Abundance for your baby -- make your own baby food.

Baby food in cans and jars can be very expensive. Especially in the beginning when your baby is trying new flavors, it is easy to prepare the food yourself. Homemade baby food is tastier and cheaper.

If you enjoy cooking, it's easy and fun to prepare baby food yourself. The food is easy to vary, and does not require a great of deal of equipment to prepare. A hand mixer can be useful, to obtain the right consistency of the food, but a fork or strainer is satisfactory as well. Ice cube trays or cupcake molds can be used to freeze the food in portions, but special silicone molds can also be purchased, for those who want perfection. Good ingredients, ecological soundness, and good selection. The only thing you need to think about is to avoid salt and to add fat.

Age 4 months:
When your baby begins to taste solid food, it is recommended to try purées of vegetables, such as corn or potatoes. A maximum of two flavors is a good rule, so that your baby will have time to get used to the experience. The first few times it is helpful to add a little breast milk or baby formula, so that the flavor will not be completely unfamiliar. Experiment to find out what your baby likes.

Potato purée or sweet potato purée:
Boil the potatoes or sweet potatoes in pieces until soft, then mix with a small amount of broth. Stir in a little butter, and possibly a little breast milk or baby formula.

Corn purée:
Boil fresh corn until soft. Mix it to break it up. Stir in a little butter, and possibly a little breast milk or baby formula.

Age 6 months:
Now vegetable purées can be supplemented with other foods and fruits. You should avoid salt, but it is okay to experiment with other spices to add interest, and if you run out of ideas you can just prepare a baby-friendly version of what the rest of the family eats. Remember that the food should preferably be boiled; this also applies to meat, because boiled food is more easily digestible for the baby's stomach.

Salmon and potato purée:

  • 1 piece of salmon, 200 g
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 piece of cauliflower, about the size of 1 potato
  • A small amount of lemon juice.

Boil the ingredients in pieces until soft, and mix with a small amount of broth, to the desired consistency. Add 1 pad of butter.

Pasta with meat sauce:

  • 200 g pasta
  • 150 g ground meat
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 tomatoes
  • garlic, and basil
  • 0,5 dl mild cheese

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Boil the ground meat. Boil the pasta. Grate the carrot and heat it together with the tomato, add the cheese, and mix-in the ground meat and spices. Allow to boil about 10 minutes. Mix with the pasta to the desired consistency. Add 1 pad of butter.

Age 1 year:
When the baby is about 1 year old, the task becomes much easier. His stomach has had time to become more robust, and he can even try fried food without problems. It is time to ask yourself what your favorite foods are. Continue to cook without salt, and mash the food to the desired consistency. Yummy food for the baby!
A rule of thumb is to divide the food into three parts, one of which is fish or meat, one of which is potato or pasta, and one of which is vegetables.

Fried hash:

  • 2 chopped potatoes
  • 1/2 onion
  • 100 g meat, in pieces
  • 1 chopped sausage
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 1 egg.

Fry the potatoes in butter, and add the onion and the pieces of meat. After these ingredients have been browned, you add the chopped sausage and tomato. Fry the egg in a separate frying pan.
When the potatoes and the meat have been fully fried, add the egg, and cut and mash to provide a suitable consistency.

Broccoli and salmon lasagna (fills one serving dish):

  • 400 g salmon
  • 15 small broccoli florets
  • lasagna noodles
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • béchamel sauce
  • garlic, basil, white pepper, and lemon juice.

Thaw the salmon, and cut it into small pieces. Boil the broccoli, and cut it into small pieces. Add any desired additional spices to the béchamel sauce. Divide the salmon into shapes, place on the lasagna noodles, and pour the béchamel sauce and mozarella over this. Apply the broccoli on top. Adjust the shape, and bake in the oven at 200 degrees Centigrade for about 35 minutes. Mash to a suitable consistency, and serve.

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