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Beginning Homemade Baby Foods

by | Aug 11, 2016 |

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When your baby first starts eating solid foods you begin with single items at a time to rule out food allergies. Items like rice cereal, sweet potatoes, carrots, green beans, fruits and more. Typically, you introduce one item at a time for 3 days to a week before adding a new item. Consult your pediatrician for their recommendations on how long to wait before introducing a new food item.

This being said we have set up our beginning homemade baby food recipes guide that will be a great place to start when introducing solid foods to your baby. These are recipes for fruits, starches and vegetables. Rice cereal and grains are not included as these are much more time intensive and require specialty kitchen products to make at home.

Homemade Carrot Puree Baby Food

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August 19, 2016
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Serves 5 four once meals
Equipment
vegetable steamer
blender
Prep time
5m
Cook Time
12m

The homemade carrot puree baby food recipe is a fast and easy recipe that will give your baby a sweet vegetable to learn to love. Carrots are a great beginning food because they have a sweet flavor and are quite healthy. The total time of 20 minutes includes the prep time of 5 minutes to get the water steaming. I use a vegetable steaming and just a small amount of water when preparing baby food.

You have the choice of using breast milk or filtered water. If you pump, you may find that you have a plentiful reserve and this is a great place to use your supply before it goes bad.


Ingredients

  • 1 Pound
    carrots
  • 2/3 Cups
    filtered water or breast mil

Instructions

  1. Steam carrots for 12 minutes

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  2. Place carrots in blender with filtered water or breast milk

  3. Blend carrots starting at a low speed and working up to high until smooth puree is achieved

  4. Place in Yaya Pouches for storage and serving

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Homemade Sweet Potato Pureed Baby Food

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August 16, 2016
Serves 16 meals
Equipment
tin foil
Prep time
5m
Cook Time
1h 0m

Sweet potatoes are another great stage 1 baby food because it is a sweet vegetable that most babies love. They may not love it day one but within a week they are smiling and chowing down on it. We recommend to make this one of the first baby foods because it is healthy, tasty and will provide a great base for other foods to come.

The tricky thing with sweet potatoes is that they can range dramatically in size. These size differences can affect the amount of water needed in the recipe. Sweet potatoes will thicken after being refrigerated or frozen so you must be sure that the puree is thin enough for your little bundle of joy. The average sweet potato is around 6.5 ounces and this size generally needs 1 cup of water to achieve a good thickness. The following recipe will assume an average size sweet potato.


Ingredients

  • 2
    sweet potatoes
  • 2 Cups
    filtered water

Instructions

  1. Prep the sweet potatoes by rinsing and wrapping in tin foil

  2. Bake sweet potatoes for 60 minutes at 350 degrees

  3. Peel sweet potatoes and add to the blender

  4. Add the 2 cups of filtered water

  5. Blend starting at low and progressively increasing to high for at least 2 minutes or until smooth

  6. Add puree sweet potatoes to Yaya Pouches for serving and storage

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Homemade Green Bean Baby Food

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August 16, 2016
Serves 5 meals
Equipment
vegetable steamer
Prep time
7m
Cook Time
8m

Homemade green bean baby food is a common stage 1 baby food that babies will occasionally enjoy. Of my two children, my daughter loved green beans but my son has yet to take a liking towards them. This is a great vegetable and is loaded with nutrients so it is good to add to a babies diet. If your little cuddle bug doesn’t enjoy green beans then once you know they do not have any allergies to it, then you can add in a food they really enjoy.


Ingredients

  • 1 Pound
    green beans
  • 2/3 Cups
    filtered water or milk

Instructions

  1. Prepare the green beans by cutting the ends off the green beans and rinsing

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  2. Steam the green beans for 8 minutes

  3. Place green beans in blender with filtered water or milk

  4. Blend starting on low and working to high for 2 minutes

  5. Add puree to Yaya Pouch for serving and storage

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Homemade Sweet Peas Baby Food

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August 19, 2016
Serves 5 meals
Equipment
vegetable steamer
blender
Prep time
5m
Cook Time
5m

Homemade sweet peas baby food is a great green vegetable for your baby to learn to love. It is rare that the first time you give your baby peas that they will lunge forward wanting more. Typically, as with most foods, you will get a fairly odd expression from their face. I personally think their cute faces are hilarious. Sweet peas are however a relatively sweet green vegetable and babies will start to enjoy them within a few meals or by the end of the first meal. This makes it a great vegetable as one of the first foods your baby begins to eat.


Ingredients

  • 1 Pound
    sweet peas
  • 1/2 Cup
    filtered water or breast milk

Instructions

  1. Bring water to a boil with steamer in pot

  2. Place sweet peas in the steamer for 5 minutes

  3. Place steamed peas in the blender with 1/2 cup of water

  4. Blend peas and water starting on low and progressively moving to high until smooth (about 2 minutes)

  5. Pour baby food into Yaya Pouch for serving and storage

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Homemade Apple Sauce Baby Food

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August 19, 2016
Serves 5 meals
Equipment
vegetable steamer
blender
Prep time
5m
Cook Time
7m

Homemade apple sauce is a baby favorite. Apples and more fruit tend to be loved by babies right off the bat. It is good to determine if your baby has allergies to fruits early because these will end up being bases for many food mixtures to come. Be sure you are using good sweet apples and avoid sour green apples. Green apples have less sugar but will not be easily accepted by your little one. I tend to prefer Gala or Fuji apples when making baby food. It is also important to peel your apples as the skin is where any residual pesticides would be located. Using organic will also be sure  that the apples were grown without pesticides.


Ingredients

  • 1 Pound
    apples (not Granny Smith)
  • 1/4 Cup
    filtered water

Instructions

  1. Peal and core your apples

  2. Steam apples for 7 minutes

  3. Place apples and 1/4 cup water in the blender

  4. Blend apples and water starting on low and moving to high for 2 minutes

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Homemade Pear Baby Food

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August 19, 2016
Serves 5 meals
Equipment
vegetable steamer
blender
Prep time
5m
Cook Time
7m

Pears are great for baby food as they are loaded with fiber and vitamins. Pears once blended have a very similar consistency to apples and just like apples babies love pears. Pears also make for a great mixing fruit once you have determined that no food allergies are present. It is important to peel the pears skin before steaming or blending. You can also use organic pears if you want to keep the skin. Skin of a pear contains half of the fiber contained in pears and is very healthy for your baby.


Ingredients

  • 1 Pound
    pears/organic pears
  • 1/4 Cup
    filtered water

Instructions

  1. Peel pears skin if using non-organic pears

  2. Steam pears for 7 minutes

  3. Place steamed pears and 1/4 cup filtered water in blender

  4. Blend starting on low and working to high for 2 minutes

  5. Pour pear puree into Yaya Pouch for storing and serving

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Organic Peach Baby Food Recipe

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August 19, 2016
Serves 5 meals
Prep time
5m
Cook Time
5m

Peaches are one of my favorite fruits and babies tend to love them just as much as we do. Peaches are also great because they help the little snuggle bears and bunnies process all the solid food they are eating. That is right peaches make for a light and natural laxative. One thing you will notice when you start feeding your baby solid food is that their bowel movements will start to change as well. Peaches can help speed things along for your baby if it happens to be taking a while in between movements.

Similar to most fruits you will want to peel the skin before steaming.


Ingredients

  • 1 Pound
    peaches

Instructions

  1. Peel and core your peaches

  2. Steam peaches for 5 minutes

  3. Place peaches in blender (no water needed)

  4. Blend peaches until smooth starting on low and working to high (about 1 minute)

  5. Add peach puree to Yaya Pouch for storing and serving.

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Homemade Apple and Cherry Purée Baby Food

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October 15, 2016
Serves 5 four once meals
Equipment
Pot with steamer basket
Blender
Prep time
5m
Cook Time
10m

Apples and cherries are a great simple combination food for your baby. I tend to prefer Gala or Fuji apples when making baby food. It is also important to peel your apples as the skin is where any residual pesticides would be located. Using organic will also be sure that the apples were grown without pesticides. Cherries pack in vitamin C into this great treat and are high on antioxidants.


Ingredients

  • 1 Pound
    Apples
  • 1 Cup
    Cherries
  • 1/4 Cup
    Filtered water, breast milk, or formula

Instructions

  1. Peal and core your apples

  2. Wash, pit, and remove stems of cherries

  3. Steam apples for 5 minutes then add cherries and steam additional 3 minutes.

  4. Place steamed pears and blueberries in blender and 1/4 cup liquid (filtered water, breast milk, or formula).

  5. Blend on low 1 minute then move to high for 1-2 minutes.

  6. Pour puree mixture into Yaya Pouch for storing and serving

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Homemade Peach and Raspberry Puree Baby Food

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October 15, 2016
Serves 5 Four once meals
Equipment
Pot with steamer basket
Blender
Prep time
5m
Cook Time
10m

Peaches and raspberries are a great sweet healthy treat. Peaches are a light and natural laxative. They are great because they help babies process all the solid foods they are eating. Raspberries add an extra burst of flavor. They are also full of antioxidants and Vitamin C. Introducing new foods to your baby can be very exciting and can help balance their diet. However, certain foods like raspberries can result in an allergic reaction. It’s important to observe your child and look for signs an allergic reaction when your little one is enjoying a new food adventure. .


Ingredients

  • 1 Pound
    Peaches
  • 1 Cup
    Raspberries
  • 1/4 Cup
    filtered water, breast milk, or formula

Instructions

  1. Peel and core your peaches

  2. Rinse raspberries

  3. Steam peaches for 5 minutes then add raspberries and steam additional 3 minutes

  4. Place steamed peaches and raspberries in blender and 1/4 cup liquid (filtered water, breast milk, or formula)

  5. Blend on low 1 minute then move to high for 1-2 more minutes

  6. Pour puree mixture into Yaya Pouch for storing and serving

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Homemade Pears and Blueberries Puree Baby Food

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October 15, 2016
Serves 5 four once meals
Equipment
Pot with steamer basket
Blender
Prep time
5m
Cook Time
10m

Pears are a great mixing fruit once you have determined that no food allergies are present. Pears are full of fiber and help reduce constipation in your little one. Skin of a pear contains half of the fiber contained in pears and is very healthy for your baby. Use organic pears to avoid unwanted pesticides. Otherwise it is recommended to peel and wash the pears if they are not organic. Blueberries are packed full of antioxidants and have a great balance of vitamin C, vitamin K, and magnesium. Not only are they highly nutritional but they are extra tasty. Your little one will bounce for joy over this combo.


Ingredients

  • 1 Pound
    Pears/organic pears
  • 1/3 Cup
    Blueberries
  • 1/4 Cup
    filtered water, breast milk, or formula

Instructions

  1. Peel (if not organic) and core pears

  2. Rinse blueberries

  3. Place steamed pears and blueberries in blender and 1/4 cup liquid (filtered water, breast milk, or formula)

  4. Blend on low 1 minute then move to high for 1-2 more minutes

  5. Pour puree mixture into Yaya Pouch for storing and serving

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Pears, Kale, & Chicken Puree Baby Food

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October 15, 2016
Serves 8 four once meals
Equipment
Pot with steamer basket
blender
Prep time
5m
Cook Time
25m

The combination of pears, kale, and chicken is packed full of nutrition. Pears have an abundance of fiber to help reduce constipation in your little one. Use organic pears to avoid unwanted pesticides. Otherwise it is recommended to peel and wash the pears if they are not organic. Kale is the highest densely packed leafy vegetable with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Chicken provides protein for healthy weight gain.


Ingredients

  • 1 Pound
    pears/organic pears
  • 2 Cups
    Kale
  • 1 Piece
    Boneless chicken breast
  • 1/2 Cup
    filtered water, breast milk, or formula

Instructions

  1. Peel (if not organic) and core pears

  2. Rinse kale

  3. Steam pears for 5 minutes then add kale and steam additional 3 minutes.

  4. In a separate pan bake chicken breast with 1/4 cup of water at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. Internal temperate of chicken breast needs to be 165 degrees or higher.

  5. Place pears, kale, chicken in blender and 1/2 cup liquid (filtered water, breast milk, or formula).

  6. Blend on low 1 minute then move to high for 1-2 more minutes.

  7. Pour puree mixture into Yaya Pouch for storing and serving.

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Homemade Sweet Potato and Chicken Puree Baby Food

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October 19, 2016
Serves 10 4 ounce
Equipment
Tin foil
Baking pan
Prep time
2m
Cook Time
1h 0m

Sweet potatoes are another great baby food because it is a sweet vegetable that most babies love.The tricky thing with sweet potatoes is that they can range dramatically in size. These size differences can affect the amount of water needed in the recipe. Sweet potatoes will thicken after being refrigerated or frozen so you must be sure that the puree is thin enough for your little bundle of joy. The average sweet potato is around 6.5 ounces and this size generally needs 1 cup of water to achieve a good thickness. The following recipe will assume an average size sweet potato. Chicken is packed with protein for healthy weight gain. This combo makes for a hearty meal that’s is easy on the taste buds.


Ingredients

  • Sweet Potatos
  • Boneless chicken breast
  • 2 and 1/4 Cups
    Filtered water

Instructions

  1. Prep the sweet potatoes by rinsing and wrapping in tin foil

  2. Bake sweet potatoes for 40-60 minutes at 450 degrees. The inside of the sweet potatoes should be soft once fully cooked.

  3. Place chicken breast in a baking pan and add 1/4 cup of filtered water then bake for 20 minutes at 450 degrees. This can be done while the sweet potatoes are baking. Internal temperate of chicken breast needs to be 165 degrees or higher.

  4. Place sweet potatoes and chicken in blender and 2 cup filtered water (water required will vary with size of sweet potato).

  5. Blend on low 1 minute then move to high for 1-2 more minutes.

  6. Pour puree mixture into Yaya Pouch for storing and serving.

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