Back again with another easy round-up of homemade baby foods! If you’re just visiting, check out my homemade baby food resources page for links to all my baby food round-ups, as well as how to get started, equipment recommendations, a sample introduction to solid foods schedule and more!
Today we’ve got 5 more healthy homemade baby food purees. It’s so easy and so fast. You can crank this out in 20 minutes, leaving the rest of nap time for magazines (or sleep or a shower!)
First up, get your barley going.
Barley: I think it’s important to introduce your little one to a wide variety of whole grain goodness. You have the opportunity to influence – for the better – virgin taste buds that can and will appreciate the superiority of whole grains (over more processed, stripped, less nutritious grains like white rice or pasta or bread). Barley has a great flavor and can be pureed early on, then used whole when your baby has adapted to having more texture.
I get a box or bag of the 10-minute barley, which makes this oh so quick. Follow your package directions and cook it up on the stove, then puree and portion out for immediate eating and put the extra in ice cube trays for freezer back-ups. (Or put some aside to have an on-hand grain for the grown-ups this week.)
While the barley is simmering, get your asparagus and edamame on the stove.
Asparagus: I kept thinking I would smell the asparagus in my babies’ diapers after I introduced it. You know, it’s supposed to make your urine smell? And by the time you puree it up and they devour a bowl-full, well, that’s a lot of asparagus for a little body.
Alas, no smelly baby pee here. (If you had some, I’d love to hear it though! Is that weird? Hmm, maybe a bit. Retract.)
I simply steamed some chopped asparagus in a steamer basket for about 5-7 minutes, until very tender. Then use an immersion or regular blender to puree it up. Like green beans, it can be a bit stringy, so be sure to scrape down your bowl/container as you puree to make sure it gets nice and smooth for baby.
Just throw your desired quantity – 1 cup? 3 cups? – into a pot of boiling water and let it cook for 6-7 minutes. I like them a bit al dente for myself, but for the babes, you want to cook it until very tender.
Drain and puree, and your baby is dining well tonight. (These make a great finger food down the road.)
Blueberries: Fresh or frozen, your choice – or whatever is available. Just puree (being sure to scrap the sides well and repeatedly, so you don’t get blueberry skins stuck throughout) and serve.
Note: My kids both LOVE frozen wild blueberries as finger foods. When you’re ready, try them out. They are smaller and sweeter than regular blueberries and oh so scrumptious. Just be prepared, they make a big ole mess. Stains the hands, the face, the clothes and anything else. I’ve taken to stripping my kids down to eat these. They don’t mind a bit:
Mango: Again, fresh or frozen, your choice. If fresh, cut open the mango, make some slices with a knife, scoop out the fruit and puree. If frozen, let it thaw a bit then puree. Scrumptious!
You totally rocked that! See, you can absolutely make your own baby food. Way to go!
And you can combine these for more baby food goodness: Blueberries and mango are a favorite here (still), blueberry or mango with barley, asparagus with barley, edamame with barley (basically anything goes with barley for babies). Have fun with it!
Need more inspiration? I’ve got you covered:
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 3: quinoa, peaches, avocado, pumpkin, cottage cheese
Homemade baby food round 4: broccoli, zucchini, yellow squash, black beans, Greek yogurt
Homemade baby food round 6: apricots, prunes, egg yolks, chick peas, blackberries
Don’t forget to check out my favorite baby food combinations and interesting purees for your adventurous little eater.
And soon to come, my favorites for finger foods. Also check out homemade baby food pouches.
And once again, here’s the complete list of resources for making your own baby food.