For the sweet potatoes: Scrub the potatoes well, poke them with a fork a couple of times and place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake the sweet potatoes at 400 for at least an hour, until tender. Once they are cool enough to handle, open the skins up, scoop out the potato and blend it with a splash or two of water — or breastmilk or formula — using an immersion blender or regular blender. Or for older babies, just mash it really well with a fork.
For the brown rice: Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add rice, cover your pot and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes, then turn off heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Blend the rice with some extra water (or breast milk or formula) to get it pureed and smooth.
For the chicken: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add your chicken breasts and let them boil for about 25 minutes, until cooked through. Remove and use your immersion blender to puree them up, adding water (I use the cooking liquid) as needed.
For the pears: If you use fresh, ripe pears, just remove the skin and core and use your immersion blender to get them smooth and dreamy. Or, you can buy canned or jarred pears then just drain them and puree them.
For the bananas: Peel and mash the banana really well to get all the little chunks out. Then mash it some more to make it smooth for young babies or leave it a little chunkier for older babies.
I have always used and highly recommend a hand-held immersion blender for making homemade baby food.
Mashed banana doesn't keep well for very long so I recommend making that just before you plan to serve it.
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 1991kcal Calories from fat 195|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 22g||34%|
|Saturated Fat 5g||25%|
|Dietary Fiber 31g||124%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g|