This blog is about food, pictures of beautiful food, for food, and all things food- enter BABY FOOD. Knox has been eating solids for 2 months now, and if you know us at all, I hope you know we have been making everything he eats at home. Jason and I don’t eat every meal out of a jar, so why would we feed our baby out of a jar, am I right? I was pretty excited to start making this little guy’s food, he was practically begging for each bite we put in our mouths when we were eating in front of him- poor guy! I can’t wait till we can just serve him what we’re eating each night, for now we make him his own fruit and veggies purees and combos! He’s actually inspired us to eat better again, I swear since pregnancy we’ve been spoiling our sweet tooth and ourselves with decadent meals, pizza and the like. This week we made a great meal plan and have stuck to it. We do a Sunday food prep as long as we’re home, where I baked sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, roasted acorn squash, washed and packed baggies of grapes, boiled chicken for southwest style wraps ( packaged beans/ shredded cheese/ avocado/ made brown rice with Salsa), baked bacon ( for loaded potatoes), boiled whole wheat pasta and threw together a backed ziti with zucchini slices, and of course made some fruits for Knox.
I do mega batches 1-2 times per month and so far he’s had: apples, pears, acorn squash, butternut squash, cantaloupe, peas, green beans, avocado, sweet potato, parsnips, prunes. It’s been pretty easy, I’ll do 2 fruits and 2 veggies all at the same time by steaming the sliced fruits in a saucepan with a touch of water and a lid at the same time the squash or potatoes are cooking/ roasting in the oven. As one item finishes cooking I toss it in the food processor. For the apple and pears, I remove the skin after it’s steamed and cool- it’s just easier and you don’t lose as much fruit. Once each item is blended, I pour/ plop it in to an ice cube tray, cover with plastic wrap and freeze. Once frozen I transfer the cubes to a labelled bag and store in the freezer. To serve, I place 1-2 cubes ( mix and match!) and microwave in a small bowl with 10-20 second intervals till just warm and smooth. I’ll stir in some milk to thin it out if necessary, add in rice powder for extra calories.
Knox’s favorite, as an example Acorn Squash!
2 acorn squash
To start, wash the acorns, cut in half then place face down in a rimmed pan lined with foil ( I drizzle with EVOO), bake for 35 minutes @400 degrees. When cool, scoop out soft flesh in to your food processor and blend until smooth, adding liquid gradually (and adding more if needed to purée). Then pour into freezer cubes and store in freezer.
Sweet Potato and Apple
Apple and Cinnamon
Pear and Parsnips
Acorn Squash and Rice
Peas and Sweet Potato
Cantaloupe and Yogurt
Peaches and Cream ( mommy’s milk)