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Homemade Baby food

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1. Beaba silicone freezer trays 2. THEGLASS glass containers 3. OXO TOT Baby Blocks Freezer set

There are some Moms who love to make almost everything for their kids, from clothes, to wipes, to crayons, and even diapers!  This is so impressive to me, and also definitely not a part of my own reality. I’m lucky if I have enough time to make my husband and I dinner and return emails. But there is one thing that I feel very passionately about home-making for Marlowe, and that is her baby food! While not all the food I buy for Kyle and myself is always organic, I do prefer to feed the baby organic foods, and those little organic baby pouches can get really pricey on a year-round basis. Like down-payment-on-a-car pricey.  And so I invested in a baby food maker, and the return has been incredible.

I have the Béaba Babycook Pro, but there are lots of these contraptions on the market, as well as manual food mills, which are a lot less expensive and a little more basic. I use a food mill when we travel and the results are not as creamy or uniform as the Babycook but do the trick, especially for an older baby who is starting to transition to bigger pieces in their food.  I love my Babycook Pro because it allows you to steam fruit and veggies in a steamer basket and then purée them in the same container. Genius. (Side note: you can also obviously just steam or cook the food and put it in your regular blender or bullet. This will just give you a couple more things to wash.) The reason I love making her food so much is not only because it is cost effective, but because it tastes so much more delicious. It’s also way easier and less time consuming than you would assume. I’ve watched Marlowe become an insanely adventurous eater before my eyes, and I attribute it all to how great the food she’s eating tastes when it’s been made fresh.

So here’s my plan: I dedicate two hours, once a week, to making her organic food. I make a big batch, and then store or freeze it in varying sized pre-portioned containers that are silicone, glass, and BPA free plastic. Lately Marlowe has been eating like a sumo-wrestler so I have had to up my cooking to two times a week. I make two types of protein (usually chicken breast, ground beef, and/or beans or lentils), a vegetable mix, and a fruit mix. When I heat it, I pop out one protein portion and one vegetable or fruit portion, and heat them over low heat in a small saucepan until warm. Ok, sometimes Marlowe is starving and having a meltdown and I heat it in the microwave… but I don’t recommend this!

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My little Kale Monster, at 5 months old

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I started Marlowe on green vegetables instead of rice cereal when she started solids based on my Pediatrician’s recommendation, and as a result leafy greens are still one of her most favorite foods. Homegirl can house a batch of kale like it’s going out of style. But I’ve also met a lot of Moms whose kids did start on rice cereal and they ALSO love kale! So below I’m sharing the recipe I use for Marlowe’s Favorite Veggies. Remember that this recipe makes a big batch so that you can freeze some for the week. Like with anything, please ask your Pediatrician before introducing any of the foods below to your little one.  Let me know if your babies like it in the comments below!

Marlowe’s Favorite Veggies
prep time: 7 minutes
cook time: 20 minutes

  •   Extra virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 bunch organic Kale, washed and torn in to medium pieces
  • 1 container organic spinach, washed
  • 1 organic zucchini, washed and diced
  • ½ organic white onion, diced
  • 1 organic carrot, peeled and diced
  • ½ clove garlic (optional!)


Put a large pot of water to boil. I use a big pasta pot and fill it three inches from the top. Next, place the diced carrot and zucchini in the baby food maker, and follow directions to steam. Meanwhile, heat a tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil over medium heat in a medium frying pan. Add the onions (and garlic, if using) and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent, very soft, and browning. Remove them from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside. When the pot of water is boiling, add the kale and spinach and stir well, continuing to stir every so often until the greens are soft. (TIP: check the kale for softness since it takes longer to cook!) Then, either remove the greens with a slotted spoon or dump them over a colander to drain. When drained, add to the onion mixture. At this point the veggies in the baby food maker should be done steaming. Take out the steamer basket and drop the veggies in to the blending container. Add the greens and sautéed onions and two more inches of water (Don’t forget there will already be water in there from the steaming). Pulse the mixture until smooth. If needed, add more water little by little until desired consistency is reached.  Aaaaand, you’re done!

These veggies should keep for about a month in the freezer, but in our house they only last a week. These frozen portions are also great to defrost and add to mashed potatoes or tomato pasta sauce for older kids to make them a little healthier!

Xoxo
EAM

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4 Comments

  1. Liz says:

    Hey Eva, I saw you mentioned formula in your post on travel. My daughter is 8 months old and I’ve been thinking about transitioning to formula soon (currently I nurse and pump). Do you have a formula that you like? Thanks!

    06.22.15Reply
  2. Happily Eva After says:

    I use HIPP Organic “Hungry Infant” formula!

    06.22.15Reply
  3. Ruby says:

    Hi Eva, I was just wondering how often you would give this to Marlowe. And how old was she?
    Thank you.

    06.26.17Reply