Though I worked this past weekend, I've had today off (thankfully!) and have used it wisely, “relaxing” with my little ones and trying to prepare for the week ahead. I’d like to say I followed your footsteps and got all of my grocery shopping for the week done, meal plan in hand. But, alas, I did not. I did, however, get Harvey’s week all in order.
We have recently started him on solids (as you know yourself, the current recommendations have us feeding babes real food at 4 months!!) and have slowly been adding different foods each few days. We did something similar with June, but truth be told, it didn’t go very smoothly. And now, I know why.
When we made June’s first foods, I had my trusty old Cuisinart – which I have used a gazillion times over its 12 year life-span with fabulous and predictable results. But, when it came to pureeing baby food – like really fucking pureeing – it was mediocre at best. I mean, for inherently creamy things, like sweet potatoes, it was fine. But for things like spinach, peas and blueberries, little bits of un-pureed leaf or skin would make June gag and turn away from what are otherwise perfect baby foods!!
Now, 3 years later, HJ is reaping the benefits of being a second child. Thanks to your recommendation, the hubsters bought me one of the best Christmas gifts of all time: my Vitamix.
This baby rivals my children in how it has changed my life. It's like the Porsche of blenders: it costs a small fortune, but it purrs like a kitten regardless of what you throw in there. And, as I have recently found out, it also makes the most ethereal baby food. The word puree doesn’t do it justice – think cloud-like, molecular gastronomy level results. From things like kale and barely steamed carrots. Honestly, I would plate this shit with pan seared scallops and serve it to company – that’s how awesome it is.
Of course, it has has a million other blending uses (from fresh tomato sauce to chocolate pie), which is why it is totally worth its purchase price even if someone doesn't have gum-monsters running about. In fact, I got mine with the dry blade blender, too, and have since made my own oat flour, spelt flour, garbanzo bean flour etc. I'm normally not a huge product junkie, but honestly, I'm smitten.
And, as evidence of its grandeur, so far, HJ has eaten EVERYTHING I have made with this thing. And LOVED it. Now some of this may be genetic (we aren’t wispy people over here) but I think I can chalk a fair amount of it up to texture alone. It’s that damn good. What have you been doing with yours???
Vitamix Baby Food: Sweet potato, Carrot and Leek Puree.
From a food safety perspective, most veggies and/or fruits should be brought to a low boil for at least 3 minutes for baby, but many foods you will steam/simmer longer to get them nice and soft. Also, make sure your little one has tried each food individually before mixing them, so as to ensure there are no allergy issues.
1 small sweet potato, peeled and cut into ½” pieces
2 medium carrots (any color), peeled and cut into ½” pieces
1 medium leek, white and light green parts cut in ½” slices, washed well in a colander and drained
Place leek, carrot and sweet potato pieces in a deep sauce pan and cover with water by about an inch. Bring to a simmer and cook until carrots and sweet potatoes are fork tender. Strain. Place veggies in Vitamix. Add a little water, 1-2 Tablespoons at a time, and blend. You may need to add a little more water to achieve desired consistency, but add slowly so as not to over do it.
Puree keeps in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. Can be frozen, too, for up to 3 months. I freeze mine in individual silicone containers (that pink monstrosity pictured above), pop out once frozen and keep in a labeled ziploc. I reheat in the micro et voila!