Sweet Potato, Corn, & Apple Puree

I am all about making Turner amazing food! He is such a foodie already! I’ve been making all of these great concoctions that I’ve wanted to share but haven’t had time to photograph! His absolute favorite is kale, apple, and carrot puree with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. I threw in a little barley last night and he gobbled it up!

He’s been eating a lot of the same veggies lately, because I usually give him what’s in season. Today, I wanted to create a new combo. I already had some organic granny smith apples and corn from our farm share that I needed to use. We took a trip to Whole Foods to see what looked good! We found some nice sweet potatoes that I thought would pair perfectly! He’s had all of these separately, but not in one puree. So home we went to steam away!

I know it seems daunting to make homemade baby food. But, if you make a HUGE batch over the weekend, you have baby food for the week! When I make a big batch, I keep about 3 days worth in the fridge and then freeze the rest in these baby food trays. Each cube is about 1 oz. I pop a few out into a tupperware overnight to defrost in the fridge. That way, I have a few more servings ready to go!

When I make a big batch of food like this, I throw everything into my giant steamer basket and then into my Vitamix.
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It makes cooking things like this a lot easier! The main difference between the vitamix and other blenders is the tamper (big black thing used to smash everything down). I use it to mash all the food down while it’s blending so that everything gets incorporated. It’s definitely expensive, but it’s worth the investment! Hope your little ones enjoy!
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Sweet Potato, Corn & Apple Puree
Yields 4 to 5 cups (depending on size of potatoes)

3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 ears corn,shucked and cut off the cob
2 granny smith apples, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Fill a large steamer pot with 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil. In the meantime, peel and chop the veggies and fruit. Place all of the pieces in the steamer basket. Cover and let boil for 20 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are easily pierced with a fork. Pour the cooked veggies, fruit, and cinnamon into a large blender (I used a vitamix), and blend until you reach your desired consistency. If you want a thin purée, use a bit of the steaming liquid to thin it out.If you are not using a vitamix, you will want to stop every so often to scrape down the sides of the blender. Hope your munchkin enjoys!

*Remember to introduce one new fruit or vegetable at a time for at least 3 days to ensure that there are no allergies.

Baby Food Oatmeal

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. IMG_0952

 

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.