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Monday, October 13, 2008

Recipes for Baby!



When I was pregnant with Sweetpea, I did not really know much of anything about taking care of babies. I mean, I knew how to change diapers and basic care needs since my brother is nine years younger than I, but I didn't know about all the options available for pretty much everything to go with baby care. I was obsessed with reading parenting books, baby books, magazines, websites, forums. I watched A Baby Story and Bringing Home Baby on TLC religiously. Through all my research, I did make the decision to breastfeed, or at least attempt to, since I discovered that it was the best nutrition for my child. I had never known anyone that had breastfed, so this was a new experience for me.



In fact, most people that I knew used all of the "convenient" methods of day to day care with infants: formula, disposable diapers, jarred baby food, etc. I used quotations because convenient is all in the perspective. I find it much more convenient to bring my baby to my breast to nurse them than to go get formula, measure it, mix it up, warm it, etc. I find it much more convenient(now that I've jumped on the bandwagon) to wash my own diapers than to spend an exorbitant amount of money on Pampers every month. I find it more convenient to make my own baby food than to buy the jarred kind. Others disagree, and that's fine. I, myself, did not do all of these things with Sweetpea. She was breastfed, but I did not use cloth and I did not make my own baby food with her. I was one of those people that thought it was easier not to. While pregnant with Bub, I met some mommies that changed my mind.



In particular, I could not believe how simple it was to puree vegetables and fruits to make Bub's food! Once he got a little older, I've really come to enjoy experimenting with different textures and flavors to broaden his little palate. I'm going to share with you a couple of my(and Bub's!) favorite concoctions.



Sweet Potato Fries


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Scrub sweet potatoes (approx 6 medium/large ones) clean and/or peel them if baby cannot handle the skins.

Cut into sizes that will suit your needs or, cut into strips that you may then cut down after baking.

In a large bowl, add about 1/4 cup of olive oil.

Add some cinnamon and a tad little bit of brown sugar.

Toss the cut up sweet potatoes into the bowl and stir so that the potatoes are drenched with the olive oil mix.

Dump mixture onto a baking sheet and drizzle the remaining olive oil in the bowl over the potatoes on the baking sheet.


Stir and swirl the potatoes on the baking sheet before placing in oven.

Bake for approx 30-45minutes or until tender.



Blueberry Tofu Mush

Combine 1/2 cup blueberry puree and 1/2 packet of firm tofu.



Add water if needed.

Transfer to a blender or food processor.



Puree or chop as needed for your baby's age and texture requirements.



White Potato Fries



Preheat oven to 400



Scrub potatoes (approx 6 medium/large ones) clean and/or peel them if baby cannot handle the skins


Cut into sizes that will suit your needs or, cut into strips that you may then cut down after baking.



In a large bowl, add about 1/4 cup of olive oil.



Add some basil.



Toss the cut up white potatoes into the bowl and stir so that the potatoes are drenched with the olive oil mix.



Dump mixture onto a baking sheet and drizzle the remaining olive oil in the bowl over the potatoes on the baking sheet.



Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.



Stir and swirl the potatoes on the baking sheet before placing in oven.



Bake for approx 30-45minutes or until tender.


The great thing about most baby food recipes is that they are very adaptable to personal tastes. You can experiment and find different variations for your baby! Gabriella even enjoys the white and sweet potato fries.



These recipes are from one of my favorite sites, Wholesome Baby Food.



4 comments:

  1. Great recipes! I don't know if you have a crockpot, but I crockpot almost all of Jack's food. It's so easy. Just throw in any veggie, meat, or fruit (or any combo) with a little water, and cook on low for 6-8 hours, then go about your day. They end up so soft, you barely have to blend or puree, and you keep all the nutrients that you would lose from boiling. Now that he's into finger foods, I chop raw veggies or meats into Jack-sized pieces, then throw them in the crock. Perfectly cooked, and couldn't be easier!

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  2. Thanks we are expecting our first granddaughter in Jan. We have had all boys till now. I will have to give her this info and try it on the older one when they are her to see if they will eat sweet potatoes. This way.

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  3. I agree, although I went one step further - with four babies, we skipped purees altogether and went right to table foods. No pureeing, no steaming, storing, reheating, etc. etc... around six months, when baby had a pincher grasp and was able to get food from fingers to mouth, away we went. Talk about easy! Nutritious, simple, essentially free, and recommended.

    Gerber is definitely not the "easy" way anymore! :D

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  4. This was such a great post! Who would have thought of making gourmet meals for a baby? I can't wait to try some of this! Thank you for linking up with Homemaker Monday and I hope to see you next week!

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