Homemade recipes for baby

Cooked Leafy Green

Requirements:

1 Pound fresh greens (kale, collards etc.)

1 Tablespoon water

3 Tablespoon fruit juice

Method:

Wash Leaves thoroughly. Steam most greens 5-15 minutes, leaving the lid off for the first few minutes. Puree in blender with the water and juice.

Basic Vegetable Recipe

Requirements:

1 cup cooked fresh or frozen vegetables (use potatoes, green peas, carrots, and yellow squash) without salt

4-8 Tablespoons cooking liquid, formula, or water

Method:

Press vegetables chunks through a sieve or baby food mill, thinning with cooking, liquid or formula to eating consistency. Or, puree vegetables and liquid in blender until smooth. Serve or freeze. Do not add salt, sugar, or fat. After trying single foods, good combination is potatoes and carrots or carrots and peas.

Fresh Fruits

Requirement:

3/4 Cup ripe fruit (uncooked peaches, nectarines, banana, pears, apricot, apples)

1 Tablespoon unsweetened fruit juice

1 Tablespoon lemon-flavored water (1 tablespoon lemon juice to 1 cup water to prevent darkening)

Method:

Remove skin and seeds from fruit. Puree ingredients in baby food mill or blender until smooth. Serve or freeze. Try different varieties of fruit in the recipe.

Fruit Gel

Requirements:

1/2 Cup cool water
1 Tablespoon agar flakes
1-1/2 Cups fruit juice
1 Cup pureed fruit

Method:

Place water in small pan. Sprinkle in agar and stir to dissolve. Add juice and heat for 1 minute, stirring well. Pour into 4 small cups. Place in refrigerator. After 1/2 hour, stir in pureed fruit. This recipe uses fruit juice instead of sugar to add sweetness. Agar, the thickener, is derived from seaweed. It is available in natural food stores.

 Carrot/Apple Mix

Requirements:

1/2 Medium apple, cored and peeled ½ carrot, washed and peeled

2 Tablespoon fruit juice

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

Method:

Puree all ingredients in blender, or, grate apple and carrot and mix with juice before serving.

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