2 Simple GF Baby Vegetable Purees

I’m a big believer in making your baby’s food from scratch. While I realize there are a lot of options for organic baby food in stores, my personal feeling is that anything that has a shelf life of multiple years is not really fresh, nor is it something I feel comfortable giving to my baby if I can avoid it. After all, we are what we eat.

That said, I know what you’re thinking. Who has time to make baby food with our increasingly busy schedules at home and at work??? The trick here is to take a weekend afternoon every two weeks and make large batches that can be frozen in individual serving size containers for up to a month. If you do it that way, you’ll have fresh baby food for weeks and it won’t slow you down. Veggies purees stay fresh for 3 days refrigerated, so take them out of the freezer in advance as needed. Or if you don’t need to make large batches, then make them fresh every few days.

Vegetable Purees

Simple and naturally dairy and gluten free

These are great for the babies that are just starting to eat solids. Please always check with your doctor before starting solids to make sure that you and your pediatrician feel that your child is ready.

Zucchini Puree

  1. Peel and slice 2 medium zucchinis.
  2. Steam them until they are very soft when touched by a fork.
  3. Place them in a food processor with 1/4 cup water and blend until you achieve the desired consistency (should be totally smooth – no chunks – for babies just starting solids).

This makes 10 two-ounce servings.

Carrot Puree

  1. Peel and chop 4 medium carrots.
  2. Steam them until they are soft when touched by a fork.
  3. Place them in a food processor with 1/2 cup water and blend until you achieve the desired consistency (should be totally smooth for babies just starting solids. Use less water for older babies that have moved onto textured solids.)

This makes 16 two-ounce servings.

Suggestions:

Always test the food before giving it to your baby to make sure that the food is the right temperature and not too hot.

Feed your baby out of individual serving size containers or from a bowl, rather than from a large jar or container of baby food so that it stays fresh and healthy.