Cooking Corner

Baby Food Recipies

We are meeting more and more moms these days that make their own baby food.  While it can seem like a big task, it can actually be quite simple and fun!  Here are five easy recipes to help get you started.  (All recipes can be found on Cookinglight.com)

 

sweetpotatoSweet Potato Puree:

2 large sweet potatoes (about 13 ounces each)
2 tablespoons water, formula, or breast milk

1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. Pierce each potato several times with a fork. Bake at 400° for 55 minutes to 1 hour or until tender. Cool 45 minutes or until cool enough to handle.

3. Peel sweet potatoes. Place flesh in a food processor; process until smooth, adding 2 tablespoons water, formula, or breast milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, to reach desired consistency.

Easy Freezing This recipe is based on 1/4-cup serving sizes. If you freeze batches in ice-cube trays, one cube usually holds 2 tablespoons. We recommend defrosting just one cube when baby is new to solid food. Later on when baby has started eating more, defrost two to four cubes (2 to 4 ounces or 1/4 to 1/2 cup).

 

beets

Beets:

2 beets (about 11 ounces)

1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. Leave root and 1-inch stem on beets; scrub with a brush. Wrap each beet in foil. Bake at 400° for 1 hour or until tender. Remove from oven; cool slightly. Trim off beet root; rub off skin. Cut beets in half. Place in a food processor; process until smooth, adding water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed, to reach desired consistency.

Easy Freezing This recipe is based on 1/4-cup serving sizes. If you freeze batches in ice-cube trays, one cube usually holds 2 tablespoons. We recommend defrosting just one cube when baby is new to solid food. Later on when baby has started eating more, defrost two to four cubes (2 to 4 ounces or 1/4 to 1/2 cup).

greenbeansGreen Beans:

1 pound green beans, trimmed

1. Place green beans in a vegetable steamer. Steam, covered, 15 minutes or until very tender. Remove beans from steamer, reserving cooking liquid.

2. Place beans in a food processor; process until smooth, adding cooking liquid, 1 tablespoon at a time, to reach desired consistency. Strain using a sieve or food mill, if needed; discard solids.
appleApples:

4 apples (about 2 pounds), peeled, cored, and quartered

1. Place apples in a vegetable steamer. Steam, covered, 12 minutes or until very tender.

2. Place apples in a food processor; process until smooth.

Kitchen Tip The riper the fruit, the less steaming time it takes to soften the flesh, so use the lower end of the cook time range.

Easy Freezing This recipe is based on 1/4-cup serving sizes. If you freeze batches in ice-cube trays, one cube usually holds 2 tablespoons. We recommend defrosting just one cube when baby is new to solid food. Later on when baby has started eating more, defrost two to four cubes (2 to 4 ounces or 1/4 to 1/2 cup).

 

squashYellow Squash:

4 yellow squash (about 1 1/4 pounds), cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices

1. Place squash in a vegetable steamer. Steam, covered, 7 minutes or until very tender.

2. Place squash in a food processor; process until smooth.

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