Homemade baby food quinoa, peaches, avocado, pumpkin and cottage cheese

Prep Time 5 hours Cook Time 15 hours Total Time 20 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 ripe peaches (or 1 cup frozen or canned peaches)
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 15 oz. can pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese

Instructions

First, get your quinoa cooking. Follow your package directions but make sure it’s well-drained and generally use twice as much water as quinoa. Once it's cooked, you can puree the quinoa for beginner eaters or leave it as is for older babies who are OK with some more texture.

Next, for the peaches: You can buy fresh, ripe peaches to use 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 them a bit and puree them with your blender. 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.

For the avocado: Get a ripe one, open her up, scoop out the insides – minus that big pit — and mash ‘em up good. Such great healthy fats for your growing baby!

For the pumpkin: Open a can of pure pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling). Scoop out some pumpkin. Serve. I serve it plain at first, then after they’ve cleared the first few days with it as a new food, I mix the baby food pumpkin puree with cinnamon and other fruits.

For the cottage cheese: Go for the full-fat kind (growing babies need healthy fats!) When they’re small, puree the cottage cheese 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.

Recipe Notes

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 again.

I have always used and highly recommend a hand-held immersion blender for making homemade baby food.

Homemade baby food can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or packed up in the freezer for 3-5 months. (I use ice cube trays and small containers like these and these.)

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