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Note: I’m going to keep updating this list as I prepare new foods so that it’s a comprehensive guide for the world and for me!

 

I’ve done a lot of experimenting with baby food purees.  My first goal was to introduce Ava to a variety of vegetables.  My next goal was to start introducing spices so that I could help her develop a complex pallet.  I haven’t found a lot of discussions of different types of purees, so I’m going to contribute to the world and give you my blends.  Also, I give you the most adorable picture of my family:

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Single Ingredient Purees

  • sweet potatoes
    • cinnamon was a great addition – 1 tsp for five sweet potatoes
    • cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg are also great together
  • potato
    • very dry, try adding yogurt when you serve it
  • butternut squash
    • cumin
    • sage
  • banana
  • avocado
  • apple
  • pear

Multiple Ingredient Purees

  • avocado, spinach, broccoli
    • This was one of the first purees I made for Ava.
    • Combine 1-2 avocados, one bag of spinach, three broccoli florets.
    • Boil the spinach and the broccoli and puree with the avocado.
    • You can blend it until it’s completely smooth or leave it a little chunky.
    • You can substitute peas for broccoli
  • avocado, broccoli, and apple
    • Combine 1-2 avocados, three broccoli florets and two apples.
    • Boil the broccoli, peel the apples, and puree with the avocados
  • spinach and pumpkin
    • I used a bag of spinach and a can of pumpkin.
  • ginger, carrots, apples
    • Delicious and it has some texture.
    • Boil one pound of carrots and puree with four peeled apples and a tablespoon of ginger.
  • beets, carrots, and parsnips
    • Wonderful taste but it makes a huge mess.
    • I used three whole beets, a pound of carrots and three parsnips.
    • The beets give it a nice earthy flavor and contribute along with the carrots to a sweet mixture.
  • sweet potato and peas
  • sweet potato and blueberries
  • potato and corn
    • Very dry and even with salt and pepper, it’s rather tasteless.  I’m using it as a thickener with other purees.
  • blueberries, avocado, oatmeal, banana, and yogurt
    • The avocado browns and with the blueberries results in an unappealing grey mixture, but Ava loves the flavor.
  • salmon, yogurt, dill – this was a huge hit

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Yogurt Smoothies

  • Kale, Strawberry, Yogurt
    • This has been Ava’s favorite.
  • Cherry, Pomegranate, Yogurt
    • Ava also loved this one.
    • Use a few tablespoons of pomegranate.
  • Peach, Cherry, and Yogurt

 

Failures

  • Hummus with chickpeas, tahini, and garlic was too strong and too dry.  Also it gave Ava terrible breath.
  • Lentils are too thick
  • Carrots and fava beans were okay, but a little too thick
  • Zucchini is watery and doesn’t have any flavor.  It might be good to add to one of the overly thick purees, though.
  • Orange, mangoes, kiwi, and yogurt was too tangy for Ava.

 

 

One Response to “How to Make Baby Food Purees”

  1. […] foods in front of them.  I’m good about trying new purees (I’ve been updating the post about different kinds of purees as I keep exposing Ava to new foods).  I also try to make meals […]