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Colic

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    Friday, 10 April 2015 17:50
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    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:49
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    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:41
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    Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:20
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Easy First Food Recipes

baby foodMaking first foods for baby at home can be less complicated than you expect. Here are some great recipes to get you started. Try to use the freshest and best ingredients that you can find. Or better yet grow your own.

One of the best investments you can make is a mini or hand held food processor, this will make pureeing much easier. Also buy some ice cube trays (with lids) and zip-lock bags.

Vegetables
Baking, roasting or steaming are the easiest way to prepare vegetables.

Basic baking or roasting:
Bake in hot 180-200 degree oven until soft.
Remove from oven and let cool.
Remove skin and seeds.
Puree cooked flesh with hand blender. Some boiled water may be added to get a consistency of thick soup.
Freeze tablespoon portions in an ice cube tray
Once frozen store in labeled zip lock bags.

Butternut:
Slice in half
Place cut side down (with seeds still in place) onto baking tray lined with grease proof paper.
Pumpkin and Butternut:
Can peel, deseed, chop into cubes and coat with a little olive oil and herbs before roasting.
Sweet Potato:
Wash well.
Bake whole.
Squeeze flesh from skin when cool

Basic steaming:
Prepare vegetables
Boil a small amount of water in a pot
Add vegetables and gently cook until tender
A steaming basket can be helpful
Puree vegetables with cooking water to retain nutrients
Freeze and store the same way as baked vegetables
Easy steam vegetables:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Courgettes / Baby Marrow
  • Patty Pans
  • Baby Gems

Fruit
These can be prepared and stored in the same way as the vegetables
Apples:
Core them before baking with the skin on, this will help retain nutrients
When cool, scoop out the flesh, puree only if necessary.
Freeze and store.

Pears:
Can be baked as above or gently steamed or poached

Peaches:
Peel and destone before poaching.
Soft peaches can be pureed without cooking or even mashed with a fork

Bananas & Pawpaws
These are best served fresh.

Peel the fruit and mush gently with a fork until it reaches the desired consistency. 

Seasoning:
Only use mild herbs and spices to add extra flavour to the food.
Some cinnamon cooked with the apples can be delicious.
Never add salt - a baby's kidneys are unable to deal with it.

Don't use honey until your baby is at least 12 month's old.

Mixing:
All of the above fruits and vegetables can be mixed in different combinations to give your baby a variety of different taste sensations.
Apple and butternut
Sweet potato and peaches
Sweet potato and broccoli

Remember to try one new food at a time and only introduce food to baby at 6 months of age. Make food progressively lumpier so that baby learns to chew/gum their food.