Combine rolled oats and 1/2 cup of water or milk. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Slice banana, and puree in baby food grinder; add remaining milk, mixing thoroughly. Stir the banana-milk mixture into the cooked cereal.
Cereal a la Mode
Cooked cream of rice, cream of wheat, or oatmea
Puree applesauce, apricots, bananas, peaches, pineapple or prunes in a baby food grinder. Thin with a little milk and spoon on top of cereal. It is better to use fresh or freshly cooked fruits with out sugar. Canned fruits are alright too, as long as you rinse off the syrup before you puree the fruit in the baby food grinder.
Cooked Fruit Puree
Fresh, frozen or canned fruit(use apples, apricots, peaches, pears, plums, prunes, pineapple, or dried fruits)
Wash and peel fruit if necessary. Steam over low heat with a small amount of water until tender. Do not overcook. Cool and press through the baby food grinder. Serve.
Instand Fruit Butter
Raisina, prunes, dates, figs or dried pineapple
Use any of the above dried fruits or a mixture of dried fruit such as apricots, peaches, pears and pineapple. Dried fruits that are plump and moist can be made into butters without any cooking. And a baby food grinder will puree them quite readily without having to soak or steam the fruit in water, although, if necessary, this can be done.
Mix fruit butter with cottage cheese, pureed carrots or peanut butter and spread on pieces of whole-grain bread. A combination of dried pineapple and cottage cheese makes a delicious spread. Fruit butters may also be spooned onto pieces of celery. Be sure to remove the strings from the celery so baby won't choke on them.
1 cup fresh vegetables, diced (use carrots, squash, beets, beans, or peas)
1/4 cup water
Wash vegetables and peel only if necessary. Steam over low heat until tender. Keep saucepan tightly covered adding additional liquid if necessary. Do not overcook. Cool and press through a baby food grinder. Discard any fibers that may stick o the bottom of the cutting blade. If any liquid is left in the pan it may be used to thin the vegetable puree. Add the liquid slowly until the right consistancy is reached.
Put a cup of water in a saucepan on the stove top to boil. Meanwhile, take 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) of oatmeal (non-quick cooking) and whiz it in the blender until it becomes a powder, stir it into the cup of boiling water, turn the heat down to low, and let cook for 10 minutes. Stir with a whisk or fork to prevent lumping and scorching on the bottom. Let cool thoroughly before feeding to your baby.
peel a ripe banana and thoroughly fork-mash until there are no lumps and the banana is so mushy it's almost liquid. That's all there is to it. If your child is still learning to eat solids, you can take a bit of formula or breast milk and mix it in with the bananas to make it more liquidy.
Mini Jelly Rolls for Toddlers
Take a slice of un-toasted whole grain bread. Remove crusts. (Use crusts for bread crumbs. See section on how to save money by grinding your own bread crumbs from those end slices that no one ever eats.) Spread with all fruit no-sugar-added jelly or jam. Roll bread up as you would a sleeping bag. Stab with a skinny carrot or celery stick or toothpick to keep from unrolling. Instead of, or in addition to, the jelly, use peanut butter, cream cheese, tahini, humus, or any sandwich spread. One of the sandwich spreads should be a colorful jelly so your child can see the swirl.
Cut up 2 or 3 potatoes into quarters, eighths, or French fry shapes. You can peel them if you wish, but remember that the peels have lots of nutrients. Put the cut-up potatoes in a bowl and toss them with melted butter. Use only about 1 teaspoon of melted butter for each potato. (Or save washing a big bowl and brush them with melted butter instead.) Spread potatoes on a cookie sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake in pre-heated 400 oven for 20 minutes or until browned.
Variations: Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese and/or parsley on those fries before they go into the oven--delicious! Or use sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes for an extra jolt of vitamin A.
Melon Yougart Bowls for Toddlers
Dice or mash a kiwi with fork. Add cottage cheese, wheat germ, and a little maple syrup. Add a pinch or two of brewer's yeast (whose bitter flavor will be hidden by the sweetness of the kiwi and syrup) for an extra nutritional punch. Remember that vitamin C and iron work together. There is vitamin C in the kiwi and iron in the wheat germ.
Variations: Instead of kiwi, you can use banana; instead of cottage cheese, you can use yogurt. Banana adds iron, but not much vitamin C, so serve with orange juice or some other high vitamin C juice.
Fruit Juice Snowcones
Crush ice in blender to make snow. Use ice cream scoop to shape like snowballs and place in bowls. Pour fruit juice over snowballs.
Variation: For a sweeter, thicker topping, use fruit juice concentrate mixed with a little water. Use paper cups instead of glass for a refreshing outside summer snack.
1 cup plain yogurt
2 tsp. orange juice
1/2 cup pureed strawberries
1/4 cup mashed bananas
4 tsp. lemonade
stir all ingredients put into molds and freese for 30 minutes insert popsicle sticks freese overnight serve
Fish for Babies
1 filet of any fish, unbreaded, cooked
1/8 c 2% or whole milk
1 tbsp melted butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 cup mashed peas
1/8 c mashed carrots
1/8 c mashed potatoes
put ingredients in blender, blend until creamed babies and small children like it
2 Tbs Shortening
1/2 C. sugar
1tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp water
1 1/2 C. baby cereal
Heat oven to 300 degrees. Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs, baking soda, salt, vanilla, and water. Mix until well blended. Gradually stir in cereal. Knead until smooth. Pat into rectangle. Cut into 12 1" bars, smooth edges so they will not be sharp. Place on ungreased sheet. Bake 20-30 min or until dry. Store in uncovered container overnight.
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Recipes are taken from the book "The Natural Baby Food Cookbook"