Saturday, September 10, 2011

What Evie Eats

Last Christmas, when I was pregnant with the Ev, my sister gave me this cookbook.

I devoured the book promptly upon receiving it. My other sister made homemade baby food for her daughter and had a lot of success with that, so I knew it was something that I wanted to try.
This cookbook is a really good book for beginners. It explains the benefits of homemade baby food (nutritious/inexpensive), and has a lot of great details as far as preparing, storing, thawing, and serving it.

Today I made homemade baby food for the first time.

On the Menu?
Organic Sweet Peas

Looks nasty, yeah? Well, it probably is. Except anything tastes better than cardboard rice cereal.

Here's the best part. Its so easy.

Step 1: Steam sweet peas.
Step 2: Puree sweet peas.
Step 3: Dilute the puree to desired consistency. (I used breast milk, but you can use formula, reserved sweet pea water, or just plain water if you want)
Step 4: Freeze or store in fridge.

*I also added part sweet pea mixture to some rice cereal in hopes that Ev would enjoy it a little more.

Its no secret that I'm not the most frugal person on this planet. Sure, I love a good deal and I try to shop the sale racks at Nordie's, but I loathe couponing. Its probably because I'm not patient enough to subscribe to a bazillion emails and newspapers and then cut, clip, and organize everything. I have tried to do it, but I usually just give up. On top of that, we like to eat healthy, which is code for expensive. So, making homemade baby food is my way of saving on our food bill.
I've always wanted to use more nutritious, organic products in my cooking, but its hard to justify that at this point in our lives. My sister has an old college roommate who is from Eugene. She is always posting amazing recipes on her blog using quinoa, agave, homemade protein bars, and she even grinds her own wheat! Its hard not to try all those things in Eugene because its so accessible. I'm hoping that I'll be able to use some of those ingredients in my cooking someday. For now, I'd like to try a "Eugene-inspired" dish once or twice a month.

But I digress. I calculated the how much we saved by making our own baby food. (Nick checked my math) You get about 33% more baby food for the price, plus there are no preservatives. I'd say its a win-win.

And now for some cuteness:

Ev was a little unsure at first. Probably because the puree was a little thick. Once we adjusted, she seemed to do better.

Next week on the Baby Food Menu:
Pureed zucchini.


Anonymous said...

I've never done this but am somewhat interested...what do you store it in??

Sydney said...

Ice cube trays at first, then when they need larger portions you use silicon baking cups. Once frozen you remove them from the tray or baking cups and store in ziploc freezer bags. You can buy actual containers but I just used what I had. Plus they are perfect portioned sizes! Oh and they freeze for 3 months.

chelsea said...


I'm so glad you are trying out the cookbook. Way to channel the inner granola in you. Loved the pics!

Love ya!

sheila said...

Syd, I am so proud you are trying this! Those pics of Ev are so cute, they make me miss her a ton. She is growing and changing every day and I can't wait to see her in granola-land soon. My love to you all, Mom.
P.S. Thanks for the birthday wishes.

Sarah said...

Could she get any cuter? Those lips are so cute.

Ashley and Zach Smart said...

Look at you girl! When I cross this bridge, I will be needing your expert baby food-making advice!