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.