I’ve been posting some of Amalia’s meals on my Instagram stories lately and have been inundated with requests for the recipes so today I’m sharing her favorite blends!
This post is dedicated purely to puréed foods but she also loves to eat things like eggs, small pieces of ground beef or chicken in red sauce, apple slices, and other tiny finger foods. You can see more of her current favorites in her 8 month update.
I try to give her a good mix of fruits, veggies, proteins, and fats. I have yet to purée meat just because the thought of it freaks me out but I know I need to try soon. For now, I buy the jars of Earth’s Best Organics meat dishes or give her small pieces of whatever I’m making. Bolognese is her absolute favorite. She also loved pulled sesame chicken that I made last week.
How I make her purées: People often ask me how I come up with these “recipes” and usually it’s what I think sounds good, an idea that I get from a pouch, or just experimentation. For her purées, I usually steam the food first and then blend it.
I use the Beaba Babycook to make all of her food, but you could do it on the stove and with a blender or food processor too. I like having one product because it’s easier to clean but that’s just me.
Cooking for taste: I always try the food before I give it to her and if it doesn’t taste great, I tweak it does. I’m a big believer in introducing lots of flavors and spices early so that she doesn’t become accustom to bland, boring food.
How I store it: I usually put 1-2 servings in the fridge in these glass containers (simply because they came with our tupperware set but anything small and glass would be fine) for that day and the next day and then freeze single serve portions in this multiportion storage container in the freezer for later.
I kind of made up the ingredient amounts below because I usually just throw things in to make them but I think they’re pretty spot on!
Sweet and Creamy Avocado Blend
1 jar of plain, organic, whole milk yogurt (We like Stonyfield Organic Yo-Baby Unflavored)
Berries/Spinach/Cinnamon/Any other add ons (Optional)
This blend is by far her favorite. I have to limit it to twice a week or she would have it for every meal and never get sick of it, I swear! I love that the yogurt has naturally occurring probiotics and the avocados are full of healthy fats.
Sweet Potato and Apple Puree
1 apple (gala is her favorite)
1 sweet potato
A dash of cinnamon (optional)
This is her second favorite puréed meal. Clearly my child favors sweet food just like her daddy.
White Bean and Spinach “Hummus”
1 can of white beans
Handful of spinach
Dash of salt
This is a new one for us, so she’s still warming up to it, but it’s had a good start and I have hopes for our future. She’s majorly obsessed with regular hummus (Sabra in particular) so I thought this would be a good next step.
Sweet and Savory Butternut Squash
1/4 cup of chicken stock
Teaspoon of butter
Dash of salt
Whenever I make this blend I end up eating half of it myself because it’s so good. Sometimes I use extra butter or ghee and it is decadent and delish.
1/2 cup of peas
1/2 of a pear
Handful of chopped broccoli
I got the idea for this one from an Ella’s Organic pouch. I fed it to her once and she went abnormally crazy for it, so I thought I’d try it myself. My version isn’t as good as the pouch, but because of the different textures, more water definitely helps.
Black Bean Blend
Dash of salt
I found this recipe on Eva’s blog post about baby food blends and decided to give it a go. It’s not as big of a hit as it is in her house but Amalia likes it a lot!
What are your favorite baby food blends? I’m always looking for new ideas!