Baby Food Round 2: Homemade Style

Heya.

It’s been a while. I know.

My head is spinning about the speed with which time is flying.

How is it already JULY??? Didn’t it JUST get warm outside? (it’s the truth here in Colorado anyway). Will summer be over before I even know it or will we get a nice Looonnnnggg transition in to Fall?

Speaking of time – I did a round 2 of baby food making quite some time ago and never shared.

I even considered foregoing the sharing, but then figured that if this can encourage even one person who’s on the fence about tackling baby food homemade style, it’s worth my time in sharing.

I said it before and I will say it again – I have NOTHING against the store bought variety.

Heck, my little dude has devoured LOTS of the store bought stuff.

There’s a certain convenience with buying at the store and popping the top for feeding. And there’s a certain warmness of heart <for me anyway> with making food at home.

So I do both!

And making baby food at home really isn’t all that time consuming a process if you plan and prep and have the right equipment.

Round 2 of baby food making included avocado, peas, mango and quinoa.

That’s right! Quinoa!

I sought making Round 2 as easy as possible and purchased frozen, organic mango and peas. I struggle to get much for my effort when it comes time to cutting up a fresh mango (and I’ve watched countless YouTube tutorials – I’m mango cutting challenged regardless), and it would take a month of Sundays to pluck enough of those little green gems (i.e. peas) from their pods to make it worth my while.

The texture of both the peas and quinoa were a little for my dude to get used to, but once he did he couldn’t get enough. This is true of many homemade varieties compared to what you buy at the store.

I don’t know what sort of special magic goes into making ALL of the store bought varieties smooth as pudding but it’s unnecessary and impossible accomplish (in my experience) at home.

My suggestion: mix them in with something else your kiddo already likes and warm them up to the texture gradually.

I think this makes sense anyway for the transition to full-on table food.

Soooo….lets get to it!

Ready? Set. Baby Food!

Homemade Baby Food: Avocado, Peas, Mango & Quinoa

Four more easy homemade baby food recipes to help stock your freezer, and fill the little babe's belly.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baby Food
Servings: 4 varieties

Ingredients

  • Organic Avocados
  • Frozen Organic Peas
  • Frozen Organic Mango
  • Organic Quinoa

Instructions

  • Avocados: Peel and remove pit from each avocado. Scoop insides into food processor and process until smooth. Add water, breast milk or formula to adjust thickness and consistency.
  • Mango: Thaw in fridge. Pour into food procesor and process until smooth. Water, breast milk or formula are not likely needed for this one, but can be added if you wish to thin out the final product.
  • Peas: Thaw in fridge. Pour into food procesor and process until smooth. Add water, breast milk or formula to adjust thickness and consistency.
  • Quinoa: cook desired amount according to package directions (after rinsing the dry product well). Allow to cool, then process in food processor until smooth. A good amount of water, breast milk or formula will be needed to ensure smoothness and to avoid the final product being sticky.

Notes

Amounts are not indicated in this recipe because it’s really up to you how much of each you want to make.
If it’s a first time you may opt for smaller amounts – just in case you can’t convince your little one of the yummy-ness. Then, in subsequent rounds of baby food making, fix a larger batch.
Each item is finished in the same way:
  • pack into your choice of freezer storage (I use small baby food containers)
  • tuck into freezer 
  • thaw in fridge prior to use
  • use within 3-5 days after thawing
 

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