I’m the type of mom to make her own baby food. I do buy an occasional pouch of food to have in the diaper bag or jar of prunes to have on hand in a pinch. I like to cook and for me that means cooking for my whole family. I also know that homemade baby food costs less and can be really tasty and healthy. I know making baby food takes time though and I’m here to tell you how to make your own baby food the easy and quick way. I’ll even share a recipe for spiced carrot oatmeal my nearly 9-month-old baby is crazy about.
The Beaba Babycook is one of those things I would have rolled my eyes at while walking through the baby store before. Why would I need a whole appliance dedicated to making baby food? I made baby food using pots and pans, my blender or food processor the first time around. Thankfully I received the Babycook as a gift from a good friend, otherwise I may have made it through this round of parenting a baby without knowing the awesomeness that is the Babycook.
Now instead of using pans and food processors, I can easily chop up a sweet potato or butternut squash or toss in some carrots or pears to quickly steam. Then using the same small machine I puree the fruits or veggies in no time. The Babycook Multi-portion freezer trays are great for freezing individual portions for later meals. Now that Delaney has decided she would rather eat more finger foods I still use the Babycook to steam fruits and veggies for her to eat. I would rather use the Babycook to steam vegetables for the family meal than get out our large pan and streamer insert. Starting solids can be a little overwhelming and having the right tools on hand can save you a lot of time and trouble. The Babycook has changed the way I make baby food and left me with more time and for that I am not ashamed to say I’m in love with my Beaba Babycook.
Spiced Carrot Oatmeal
(Spiced Carrot Oatmeal is meant for babies developmentally ready for stage 2 or 3 foods)
1 tablespoon quick cooking oats
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons carrot puree, at room temperature
pinch of ground cinnamon
pinch of ground ginger
pinch of ground cardamom
Combine the quick cooking oats and water in a microwave safe dish. Cook the oats in the microwave for 30-45 seconds. When the oats are finished cooking mix the carrots and spices into the oats. Check to make sure the oatmeal is a safe temperature before feeding baby.
Do you make your own baby food? Do you have a favorite puree or baby meal to make?