Your little one is very precious and needs to be nurtured and given the best baby foods that you can provide. However, most parents do not think about the taste. Something can be genuinely healthy for your baby, but it does no good if your little one spits it out because it tastes horrible. Take an hour out of your week to make homemade, delicious foods and store them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Here are a of couple recipes that you can use to offer amazing nutrition, as well as taste to your baby.
Pumpkin contains (1 Cup Cooked):
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
- 1 Pumpkin – Sugar
- Cut the pumpkin in half and de-seed it.
- Put the halves face down inside a baking pan with 1 inch of water.
- Bake the pumpkin between 375 degrees and 425 degrees F for 40 minutes to one hour.
- Scrape out the pumpkin’s meat and then puree it in a food processor.
- Add the cinnamon and the nutmeg.
- You can allow it to cool and give it to your little one, or freeze it for the week in individual containers.
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B6
Creamed Peas and Nuggets
- 4 Cups of Peas – Fresh, Frozen, OR Canned)
- 1 Cup of Milk
- 2 Tbsp. of Flour
- 2 Tbsp. of Butter
- Pieces of Chicken, Pork, Fish, or Beef
- Melt the butter in a pan.
- Whisk the flour and allow it to cook for one minute.
- Add the milk slowly; whisk the entire time to keep it from lumping.
- Add in a dash of salt and pepper for taste.
- Cook it until the sauce begins to thicken up.
- Add in the peas and stir it until the peas are heated thoroughly. (5-7 minutes)
- Add in the meat and stir it.
- You can serve it warm. If the baby is too small to eat regular foods, put this in the processor to blend it to the appropriate consistency.
Easy Ways to Store Purees
Now that you have a couple ideas about healthy baby foods, here are a few ways to store the food. It will depend on which way is easiest for you and on how much freezer space you have. One thing for sure is that you must make sure to mark the date on which the food was made and frozen on the container.
- Freezer Bags: You can store the foods in freezer bags and mark what it is, when it was made, and when it was frozen on the bag. It is simple. You can boil the bag to warm the food up.
- Small Containers: This will take up a lot of room in your freezer, but it is great when you are going out for the day.
- Ice Cubes: You can freeze the pureed foods in ice tray and then store the cubes in a freezer bag. Each cube will be one ounce.