Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Organic Brown Rice and Peaches

Next up is Organic Brown Rice with Peaches. I wasn't sure how this would turn out, especially since I wanted to freeze it.

I started out by turning it into a powder in the food processor. This took a lot longer then I thought it would.

I then cooked it in some water while stirring for about 10 minutes.

I then puréed some peaches and added it to the cooked rice.

Jack seemed to really like this. It didn't make as much as I wanted, but since it was my first time and I didn't know how it would turn out, it was ok. Next time I will just double the amount.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

White Acorn Squash

The other night I decided to make Jack some squash. I read that you can bake it, and since I was already using the oven to make dinner, I decided to also put that in. I totally forgot to take a picture of it before I cut it, but you get the idea.

I started with one medium size squash and cut it in half length wise. I then placed it flesh side down in a glass pan and covered with about an inch of water. I baked for about 30 minutes on 400 degrees.

When I was able to poke it with a fork and have it go in easily I knew it was done. I then let it cool while we ate dinner.

After it cooled I used a spoon to take out all the inside. At one point some of the "meat" looked a little stringy. I was able to go around it and got a lot of the cooked squash out of the skin.
Unlike the sweet potato, I didn't have to add any water that it was cooked it. It seemed to hold a lot of the water and was pretty easy to get it to the consistency that I wanted.
Then, just like the sweet potato, I spooned it into the ice cube trays.
Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer.

Just like before, pop out of the trays and place in a freezer bag.

I didn't have Jack try it right away, as I wanted him on the sweet potato for a couple days. Tonight was the night that he was going to try it. He was pretty fussy at first and Joey was making dinner, so I didn't get any pictures of him trying it.

We have a pretty busy rest of the week, but I am off on Friday, so I think I am going to make him some brown organic rice with peaches!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sweet Potatoes

For my first time at making Jack's food, I decided to try sweet potatoes. I have heard they are pretty easy to make, so I gave it a shot, and it ended up turning out really good, and it was super easy.

First start with some sweet potatoes
Since this was my first time making sweet potatoes, I had no idea how many to buy and how much one potato would make. I started with 3 small/medium size sweet potatoes.

Go ahead and give them a good scrub, and then peal
Cut into small chunks and place in pot
Fill the pot with water, about 3/4 of the way full
Let boil until they are tender, about 10 minutes or so. Before you drain them, get a coffee cup and take out some water. You will use this to help thin out while your are pureeing the potatoes. Since the water will have nutrients from the potatoes, you can add them back in to get the consistency you want.

Start to blend. Try not to put too many in the food processor. I think I filled it a little to much, and it was a little hard to get them all blended together. Here is where you can add as much water as needed. I ended up adding about 3/4 of a coffee cup.
Here is where you are going to need the ice cube trays. I purchased these at Target, I read somewhere that you can find some with lids. I think I am going to look for those this weekend, as the plastic wrap was hard to get to stick and stay closed tight.

Fill each ice cube pod with the mixture
Try to get the plastic as tight as you can. Then place in freezer overnight.

Today when I got home from work, I took out the trays and popped out the cubes of sweet potatoes. This part was kinda hard, so I enlisted the help of my husband (I knew his strength would come in handy). I then filled a freezer bag up. Remember to date and label what is in there.
Next came the taste test by my trusty little taste tester. I first had no idea how he would do, so I warmed up just one square. I heated in the microwave for about 25 seconds...he inhaled it! So I heated up 2 more for about 40 seconds and he gobbled that up just as fast. I think we have a winner!

All in all, I would call this a very successful first baby food making experience. From start to finish it only took about an hour and I was able to make about 10-12 servings.

First things First

To get started making baby food, you will need a couple of household items. Those are:

Ice cube trays (more on that later), freezer bags, and plastic wrap.

Your weapon of choice, mine is a food processor. You can also use a hand mixer, blender, or immersion blender. I decided that since we got a food processor for our wedding...5 1/2 years ago...and have only used it once, that I would dig it out from the cupboard, dust it off, and put it to good use.

Welcome to my blog!

I finally decided to take the plunge and start making my son Jack's baby food. I realized very quickly that this little guy likes to eat, and if I could save a little money, and actually know what I am putting in his body, I was going to try it. I have become pretty thrifty in the last 3 years since becoming a mommy. You don't realize how expensive things are until you are having to buy the same things over and over again, like diapers, or baby food.

So come with me on this wild ride of parenting 2 boys, making some healthy food for Jack, and everything else that comes along.

Here are the two reasons for starting this crazy blog: Jack Thomas, 5 months old.

Oliver Joseph: 3 years old