I can't believe Miriam is nine months old already. She did great with the stage one baby food, so we've moved up to stage two. We're continuing to make and feed her foods that we want her to learn to eat as she gets older- particularly vegetables from our garden. I want to share with you a couple of the recipes (and I use the term recipes very loosely) that I've used for this step up. My ideas stemmed from Top Baby Food Purees by Annabel Karmel.
Miss. Miriam waiting for her next bite. In all honesty, it's a rare occasion that I get to feed Miriam anymore. Sam and Sadie take turns under close supervision. She eats better for them than she does for Jamey and I.
The first one I'll show you couldn't be simpler. Potatoes, carrots and baby rice cereal. And a pat of butter (to help the beta carotene absorb more easily). Boil the potatoes and carrots, add butter and cereal and blend with a blender (hand-held, immersion blenders work great for this).
The second 'recipe' is chicken, butternut squash, apples and baby rice cereal. Yum. Same, simple deal. Boil/cook chicken. Bake or boil squash and apples. Put them all in a bowl and blend. That's it.
A couple other combinations have been corn/carrot/sweet potato, chicken/butternut squash/pea and apple/peach. I also made a cooked brown rice, sweet potato and pea blend. My little pumpkin loves them all.
They are frozen in ice cube trays, then popped out into freezer bags for easy storage and use.
We're doing two meals of baby food a day (lunch and supper) since she is still nursing so much.
I find it helpful to have a book to look to for ideas and reminders. It's not necessary, but little nuggets of information (like which fruits can upset young babies' stomachs, etc.) help refresh my memory and avoid upset tummies.