Fox and Broom

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

Archive for the day “September 9, 2010”

Peas, Corn, Greenbeans

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 separately, then blended. Very easy. Steaming them is recommended as this helps to keep all the nutrients from washing away.

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.


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.


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!

Couscous and Rice

Couscous and rice are perfect for little mouths with almost no teeth. There are a variety of both available and they are a really nice change of pace. They do not have a lot of nutritional value, but do offer some whole grain goodness.

I’ve been using the Far East couscous. I love the flavors they have and Sol just gobbles it up. It also takes just a little over 5 minutes to prepare (boil the water with the olive oil and flavoring, take pot off water, add couscous, cover, wait 5 minutes, fluff with fork, serve).

With plain white rice, you can add in a variety of seasonings to make it interesting. Or you can leave it alone. I’ve done both with Sol and he seems to enjoy rice no matter what.


Beans are very good for baby. High in protein and other stuff lol. I use mainly black beans, but have also given Sol garbonzo beans (aka chick peas), butter beans, navy beans, etc. Chick peas seem to be a favorite, just be careful as they do have a rather hard outer layer.

My favorite bean recipe:

A sort of Paella


chicken/vegetable broth
green beans
chick peas
butter beans
1 can diced tomatoes

Measure out how much broth you need for cooking the rice (look for the amount on the rice instructions). Pour broth into a pan along with the other ingredients. Cook according to the rice instructions.

This recipe is very flexible. You can add in as many ingredients as you want and whatever ingredients you want. For feeding the little one though, be sure to blend it up before feeding him/her.

Frozen Fruits and Other Teething Ideas

I used frozen fruit when Sol was teething. You should be able to find a mesh pacifier looking thing at most baby supply stores. These little things are perfect for putting fruit and ice cubes into. Sol used to suck that fruit until it was nothing more than a pulpy mess lol. I believe there are pics of his first raspberry experience somewhere on here. I think it was during his first teething session – 4th month.

I had also heard that frozen bagels were a good teething tool, but Sol never really took to that one. I tried it when he was about 6 or 8 months. The bread of the bagels will pretty much melt as baby chews and sucks on it, so there is little risk of a choking hazard.

Pretty much for teething – I used frozen fruit, ice cubes, and orajel.

Wonderful, Wonderful Bananas

Bananas are my lifesaver and my son’s reason for waking up in the morning (“Nana nana nana nana nana”). We started blending them with rice cereal and now they are a finger food.

Super Powered Bananas:

Egg yolk (cooked)
Rice or other cereal
Dash of breastmilk or formula

Blend all ingredients together. Use the cereal to get the consistency you want. I actually got this recipe idea from a jar of Beechnut Banana Supreme.

Baby Food Basics (8 – 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.

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