Homemade Baby Food. Four Recipes, Yo.

Okay, you guys, baby food is ugly. This has been your warning.

Baby Food Purees / Bev Cooks

But it’s soooo easy to make and I just couldn’t get through this phase without sharing a few of my go-to purees for the gremlins.

And no, they’re not going to be gremlins for Halloween. Which actually breaks my heart because I seriously just thought of that a few hours ago. How amazing would that have been? I’ll never forgive myself. As a matter of fact, I’m going to lock myself in the cellar and punish myself for the rest of ever!

I’m just kidding you guys we don’t have a cellar.

Baby Food Purees / Bev Cooks

Let’s start with the ugliest. This would be a mix of boiled sweet potatoes, jarred organic applesauce and kale. Just one long leaf of Tuscan kale. But the curly stuff is fine! This is how it goes down:

* 3 small organic sweet potatoes, boiled

* 1 cup organic applesauce

* 1 leaf Tuscan kale

* 1 Tbs. water

Yields right about 2 cups, maybe a little more.

Okay, I have the Baby Bullet, but listen, if you’re not in the market for one, a food processor or blender is just fine! I just prefer it because it’s tiny and . . . well, cute. Puree in batches (if needed) and you’re done. That’s it.

Baby Food Purees / Bev Cooks

I like to call this one Guacanana! The babies like that, too because they seem to giggle every time I say GUACANANA! GUACANANA! Now that I think about it, it’s probably more because I sound like a Muppet on speed.

* 2 bananas

* 1 avocado

Puree. The end. You’re done.

Yields about a cup.

Baby Food Purees / Bev Cooks

I need to ask you to overlook how messy and gross this jar is. I think it’s because as I was pouring this little smoothie into the jar, a bald eagle flew through my back door, landed on my head and began to dance the Macarena.

* 2 bananas

* 1/3 cup blueberries

Puree. You’re done. Done.

Yields a little over a cup.

I make that one for the babies every single morning at 8am! You’re exhilarated just thinking about it, aren’t you?

Baby Food Purees / Bev Cooks

This one is super good. I buy those little bags of already-peeled (fist bump!), already-diced (booya!) butternut squash and boil ’em all up. Add some applesauce, some fresh peach chunks (or even pears!) and boom diggity.

* 1 (12 oz) package diced butternut squash

* 1 peach, pitted (not to be confused with the Peach Pit from 90210)

* 3/4 cup applesauce

Puree. Holla back.

Yields around 2 cups.

Baby Food Purees / Bev Cooks

I will admit, we’re moving out of this puree phase and into the they-eat-what-we-eat phase. Which is nice except that my entire house is covered in spaghetti, red sauce, chicken taco filling and pizza chunks. And then there’s the babies’ mess . . .

So there you have it! Four easy baby food recipes for your face. I mean your baby’s face. I’m sure you have a lovely face, too.

Did things just get weird?

Okie doke, tell me what I absolutely have to try next, or else I’ll use more exclamation points! I mean .


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14 Responses to Homemade Baby Food. Four Recipes, Yo.

  1. Jamie | Jamie's Recipes October 29, 2014 at 8:59 pm #
    Apples and chicken or sweet potatoes and black beans. Ugly, very ugly, but they were devoured quickly. I am so excited to head into the make-your-own-baby-food phase again.
  2. Katie October 29, 2014 at 9:18 pm #
    My baby likes meat. Only meat. I should shove some of that kale applesauce mixture in his little pie hole...his digestive system would thank me.
  3. beth j October 29, 2014 at 11:31 pm #
    I made all my grandson's baby food sweet potatoes were big . So we're lentils and anything. Applesauce and lentils ,carrots and lentils . Black beans and rice ( very ugly) but a baby pleaser. Scary diapers too. ;)
    • Bev Weidner October 30, 2014 at 6:51 am #
      Oh, most frightening diapers I've ever experienced.
  4. Millie l Add A Little October 30, 2014 at 2:34 am #
    These are great ideas - so much better to make from scratch rather than buy!
  5. Kelly October 30, 2014 at 10:02 am #
    please post more baby food recipes! I love your regular recipes and I'd love more baby ideas.
  6. Stephanie October 30, 2014 at 11:49 am #
    Did you add any water/liquid to purée? If so how much? I always have rounds getting the right consistency for my daughter.
    • Bev Weidner October 30, 2014 at 12:07 pm #
      I did add a little water to the sweet potato mix. I think I wrote a Tbs or so? But I never do do the banana purees. (I can't figure out how to get the little accent above my first e!) But if you need to add a little to the veggie mixes, a Tbs. or two should do it!
      • Alison H. October 30, 2014 at 12:42 pm #
        alt + 130, in the wine business you know all those tricks. Thanks for the recipes, it's really all pretty simple but these combos are excellent, my little nugget thanks you. Chicken nuggets, wouldn't that be the best costume!
  7. Lauren October 30, 2014 at 1:42 pm #
    Not to be confused with the peach pit - I deffo LOL'ed!
  8. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl October 30, 2014 at 9:09 pm #
    I miss your face. The end.
  9. Sonali- The Foodie Physician October 30, 2014 at 9:53 pm #
    I've been waiting for this post and it was definitely worth it! All of your combinations are great and I love how you captioned the photos. I also tended to use bananas or applesauce in most of my purees to make them more palatable for the little one. Thanks Bev!
  10. francine November 1, 2014 at 5:36 am #
    thank you for the ideas! things like making baby food always seem do intimidating to me until someone (like you!) explains how simple it can be! :)
  11. Corinne March 7, 2015 at 9:23 pm #
    Did you ever experiment with freezing these? I'm curious because I would like to try to make some baby food and freeze - I love these combos though and we will be trying them!

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