Homemade Baby Food
I have started preparing some of AJ’s meals from scratch. I pick a day to do the meal prepping and prepare all of AJ’s homemade meals for the week. My focus is making sure AJ gets nutrients. I prepare things that will contribute to his growth and development and nourishment.
I wasn’t for sure how well AJ would like my homemade mixed veggies. He’s used to the baby food mixed veggies. I’m trying to give AJ more fresh foods than the pre-packaged foods, since it is still processed. It turned out that AJ like the mixed veggies! I prepared several other fresh food items for him also. Click here to read about them and get the recipes! Here are the steps I took to prepare AJ’s mixed veggies:
1. I cooked frozen mixed veggies in a pot on the stove. I brought the veggies to a boil and then turned down the heat. I did NOT add any salt or pepper.
2. After cooking the veggies, I placed them in the Nutribullet container and added water.
3. I ran the Nutribullet until the veggies were all extracted.
4. I poured the pureed veggies in containers for meals for the week and placed them in the fridge!
I mixed strawberries and blueberries because I know blueberries are packed with antioxidants. I mixed these the same way as the mixed veggies, in the Nutribullet. Once I finished with the veggies, I rinsed the container and the blade and prepped the berries. This is what I love about the Nutribullet, you can prepare several things all in one setting without washing dishes over and over! Here are my steps to preparing the berry mix baby food.
1. I placed frozen strawberries and blueberries in the Nutribullet container and poured in water.
2. I ran the berries in the Nutribullet and poured in containers.
3. I placed the berry mix containers in the fridge, all ready for the week!
I give AJ actual oatmeal (NOT the baby cereal) for breakfast. I prepare his oatmeal for the week so my husband doesn’t have to worry about it and can just open a container and feed. The oatmeal I prepare is apple cinnamon flavored with the apple chunks. AJ doesn’t like the apple chunks in baby food very much, but he eats oatmeal with the apple chunks with no problem! Here are the steps I go by to prepare his oatmeal for the week:
1. I place about 3 adult servings of oatmeal in a bowl and then boil a pot of water.
2. After the water boils, I turn the heat down and pour the water into the bowl of oats and stir.
3. I then place the oatmeal in containers for servings for the week. So, 3 adult servings gives me about 5 servings for AJ.
4. I place the containers in the fridge for his breakfast for the week! Each morning I take out a container a few hours before is breakfast time so that the oatmeal is not completely cold by the time he eats it.
Below is a picture of all of the food and milk prepped for the week (milk is for the day) and stored in the fridge. Each week, I plan to add a new food item to increase the variety of fresh homemade foods AJ has to eat and less processed baby food. You can also read about my baby peaches and baby green smoothie I prepared here!
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