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5 FAVORITE NOSHES

By special request, here are some of my go-to baby food recipes


I've never been accused of being much of a chef. When I look for recipes online, my search terms usually include the word "simple," and if there are too many ingredients or I have to use some kind of complex kitchen appliance, I look for another recipe. So when I started making my own baby food, I was pretty impressed with myself. My son eats way better than anyone in the house, besides maybe the cat who's always partaken of top-shelf human-grade gourmet feline food and bottled water. Although I think even kitty is jealous of Nathan's delicious, nutritious smorgasbord. Here are 5 of Nathan's favorite noshes complete with fun names, because why not.


MOO STEW

1 package of sirloin

2 sweet potatoes

3 carrots


· Cut the meat into large cubes. Peel the sweet potatoes and cube. Peel and cut carrots.

· Toss everything into a pot with enough water to cover it. When it comes to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 30 minutes or until veggies are tender and meat is cooked.

· Zap in the blender/food processor, adding some of the cooking water if necessary.

· Cube (spoon into ice cube trays) and freeze.

I made a stew. Guys, I made a stew! I've never even made a stew for an adult meal. At first I thought boiling beef was totally bizarre (as is pureeing beef), but it keeps its moisture and then the extra water becomes like broth you can add to thin down the puree. Beef has a really strong taste that is hard to mask even with tons of veggies. Nathan is coming around to this one, but I like that it has meat and veggies all in one. And doesn't have banana.




BANANARAMA


1 banana

1 avocado

1 handful of organic blueberries


· Peel and cut banana. Scoop out avocado. Throw in some blueberries.

· Zap in the blender/food processor. Some blueberry skins will remain. Nothing much you can do about that. Texture is good.

· Cube and freeze.


My son loves anything that has bananas in it. He eats so many bananas that we were slightly concerned he was part gorilla. The issue with bananas and avocados is that they don’t freeze/stay well because they turn brown. When defrosted this mixture separates and may need a little mixing before serving. I shy away from sending this one to daycare because I don't want them to think I'm feeding my son brown gelatinous goo, but he loves it.



EGG HEAD

1 banana

1 avocado

3 organic egg yolks


· Peel and cut banana. Scoop out avocado. Hard boil eggs and pull out the yolks.

· Zap in the blender/food processor.

· Cube and freeze.





I love the white side of black and white cookies. I used to joke that all I needed in life was to find someone who liked the chocolate part so we could share and not create waste. I hate wasting food. Instead I just found all white cookies. But, this recipe is great because I like to eat the whites of hard boiled eggs, not so much the yolks. They're kinda chalky. Now I can eat the whites and Nathan can eat the yolks! This is another recipe that starts to turn a little brown when defrosted but once mixed, the beautiful yellow-green color comes out. So much healthy fat and protein! So creamy!



YOGI BERRY BITES


1 cup organic plain whole milk yogurt

1/2 cup organic blueberries

1 banana


· Cut banana. Add yogurt and blueberries.

· Zap in the blender/food processor.

· Spoon or cut a hole in the corner of a ziploc bag and make small circles on a wax paper covered cookie sheet.

· Freeze.


Occasionally I'll taste Nathan's food just to be sure it's actually delicious. I had been mixing straight blueberry into his yogurt and he loved it, but the other day I tasted it and the blueberries just aren't sweet enough on their own to negate the sour yogurt taste. So I added some, you guessed it, banana! And voila! I had made these bites once before, but in a fit of total mom brain, put them back in the refrigerator instead of the freezer. And well, yea, not so brilliant. So take 2 on the yogurt bites. As Yogi would say, it's like deja vu all over again.



BABY CAKES

1/2 cup cottage cheese

4 egg yolks

1 banana

1/2 cup rolled oats


· Separate egg yolks. Cut banana. Add cottage cheese and oats

· Zap in the blender/food processor.

· Spoon onto nonstick griddle.

· Let cool before serving to baby.


I love cottage cheese. It's a weird food, I admit, but if you know me, you know it's my happy food. My grandmother used to make cottage cheese and noodles and I dream of Friday nights curled up on the couch with my giant bowl of cottage cheese on pasta and my DVR. So I was excited to introduce Nathan to cottage cheese. I have my own recipe for amazing cottage cheese pancakes but adapted this one from some I saw online to use only the egg yolks. These are a great consistency for beginners on finger foods and you can't really taste the cottage cheese. They mostly taste like... banana. Nathan LOVED these. So much that when they were gone, he discovered the pieces that he dropped into the catchall of his bib and began eating those!


Happy baby food making!



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