Well, I promised you a few wholesome baby food recipes this month, and here they are. There were favourites with my little man and also tend to be favourites with the little ones whose moms attend my classes.
Seven Wholesome Baby Food Recipes
Six to Nine Months
Roasted Banana Puree
Pre heat oven to 250 degrees
Place bananas on a baking sheet and roast in preheated oven until soft, about 30 minutes. Let bananas cool until they can be handled.
Peel cooled bananas holding them over a bowl to catch any liquid.
Puree using an immersion blender to desired consistency, adding water, breast milk or formula as necessary.
Bananas are a great first food as they are easy to swallow and very smooth. They are sweet, very similar to breast milk and formula, making the transition a little easier. Bananas contain potassium, which can help to replenish mineral balance in the body if your baby has diarrhea or is vomiting.
3 cups butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped
Steam butternut squash until tender, transfer to a bowl and puree to desired consistency, adding steaming water as necessary.
Good source of vitamin A, C, B1, B3, B5 and B6, potassium, fibre, manganese, folic acid and copper.
Dried Apricot Puree
1 cup dried un-sulphured ready to eat apricots
1 cup water
Combine apricots and water in a saucepan, bring to a boil over medium heat. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until apricots are soft and begin to break apart easliy, about 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool at room temperature.
Transfer to a blender or use an immersion blender in the saucepan. Puree until smooth, adding extra water as necessary to thin.
*For freezing add ¼ to ½ cup extra water for it to freeze solid.
A good source of beta carotene, potassium, iron, calcium, silicon, phosphorus and vitamin C.
Roasted Beet and Apple Puree
4 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
1 fresh beet
Wash beet well, wrap in foil and roast in oven until tender, about 45 to 50 minutes depending on size. Let cool and peel and chop beet.
Steam apples until tender, transfer to a bowl, add beet and puree to desired consistency, adding steaming water as necessary.
Good source of vitamin C, folic acid, manganese, potassium, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus.
Nine to Twelve Months
4 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
¼ cup organic raisins
¼ to ½ tsp ground cinnamon
Steam apples and raisins until tender apples are tender, approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, add cinnamon and puree to desired consistency.
Good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, B vitamins, iron, folate, fibre .
Pear, Parsnip and Ginger
2 medium parsnips, peeled and chopped
3 medium pears, peeled, cored and chopped
¼ tsp ground ginger
Steam parsnips for 15 to 20 minutes, add pears and steam another 5 to 10 minutes.
Remove from heat, let cool slightly then puree with hand blender or in blender. Add ginger and mix well.
Parsnips are a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and manganese. Pears provide a good source of vitamin C, fiber, vitamin A, niacin and potassium. Ginger provides potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese and vitamin B6.
Carrot, Lentil and Coriander
5 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 small sweet potato, peeled and chopped
½ small onion, chopped
¼ cup red lentils, rinsed
½ tsp ground coriander
1¼ cup water
Put carrots, sweet potato, onion, lentils, coriander and water in a saucepan and bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until the lentils are very soft. Top up with a little extra hot water if necessary.
Remove from heat and puree to desired consistency.
Good source of beta carotene, potassium, vitamins C and E, protein and fibre.
Hope your baby likes these wholesome baby food recipes as much as mine did.
Stop back next month, I will share some tips on supporting the immune system naturally as cold and flu season approaches.