Second installment in my Homemade Baby Food series! This time I am going to talk about the easiest food I’ve had to make so far – Avocados! They require absolutely no cooking and can be fed right out of the shell.
I normally pick up two avocados from the store at a time which is enough for around 5 meals, give or take. To tell if an avocado is ripe it needs to be soft (but not squishy) when you squeeze it.
With a knife, cut open the avocado. (There is a large seed inside so you’ll have to cut around it)
Open the avocado, remove the seed and using a spoon scrape out all the insides. You can literally scrape the everything off the ‘shell’ (skin? I don’t know exactly what it is called)
Mash with a fork and you are finished! Freeze or refrigerate. If you refrigerate, the top may turn brown overnight. Just mix it up and you are good to go!
Hubby and I both agreed that when our children became old enough for solids we would do homemade. Mainly to save money but also because baby food isn’t just what is says on the label. At first I thought it would be a little hard and time consuming but it really isn’t! I thought I would start sharing what foods we feed Kay and how we prepare it.
I have found sweet potatoes to be one of the easiest foods to prepare so far (next to avocado) Here are the simple instructions:
Take your sweet potato and stab it with a fork all over
Place in microwave for 5 minutes (may vary depending on how large the sweet potato is but I found 5 minutes works well)
Flip it over and cook it for another 5 minutes
Take it out, cut it open and scoop out the insides and mash it up
Either let it cool and feed baby or scoop it into an ice cube tray and freeze.
One average sweet potato is enough for roughly 2-3 meals for a 5-6 month old
When Kay was a little younger I would mix breast milk with the sweet potatoes to make it not as ‘chunky’. You can also cook it in the oven for 45 minutes or so but this way is faster for me since I sometimes don’t realize we are out of baby food until it’s dinner time.