Frozen Vegetables and Fruits:
Add 1/2 cup of vegetables or fruit to saucepan. Add enough water to barely cover the vegetables or fruits. Boil until tender.
Fresh Vegetables and Fruits:
Peel, remove seeds, and chop the entire vegetable or fruit into small cubes (or use part of it for your meal). Add water to cover plus one to two inches. Boil until tender.
After cooking, strain and conserve cooking liquid. Puree a little at a time in a blender, adding water as needed. Puree should not be too watery or too thick or your baby will not eat it. Pour the puree into ice cube trays and freeze. When completely frozen, transfer the individual cubes to zip-lock sandwich bags and label with a sharpie.
Meat and Fish Puree
Boneless Chicken Breasts: Boil in water to cover until tender.
Stew Beef: Cook in oil over medium-high heat to seal in meat juices, then add water to cover plus one inch and boil until meat is tender. Stir occasionally and add water if needed.
Flounder or other mild tasting fish: Poach cover fish with water in saucepan and heat until boiling. Remove from heat cover and let sit 5 minutes.
Instructions: Puree meat or fish in a blender as well. Add a lot of water to make a puree or lightly shredded mixture.
Butternut Squash and Chicken Casserole - 10 to 12 months and older
Grated cheddar cheese
Defrost 2:1 ratio cubes squash and 1 cube chicken. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of brown rice. Fold in grated cheese. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds. Let cool. Roll into small balls to use as a finger food. Add rice if necessary to thicken the consistency.
Blueberry Parfait - 8 months and older
Blueberries (frozen or fresh)
Whole milk Vanilla Yogurt - **Use expressed breast milk or formula prior to one year if you feel more comfortable.
Defrost 2 cubes of peaches or other fruit. Add 1 tablespoon of yogurt and 2 tablespoons of rice cereal to thicken.
Baby Smoothie - 12 months and older
Fruit (melon, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.)
Whole Milk Yogurt or 4% Cottage Cheese
Flax Seed Oil or Freshly Ground Flax Seeds (optional)
Add all ingredients to blender and puree until smooth.