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A Mother’s Advice: Making Homemade Baby Food

Use these organizational tips to start creating homemade baby food that is delicious and healthy.

| September 2014

  • Make mealtime something fun for you and baby by creating yummy homemade baby foods.
    Photo by Fotolia/tycoon101
  • Create healthy, nutritious and adventurous foods for your baby with “Bébé Gourmet” by Jenny Carenco.
    Cover courtesy The Experiment

It’s time to put the “food” back in baby food. Jenny Carenco delivers more than 100 enticing recipes that will introduce baby to new flavors, ingredients and textures in Bébé Gourmet (The Experiment, 2012). Encourage healthy eating habits while offering satisfying, homemade meals that are easy for today’s busy parents to make. The following excerpt by Dr. Jean Lalau Kerlay, gives you tips for preparing your own homemade baby food with ease.

Homemade Baby Food Recipes from Bébé Gourmet

First Foods: Sweet Potato Purée Recipe
First Foods: Carrot and Cumin Purée Recipe
First Foods: Chicken Fricassee Recipe
First Foods: Turkey Purée Recipe with Corn and Sweet Onions

The Secret to Successful Baby Cuisine?: Organization!

A bit clichéd, maybe, yet it’s completely true. In order to keep your sanity (and get some sleep), your only life preserver is a well-thought-out plan. You’ll see: By integrating the techniques and recipes into your routine bit by bit, you will be able to follow it without even thinking. And it’s at this moment that you’ll say to yourself, “In fact, making food for my brood is not witchcraft!” But before we get there, let’s do a quick theoretical trial run . A champion’s logistical foundations can be enumerated on only one hand:

Rule 1: Always Have a Supply of “Savior Foods” on Hand
Why saviors? Because if you always have them in stock, they’ll be your lifesavers, enabling you to pull together healthy, quick, and delicious recipes for the whole family! Without these culinary basics, each recipe will feel like Mount Everest, forcing you to shop every day for one or two missing ingredients—a real nightmare for a working parent. So be sure to have a few savior foods in your pantry.

Rule 2: Pool Recipes
Sure, you are going to cook these recipes for your baby. But look at it from another angle: The vegetables or ingredients that you’re going to prepare for your budding gourmet can also serve as the basis for your own meals. That way you won’t feel as though you’re spending the whole night in the kitchen, dreaming up separate meals for your baby, the older children, and for the evening tête-à-tête with your partner. Share the wealth! For almost every recipe in this book, I’ve given you “Yummy Tips” for transforming the baby recipe into a tasty dish for grown-ups.

Rule 3: Make Extra and Do Less Work Later
Let’s be honest. There are evenings when even the most organized of parents simply doesn’t have the twenty minutes it takes to prepare a simple meal: think never-ending managers’ meeting, massive traffic jam, incubating flu . . . Don’t panic. The perfect planner in you has already prepared for this possibility. Just take one of your “emergency containers” (that you made up on one of your more courageous days) out of the freezer. If you’re worried you’ll never have one of those courageous days to devote expressly to cooking the emergency supplies, no problem. My extreme laziness also inspired this iron-clad logic: All I had to do was cook larger quantities of baby meals than I needed and freeze the leftovers.

6/7/2016 5:35:54 AM

Homemade baby foods are very hygienic and far better than the street foods and other packaged foods. We believe that the packaged foods are hygienic but no! they are not. These foods may be delicious but homemade foods are the one which is both hygienic and delicious. These are the some of the great tips you've mentioned and it helped me a lot. I'm sure other moms who read this article will gonna try it!

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