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!