Foodie Baby

You guys, we have another little foodie in the house.

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We are having a blast in the world of baby food over here. This guys loves eating his solids just as much as I adore making them for him.

Meal time is one of the most fun parts of our day! Look at this goofball.

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He’s got a freezer full of frozen cubes that I prepared right now!

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In case you can’t read the labels, current selections include cheesy broccoli carrot, and potato; salmon and carrots; broccoli; cheesy cauliflower, leeks, and sweet potato; peaches; both fresh and dried apricot purees; mango; blueberries; papaya; pumpkin (from a can); sweet potato and grass-fed ground beef; broccoli and sweet potato.

Another stash in the fridge:

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We have a rotating selection of smooth and chunky purees of fruit, veggies, and proteins in the freezer, supplemented by fresh foods on hand. I love to make J’s food in batches on the weekends so we have easy go-to homemade meals for him all week long. I also send food I make to daycare for him during the week.

J also receives chunks of fruits and veggies as finger foods at some meals too.

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Here he is gnawing (supervised!) on a peeled piece of plum! Yummy, mama!

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That’s bananas!
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Usually for lunch each day, J has a bowl of homemade whole grain porridge with a fruit or veggie mixed in. I mill a whole grain (oatmeal, brown rice, millet, or bulgur) in my Baby Bullet, and then whisk the powder into boiling water and simmer for ten minutes, stirring frequently. To finish, I stir in the fruit or veg puree at the end. I like to make three day’s worth at a time.

Some of his favorite combos are pumpkin oatmeal, millet and pears, and brown rice and apricot. I sometimes sprinkle in a little cinnamon or nutmeg to keep it interesting.

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We also introduced egg yolks a few weeks ago. I either hard-boil eggs and mash one yolk with avocado or else scramble a yolk with a little butter and applesauce. J loves them and they are chock full of healthy fats and nutrients he needs! He usually eats one yolk about three times per week.

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Lately we’ve tried a few more complex meals as well. We started giving Jack meat a few times per week once he reached about 8.5 months old. So far he’s just had chicken breast and thigh, wild salmon, and grass-fed beef. I think salmon is his favorite of the 3! He not only enjoys it in puree combos, but also loves eating little bites of straight-up salmon too.

We’ve tried a couple different salmon combos so far. Here is the one I made more recently, using this recipe for salmon with spinach, sweet potato, canned diced no-salt added tomatoes, fresh basil, and parmesan cheese. I make a big batch and freeze cubes for later which works terrifically.

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J’s afternoon snack is often some sort of veggie, such as this puree of steamed broccoli, carrots, potato, and mild cheddar cheese.

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This kiddo recently tried papaya too and he likes it mixed with plain whole milk yogurt or full-fat cottage cheese.

In my opinion, the tastiest recipe I’ve made for him so far is this Fruity Chicken with Apricot Puree. I would totally eat this on a hamburger bun! It is a nice blend of savory and sweet. Here it is before I blended it into a chunky puree (note the dried apricots):

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Tonight for dinner J had Beef Bolognese! Ingredients included diced onion, celery, garlic, carrot, tomatoes (diced, no-salt added from a can), and grass-fed beef.IMG_3070

I pulsed the cooked mixture in a blender to smooth it out a bit. J doesn’t seem to mind different textures, which is good, and is getting better at chewing. I also chopped up a few pieces of whole grain elbow macaroni to go with the bolongese sauce. I think this would be tasty with a dollop of ricotta on top too!

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My two favorite resources for homemade baby food info and recipes are:

  1. This book: The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet
  2. Annabel Karmel website

J enjoys dining out on our back patio too! On this evening I think the huz and I were enjoying grilled cheeseburgers while J had a ground beef and sweet potato puree blend. (Heck yeah I eat two big cheeseburgers for dinner. Breastfeeding hunger is real, y’all.)

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Hope you enjoyed hearing about our recent baby food adventures!

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7 thoughts on “Foodie Baby

  1. Wow Jack is so adorable! Your baby food looks wonderful. We were at Donny’s this week. It was fun to watch him eat!

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