I love low fuss baby food makin'
This recipe requires ZERO cooking, and very little prep!
Refreshing Baby Breakfast Puree
6 Months +
1 ripe cantaloupe
1 ripe peach
1 ripe mango
Wash all the produce well.
Half the cantaloup, remove seeds, and scoop the flesh into the blender.
Cut the peach in half and remove the pip, place in the blender with the skin on.
Peel the mango and discard the skin and pip. Add the flesh to the blender.
Pulse (or blend) all the ingredients together. Since everything is ripe, the consistency might be quite watery, so pulsing is a great way to keep the puree from being too thin. If your baby is 6 months + then thin is good and you can always opt to add baby rice cereal for added iron and to thicken up the mixture.
For older bubs, this makes a nice little "smoothie" to pour over fresh porridge.
Our daughter turned one yesterday!
It was such a fun day full of laughs, swinging on the swings, and some bloody good food. We're pretty low fuss parents, so my husband and I decided against a party she wouldn't remember and got her a cute pair of shoes as her present. Pretty sure she had an amazing day and that's what matters most.
Disclaimer: To each their own when it comes to feeding your kids! It can be a topic of contention among parents, there is no doubt about it. This is just what we decided to do on our daughter's special day.
I knew my daughter was never going to have a proper cake on her first birthday. She hasn't had refined sugar, eats like a little legend and loves her fruit. Why introduce her to highly addictive sugar and risk the good thing we have going on?
I decided to make her one from scratch. It took me minutes to make and cost me 12$.
Place the watermelon in the fridge an hour or so before you need to make the cake
Slice the end off and continue to slice 1/2 inch to 1inch thick pieces. If you want a perfect shape, use a cookie cutter (like the image above). I decided to go free hand, cutting the largest square at the bottom and then each layer got smaller and smaller.
Stack the slices on top of each other and secure with toothpick, or a long candle. I got a long candle because I thought it was a bit safer.
Add the blueberries and then sprinkle with chia (they're kinda like the "sprinkles")
Serve chilled, and have fun watching the mess be made!
Antioxident + Anti-inflammatory Baby Pureé
6+ month old
2 zucchinis, cut into 3 cm pieces (washed, not peeled)
1 butternut pumpkin (chop off the ends, peel, de-seed and cut into cubes)
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp turmeric
Steam the pumpkin and zucchini until tender
Add everything to the blender, including the spices, and puree
* 8 months + / BLW : Mash with a fork for a chunkier consistency
Makes 5-7 servings depending on your bub's appetite!
If you want to spice up your food, or baby's food, in ways other than a puree, try sprinkling some cinnamon on their morning cereal/yogurt, or mix in some turmeric with their scrambled eggs.
Peel and chop the sweet potato into similar size chunks. The potato doesn't take as long to cook, so you can cut the potato into larger pieces.
Wash silverbeet. You don't need to remove the white stem, but you can if you'd prefer.
Fill your pot with water and place the sweet potato inside. Add the steaming basket on top, place the beets inside, and put the lid on top. Set on a medium heat for 15-20 mins.
Check the beets with a knife and see they are easily pierced. Once they have softened, add the silverbeet to the steaming basket, with the beets, for the last 5 minutes.
Remove the beets and silverbeet and place inside your blender. Drain the water (reserve some) and add the sweet potato to the blender as well. Blend or pulse, depending on your desired consistency.
Use immediately or freeze in pods. For those of you practicing BLW (baby led weening), try adding something chunkier to the puree, like some shredded chicken or turkey. It's good to keep changing the consistency of your baby's food so that they don't become picky eaters!
Tropical Baby Porridge
6+ month old, Makes 4-6 serves
1 cup of fresh Paw Paw (papaya)
1 cup of dried apricots, roughly chopped
3 Peaches, peeled and quartered
1/2 cup of wholegrain rolled oats
(Assuming you have a whole Papaya), cut it in half lengthways, and remove all the black seeds. Use a spoon to remove the flesh and place the raw paw paw (say that five times fast!) in your blender.
Cut your peaches in half, remove the seed and then peel carefully. Quarter them and set aside.
Roughly chop your dried apricots until you have one level cup.
Place the apricots, rolled oats and peaches into a pot and just cover the contents with water. Bring to a boil, and then turn the heat down to a simmer. Keep simmering on low for 5-6 minutes to soften the apricots and cook the oats.
Once you've finished stewing the fruit, balance a mesh strainer on top of a large bowl. You want to strain the oats and fruit while preserving some of the excess cooking liquid in case you need it for thinning out the puree. Add the cooked apricot, peach and oat mixture to the paw paw that's already in the blender. Pureé or pulse until you get the desired consistency. If you had an older bub and want to make a thicker porridge, try using the "pulse" setting instead of the purée option.
Serve immediately and/or freeze the batch in trays to defrost when needed.
Top with a dollop of coconut yogurt, greek yogurt or serve plain. Remember no honey for babies under 1 year of age. It's quite sweet, probably the sweetest thing I've ever made for her, so I usually do a smallish serve with the added dairy free yogurt. It's a great recipe to try if your bub needs to go #2, as it's loaded with fibre thanks to those apricots. Add a few chia seeds on top for extra omega-3 fatty acids and protein.
If you give this recipe a try, please tag #ohmmybabyfood so I can see your creation, and you'll go into a draw to be featured on my page!
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