Monday, May 4, 2009

10 Minute Baby Food Recipes

As a mother of a very active 8 month old, I don't have a lot of time to do...well, pretty much anything except chase after him and try to keep him out of stuff. I make his purees after he has gone to sleep and freeze them till they are ready to serve. I still like to make him fresh food from time to time...and some things just don't freeze well, so I had to come up with some recipes that can be executed in 10 minutes or less...which incidentally is the amount of time a busy infant can reasonably be entertained by a high-chair tray full of cheerios.

Here are a few of the recipes I've come up with. Feel free to use them if you're ever keeping Connor (yes, Mom, this means you) or for your own baby.

If you have any suggestions for other 10 minute recipes I would be THRILLED to hear them.

Fruit Yogurt

I know this hardly counts as a recipe, but I have a little trick that I use that seems to make Connor enjoy it more.

1/2 Organic Fruit (banana, apple, pear, grape, blue berries)
1/2 Cup Full Fat Plain Organic Yogurt
1 Steamer Bag
 Chopper/Grinder/Blender/Food Processor/Magic Bullet

Wash and peel Fruit and cut into quarters.
Toss into Steamer Bag and throw in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.
Pop steamed Fruit into Food Processor and blend till smooth.  
Mix 1/2 fruit with 1/2 cup yogurt while the fruit is still warm.


The rest of the fruit can be refrigerated or frozen into ice cube trays. If you are using Apples or Bananas, add a 1/2 tsp of apple or lemon juice to prevent browning.

Avocado & Cheese

Connor isn't a huge fan of avocado, but it is one of those foods that are highly recommended for babies so I have been trying to find a way to get Connor to eat it. I finally found a way! He loved it so much he ate an entire CUP of the stuff. (For an 8 month old, that is a LOT.)

1 Ripe Organic Avocado
1 Cup Cottage Cheese
1/8 Cup Shredded Mozzarella
Powdered Garlic
Nature Seasons

**NOTE** When serving cheese to baby please make sure that it is pasteurized!!

Peel Avocado and cut away from the core.
Mash Avocado with a fork
Mix in Cottage Cheese and Mozzarella
Add a dash of Powered Garlic and Nature Seasons
Microwave for 15-20 seconds (until cheese is a little melty)
Stir well 


Warning: Baby may have some righteously bad breath after this...and beware the burps.  They can be lethal!

Scrambled Eggs & Cheese

1 Egg
1/4  Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 Pat Unsalted Butter
Garlic Powder
1 Small Frying Pan

Set burner to medium and add frying pan
Add butter to pan
While butter is melting:
Crack and pour Egg into a bowl
Beat Egg
Add Cheese
Add a dash of Garlic Powder & Nature Seasons
Mix well
Pour Egg Mixture into pan
Scramble till well done.


Connor won't eat an entire egg on his own, and since eggs don't re-warm well I like to help him finish!

Chicken Casserole 

1/4 Cup Ground Chicken
1/4 Cup Cottage Cheese
1 TBS Ground Flax Seed
1 Pat Unsalted Butter
Garlic Powder
1 small frying pan
1 chopper/grinder/blender/food processor/magic bullet

Set burner to medium and add frying pan
Add Butter to pan
Add Chicken to pan
Add Garlic Powder and Nature Seasons to pan
Brown Chicken
If you have not already ground the flax seed you can do it while the chicken is cooking.  
Try to keep the chicken seperated.  You do not want it to clump.
Add Cottage Cheese to pan
Add Flax Seed to pan

The Cottage Cheese adds some necessary moisture to this recipe but you don't want it to be runny.  Cook until some of the moisture has evaporated.

Once cooked toss into food processor and blend roughly.  You don't want a soupy texture but the bits of chicken should be smooth enough to not pose a choking hazard.


To make this recipe I use my magic bullet.  I use the grinding blade to grind the flax seed then switch to the chopping blade for the cassarole.  

The flax seed adds a good dose of healthy fiber to this recipe without altering the texture or taste.

This is all I have come up with so far.  As I stated before, if anyone has any suggestions I would love to hear them!


Erika said...

Thanks for the wonderful recipes! We'll be giving some of them a try.

Cindy said...

I just stumbled on your blog tonight and read this post and wanted to add a recipe that my son has been eating since he was 7 months old- he's 22 months now and still loves it.

Steam 1 giant handful of spinach until wilted.

Combine in food processor with 1 or 2 tablespoons of cooked lentils and 1 tablespoon goat cheese. Puree.

Sometimes I also add quinoa, steamed carrots, or millet.