With twins and a full time job, there's not much time to cook. However, we have committed to try to keep the boys away from chemicals and pesticides as much as possible and it is far cheaper and environmentally friendly (less packaging waste) to make baby food than buy organic pre-made baby food.
We were told by our pediatrician to get them used to veggies FIRST so they did not always want sweet food. We started with peas, green beans, and carrots. We also introduced foods slowly (only one new food every 4-5 days) to see if they'd have allergic reactions.
Now that we have tried enough foods, we can mix and match.
I've created some short cuts for baby food making.
1. We buy almost all organic with the exception of the clean 15.
2. We use frozen produce: I keep lots of different options in the freezer so I do not have to run to the store when we're low. Staples include: Peas, spinach, broccoli, mango, peaches, cherries, and blueberries.
3. We make large batches and have lots of mason jars to freeze food separately that we can mix together later, such as quinoa or lentils. Quinoa will go in sweet or savory foods and lentils can go with carrots or peas.
4. We buy a quart of yogurt for ourselves and babies and we will mix in whatever fruits or grains are on hand.
5. We keep it simple - we cook veggies in the microwave or boil them and we add no seasoning for now.
Some favorite recipes we can share:
My boys LOVE this. Veggies + healthy fats = happy parents too
Bag of frozen peas
Some spinach (frozen is fine, as much or as little as you want)
1. Cook the peas and spinach in the microwave.
2. If they are young and sticking to purees, I will puree the peas and spinach in two parts: with and without avocado. The fresh avocado servings will be for the fridge for the next 2 days and the ones without avocado will go in the freezer for later.
If they are older and eating more textures, I mash the avocado roughly and mix in the peas and spinach.
Since pears are easy to get year round, this is very accessible
Fresh pears, peeled and diced
1. Boil the pears with or without the blueberries.
2. When soft, puree with blueberries
Always in our fridge, we can grab plain yogurt and mix in anything to jazz it up
Plain, whole milk yogurt
Tart cherry syrup (loaded with antioxidants and great for baby's sleep!)
Handful of organic oats or even baby oatmeal
Teaspoon of quinoa
Cut up peaches, mashed cherries or blueberries optional
Start with the yogurt and cherry syrup and get it to a deeper pink for more flavor. Then add in your grains to get it to a thickness that feels right. Add in fruits if you desire!