The Secret To Making Baby Food Purees
Want to know the secret to making a baby food puree your baby can't resist with easy to make recipes that can be meal prepped in under 20 minutes?
What Are The Best Foods To Puree For Babies?
When considering the best foods to puree for your baby consider purchasing nutrient dense organic foods that you can easily meal prep to have fresh healthy meals on hand.
Most purees can be created with simple cooking techniques and you can prepare these delicious recipe ideas in under 20 minutes.
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The Secret To A Good Baby Food Puree
When in comes to making a good baby food puree the secret is texture.
Texture may even be more important than taste.
Some ingredients puree into a smooth texture while others can tend to stay grainy and most likely your baby will shy away from those foods.
To get the perfect consistency you have to consider the best cooking technique plus add liquid to your puree to get a smooth texture your baby will enjoy.
Consider adding a healthy stock of your choice to create the perfect texture.
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What Are Good Baby Food Combinations?
Many baby food combinations are simple to prepare once you have an understanding of your baby's preferences.
It's best to introduce foods individually in the beginning then experiment with combining different flavors to give your baby a healthy variety of foods in their diet.
Also remember that foods may have to be introduced several times before your baby will eat them, so don't shy away from recipes that your baby might have rejected upon first tasting.
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Top 10 Baby Food Puree Recipe Ideas
#1 Sweet Potato
Sweet potato is at the top of the list because it is so easy to make, highly nutritious, and offers a smooth sweet puree that is easy to pair with just about anything.
To meal prep this ingredient simply wash, peel, and steam until softened about 10-15 minutes then blend into a rich creamy puree.
Pairs Well With: Carrots, Chickpeas, Chicken, Apples, Green Peas
#2 Butternut Squash
Butternut squash is a classic ingredient for making homemade baby food recipes.
This versatile ingredient can be prepared ahead of time in the oven by simply washing, slicing the squash in half, adding a splash of olive oil (optional), cover with aluminum foil, and roast at 400 degrees F. for about 20 minutes or until cooked through depending on size.
Your baby will love their butternut squash puree that pairs perfectly with a variety of other healthy ingredients.
Pairs Well With: Chicken, Carrots, Green Peas, Apples, Pears
Mushrooms aren't an ingredient you typically think of when it comes to baby food purees, but this delicious ingredient is full of nutrients and offers an earthy flavor that can be paired with a variety of recipes.
To prepare white button mushrooms simply sauté or steam until mushrooms have softened completely.
Add a liquid like vegetable or chicken stock and blend until you have a smooth consistency.
This baby food puree does best as an addition to a meal.
Pairs Well With: Carrots, Green Peas, Chicken, Chickpeas, Sweet Potato
Avocado had to be on the list as one of the best baby food recipe ingredients because it is one food that requires no cooking making it all too convenient.
Avocado also allows you to play with consistency and texture making it smooth for beginner eaters and then slowly introducing more texture by serving it at a thicker consistency.
Avocado is pack with nutrients and can also be taken on the go making it one of our favorite baby food recipe ingredients.
Pairs Well With: Apples, Carrots, Chickpeas, Chicken, Mushrooms, Sweet Potatoes
Chickpeas are an awesome source of protein your baby will love.
This versatile ingredient can be served with just about anything and takes minutes to make.
Simply cook canned chickpeas until softened, add a stock of your choice, and blend until smooth.
Pairs Well With: Chicken, Carrots, Green Peas, Sweet Potato, Mushrooms
#6 Green Peas
Green peas are hands down a must have vegetable if you have kids.
Trust me get them to like them early so you can have an easy go to vegetable to serve your kids on busy nights.
Green peas are also delicious, versatile, budget friendly, and super simple to make.
Simply steam frozen green peas until softened, then blend, to get a smoother consistency you can add stock or water until the desired texture is achieved.
Pairs Well With: Carrots, Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, Eggplant, Chickpeas
No baby food recipe ingredient list is complete without carrots.
Carrots also make for a great first food.
To achieve a smooth consistency add your choice of stock to your blend until you have achieved your desired texture.
Pairs Well With: Green Peas, Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, Apples
Eggplant offers a meaty taste that is perfect for pureeing.
Add an Italian flare to your baby's meal with this versatile ingredient.
Prepare in the oven easily with a tomato sauce for a tasty dish your baby will love.
Scoop the flesh of the eggplant and simple blend.
As your baby becomes more experienced this easy to make recipe will be perfect for pairing with noodles.
Pairs Well With: Chickpeas, Mushrooms, Chicken, Green Peas, Sweet Potato
Who doesn't love potatoes?
They are such a versatile ingredient that can take on a variety of flavors and pairs perfectly with an assortment of ingredients.
Meal prep mash potato cubes to keep in the freezer to have on hand as a quick go to meal.
This is a great recipe for adding calories to your baby's diet by including high fat ingredients like butter or sour cream to your blend.
Pair Well With: Chicken, Carrots, Green Peas, Mushrooms
The go to meat source for any puree recipe is chicken because it blends into a smooth consistency and offers a great source of protein.
Chicken thighs work best for purees because the higher fat content allow the puree to maintain a juicy texture instead of becoming grainy.
To cook simply boil chicken thighs until cooked through then shred the meat and blend adding a stock of your choice until desired consistency is achieved.
Pairs Well With: Everything
We all know fruits are a go to when it comes to baby food purees because they are easy to make and baby's tend to prefer the sweetness of fruits to other ingredients like vegetables.
Some fruits require no cooking at all like avocados, strawberries, and bananas.
Fruits that do require cooking can be accomplished on the stovetop in under 15 minutes.
Fruits that do well in a saucepan include apples, pears, blueberries, and peaches.
Simply steam produce until soften and remove skins if possible then blend.
Your baby will love these sweet baby food recipes that are pack with nutrition.
Also have fun making your baby delicious smoothie recipes that combine their ingredients into a cold treat that is full of nutrients.
How To Create Baby Food Recipe Combinations?
Creating baby food recipe combinations is actually super simple.
Remember not each combination has to be mixed together.
You can also serve a combination of ingredients side by side offering your baby a wide variety of textures and flavors.
Most of fresh ingredients tend to pair nicely with each other.
Once you understand your baby's preferences coming up with quick healthy baby food recipes will be easy.
Meal prepping some of their favorite foods is the perfect way to create homecooked meals for your baby that are full of nutrients and super easy to make.
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