Fox and Broom

A mom's adventures in keeping healthy, keeping her sanity, and making stuff.

Archive for the day “June 8, 2006”

Avocado

One of my son’s (and my own) favorites is the avocado cooked up with frozen corn. Avocados are magickal. They have sooooo much good stuff in them. They really don’t even need to be cooked up. You can serve them raw – they are very soft and easy to mash. This is a good thing to remember as most restaurants also serve guacamole – you can feed your baby guacamole as part of his/her meal!

Butternut Squash

This recipe takes a bit of prep time, but will feed baby for about a week. I first saw this recipe on the Martha Stewart show and added my own flair to it. This recipe is good like that – you can add in or take away ingredients and it will still be very tasty.

 

Ingredients:

Butternut Squash

Sweet Potato (optional)

Herbs (I liked to use garlic, basil, and oregano)

Dash of pepper

Olive Oil

 

Preheat oven to 350.

Prepare squash: slice in half lengthwise, use a spoon to take out all of the seeds.

Prepare sweet potatoes: peel and wrap in foil

Place squash in a casserole/cake pan (any container that will hold it laying flat). Place approximately 1/2 to 1 inch of water in pan. Sprinkle herbs and pepper over squash. Drizzle lightly with olive oil.

Place sweet potatoes in pan with squash.

Bake for 1 hour.

Cut up sweet potatoes. Cut up squash (be sure to get all of the shell off). Blend. Yummy!

 

Some variations I have used: no sweet potatoes, adding a bit of milk, adding some egg yolk. I think carrots would also work well with this.

Peas, Corn, Green Beans

Note: if you use the frozen vegetables, be sure not to refreeze them! If you think you may be cooking up a large batch to use over time, be sure to use fresh vegetables. I used frozen vegetables because they stay longer and take only a few minutes to prepare.

The peas, green beans, and corn can all be cooked up together or seperately, then blended. Very easy. Steaming them is recommended as this helps to keep all the nutrients from washing away.

Baby Basics (8 to 12 months)

Disclaimer! I am NOT a pediatrician. These recipes worked for me, but may not work for you. I was very cautious about giving my baby new foods (he did not even have cereal until he was about 6 months old). Please consult with your pediatrician if you have any concerns over any of the foods I list.
 
Books I recommend:
  • The Baby Bistro Cookbook  by Joohee Muromcew
 
Babies should be primarily fed breastmilk or formula until 6 months of age. From my experience, most pediatricians will also recommend waiting until 6 months before starting on rice cereal – but I have read a few sources which say it is perfectly fine to start on cereal at 4 months of age. Be sure to talk to your pediatrician about the best times to start baby on certain foods.
 
Some definate NO-NO’s for babies under 1 year:
  • egg whites
  • peanut products
  • tree nut products
  • strawberries (especially if your family has a history of strawberry allergies)
  • honey
  • milk/dairy

Usually at about 8 months of age, your pediatrician may give you some more leeway in foods. Hence the reason why I am starting my list for 8 – 12 months. S/he may allow you to start giving your baby egg yolks and meat at this time. However, babies do not require meat at this age (especially since nursing/bottle feeding should continue on a regular basis for up to 1 year), and it could pose a choking hazard.

 

Ok, now that that is out of the way – here are the products I always tried to keep on hand:

  • frozen peas
  • frozen green beans
  • frozen corn
  • butternut squash
  • sweet potatoes
  • avocados
  • couscous
  • rice
  • black beans (or other legumes): canned are easier, but dried will work also
  • frozen raspberries
  • frozen peaches
  • bananas: lol "nana" was my son’s fourth word
  • applesauce: you can find "natural" applesauce which is low in sugar.
  • baby cereal
  • formula: Sol was primarily breastfed, but I found it handy keeping formula on hand in case I needed to mix up some cereal quickly.
  • a small selection of store bought baby foods: they may be flavorless, but they do come in handy if travelling about or if you leave your baby with someone else for a couple of hours.

 

Cooking for Babies.

I have been asked by a few people on how to make baby food. So, I thought I would create my baby food list here.
 
Making food for babies is really rather easy. It is also cheaper, can be quite a bit healthier, and is definately more yummy than store bought. I really am at a loss as to how they can actually take away all the tastieness from peas, corn, squash, etc. I won’t even go into the nastiness they call "meat"…
 
This list will include not only my own recipes, but recipes I have found on the net, in books, and have gotten from other people. I will be sure to include my sources, if I have them.

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