We don’t buy baby food. Well, I did buy a couple jars when Bella (our 10th) was about 8 months old, but other than that we don’t buy baby food.
We buy real food and prepare it for our baby. Cheaper, healthier and
simpler well not more simple, but still fairly simple. I don’t have a lot of time for complex, so we’ve worked to make feeding our babies as simple and healthy as possible.
Here is my basic, super flexible, life-saver baby food recipe.
Baby Cereal Recipe
Use a grain mill or blender to grind the whole grain or legume into flour. If you’re using a blender grind in small batches.
After I grind the grain or legume I put the flour into a quart sized mason jar,
label it and store in the fridge.
This allows me to easily feed baby a good variety of food without extra effort. I simply mix and match flours as I make this recipe.
- 1 part flour – Adjust amount of flour to achieve a good consistency. Since we don’t have/use a microwave I make our baby cereal thick. This allows me to add hot water to heat it up when it’s time for little one to eat. When making a grain and legume cereal I use just less than a quarter of this amount bean flour and the remainder grain flour. (It doesn’t have to be exact.)
- 4 parts water
Bring water to boil on the stove top. Turn the heat down and whisk in the flour. Allow to cook for 10 min. stirring frequently.
Cool and serve to baby or store for a day or two in the refrigerator. I like to make enough to last for a few days. I heat it up by adding hot water when baby is ready to eat.
Here is a list of the foods that we give our babies in the general order which we introduce them.
- sweet potato
- home made, whole milk, plain yogurt
- brown rice
- egg yolk
- green beans
Food for our ‘big’ baby: (around 9 months)
- kale (we feed lots of kale)
- beans, split peas, lentils and more legumes, ground into flour and cooked as above
- most fruits
- most vegetables
By the time baby is consistently eating solids, we generally feed one ‘yogurt’ meal and one grain meal each day.
Here is one of Bella’s meals when she was 7 or 8 months old.
When we’re ready to add a third meal it’s generally time for little one to start eating legumes. We increase the water a bit and add a the bean flour with some grain flour in the baby cereal recipe (above).
Do you make or buy baby food?