Yep, sharing real food loving with the young one can undoubtedly be a very exciting time — you love food, she loves food — but before you rush out to buy jars of green beans that taste like nothing, consider trying your hand at mashing up your own concoctions.
Add 2 cups of peeled, diced sweet potato to a steamer basket over a pot. Fill pot with water to just below the bottom of the steamer basket. Set to medium heat, cover, and steam for 5 minutes, or until vegetables are tender enough to fork. Reserving cooking liquid, place the sweet potato in a blender or food processor. Add 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid and blend until mixture is smooth. Let it cool before serving.
Tip: You don’t have to food process a sweet potato if you oversteam it, but if you do process it, be sure to add some of the cooking liquid.
Fact is, you don’t have to blend an avocado — mash it up with a fork, thinning as needed with a little breast milk or formula.
Tip: Feel free to add a couple of drops of lemon juice to prevent browning.
Wash thoroughly and cut into small slices or chunks. You don’t have to remove skins but you can for an infant under 7-8 months — purely optional. Add the zucchini to a steamer basket over a pot. Fill pot with water to just below the bottom of the steamer basket. Set to medium heat, cover, and steam for 5 minutes, or until vegetables are tender enough to fork. Remove and place in a blender or food processor. Add cooking liquid if necessary to nail a smooth consistency.
Tip: As baby gets older, pulse in the food processor to blend into a more chunky mixture, which will expose different textures.
Kick things off with this foolproof baby food starter kit: sweet potato, avocado, and zucchini.
Heather Stephenson and Larkin Gayl, founders of do-it-yourself/arts & crafts company Old School, are both mothers who spend much of their time creating with their children. Aside from crafts, they also include their kids in kitchen and gardening projects. Larkin, an artist and teacher of 15 years, integrates crafts into most of her lesson plans with kids ranging from 3 to 18 years old.