Healthy Baby Foods
- Basic recipe-Meats and Vegetables:
- 1/2 cup cooked cubed meat or vegetable
- 4 to 6 tbs milk, formula or other liquid
- dash of salt
- 3/4 cup cooked fresh fruit
- Meat or Combo Dish:
- 1/2 cup cubed, cooked lamb, beef or veal
- 2 tbs cooked vegetables. Carrots, peas, spinach, celery, cabbage, squash
- 1 strip of crisp cooked bacon
- 1/2 cup milk
- 4 tbs cooked rice
- dash of salt
Feeding babies no longer means separate cooking or purchasing processed baby foods. Homemade family foods are fresher, healthier and you can be confident that they are not processed or contain and preservatives. Using a blender is a very effective technique for making healthy baby foods. Always consult your family physician before introducing new foods. Use these basic recipes as a guide then prepare your own combinations.
Basic recipe-Meats and Vegetables:
- Put ingredients into a blender.
- Process until smooth.
- To test for smoothness, rum a small about between your fingers.
- If any large particles can be felt, process again.
- Add more liquid for very young babies and decrease the amount of liquid as the child grows older.
Meat or Combo Dish:
- Put all ingredients in the blender.
- Cover and process until smooth.
- Heat before serving.
- Variation: Use chicken in the above recipe and substitute 1/4 of chicken brown and 1/4 cup cream for 1/2 cup milk. for younger babies add an extra 1/4 cup milk.
Junior or Toddler Foods:
- Follow the basic recipes above, but chop foods rather and pureeing.
- Idea: Prepare baby purees, pour into individual plastic ice cube containers and freeze. when frozen solid, pop out cube containers, and store cubes in plastic freezer bags.
- Each cube is just right for one serving, easy to heat and low in cost.
- Thaw and heat cubes in a covered sauce pan over low heat.