One of the most common pureed foods I make for Ava is pureed pear. I generally mix it with yoghurt, or banana pieces at the time she’s eating it. Sometimes I’ll just pop the pureed pear in the microwave for 20 seconds and add a few dashes of cinnamon. My 7 year old niece, Mia, loves this for a snack as well! Which is great because it’s super healthy and way better than a piece of chocolate or bag of chips she would normally have!
Most of the purees I make I use my my Bellini Stick Mixer from Target! For only $29 AUD, it was a fantastic investment
The recipe is really simple for this puree! All you need is 5-6 pears.
Peel and chop the pears and place in a microwave safe container.
Place in the microwave for 6-8 minutes until a knife can pierce the flesh without pressure.
Transfer the pears to the container for the mixer and puree until smooth!
I like to add in Blueberries, Banana or Pureed Apple at this stage.
Transfer to your containers and squeeze packs and freeze for 2-3 months!
We introduced Quinoa to Ava when she was about 5 months old and she loved it! I mixed it with sweet potato, or zucchini. I think the change in texture from her normal pureed food was a great new experience.
Most nights I look through Pinterest for recipe ideas for Baby Food- purees and semi-solids, considering she has to adorable little teeth. I found these Quinoa Beef Meatballs, and couldn’t wait to try them!
I made them yesterday and Ava is loving them! They are super easy- I had most ingredients in my pantry already.
The recipe comes from Buona Pappa.
Quinoa Beef Meatballs
- 16 oz. Organic ground beef (500gr.)
- 3 Cups cooked quinoa (900gr.)
- 1 large Fuji apple, grated
- 2 Tbsp tomato paste (no salt)
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 egg
- 3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Preheat the oven at 350F/180C
- Place all the ingredients in a big bowl
- Mix everything
- Place one tablespoon of mix in your hands and roll it forming a small ball
- Place the meatballs on a parchment paper on a baking sheet
- Bake for 30 minutes and enjoy
I froze half of the meatballs, and kept the remainder in an airtight container in the fridge.
Ava has been eating more and more solids which has been exciting! She has predominantly been eating a few combinations:
- Sweet Potato, Carrot and White Potato
- Apple & Pear
- Sweet Potato and Carrot
We tried banana once but it didn’t work out that well.. Anyways, with me heading back to work in a few short weeks I decided to bulk make baby food yesterday. I have no issues with store bought baby food, but I wanted to try and make homemade food for as long as possible before resorting to the convenience of pre-packaged! My mum tells of a time when she tried to feed me a store bought baby food mix and I threw the whole thing up.. it could have been because of acid reflux, the type of vegetables in the mix etc etc but she swears that it was the fact that it was store bought and not homemade..
What I decided to do was buy a bunch of fruit and vegetables, chop, steam and puree them all individually. Once done, I then combined the different flavours together and loaded the mixture into cleaned ice cube trays*.
So, I’m going to pause here and explain a few things:
- I used my microwave to steam everything except the fruits that didn’t need steaming (bananana, blueberries, plums and mango). I know there are people who will probably criticize me for using the microwave.. I didn’t want to have a billion pots of water going to try and steam everything on the stove so I’m sorry..
- I broke the microwave with all the steaming..haha..after a 7 year stint I think it was time for a new microwave anyways.. but if you do decide to steam everything take breaks between using it..
2a. Have you seen the cost of microwaves lately?!?! WHAT THE..
The longest part of this process was the peeling and chopping. I read somewhere that they recommend peeling fruit and vegetables until your baby is about 7-9 months, so this was the most tedious part of everything.
The fruit and vegetables I used were:
The combinations (from memory) I made were:
- Carrots, Pumpkin and Sweet Potato
- Sweet Potato and Zucchini
- Mango, Peach, Apple and Pear
- Apple, Pear and Mango
- Blueberry and Banana
- Sweet Potato, Spinach and Zucchini
- Apple, Pear and Plum
- Apple, Pear, Mango and Plum
- Banana, Blueberry and Peach
Once frozen overnight I put the different flavours into ziplock bags in the freezer.
I’ll let you know how the different flavours go as we try them!
If you have any questions please let me know!!
*I read a tutorial on how to clean ice cube trays to hold baby food. I washed them with soapy water first and then washed them again with just boiling water. I did a few rinse throughs with boiling water afterwards as well.
2 days after Ava turned 4 months we tried rice cereal! Friends.. it went so well that she started refusing the bottle.. yep.. How do we know that it wasn’t just a fluke.. well, she would drink half a bottle and refuse the rest. I would then go and get the bowl with the rice cereal and she would start laughing and eat the whole bowl.. What a smart baby she is!
A week after she tried rice cereal we went away for the entire week so back to the bottle only we went. Ava eventually realised that she wasn’t going to get solids so she began drinking the bottle again..
Last week I restarted her on rice cereal- she is loving it! We tried banana with rice cereal which went over terrible..She was not a fan of the banana. We will try it again but maybe I’ll mix it with another fruit or vegetable.
Sweet Potato has been a massive hit!
The best infographic I found for what to introduce when was from The Mommy Promotion below:
Things no one tells you about feeding your baby solids:
- Their poo will not becoming solid after a week of solids
- Food will cover you and your child! It is so so messy!
- If your child is teething they will LOVE the spoon! I recommend giving your baby an extra spoon to bite while you feed them.
- You will see some of the best facials in your short babies life on the day you introduce a food that they hate! Example below.. banana..
In has been an amazing experience to feed Ava new things!
Well friends, Ava is 18 weeks old.. I feel like I deserve a high-five for keeping a baby alive for 18 weeks! While it hasn’t necessarily been difficult it is a HUGE life change. The older she gets the HUGE-ER (is that even a word) the change gets!!
She’s still sleeping through the night (thankfully), but her naps during the day are becoming significantly shorter. She has steam rolled with discovering things:
- her hair (she reaches behind her head and rubs and grabs her hair..haha)
- her fingers (they are constantly in her mouth..we think she’s starting to teethe)
- her voice (she screams excitedly all the time! She is also laughing so much)
Ava experienced her first Christmas this year- she slept through the opening of presents on Christmas Eve and the entire Christmas Service at church.. #nailedit
We did manage to get some photos before the service though..
She made out with a few toys and some books and was highly stimulated for 3 days by the overbearing love from her cousin. We can’t wait till next year when she can actually feel some of the same excitement we do!
I took some photos of her the week before Christmas just incase we didn’t get any on the actual day..
We visited the huge Christmas tree in the Queen Victoria Building.. definitely a must if you have little ones!! (Picture below of Ava with her Oma)
We braved downtown Sydney for the Christmas Tree.. along with half of Sydney..so Greg ended up taking her in the carrier at the end.. it was so cute!!
Overall everything has been going great with Ava! She had her 4 month shots today and screamed the house down. It was so so sad to watch. It’s a public holiday here in Sydney so Greg was able to hold her for her shots.. I still cried like a baby (even though I stepped out of the room).
She had her first try of rice cereal yesterday!!! She seemed to enjoy it.. I didn’t exactly know what to do so I made up the recommended amount on the box.. 2.5TBSP of rice cereal to 90ml of water.. yeah.. way to much.. I need to research a recipe that makes half of that.. We gave her half of the rice cereal followed by a 90ml bottle. She slept fine so I think we got a thumbs up on that! (on a side note.. she kept trying to help me put the spoon in her mouth..so I ended up grabbing another spoon for her to play with while I kept using the one I had to feed her)
Well, this weekend she’s going to be taking the 5th flight of her short 4 month life- we can’t wait for her to meet some of our extended “family” members!!
P.S. I have a great Lamb Recipe coming to you tomorrow.. followed by a great Raw Banoffee Pie recipe on Thursday!! Trust me..these are two good ones!!!