Adventures in Making Baby Food

9 Feb

I never thought I would make my own baby food.  I always thought that was for folks a little crunchier than me.  I figured there was no way I’d ever have time for it either.

And then Clara started eating baby food.  And I went to buy our first little bit of it.  It’s pretty expensive.  Over $1 for 2 little stage one containers, and if you buy the stuff in jars, it’s even more than that.  So, I decided that I could buy produce and roast, boil, steam, or otherwise cook it and puree it in the handy-dandy magic bullet and make my own.

Seriously, it’s not hard, and it doesn’t take all that long.  Yesterday I roasted a butternut squash and an acorn squash and made 4 ice cube trays full of baby food.  I think those two squash cost me about $4 (they weren’t on sale), and I made a TON of food with it!

The butternut squash I just made plain, but I added some cinnamon and nutmeg (no sugar) to the acorn squash and it actually tasted really great.

Yes. I tried it.

My ultimate goal for Clara is for her to love all kinds of different foods.  I want her to eat what we eat, and I absolutely do not want to have to make her something different every night for dinner.  No chicken nuggets or hot dogs every night.  If we’re having Indian food, Mexican food, soup, etc., I’d like her to eat that too, or at least try it.  She might not like everything, and that’s fine.  And clearly this is a while down the road yet, but I want to start experimenting with different flavors, seasonings, spices, etc., so that she figures out that there’s a world full of different tastes to try.

Maybe I’m dreaming.  But I’m going to try my darndest.

Eventually I’d like to do something like curried sweet potatoes, black beans and rice, and the like.

For now, Clara has tried rice cereal, carrots, and peas.  I think peas were her least favorite so far.  I can’t say I blame her.  I hate peas.  So does Joel.  But she did eat them, and didn’t spit them back out at me.  She just stopped eating far sooner with those than she did with carrots.  Heehee.

I found this website the other day when I was perusing the interwebs for baby food recipes – smitten kitchen baby.  Deb has posted some really yummy sounding baby food recipes that I fully intend to try out!

One Response to “Adventures in Making Baby Food”

  1. casey February 9, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    Get her lovin some Avocados!! They make awesome baby food since they have so much good fat in it so it’s helpful when they need some to go with all the fruits and veggies.
    Zoe and Jack BOTH love them! And now I just cut them in half and scoop it out with a spoon for them. 🙂

    Clara’s sooooo cute!

    Love reading you!!!

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