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Stage 1 Homemade Baby Food Recipes – Cereal, Fruits & Veggies

Rice Cereal

  • 1/4 c. rice powder (brown rice ground in blender or food processor)
  • 1 cup water

Step 1: Bring liquid to boil in saucepan. Add the rice powder while stirring constantly.

Step 2: Simmer for 10 minutes, whisking constantly, mix in formula or breast milk and fruits if desired

Step 3: Serve warm.



Oatmeal Cereal

  • 1/4 c. of ground oats (do NOT use instant or Quick Cook), ground in blender or food processor
  • 3/4 c. water

Step 1: Bring liquid to boil in saucepan. Add the rice powder while stirring constantly.

Step 2: Simmer for 10 minutes, whisking constantly, mix in formula or breast milk and fruits if desired

Step 3: Serve warm.


Feeding Baby Stage 1 Baby Foods

Start out slowly, preparing a tablespoon sized portion of whatever food you have chosen to begin with.  Some parents begin offering their babies solid foods by using their (clean and washed) finger as a spoon.  They say that this helps their babies take to solid foods because the “new” spoon and the “new” food all at once seem to confuse baby.

You will probably only manage to have baby eat 1/2 of the tablespoon sized portion the very first times you begin solids.  Don’t fret if your baby does not “finish” a meal.



Apricot Puree 6-8 months+ (using dried un-sulphured apricots)

Vitamins: A, C, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Calcium

  • 1 pound dried apricots
  • 2 cups of white grape juice, pear or apple juice. Plain water is ok but the puree may be a bit bitter.

Step 1: Bring liquid and fruit to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes.

Step 2: Reserve any left over liquid to use for the puree

Step 3: Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.

Step 4: Add the reserved liquid as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin puree or

Step 5: Add cereal (if desired) to thicken up

Step 6: Note: puree will not freeze solid, but into slightly soft/slightly frozen cubes.



Apples/Applesauce (4)6 months+ Try Gala, Braeburn, Rome or Macs)

Vitamins: A, C, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium

This recipe is written so that you may use any amount of apples you wish.

Step 1: Peel, core and cut apple into slices/chunks

Step 2: Place slices or chunks into a pan with just enough water to slightly cover apples

Step 3: Boil/steam until tender; be sure to check on the water level and stir, T hat’s It. Easy Peasy.

Step 4: Apples may be mashed with a potato masher to achieve a smooth applesauce consistency. If your masher will not achieve a puree type of consistency, then follow steps 5 – 7

Step 5: Reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the apples

Step 6: Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.

Step 7: Add the reserved water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin puree

Step 8: Add cereal (if desired) to thicken up the

Step 9: Ask your pediatrician about adding some cinnamon for new tastes.

You may also buy an “Adult” jar of Natural applesauce from your local grocers.  Make sure you buy Natural Applesauce however. Read the labels if you are unsure.  The only ingredients should be apples and water or just apples.  A few companies may add ascorbic acid (vitamin C) or citric acid to their Natural Applesauce; this is fine.



Avocado (4)6 months+

Vitamins: A, C, Niacin, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium

Step 1: Peel and take out the pit of a ripe avocado – do not cook

Step 2: Cut “meat” out and mash with a fork

Step 3: There should be no need to use a machine as just like bananas, avocados have a very soft consistency and texture. Avocados do not need to be cooked.

Baked Apples 6-8 months+

Step 1: Core apple and leave peel on

Step 2: Place a wee bit of butter (if baby is ready for or has had dairy) on the inside of the cored apple (sprinkle a bit of cinnamon in the apple if your desire and if baby is ready for or has had cinnamon)

Step 3: Place in a pan with just enough water to slightly cover apples – about an inch of water

Step 4: Bake in a 400-degree oven for 30 minutes or until tender; be sure to check on the water level.

Step 5: Once baked, either cut apple into little bits and serve as a finger food or mash as directed above in the Apples/Applesauce recipe.




Banana Applesauce Mush (4)6 months+

  • 1 apple
  • 1 ripe banana

Step 1: Peel, core and cut apple into slices/chunks

Step 2: Place slices or chunks into a pan with just enough water to slightly cover apples

Step 3: Boil until tender; be sure to check on the water level.

Step 4: Apples may be mashed with a potato masher to achieve a smooth applesauce consistency or you can puree in an appliance as shown above

Step 5: Peel a ripe banana and mash in a bowl with a fork (heating in the microwave for approximately 20 seconds will soften the banana up if needed)

Step 6: Add applesauce to the banana and sprinkle with wheat germ* or crushed cheerios*

Step 7: Puree if necessary but mashing with a potato masher will typically get this mix smooth

*8 months+


Bananas (4)6 months+

Vitamins: A, C, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Selenium, Magnesium, Calcium

  • 1 Banana or however many you wish

Step 1: Peel ripe banana – do not cook

Step 2: Place banana in a food processor/food mill or blender and puree

Step 3: You can also mash the banana in a bowl using a regular fork – heat in microwave for 25 seconds prior to mashing for extra softness

Step 4: Add formula/breast milk or water to thin or add cereal (if desired) to thicken up.




Papaya 6-8months+

Vitamins: A, C, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Calcium

  • 1 ripe papaya

Step 1: Peel, de-seed and chunk the papaya

Step 2: Place papaya chunks in a blender or food processor

Step 3: Add formula, breast milk, or water and blend or mash until the proper consistency for your Infant is achieved.

Some parents who have infants with sensitive tummies will give fruits a gentle steaming to help break down the sugars and fibers for easier digestion. If you feel this is the case for your infant, chunk the papaya and then steam for 5-10 minutes until very soft.


Pears, Plums, Peaches and Nectarines too

Pear (Great for combating constipation) (4)6 months+

Vitamins: A, C, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium

Step 1: Peel and cut into chunks so as to avoid the little seed portion.

Step 2: Steam gently until tender if baby is under 6 months.

Step 3: Place in a blender/food processor and puree until smooth; you may be able to just use a fork!

Step 4: Use the leftover cooking water if needed but Pears tend to be very runny and watery without adding liquid.

Step 5: Add some baby cereal to thicken if needed.




Plums (4)6-8 months+

Vitamins: A, C, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium

  • 2-3 ripe plums

Step 1: Peel and pit the plums

Step 2: Cut into chunks

Step 3: Steam until tender in a scant amount of water if baby is under 6 months.

Step 4: Puree using the leftover cooking liquid.

You may need to mix in another fruit as plum purée has a tendency to be rather tart and/or bitter


Peaches (4)6-8 months+

Vitamins: A, C, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium

Steam Peaches – Method 1

Step 1: Scrub fruit clean and carve an X into 1 side of the fruit

Step 2: Place X side down in a pan with an inch of water

Step 3: Bring water to a boil and steam until soft and tender

Step 4: Peel skin from fruit and remove pits and/or seeds

Step 5: Move to step #6 below

 

Steam Peaches – Method 2

Step 1: Peel fruit

Step 2: Pit the peach

Step 3: Cut the peach into dices

Step 4: Steam until soft and tender then

Step 5: Move to step #6 below

 

Bake

Step 1: Halve the fruit and place “open” side down in a pan filled with 1 inch of water

Step 2: Bake at 400F until soft and tender and/or puckering of the skin appears.

Step 3: Peel skin from fruit and remove pits and/or seeds then

Step 4: move to step #6

Step 5: Reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the fruits

Step 6: Peel off skin then place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.

Step 7: Add the reserved water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin puree

Step 8: Add cereal (if desired) to thicken up.



Prunes 6-8 months+

Vitamins: A, C, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium

  • 1 small bag of dried prunes (try to use unsulphured dried fruits whenever possible!)

Step 1: Soak dried prunes in warm water until they plump up or steam gently.

Step 2: Once plump and tender, toss into food processor or blender and begin to puree.

Step 3: Add liquid without sparing any. Prunes tend to become a pasty gluey consistency when pureed and the more water you add, the easier it is to puree to a texture your baby will tolerate.


Pumpkin (4)6-8months+

Vitamins: A (12230 IU in 1 cup.), C, K, Folate, Niacin
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium, Iron

  • 1 medium sugar pumpkin, no heavier than 5 pounds

Step 1: Cut sugar pumpkin (the kind meant to be baked and eaten.) in half, scoop out seeds

Step 2: Place an inch of water in a baking pan, then place the halves “face” down in the pan.  Check on water level while baking

Step 3: Bake in a 400 degree oven for 40 minutes or until the “shell/skin” puckers and halves feel soft then scoop squash “meat” out of the shell

Step 4: Place pumpkin “meat” into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.

Step 5: Add water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency.

Step 6: You can also peel the pumpkin, scoop out the seeds and then cut into chunks and boil/steam until tender (like when boiling potatoes for mashed potatoes) then follow steps 4 and 5.

You may thin the pumpkin with whatever liquid you prefer and then serve or warm and serve.  You may also freeze canned pumpkin in ice cube trays if you wish.



Green Beans (4) 6 months+

Vitamins A, C, K, Niacin, Folate
Minerals:Potassium, Sodium, Phosphorus, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium

Step 1: If using Fresh Beans, snap the ends off the beans and wash the beans. If using Fresh Peas, open the pods and scrape out the peas from the pod. If using frozen of either Peas or Green Beans, cook according to package directions.

Step 2: Place fresh beans into a steamer basket in a pan with a just enough water to slightly show through in the basket.

Step 3: Steam until very tender; be sure to check on the water level.

Step 4: Reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the beans.

Step 5: Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing. It is best to use the setting that makes the finest liquid purees – green bean and pea skins are rather difficult to completely puree.

***Using a blender rather than a food processor or stick mixer might be better as well. ***

6. Add the reserved water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency

7. You may wish to push the green beans (or peas) through a sieve or mesh strainer to get rid of any remaining skins.



Carrots* 6-8 months+

Vitamins A (19,152 IU), C, Folate
Minerals:Potassium, Sodium, Phosphorous, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium

Step 1: Peel carrots and cut into small chunks

Step 2: Place chunks into a steamer pan with just enough water visible through the steamer basket

Step 3: Steam until tender

Step 4: Do not reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the carrots if baby is under 8 months old as Nitrates may seep into the cooking water

Step 5: Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.

Step 6: Add water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency



Garden Vegetable Combo

6-8 months+ after all vegetables have been introduced following the 4 day wait rule

Step 1: Combine fresh or frozen green beans and peas, summer and/or zucchini squash and small pieces of chopped carrots.

Step 2: Add enough water to just cover the vegetables.

Step 3: Cook until tender, reserving water.

Step 4: Puree vegetables in blender or food processor,

Step 5: Adding reserved water from the vegetables until mixture is of the desired consistency.



Peas

Vitamins A (4533 IU), C, Niacin, Folate

Minerals: Potassium, Sodium, Selenium, Phosphorous, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium, Zinc

Step 1: If using Fresh Peas, open the pods and scrape out the peas from the pod. If using frozen type of either Peas or Green Beans, cook according to package directions.

Step 2: Place fresh peas into a steamer basket in a pan with a just enough water to slightly show through in the basket.

Step 3: Steam until very tender; be sure to check on the water level.

Step 4: Reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the peas.

Step 5: Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing. It is best to use the setting that makes the finest liquid purees – green bean and pea skins are rather difficult to completely puree. Using a blender rather than a food processor or stick mixer might be better as well.

Step 6: Add the reserved water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency

Step 7: You may wish to push the peas (or green beans) through a sieve or mesh strainer to get rid of any remaining skins




Squash (Winter – Butternut, Acorn, Hubbard) (4) 6 months+

  • 1 medium sized butternut or acorn squash

Step 1: Cut acorn, hubbard, or butternut squash in half, scoop out seeds

Step 2: Place an inch of water in a baking pan, then place squash halves “face” down

in the pan. Check on water level while baking

Step 3: Bake in a 400 degree oven for 40 minutes or until the “shell/skin” puckers and halves feel soft then scoop squash “meat” out of the shell

Step 4: Place squash “meat” into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.

Step 5: Add water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency.

Step 6: You can also peel the squash, scoop out the seeds and then cut into chunks and boil/steam until tender (like when boiling potatoes for mashed potatoes) then follow steps 4 and 5



Squash (Summer/Zucchini) 6-8 months+

  • 3-4 small to medium sized yellow squash or zucchini

Step 1: Choose yellow squash or zucchini that are somewhat small in diameter, as these are the most tender.

Step 2: Wash squash thoroughly and cut into small slices or chunks. Do not remove skins.

*You may remove skins however an infant over the age of 8 months old should be able to digest squash puree with skins on

Step 3: Steam until tender then place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.

Step 4: Add water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency




Yams/Sweet Potato (4)6 months+

Vitamins A (24,877 mg ), C, Folate
Minerals:Potassium, Sodium, Selenium, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Calcium

Step 1: Wash and poke holes in sweet potato with fork then wrap sweet potatoes in tin foil – do not peel for baking/microwaving (you can also do this in the microwave – only use plastic wrap and cook for 8 minutes on high or until tender).

Step 2: Place in a 400 degree oven and bake for 30 minutes or until soft

OR

Step 1: Peel sweet potatoes and cut into small chunks

Step 2: Place chunks into a pan with just enough water to slightly cover potato

Step 3: “Steam” boil until tender, be sure to check on the water level.

Step 4: Reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the sweet potatoes

Step 5: If you have baked your sweet potato, remove skins and use liquid from your preferred source

Step 6: Place sweet potato into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.

Step 7: Add the reserved water or other liquid as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency


These Stage 1 Homemade Baby Food Recipes are age appropriate for those babies who are between 4 and 6 months of age. Many babies start solid foods between 4 months and 6 months. Stage One fruits and veggies we have included are foods that your 4 month old baby who is a beginning eater will be able to tolerate


HEARTY VEGGIE "STEW"
ingredients: pinto or kidney beans, potato, zucchini, summer squash, carrot, tomato sauce

You will make a larger batch of this recipe and store the extra your fridge or freezer.

Start by steaming or poaching your vegetables, including your beans. I like to use dry organic beans. I soak my beans overnight and cook them in a crock pot. It's inexpensive and I can make dinner for the family and the baby all at once! You can also used cans but do be aware of BPA in can liners. If I have to use pre-cooked beans I opt for the kind in a carton instead of can. Pacific brand makes organic beans in a carton.
Tomato sauce - you can cut up and simmer some tomato to make homemade tomato sauce, or but some pre-made sauce.

Let all of the veggies cool after cooking and cut them into smaller pieces. Add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup beans to your food processor. Also add your cut up vegetables. Add 2-3 tablespoons of tomato sauce. Puree until smooth. Add one or two more tablespoons of tomato sauce if needed.

* If your baby is colicky or seems to get gassy very easily you may want to skip the tomato sauce. My daughter had colic from excessive gas so I could not give her tomato until she was older (about 8 or 9 months). You may substitute water or chicken broth for the tomato sauce.


VEGGIE AND RICE COMBO
Use any of the combinations above and add some cooked brown rice to create this hearty recipe.

Start by cooking some good whole grain brown rice (organic is preferable - rinsed before cooking).
Steam or poach your vegetable combination. Let cool for 15-20 minutes. Chop into smaller pieces. Add to food processor. Add brown rice at about a 2 to 1 ratio (if there is one cup veggies add around half a cup rice.) Add a tablespoon or two of either chicken or vegetable broth, or water. Puree until smooth.


VEGETABLE AND QUINOA
Quinoa is so much like rice, although it is not characterized as a grain, and it is a incredibly healthy choice for any meal. Prepare the quinoa according to box instructions. It is very similar to making rice. Add cooked quinoa to any vegetable combo puree at a 2 to 1 ration (quinoa being the 1 in the ratio). Add a liquid to thin the puree slightly. Nutritional Information

Carrots - a good source of vitamin C, B6. Folate, Iron, potassium, copper

Green beans - A great source of Fiber, Folate, magnesium and vitamins A,C, and K. Contains protein, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, vitaminB6, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phospherus, and copper.

Peas - very good source of fiber. Also a good source of protein, vitamin A, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, phospherus, and copper.

Broccoli - a great source of fiber, vitamins A, C, E, K and B6, riboflavin, potassium, folate, and magnesium. Contains protein, thiamin, iron, calcium, phospherus, magnesium.

Spinach - Very good source of fiber, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamins A, C, E, B6, and K, folate, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phospherus, zinc and copper.

Squash (summer) - a good source of fiber, vitamins A, C and K, folate, magnesium, copper, potassium. Also contains thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, iron and B6.

Butternut - a very good source of fiber, vitamin A, and C, potassium, magnesium. Also contains vitamin B6.

Sweet potato - dietary fiber, vitamins A.C, and B6, potassium, and magnesium.

Cauliflower - a great source of fiber, vitamin, C, B6, folate, potassium and magnesium, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, iron, niacin, zinc.



HOMEMADE BABY FOOD - CHICKEN AND TURKEY RECIPES

Baby foods made with poultry are a great way to introduce your baby to eating meats and lean proteins. A great way to fit cooking these dishes is to plan meals for the entire family. Roast a chicken or turkey breast for the whole family and then save some leftovers to make baby food with.

I also like to buy large family packs of chicken breasts and store them in individual portions. As soon as I bring it home I split it up into family portions, and then baby portions consisting of one chicken breast per storage bag. I then freeze or refrigerate the portions until they are ready to be cooked for the baby food recipes.

When working with individual portions you have more options as in how to cook the chicken. After all you are only going to puree the chicken to make baby food, so there is no need to roast it. I usually poach the chicken in water or organic free range (or homemade) chicken stock if I am going to use it in baby food recipes.

To poach the chicken or turkey just place it in a small cooking dish and add chicken broth or water to fill about half way. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cook covered for about 20 - 30 minutes until cooked all the way through. For quicker cooking times either cut up your chicken before cooking or purchase the chicken tenders cuts.


Simple Chicken Puree - after cooking your chicken let it cool for about 10 to 15 minutes. Cut the chicken into small pieces to fit into a food processor. Place the chicken pieces into the food processor and add a tablespoon or two of either water, breast milk or chicken broth or stock (if you poached the chicken you can use the liquid you cooked it in). Puree the food about 30 second at a time, stopping in between to give it a quick stir. Add more liquid if needed. Keep pureeing the poultry until you get the desired consistency.



CHICKEN AND VEGETABLE BABY FOOD RECIPES
While most of these recipes discuss cooking the ingredients separately and then pureeing them together, I do have to mention this one little time saving tip. You can cook the chicken/turkey and vegetable together! For most meals while I was cooking on demand for my baby (not for large batch meals however) I cooked a few days of chicken or turkey and veggie meals in one pot, with some water or broth, baked in the oven. Just let the meal cool and pop all the ingredients into your food processor or blender.
* substitute turkey for chicken in any one of the baby food recipes below


Chicken and Spinach - Start by poaching, baking, or boiling your chicken or turkey. While you are cooking your poultry prepare your spinach. Spinach cooks very quickly and it is a snap to make. I like to steam it so I do not diminish much of the vegetables mineral and nutrient content. Use a basket steamer to cook the spinach. Watch it closely. It will only take about a minute or less to cook it over rapidly boiling water.
Remove the spinach from the steamer and set aside to cool for a few minutes. Once your poultry is cooked and cooled enough cut it into small pieces and add it along with the spinach to a baby food processor. The ratio of amounts of each ingredient is entirely up to your preference, although I always recommend using more veggies than meat. Puree the ingredients until you've reached the desired consistency. If you need to, add a teaspoon or two of water or chicken broth. Remove the mixture from the food processor bowl and either serve immediately or store in your fridge or freezer for later use.


Chicken and Apple - Poach, bake, or boil the poultry of your choice. While cooking your bird, peel, core and cut one or two apples depending on how much of the baby food you are planning to make. Cut the peeled apple into small chunks. Place the apple pieces into a pot of boiling water and cook on medium high heat until they are easily pierced with a fork. Remove from the boiling water and set aside to cool for about 10 minutes. When the poultry is done cooking you will also cut this into smaller pieces to fit into your baby food processor. Add both ingredients and puree for about 30 seconds at a time, stopping to stir the mixture. Add a tablespoon or two of liquid - either breast milk, apple juice, water, or chicken broth. Puree all ingredients until it has reached the desired consistency. Serve immediately or store for later use.


Chicken and Carrot - Start by cooking a poultry of your choice. While the poultry is cooking you will cook the carrots intended for the baby food recipes. I like to steam my carrots but you can also simply boil them. Cook the carrots until they are soft enough to easily pierce with a fork. When they are done cooking let them cool for 10 to 15 minutes. When your poultry is done cooking cut it into smaller pieces and add to your food processor along with one or two tablespoons of chicken broth, water, breast milk, or vegetable stock. Add the carrots to the food processor along with your poultry. Puree 30 seconds or so at a time until you've reached the desired consistency.

Chicken and Squash - Poach, bake, or boil the poultry of your choice. In the meantime slice some zucchini squash and yellow summer squash. Steam or boil the squash until tender. Set aside to cool. After your poultry has been cooked and cooled cut it into small pieces to fit it into your baby food processor. Add the cooked zucchini and summer squash. Puree for 30 seconds at a time until the mixture has reached its desired consistency. Add a tablespoon of liquid if needed.



HEARTY POULTRY BABY FOOD RECIPES
Chicken and Rice - or turkey and rice of course. To make these baby food recipes simply add cooked brown rice to any of the above recipes. Add rice to plain chicken or turkey puree to make a simple poultry and rice dish.

Turkey and Quinoa - Again, use the poultry of your choice! Quinoa is an incredibly healthy alternative to rice! Prepare one serving size of organic quinoa per the directions on the box. It cooks very similarly to rice. Puree quinoa, vegetables, and turkey at a 1:1:1 ratio for small or large batches of homemade baby food.


Chicken Noodle Soup - Start by cooking your poultry. You know the drill, poach, bake, boil... whichever works the best for you. Cook some vegetables of your choice. I like to use peas and carrots, but some other great combinations are corn and green beans, potato and carrot, etc. Boil some water and cook some whole grain pasta of your choice or even egg, or rice noodles. Once all of your ingredients are cooked and cooled cut them all into small pieces or chunks. Add to your baby food processor along with two or three tablespoons of liquid. Puree all the ingredients about 30 seconds at a time stopping to stir. Puree until you have reached a smooth texture.




HOMEMADE BABY FOOD - MEAT RECIPES
Baby foods made with beef or any other meat/protein should be introduced to your baby after they have become fully accustomed to eating solid foods. Always start by introducing fruits and veggies first.

I started my baby on meats when she was about 7 1/2 months old. At first, before I came to my senses and started making my own baby food, I tried store bought baby food from a jar. She couldn't stand the stuff! As a matter of fact, she actually gagged every time she attempted to taste the stuff. Homemade baby food did the trick! From the time I started feeding homemade meat based meals she absolutely loved meal time! We experienced no more gagging, and I had one very happy baby.

Some advice about introducing meat baby food recipes to you little one - Always start with a more bland tasting recipe. Also, make sure the meat is cooked all the way through. There should be no pink parts in the middle.

Here are some of the recipes I used to feed my baby, and now I pass them on to you to make your own baby food. The recipes below are all beef based baby food recipes.


COOKING TIPSThere are several ways to cook the meat for making baby food. You should steer away from using a method that may deplete the meat of it's nutritional content. In my opinion, the best way to cook beef is to bake it or grill it. Other methods include boiling and poaching. Boiling is good for when you are in a hurry and need to cook it as soon as humanly possible. Poaching is good if you have a cut of beef that is not so tender. Cooking it slowly in liquid will help to keep the beef moist.

A great way to gradually work making your own baby food into your daily schedule is to incorporate it into the meals you cook for your entire family. For example, plan to cook a roast. Buy a roast that is big enough to feed the family and still have leftovers. Cook the roast to please the family. When the roast comes out of the oven cut a piece off for the baby, and place it back into the oven to cook until well done.

All of these baby food recipes will start by using meat that is cooked until it is well-done. It should then be cooled and cut to smaller pieces to fit into a food processor. The smaller you cut the pieces, the easier it will be to puree.

Beef Puree - To make a beef puree place a cup or two of cooked and cut up pieces of beef into your baby food processor. Place 2 - 5 tablespoons of water or beef stock into the processor as well. I recommend that you gradually add the liquid until the puree reaches the desired consistency. Serve the puree immediately or store in your fridge or freezer.


BEEF PUREE RECIPES
Meat and Vegetable Recipes - To make your own baby food with a meat and vegetable recipe combine any cooked vegetable with cooked and cut up beef or a meat of your choice. Alternative choices to beef could be venison, bison, or veal. Add your cooked ingredients to a food processor along with water, beef or vegetable stock. Puree until you reach the desired consistency.
Beef and Peas

Beef and Green Beans

Veal and Tomato

Venison and Carrot


Hearty Beef Stew recipe - Start with cooked, cooled, and cut up beef. Add this to your baby food processor. Next add your vegetables. All the vegetables should be cooked, cooled, and cut into small pieces. Add tomato, potato, carrot, and 2 - 4 tablespoons of either water, vegetable, or beef broth. Puree the mixture until desired consistency for about 30 seconds at a time stopping to stir the mixture.