I make a lot of my little man’s baby food myself, especially when it comes to food with meat in it. I mean, seriously, have you smelled the pureed meat that is marketed to babies? It smells like Alpo! And, obviously it must taste like it too. Little man is 9 months old, & when we first started him on baby foods, I bought a few jars of the baby meats. I opened it up to give him some, and was overwhelmed with the stench! So, I called the official baby food taste-tester into the kitchen, a.k.a. my husband. I gave him a big ol’ spoonful, and he immediately started to gag. Let’s just say he didn’t swallow it! He actually made me prove to him that I wasn’t playing some cruel practical joke on him…he thought that I had opened up a can of the cat’s wet food & given him a spoonful of it! Once he saw that it was baby food, he said ‘Don’t you dare give that to our son! That stuff is disgusting!’.
So, from that point on, I started making my own baby food. Now, don’t get me wrong – nothing is wrong with the jarred stuff, and I have nothing against using it. Even though I make a lot of his food, I also buy a good bit of it from the store. Although, mostly of what I buy from the store is fruit oriented. I focus on making mainly vegetables & meats myself. A lot of the time, I puree whatever I have made for dinner that night, and give that to him. His favorite food is mashed potatoes, and I can puree anything in them & he will eat, and eat, and eat, and eat some more. He loves his mashed ‘taters!
I just made some Ham, Apple, Peach, & Pineapple baby food for Ethan, and he really loves it. I thought that I would share the recipe here, and hopefully some other moms (or dads!) can use it too.
Here’s all you need:
I got all of this food, except for the frozen peaches, at Aldi. This cost me about $7 to make, and it added up to about 48 ounces. Way cheaper than what you buy in the store!
Peel & core the apples, and slice them into thin slices. Dump the frozen peaches into a pot with enough water to cover, and bring to a boil.
Add in the pound of cubed ham & sliced apples. Boil until the apples are soft.
Put 8 ounces of crushed pineapple (with juice) into your food processor.
Using a slotted spoon, scoop in the ham/fruit mixture.
Puree for a couple minutes, until desired consistency – adding small spoonfuls of the cooking liquid if needed.
Ham, Peach, Apple, & Pineapple Baby Food
- 1 pound diced ham
- 3 apples – peeled, cored, and sliced into thin pieces
- 16oz bag frozen peaches
- 4oz crushed pineapple