Most of us love to consume store-bought food rather than doing all the mixing, chopping, grinding or blending work ourselves. But when it comes to preparing food for your baby it is not about your comfort but about the health of the baby. Even for adults, preparing everything from scratch is indeed better than buying store food. Well, given our busy life, we can always eat store food making loads of excuses. But for babies, health is a very sensitive matter and should be a prime concern for parents.
Here are three great recipes for preparing baby food at home. When my baby was small, I tried them whenever I was at home. My baby loved these yummy dishes, and yours will too!
Wholesome Rice Cereal
- Brown rice powder, 1/4 cup
- Breast milk or infant formula
- Water, 1 cup (8 oz)
- 1 peeled, diced and cored pear or apple
- ½ peeled avocado
- Cantaloupe melon, 1 slice, diced
- A small quantity of water
- Acorn squash, 1 medium
- 1 cored, peeled and sliced sweet apple
- Pure maple syrup, 1 tsp (if required)
- Unsalted butter, melted, 2 tsp
- Nutmeg and cinnamon, a pinch each
- Ground cloves, a pinch (if required)
In order to prepare the rice powder, take a food processor or blender and grind brown rice. Another good alternative that will also help you make extra fine powder is to make use of a coffee grinder. Boil the water and then add the rice powder, as you constantly stir using a wire whisk. For around 10 minutes, gently simmer the preparation at low heat. Do not forget to stir, otherwise the rice will stick. Then add breast milk or formula according to the amount your baby requires, and stir continually.
Creamy Fruit Mash with Avocado & Melon
Take the melon and the prepared pear or apple, and place them within a small saucepan. Add water, and to make the fruit softer, gently simmer. Then take a food processor and transfer the contents and puree till you get a smooth mixture. In the fruit puree, mash the avocado, before serving.
Spicy Sweet Apple Squash
First you need to preheat the oven, bringing the temperature to 350 degrees. Scoop out the seeds after cutting the squash in half (you may preserve the seed and prepare a delicious snack for adults and grown-up kids later). Again, cut the squash into half. Take a baking dish, grease it and place the squash pieces over the greased dish, putting the skins upwards. Bake for half an hour in a covered condition.
Mix the spices, butter, sliced apple and maple syrup in a bowl. After you take away the squash from the oven, every piece should be turned over so that the skin side faces downwards. With the help of the apple mixture, cover the pieces. Then heat in the oven for another half an hour with the dish covered, till it becomes tender. To feed your baby, you can puree or mash the squash.