Baby Meals Made Easy: Recipes and Feeding Tips
By M.E. Vier
Once your baby is ready for solids (at around four to six months),
mealtime becomes an adventure. Baby learns new flavors, textures and
eating skills, while you figure out -- through trial and error -- how
to satisfy her appetite. Preparing and serving homemade baby foods is a
great way to help your infant develop a preference for wholesome foods,
says food and child nutrition expert Annabel Karmel, author of the
cookbook First Meals (DK Publishing).
"Foods like ripe,
mashed bananas, avocados and papayas make fantastic and instant baby
food," says Karmel, a trained Cordon Bleu cook whose feeding
experiences with her three children ignited her interest (and career)
in cooking and nutrition for babies and children. "Preparing homemade
baby food isn't time consuming or complicated," she assures.
Below, Karmel shares three of her favorite baby food recipes, specifying the ideal age at which to introduce them. All of the foods can be frozen for later use. Simply freeze unused portions in ice cube trays and then transfer frozen cubes to freezer bags. Frozen portions will keep for three months; simply reheat individual cubes as needed. Before getting started, you'll need the following cooking gear:
Four to Six Months: Karmel recommends introducing root vegetables before fruits, which babies tend to prefer more.
Six to Eight Months: Introduce lumpier textures so baby learns to chew.
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
2 cups cauliflower florets; 2 tbsp unsalted butter; 1/2 lb tomatoes,
peeled, seeded, and roughly chopped; 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese