Instead of spending money on pre-packaged baby food, you can opt for these easy to make wholesome baby food recipes. These are easy, efficient and economical and you can use fresh produce, grains and meat that you have at hand. Best of all, you know exactly what you are feeding your little darling. Always remember that this is as important your pregnancy diet.
RECIPE 1: Banana Puree
Ingredients: 1/2 ripe banana, peeled
Method: Mash banana with a fork, adding 1 tablespoon water, formula, or breast milk to reach desired consistency. Serve immediately.
RECIPE 2: PASTA SOUP
Babies will love this soup made with little pasta. It can be changed according to your baby’s taste—try adding mashed carrots, creamy spinach or tiny bits of broccoli, chicken.
11/2 cups (355 ml) low-sodium chicken broth
2 (22 g) tablespoons uncooked Pastina
Bring broth to a gentle boil and add pasta. Cook, stirring frequently, 7 or 8 minutes, or until pasta is cooked. Serve warm. This recipe, covered tightly, will last for 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator. To reheat, just add a bit of water.
RECIPE 3: BROWN RICE CEREAL
Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil and sprinkle in 2 tbsp of the ground brown rice.
Whisk continuously for 30 seconds and then occasionally for 4-5 minutes or until the mixture is thick and creamy to prevent any lumps from forming.
Serve as is or with one of the additions below.
RECIPE 4: APPLE & OATS PORRIDGE
Oats – 1.5 tablespoon
Apple – 1/2 a big apple
Cinnamon Powder – 1/4 tsp
Water – 1/2 cup or adjust
Start by peeling and chopping 1/2 an apple into small pieces.
Take a clean saucepan, in which you cook your baby’s food. Add oats, chopped apple, cinnamon and clean water in it.
Put the saucepan on the stove and cook it for 3 to 4 minutes on a low flame till the oats is completely cooked.
Now take it off the stove and let it cool a bit. Pour the whole mix into a blender and make into a smooth puree.
Pour the porridge on to clean sterilized bowls and feed your baby. You can pour this into feeding bottle and feed your baby. I cut a bigger hole in my feeding bottle nipple and feed my baby, this way it is easy and convenient.
RECIPE 5: Mango Puree
Ingredients:1 ripe Mango
Method:Peel, de-seed and mash the mango until smooth.Add water if needed until the proper consistency for your baby is achieved.
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