Today’s menu features quinoa, peaches, avocado, pumpkin and cottage cheese. And like round 1, we’ll be getting all five of these ready in less than 20 minutes. Love that!
First up, get your quinoa cooking. Make sure it’s well-rinsed and add it to your pot with twice as much water. I’d say go ahead and do a full cup of quinoa and two cups of water. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and cover it. Let the quinoa simmer for 15 minutes and it should be all set – the water is completely absorbed and the little germ is showing.
I would puree the quinoa for brand new eaters but once they’re starting to take a little bit of texture in their food, you can just serve it up as is (or mixed with fruit or veggies).
While the quinoa is cooking, get the rest of these foods ready in just minutes:
Peaches: You can buy fresh, ripe peaches to use here if they’re in season. Just remove the skin and pit and use your immersion blender to get them smooth and delicious.
Or, if peaches aren’t in season, you can buy frozen peaches, defrost a bit and puree them up. Or you can use canned or jarred peaches (packed in water or juice, not heavy syrup and not sugar-free because that means artificial sweeteners have been added), drain them and puree them.
Avocado: Get a ripe one, open her up, scoop out the insides – minus that big pit — and mash em up good. Such tasty healthy fats for your growing baby!
Note: Avocado, like banana, doesn’t last that long once you mash it up. I usually do one-half mashed when ready to serve and keep the other half (still in the skin) wrapped in plastic wrap in the fridge and mash it up the next day when I’m ready to serve it.
Avocado also makes a great finger food for babies when they are ready. Just cut a soft, ripe avocado into small chunks and let your baby go to town.
Pumpkin: We love all things pumpkin around our house. Pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin yogurt cake, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin hidden in chocolate cake, pumpkin used in all sorts of baked goods, and on and on. I’m pretty sure it started with lots of pumpkin when they were babies. Plain at first, then mixed with cinnamon, then in finger foods galore. My little ones love them some pumpkin.
What to do: Open a can of pure pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling). Scoop out some pumpkin. Serve. Ta-da!
Cottage cheese: When they’re itty bitty, puree this up with your immersion blender so it’s smooth. When they’re a bit older, you can let them try this as a finger food or with a spoon. Either way, you pretty much just have to open the container.
You’re an expert now! Gerber has nothing on you!
Lots of these foods go well together, too: Cottage cheese with peach puree, quinoa and peaches, quinoa and pumpkin, pumpkin and peaches, pumpkin with a little sprinkle of cinnamon. Here’s my full list of favorite baby food combinations.
Need more ideas? You got it!
Homemade baby food round 1: peas, green beans, applesauce, butternut squash, oatmeal
Homemade baby food round 2: sweet potato, brown rice, chicken, pears, banana
Homemade baby food round 4: broccoli, zucchini, yellow squash, black beans, Greek yogurt
Homemade baby food round 5: asparagus, barley, edamame, blueberries, mango
Homemade baby food round 6: apricots, prunes, egg yolks, chick peas, blackberries
Have an advanced eater? Your baby might be ready to try homemade baby food squeezie pouches or finger foods.