The Basics of Introducing Solid Foods - Page 2
Making your baby's food is fresher, healthier and less expensive than jarred baby food, and it is a lot easier to make than you may imagine. Using fresh produce, a blender, and set of ice cube trays, you can make food in quantity and freeze it in single servings. Here is a simple and easy recipe for a common first food:
Green Pea Puree
1 ¾ pounds fresh peas OR 24 ounces of frozen peas
Step 1: PREP - Wash and shell peas. Discard pods. If using frozen peas, start at step 2.
Step 2: COOK - Place peas and 2 Tablespoons (30ml) of water in a microwave-safe dish. Cover. Cook six to eight minutes. Let stand for five minutes. They are done if the sweet potatoes can be mashed easily with a fork.
Step 3: PUREE - Place peas and cooking juices into a blender of food processor. Add 1/4 - 1/2 cup (30-60 ml) of water. Puree. Add additional water, as needed, to develop a smooth texture.
Step 4: FREEZE - Spoon into So Easy Baby Food Trays or ice cube trays. Cover. Place in freezer eight to 10 hours or overnight. Remove cubes from trays, place in storage container or freezer bag, and return immediately to the freezer.
Makes 24, 1-ounce servings. Stays fresh for two months in the freezer.
To serve, select frozen green pea cubes from the freezer, defrost and warm, check the temperature and feed.
About the authors:
Cheryl Tallman and Joan Ahlers are sisters, the mothers of five children, and founders of Fresh Baby (www.FreshBaby.com). Raised by parents who love fresh foods and entertaining, their mom, a gourmet cook, ensured that they were well-equipped with extraordinary skills in the kitchen. Both with long track records of business success, they decided to combine their skills in the kitchen with their knowledge of healthy foods and children to create Fresh Baby. Cheryl and Joan put a modern twist on the conventional wisdom that when you make it yourself, you know it's better. Their goal at Fresh Baby is to make the task of raising a healthy eater a little bit easier for all parents. Fresh Baby's breastfeeding accessories and baby food making supplies provide parents with practical knowledge and innovative tools to support them in introducing their children to great tasting, all-natural foods - easily and conveniently. Visit them online at www.FreshBaby.com and subscribe to their Fresh Ideas newsletter to get monthly ideas, tips and activities for developing your family's healthy eating habits!