Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Homemade Baby Food: Sweet Potatoes & Chicken

If you need a refresher on the basics of making your own baby food, check out my post about it HERE! 

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are probably the easiest vegetable to turn into baby food, and my kids have always preferred them over everything else. So I make these a lot!


Give them a quick rinse to wash off any dirt they may have on them, poke them with a fork a few times for venting, and stick them in the oven (on a tray or in a baking dish so it doesn't get messy). Cook them for about an hour at 350-375, or until they feel soft in the middle when you stick them with a fork.

When the potatoes are soft, let them cool for a bit - otherwise they are too difficult to work with. Then, cut them in half, and scoop the insides out and put them into your food processor. Add a little filtered water to help them process smoothly.

When you have the consistency your baby prefers, scoop them into ice cube trays (1-2 Tablespoons per cube) and freeze until solid. Then transfer into freezer safe bags.


Chicken

Okay, fair warning - this one is a little gross to make! I don't like to give Jake baby cereal because of the GMO's and carb overload (he gets enough carbs from the beginner finger foods he snacks on), so I try to get him some protein and iron from other sources. But pureed chicken isn't pretty!


♥ Start by cooking boneless, skinless chicken break however you'd prefer - bake it, grill it, or boil it. Just don't add any seasonings or sauces - baby doesn't need them!

♥ When fully cooked (test it with a meat thermometer even if you don't normally do it for yourself!), cut it into chunks and put them into the food processor. Even though watered-down chopped meat sounds disgusting, you'll need to add some liquid to make it puree properly. I just used water, but you can add breastmilk or formula. I think the jars at the store come made with gravy, which would probably make a much better consistency, but I'm not sure about the health side of things! Keep blending and adding water until you achieve the consistency you want.

♥ Like every other puree, spoon into ice cube trays and freeze until solid. Then transfer to freezer safe bags and label them!

♥ Tip: Jake likes the chicken puree much better when I mix it with the sweet potato puree!

Coming soon: Oatmeal + Carrots!

1 comment:

  1. I always liked to add a little seasoning to meat-a little garlic powder or something like that to take away from the bland icky-ness. ;-) I used to get lots of ideas/info from the website Wholesomebabyfood.

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