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How to Make Baby Food

How to Make Baby Food

The following article will give you some four quick, easy, and healthy baby food ideas.
Girija Shinde
Making baby food is quite easy as you do not have to use a whole lot of ingredients. Homemade baby food usually contains only two or three ingredients which are easily available. Food for babies and toddlers should be made only with the most nutritious food items like fruits and vegetables. Fruits like bananas, avocado, apples and veggies like peas, green beans, sweet potatoes are generally encouraged by baby food nutritionists. Without wasting anymore time, let's learn how to make baby food in just a few minutes.
Baby Fruit Salad
As we all know, fruits are rich in nutrients, so for this baby food dish, we are going to make use of some of the most nutritious fruits - avocados, bananas, and pears. This recipe is for babies between 6 to 8 months of age.

  • Ripe avocados, 3
  • Ripe bananas, 3
  • Steamed pears, 3
Firstly, peel, slice, and seed all the fruits. Place the sliced fruits in a clean blender or food processor and blend until desired texture is achieved, do not make it too liquidy or too thick. Remove in a small bowl and feed immediately. If your baby is above 8 months, you can add dollops of yogurt.
Rice and Fruit Squash
Butternut and acorn squash are the perfect choices when it comes to squash as they are high in calcium and various vitamins. Besides, they are smooth and delicious, so your baby is sure to love them!

  • Squash (acorn, butternut, or other winter squash), 1
  • Cooked brown rice, 1 cup
  • Applesauce ½ cup
First cut the butternut or acorn squash in half; discard the seeds. Take a large pan, place the squash halves face down in it and pour water until an inch of the squash is covered. Bake for about 40 minutes at 400ºF in a preheated oven until the shell of the squash puckers and the pulp becomes soft. Scoop the pulp out of the shell, place it a food processor. Add applesauce and cooked rice to it. You can also add water if necessary and blend until smooth and thin in consistency.
Sweet Potato Soup
Sweet potatoes are a must for baby food. If you are dying to know how to make your own baby food, this simple and nutritious recipe is the answer.

  • Medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed, 3
  • Bay leaf, 1
  • Homemade chicken stock, 3 cups
  • Chopped celery, 1 cup
  • Chopped onion, ½ cup
  • Canola oil, 1 tbsp.
  • Dried basil, ½ tsp.
Pour oil in a large pot and sauté onion and celery in it until tender. Add the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil over medium heat, and then reduce the heat. Let it simmer for bout 25 - 30 minutes. Discard the bay leaf, cool a little, and then blend it until smooth. Return the soup to the pan and heat through. Feed warm.
Peas Dinner
This healthy dinner is for babies above 8 months. Babies of this age need more than simple liquids. In this recipe, we will make use of nutritious chicken, sweet potatoes, and peas.

  • Small sweet potato, peeled and diced, 1
  • Boneless and skinless chicken breast, cubed, ½
  • Water or homemade chicken broth, 3 cups
  • Frozen peas, ½ cup
  • A pinch of dried sage
Add the chicken breast to a large saucepan and cover with stock or water, bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add sweet potato and cook further for 3 minutes. Now add the peas, cook for 2 more minutes. Cool for a bit. Transfer the mixture to a food processor, add sage, and blend until smooth.
Now that you have these simple recipes at hand, you can stop worrying about what to feed your little angel.