I’m excited about today because it marks the start of a foodie journey that I’ve not done before and you’ll get to come along with me I’m afraid, I hope that’s OK?
We’ve been weaning the babies, slowly, since they were about five and a half months. Starting with fruit purees and progressing to ‘Stage One’ pouches. Now we’re on to ‘Stage Two’ pouches. The twins love them and are doing really well. But the pouches are expensive. They range from about 98 pence to £1.50 per pouch. And as I’ve got two mouths to feed and two babies who love their food I’ve found myself looking at the ingredients and thinking “I could make that myself and it would cost me pence not pounds”
So I’ve started making my own purees and I’m going to be sharing them here for any parent who’d like to try them.
Today I’m starting with a Sweet Potato and Pear baby meal. I can’t really call this a puree as it’s thicker than that and my feeling is that it will work best on children who are between seven and eight months old. Sweet Potato is thicker and has more bulk than other vegetables, which is great as it is also slow release and is very healthy, but I’ve had to bear in mind the size of the babies when I’ve been feeding this meal to them. For example Anaïs is bigger than Ned in every sense and she copes with Sweet Potato just fine. Ned is smaller and I believe he has a smaller throat so he struggles with food that is this bulky right now. He has also had his first really bad cold the last two weeks and being all blocked up has hindered his eating so he’s had a lot of very smooth easy food. This is fine though as it means that I am able to come up with baby recipes that are for younger and older babies at the same time and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you. I’m enjoying experimenting with children’s food as much as I enjoy messing about with adult recipes and I hope this is helpful to anybody who wants to have a go at making their own.
In case of allergies please check with your GP or health visitor before trying these recipes
This will make between 3-4 individual meals for a baby 7+ months.
What you will need for this recipe:
- 1 large sweet potato or 400g sweet potatoes peeled (before boiling)
- 2 medium sized pears or 200g of pears peeled (before stewing)
- Pinch of cinnamon – PLEASE check with your doctor before giving your children Cinnamon, as although it’s rare allergies can occur. If your child is not allergic to Cinnamon it is a wonderful way of flavouring baby food without the need for added sugar and is very good for the tummy.
- A food blender
Peel and slice the potatoes, then boil on medium heat until soft.
Peel and slice the pears and at the same time you are boiling the potatoes, (and on another hob) stew the pears on a low heat in 1-2 tablespoons water until soft.
Drain the potatoes and add them, with the pears to the food blender. Add a pinch of cinnamon and blend for approximately one – two minutes until the ingredients are blended
Serve immediately if it is not too warm or store in an airtight container until your are ready. This meal should keep for at least twenty four hours if airtight and stored in the fridge.
This recipe also freezes well if stored in an air tight container.
Anaïs liked this meal almost as much as she likes wearing her bib on her head. She too has been hit by The Snot but seems to be coping.
I see she’s taken her bib off. Hmph!
Hmmmm! I can tell that she’s trying to think of the next thing to fiddle with.
Aha! I’m not kidding, the frill on this skirt kept her going for at least twenty minutes. And feet! Don’t get me started on feet. Ned will chew on his for an age!!
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