Salt and sugar are never needed when making baby food. Other herbs and spices such as cinnamon, garlic powder, pepper, basil may be introduced as early as 7 months with your pediatrician's consult.
Avocado- a great first food!
1. Peel and take out the pit of a ripe avocado
2. Cut out fruit and mash with a fork
Similar to bananas, avocados have a very soft consistency and texture. Avocados do not need to be cooked.
Green Beans and Peas
1 pound fresh or 16 ounces of frozen green beans
1. If using fresh beans, snap the ends off the beans and wash. If using fresh peas, open the pods and scrape out the peas. If using frozen of either Peas or green beans, cook according to package directions.
2. Place fresh beans into a steamer basket/pan/microwaveable dish with a just enough water to slightly cover the vegetables.
3. Steam until very tender; replenish the water level as needed.
4. Reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the beans/peas.
5. Puree in blender/food mill or food processor. It is best to use the setting that makes the finest liquid purees - green bean and pea skins are rather difficult to completely puree.
6. Add the reserved water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency
7. You may wish to push the green beans (or peas) through a sieve or strainer to get rid of any remaining skins.
Squash (butternut or acorn)
1 or 2 medium to large sized squash
1. Cut squash in half, scoop out seeds
2. Place an inch of water in a baking pan, then place squash halves "face" down in the pan.
3. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 40 minutes or until the “shell/skin” puckers and halves feel soft. Scoop squash out of the shell and puree.
4. Add breastmilk or water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency.
5. You can also peel the squash, scoop out the seeds and then cut into chunks and boil/steam until tender then puree.
2 or 3 medium-sized sweet potatoes
1. Wash and poke holes in sweet potato with fork and wrap in tin foil - do not peel for baking
(you can also do this in the microwave, but use plastic wrap and cook for 8 minutes on high or until tender)
2. Place in a 400 degree oven and bake for 30-60 minutes or until soft.
3. Cool, and remove skins.
4. Use breastmilk, formula or water and puree to a smooth, thin consistency
Alternatively, sweet potatoes may also be peeled and cut into small chunks and steamed: Place chunks into a pan with just enough water to slightly cover potato. Steam/boil until tender and reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the sweet potatoes.
1 pound of fresh/frozen carrots
1. Peel carrots and cut into small chunks
2. Place chunks into a steamer/pan/microwaveable container with just enough to cover.
3. Steam until tender
4. Discard any left over water to use for thinning out the carrots if baby is under 8 months old as nitrates may seep into the cooking water
5. Puree carrots in blender/food processor/food mill.
6. Add water/breastmilk/formula as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency