baby food

The  December issue of Cooking Light
this very cool new product was highlighted.

Now, I haven’t tried it, but since I am such an advocate of making your own baby food and I thought this was something I would have loved to have, I just had to mention it. It is simply a very innovative and mention worthy new product. I love it when people think outside the box.

The Beaba Babycook Baby Food Maker is the latest in baby food mills.

What’s different about this one is that you can put the food in and steam it and then when it is finished cooking, turn the blender on and blend it to the desired consistency right in the same container. You can also use it to defrost or warm the baby food when your done.

The one thing that stands out as a flaw in this product is the small bowl size (2.5 cups) If you wanted to make big batches to freeze, this could be a hinderance. But, if Super Baby Food or The Sneaky Chef is your thing, then this just may be the perfect new gadget for you.

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My son has now grown out of baby food and is full on into table food. I am really struggling to find him a good variety of things to eat. It’s very easy to get in a rut.

Anyway, I made most of the baby food for both of my kids and thought I would share my recipes.

My favorite is the vegetable soup. It is tasty (even I would eat it), easy and flexible. The recipe that follows is simply a base. You can feel free to add or subtract ingredients depending on what your child is ready to eat. You can also process the finished soup into whatever consistency is right for your baby’s development stage.

My daughter is four and she still loves this soup. I just leave it a lot chunkier for her.

I prefer to make prepping as easy as possible and it takes a lot let time and effort to use the food processor than to chop all the veggies into bite size pieces. so I don’t worry about chopping all the vegetables down too much. Just to manageable sizes.

This is a great way to use up half bags of frozen vegetables or left over steamed or roasted vegetables. Be creative. I usually just buy whatever organic vegetables I can get for a good price. I include a clove of garlic for flavor, but of course feel free to leave this out if you feel it is too much for your child.

Remember, this is a mixed vegetable soup so please wait until your child is ready for mixed foods before introducing this.

To serve, I usually heat a couple of cubes in the microwave and then mix in a half a scoop of formula, some rice or oat cereal and then thin to the right consistency with water. The consistency will vary depending on how your kid likes it. Ian likes his pretty thick, but Ada preferred hers much thinner.

Baby Vegetable Soup

1 T olive oil
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/4 cup of onion, chopped
2 carrots, roughly chopped
2 stalks celery, roughly chopped
1 T dried Italian seasoning
1 bag, frozen mixed vegetables
1 bag prewashed spinach or baby spinach
1 bag of frozen potatoes
1 can of tomatoes, including juice
1 box of low sodium chicken broth

In a large stock pot, heat oil over medium heat
Add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds to release flavors
Add onion, carrots, celery and Italian seasoning and cook until onion is translucent
Add the rest of the of the ingredients and bring to a boil.
Lower heat and simmer for about an hour or so, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat and let cool until not difficult to work with. If you need to leave it for any significant amount of time, make sure to put it in the fridge.

In a food processor or blender, process in batches to the desired consistency. For younger babies puree it down as much as possible. As your child grows older you can leave it more and more chunky.

Pour the completed soup into ice cube trays and place in the freezer. When frozen break out the ice cubes and store them in a gallon freezer bag. This recipe should make enough cubes to fill a gallon freezer bag give or take a little.

1-3 cubes per serving depending on the age and appetite of your child.