DIY Baby Food Recipes, Tips and Tricks!
As a mom, you want to try and give your baby all of the best foods you can provide for them. Knowing what is in their tummy is so rewarding as a mom. I know it’s tough trying to manage time when you are a mom, so I put together a few recipe combinations that are super quick and easy to manage.
The benefits of making homemade baby food:
- It is SUPER cost effective and who doesn’t like saving money?
- It Saves lots of time. Time is super valuable when you are a mom.
- It’s not processed as much as baby food in a jar is. So it retains much more nutrients and it’s super delicious for your baby.
- You have options. There are so many combinations that you can put together that your baby will enjoy.
- It helps baby not to become a “fussy” or “picky” eater. There is such a variety that they could never get bored of eating.
- You know what’s going in your baby’s tummy!! This was super important to me because as much as I love junk food I try to watch what I eat. So I want to make sure my little one gets the same treatment!
Tips and Tricks you should keep in mind when making baby food:
◦Go food shopping!!
shop shop shop for groceries but have fun with this. Think of all the yummy things you would love to be in your baby’s tummy. Grab fruit, plenty of vegetables, chicken and etc, but again don’t forget to have fun!
◦ Buy storage containers.
You can find small storage containers at your local dollar tree, Walmart or you can order it online on websites such as eBay or Amazon. These will help you organize, portion and store your baby’s food in your fridge or freezer.
◦Get a blender!
Does not have to be anything fancy. A simple one from your closest Walmart is fine. Anything that chops the food into mush is perfect. I personally used the Baby Bullet. Which is basically a mini blender for babies. However, I wouldn’t recommend it if you are making large batches for your baby. You are definitely going to need a bigger blender.
◦ Label label label!
It’s super important that you label and date to keep track of the freshness of each food you make for your little one. You always want to keep it fresh.
◦ Keep track of rashes or allergic reactions
Buy a notebook to help you take notes of what the baby has tried or hasn’t tried eating.
◦Think about peanut butter!
Consult with your babies pediatrician in regards to trying peanut butter. When my son was 4 months old I would take a spoon of peanut butter and swirl it in his cereal. I have been doing this for months and he has not had an allergic reaction
◦ No 🍯!!!
Try not to give your baby any honey before he/she is one. EVEN IF ITS TO TREAT A COLD OR A COUGH. It can cause a rare form of food poisoning when they are small. Best to avoid it for as long as you can!
Make sure your baby is ready for solids! For the first couple of months try to give your baby single ingredient purées. This will help you keep track of any possible food allergies. Better safe than sorry! Here are some of my favorite baby recipes!
BUT first Common allergens to look out for:
◦ Tree nuts
These ingredients are single ingredient puree to help you detect any possible reaction. For fruit make sure to wash the fruit and in your blender fill half of it with water and the other half with fruit. As for vegetables, skin the vegetable if need be and boil it for about 20 mins. I use half of the water that the veggies were boiled in and throw in half of the veggies.
- Banana- Rich in potassium and has an abundance of vitamins.
- Sweet potatoes- High in vitamin A and also contain a good amount of Vitamin E, folate and calcium.
- Broccoli- Great source of iron, potassium, and fiber.
- Peas- Full of tons of vitamins and anti-oxidants.
- Carrots- amazing for skin, hair, eyes and liver health
At this stage, I began to mix my ingredients together after I established if my son was allergic to anything. However, they are still pureed. Here are a few of my favorite combinations!
- Strawberry & Bananas
- Rice and Beans
- Chicken Pureed
- Apple Sauce
- Blueberries & Strawberries
- Chicken and black beans
- Rice, Chicken, and beans
- Broccoli and Sweet potato
- Sweet potato and Carrots
- Raspberries, bananas, and mango
- Avocado, Chicken, and rice
Finger food time. This was absolutely my favorite time. I loved watching my son pinch his food up with his index and thumb finger together to try and pick up his bananas. These are the months you can have even more fun with foods. Here are a few of my favorite meals!
Sweet Potato & Egg Pancakes
- 1 cooked/ boiled sweet potato mashed
- 2 Eggs
- A Tablespoon of butter
- A pinch of salt
- A pinch of ground cinnamon
- In a bowl, mix your mashed sweet potato and eggs together. Make sure to mix well.
- After mixing, add the salt and ground cinnamon
- Heat up your frying pan to medium heat and add the butter to the pan
- Just like regular pancakes you are going to pour the mix into the pan in the shape of circles not more than about 3 -4 inches wide
- Let them fry on one side for about 3 minutes and then flip and repeat this step
- Let them cool for about 2 minutes and serve to your little one.
French Toast Sticks
- 2 Eggs
- a pinch of salt
- 4 slices of bread (any bread) *Make sure the edges are trimmed and you slice them into one-inch sticks
- ½ cup of milk
- ½ ground cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon of butter
- In a bowl, whisk the eggs, salt, and cinnamon together
- Dip each breadstick into the mix, making sure that all sides are covered
- Heat your saute pan over medium heat and add your butter. Then place your sticks on to the pan and cook on each side for about 3 minutes until each side is golden brown
- let cool and serve with maple
Roasted Carrot Coins
- pinch of salt
- pinch of pepper
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 2 carrots washed & sliced into circles
- preheat your oven to 400 degrees
- In a salad bowl, toss your sliced carrots, salt, pepper and olive oil, and mix
- transfer onto a sheet pan and toss into the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown
- let cool, season to taste and serve.
- 1/2 pound of ground beef
- 2 tablespoons of ketchup
- 1 tablespoon of mustard
- salt and pepper for taste
- 1/4 of diced onions
- 1 burrito sized flour tortillas
- 1/2-1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- shredded cheese *any kind*
- In a large skillet over medium heat cook the ground beef until it is completely brown. When cooked drain the beef and return the skillet to the stove
- After draining, add the onions, salt
andpepper, mustard, ketchup and sauce into the pan with the cooked ground beef. Mix together and let cook for another 5 minutes.
- Lay your tortilla flat and on one half sprinkle shredded cheese, add your ground beef on top of the cheese then sprinkle some more cheese on top of the ground beef. Then fold the tortilla.
- Heat a saucepan over medium heat and spray with canola oil. place the filled tortilla on to the pan and toast each side until golden brown.
- Remove the tortilla from the pan and cut into slices. let cool and serve.
These were just a few recipes that are my absolute favorite to give to my son because of how easy and quick they are to make. There are days where I draw a blank as to what I could possibly make him
Every now and then keep a few of these pouches in handy!! These are my cheat pouches. I am only human.
Have a love day