When I had Simon there was no way I had any kind of time to make baby food. I could barely find time to use the bathroom, let alone boil some vegetables and mash them up for him. I’ve been working from home since I had Wyatt so I’ve had some more time to experiment with the baby food. I’ve really enjoyed making it and knowing exactly what goes in his food.
I bought two different baby food books while I was still pregnant: Blender Baby Food by Nicole Young and SuperFoods by Annabel Carmel. The Blender Baby Food book, obviously focuses on baby purees for infants into their first year. This book has been really helpful, explaining the basics of taking a vegetable or fruit and turning it into a puree for your infant. The basic formula is fruit/vegetable + water; boil; puree. I’ve managed to make Wyatt quite a few tasty purees including apple, pear, prune, banana, carrot, zucchini, peas, sweet potato, and butternut squash. He eats everything and loves it.
SuperFoods also gives infant recipes and recipes for kids up to 3 years old. I haven’t really explored this one as much, but will look to it for some ideas for Simon. I’ve had problems with Simon being a picky eater and a lot of the kid-focused cook books I see have some ideas that make the food cuter or make kid friendly versions of adult food. But really if my kid doesn’t want anything that isn’t chicken on his chicken – even pepper or visible salt – I don’t think making it into the shape of a dinosaur or adding a dipping sauce is going to make a difference.
I’ve also found that using a stick blender instead of a blender or food processor has been easier and also makes for easier clean up.