Baby Food From Scratch

April 3, 2015Living Freely Gluten Free
Baby Food From Scratch 

I made all of my Son’s baby food but that was before these amazing pouch contraptions were created. I just put my pureed veggies in small ziplock plastic containers to store. I still do use them and I just recently bought these Infantino Squeeze Station Feeding Kit squeeze pouches. They are great. My Husband loves them because all he has to do is pull the pouch out of the fridge, screw in the spoon and feed her. She often eats half a pouch so we put the cap back on it and put the rest in the fridge. We were taking her serving out of the storage plastic container, heating it and feeding it to her. She does not seem to mind it chilled but you can place the pouch in a bowl of hot water if you want to serve it warm.

Today I stopped at my favorite local farm stand. It finally opened this week (this is the only part I like about living in hot Cali) and I bought a huge flat of the most delicious strawberries. I moved her into what they would classify as Stage 3 foods and cooked up a yummy dinner and some fruit breakfast blends for her today. 

Stage 3 Baby Dinner:
This is what I used but feel free to use what you have on hand
1/2 cup of lentils
2 cups of organic chicken broth
2 cups of water
2 cups of organic spinach leaves
1 zucchini
1 squash

In a large pot I boiled the lentils with the broth and water, once the lentils were almost tender I added the rest of the ingredients and cooked. Total cook time was about 35-40 minutes on medium heat. Once cooked you can allow to cool for 20 minutes and then transfer to food processor and blend until your desired consistancy for what works best for your baby.
I then distributed the dinner puree into the pouches. This made 5-6 pouches. 

Stage 3 Baby Breakfast
This is a Strawberry Pear Banana-Oat Blend. 
It made a lot, Probably 10 pouches
2 Banana’s
3 Pears
4 Cups of strawberries tops cut off
1 1/2 cups of gluten free oats

All ingredients go in raw so just wash and chop all of your fruit (except banana’s) and add to blender. Blend until oats are dissolved. You can use pouches or store in small plastic containers. I will put 2 servings in the fridge and freeze the rest. 

If you are just starting out steaming and pureeing one vegetable at a time is best. Around 7-8 months (or when you feel your baby is ready) you can start blends. Peas and pear is great, sweet potato apple is a good one too. 

We feed my daughter a 100% organic diet. Organic baby food is expensive. Usually $1.85 per pouch when its not on sale. If your baby eats 3 pouches a day you could be spending $5.55 that $167 a month minimum. I would say making baby food with the pouches included would probably cost you $.35 to .75 cents per pouch depending on the cost of your fruits and vegetables. That’s quite a savings $45 per month verses $167? Plus, when you make it yourself you 100% know what is in the food. I like that peace of mind. I highly recommend this Infantino Squeeze Station Feeding Kit. We bought the kit, spoons, refills and freezer sleeve and I LOVE all of it!! 

Stage 2 Peas and Carrots

5 Organic Carrots Peeled and Cut
1 1/2 Cups of Organic Peas

Steam the veggies and then puree in the food processor until smooth. Add water for your desired consistency.
You can also use an instapot to cook your veggies. I love mine!!

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