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!
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.
Sweet Potato (optional)
Herbs (I liked to use garlic, basil, and oregano)
Dash of pepper
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.
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.
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: