Chef Mama–Favorite Recipes!

When starting to feed your baby, you’ll simply puree whole foods.  At first, I only combined what was needed for the Baby Guacamole.  The only other foods we mixed together was fruits with his bananas (applesauce and bananas, melon and bananas–see below).  He didn’t like the texture of the bananas but we still wanted him to have them, so this was our way of getting him to still eat bananas.  Whatever works! 

Organic Foods

We didn’t choose to go organic with ALL of Logan’s food for cost reasons; however, there are 12 foods that we ALWAYS buy organic.  This list is known as the “dirty dozen”.  These are the foods that are the most highly contaminated with pesticides and as a rule, you should always buy organic varieties of these foods, even for yourself.  Here is a website that goes into more detail:  http://www.organic.org/articles/showarticle/article-214

Here’s the list:

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Grapes (Imported)
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes
  • We did add cereal to everything to help with weight gain as he is a VERY active baby and was burning more than he was taking in.  He loved fruit and cereal combined.  Once we started to combine foods, here are a few that we have tried that Logan loves to this day.  Every child is different, so feel free to experiment with the foods your baby is currently eating!

    Here are some of Logan’s favorites.  🙂

    Banana Melon Puree

    • 1/4 honeydew melon, chopped
    • 1 banana

    Combine 1/4 of a honeydew melon chopped and one ripe banana peeled and sliced. Mix with immersion blender to the appropriate consistency for your baby.  Recipe Yields: 4 Servings  Storage Time: 3 months in the freezer

    Blueberry Banana Smash

    This recipe is easy to make and offers dietary fiber to aid in digestion, as well as other nutrients to help boost your child’s immune system.

    • 1/2 sliced banana
    • 1/4 cup blueberries

    Peel banana and wash blueberries. Mix and smash fruit with the a food masher.  Recipe Yields: 1 Servings

    Spiced Sweet Potato and Chicken

    This recipe is a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and protein.

    • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled
    • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
    • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
    • 4 oz chicken

    Peel, chop and steam sweet potatoes. Cook and chop chicken. Mix together steamed sweet potatoes, chicken, butter and cinnamon. Blend until smooth. Serve warm or freeze.
    Recipe Yields: 6 Servings
    Store this in an air tight container in the freezer.
    Storage Time: 6 months in the freezer

    Pork, Carrots, and Applesauce

    2 carrots sliced 1/8 inch thick
    ½ cup ground pork
    1 clove garlic, minced
    ¼ cup applesauce
    1/4 cup water
    In med skillet combine meat and garlic. Sauté 3-4 min. Add carrots and water simmer 10 min. Carrots should be soft. Pour meat , carrots, and cooking water into bowl, and mix with immersion blender. Add applesauce and blend. Add additional water as needed until desired consistency.

    Alternate Baby Guacamole:  ONE WE HAVE NOT TRIED! (Wait until month nine.)

    More like the real thing!  This is what we will be making for Logan this weekend.  He’s a big fan of the avocado.  I can’t wait to try this!

    1 avocado, diced
    1/2 fl oz tomato juice
    fresh cilantro, chopped
    little cumin

    Blueberry and Couscous Desert

    1/2 cup cooked cous cous (whole wheat if available)
    apple juice
    1/2 cup natural organic yogurt
    3/4 cup organic blueberries

    Simmer blueberries for 5 minutes.  Reserve water.  Cook cous cous to directions using the blueberry water instead of fresh water.  Mix all ingredients together.  Refrigerate.

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