Easy Recipes For Any Parent
Feeding your baby does not have to mean running to the grocery store and paying expensive prices for little jars or small plastic containers, there is a better way that costs less for you and healthier for your baby. Making foods at home can be very easy and usually takes little time. You get to control the quality of the ingredients and the final dish from start to finish. Thanks to microwaves and other convenient cooking methods there is not a lot of work involved, and you know that your infant is getting on the most nutritious and highest quality foods possible.
Simple purees and other first foods are a snap to make. You can provide a much wider variety than what you will find on the store shelves, and you can add the seasonings and make the combinations that you want or that your child enjoys. Almost any fruit or vegetable can be pureed and then used to feed an infant or crawler. The first step is to clean and prepare the items that you will be using. Make sure to wash the skin thoroughly to remove any pesticides or other undesired substances, and then peel them.
If you are making sweet potatoes or the white variety peeling is not necessary. With these vegetables just wash, pierce with a fork, and then bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Cut in half, scoop out the flesh in the middle, and mash. Other items should be cut into small pieces and then steamed, boiled, or microwaved until cooked through and tender. These will then be mashed until they are the right consistency, with liquid added as needed. The liquid used may be formula, breast milk, cow milk, broth, or water, depending on personal preference.
One fantastic recipe is for baked butternut squash, and this can be adapted for any age and level of eating ability. Take 1 butternut squash and cut it in half, scooping out all of the seeds and membranes in the middle and discarding these. Place both halves cut side down on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour at 400 degrees. Add a small layer of water to the pan before placing it in the oven. Once the squash is completely cooked and is soft remove it from the oven and let cool. Remove the soft inner flesh and place in a bowl. Add 1 teaspoon cinnamon and half a teaspoon of nutmeg, as well as a splash of milk. Whip together until thoroughly mixed and fluffy. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Once your baby has been eating pureed food successfully you can start to add small pieces that provide a different texture and help the child advance to the next stage. Cut various vegetables or fruits into small cubes and cook them until done. Provide these small pieces as finger foods once they are ready. As long as you provide a variety of foods as they grow and develop and you choose only top quality ingredients then a healthy and nutritious diet is assured.