Whilst we do use bought baby purees sometimes, we mostly like to make our own baby food as you know exactly what goes in it and that it is super fresh and healthy.
Homemade baby food is really easy to make and is so much cheaper than buying jars or pouches of food from the supermarket.
As Caitlyn has just started on solids we are just giving her simple first tastes at the moment. If any of these purees are too thick you can thin them out with cooled boiled water (or a bit of reserved cooking water if you have steamed the veggies) or your baby’s usual milk.
Here are 10 recipes for easy and simple purees for when your baby is starting solids:
1) Banana puree: No need to blend here so this is a great one for on the go, just take a ripe banana and when baby is ready to eat mash really well with a fork until it forms a smooth puree.
2) Sweet potato puree: This puree won’t need blending and can also just be mashed lightly with a fork. Pop a whole sweet potato (unpeeled) in the oven at 180* for about 45-50 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from the oven, cut in half and scoop out the flesh.
3) Pear puree: Peel and chop up 2-3 pears and pop into a steamer. Steam for 3-4 minutes or until tender and then blend to a puree.
4) Avocado puree: Another puree that requires no cooking! Simply cut an avocado in half, remove the stone and scoop out the flesh. Mash the flesh with a fork to make a smoother puree.
5) Carrot and apple puree: This is a nice sweet puree that breaks your baby into vegetables gently after the sweet taste of their milk. Peel and chop up two carrots and one apple and add to a steamer. Steam until soft and blend.
6) Potato and spinach puree: Chop one medium or large potato into chunks and boil in a pan of unsalted water for approx 10-15 minutes. Poke the potato to feel when it is soft. When almost done, add a generous handful of spinach to the pan for the last minute or two of cooking. Drain and blend to a puree.
7) Carrot and parsnip puree: Chop and steam 2 carrots and one parsnips until tender and blend until smooth. You can also swap the parsnip for swede or other root vegetables if you prefer.
8) Cauliflower and broccoli puree: Add a handful of broccoli florets and a handful of cauliflower florets to a steamer and steam until soft. When done, blend into a smooth puree. This is also lovely with some cheese sauce as your baby gets older and able to have dairy.
9) Apple and blackberry puree: Peel and chop 3 eating apples and add to a pan with 100-150g blackberries and 50ml of water. Simmer gently for around 10 minutes or until all the fruit is soft. Blend to a puree.
10) Broccoli, pea and pear puree: Add a handful of broccoli florets, a peeled and sliced pear and a handful of frozen peas to a steamer and steam until tender. Blend.
What are your baby’s favourite combinations?