRY (I started around 7months)

  • cheese (pasteurized)
  • yoghurt (greek full fat)

MEAT/FISH (I started with chicken and turkey and moved on at 7 months)white fish (no bones)

OTHER (these are some fun bits I added to ‘spice it up’ a bit)

  • dill
  • basil
  • cinnimon
  • mint
  • vanilla
  • lemon zest
  • pepper (pinch)
  • nutmeg
  • flax seeds(after 7 months)
  • garlic
  • rosemary

I started very simple and day by day, I got more confident and less freaked stressed out each time I plonked J in his high chair for feeding time. Of course I still get a bit up tight when I give him something new but I figure we’ve come this far and we’ve had no issues yet. Fingers crossed! Now he’s 10 months old and has enjoyed everything from Greek to Indian food.

So don’t be afraid to make your own food, don’t be afraid of reactions, take it on with confidence and fill that babies belly with yummy grub!

Look out for my next article, where I will discuss in further detail some of the recipes I made with the foods listed above.