Turner is over 6 months old! He has been SUPER hungry (growing boy), so I had to amp up his food a little. I never gave him rice cereal. I went straight to veggies around 5 months. I got the OK from my ped before doing that. So far he’s had peas, avocado, zucchini, asparagus, carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, turnips, rutabaga (not a fan), banana, apples, and apricots. I introduced one food at a time for about 4 days to make sure he wasn’t allergic. I basically picked a veggie that came in my farm share and turned it into baby food. That way I knew it was in season, fresh, and organic! My go-to food when I’m feeling lazy is avocado. I always have them on hand. If I don’t want to steam anything, I just peel and blend up an avocado with a little water and BOOM baby food.
Instead of buying cereal in the store, I make a big batch of this oatmeal to mix with his veggies and fruits. I use the baby bullet to grind organic steel cut oats. I’m sure you can grind them with your blender or food processor, but I haven’t tried that so can’t guarantee the same results! What you’re looking for is a flour like consistency. I only use 1 Tbsp of oatmeal to 2 Tbsp fruit or veggies.
Baby Food Oatmeal
Makes 4 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup organic steel cut oats
4 cups water
Use the mill blade of the baby bullet to grind the oats to a fine powder (I’m sure you could use a food processor too). You are looking for a flour like consistency. Bring the water to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. SLOWLY pour in the oats as you whisk the entire time (if it clumps up, pour it in the blender after cooking to make sure it is smooth). Cover and simmer for 15 minutes, whisking occasionally. After 15 minutes, take the lid off, and simmer 5 more minutes. Whisk occasionally. Scoop 1 or 2 Tbsp (depending on your baby) into each individual baby bullet cup or other baby food cup with lid. I only use 1 Tbsp of oatmeal to 2 Tbsp fruit or veggies. Mix the veggies or fruit with the oatmeal while it’s still warm. Store in the fridge in airtight containers for up to 1 week.
Freezing Instructions-Use ice cube trays with lids to freeze individual cubes of oatmeal. Each cube is about 1 oz. Once they’re frozen, pop into a ziplock bag and label with the date. They last about 3-6 months in the freezer. To defrost, put in a cup with lid in the fridge a few nights before you plan to use it. OR you can put it in a ziplock back and place in a bowl of water to defrost. This recipe fills about 3 ice cube trays.