A lot of people ask me if I make all my own baby food. I’m never sure how to answer, because I don’t usually feed Lucy “baby food” except when we’re away from home and I don’t have any healthy soft food options. Homemade “baby food” is too time-consuming, and most jarred baby foods taste bland and gross if you ask me. (Thank goodness for Ella’s Kitchen and NurturMe prepared baby foods — our favorite on-the-go options).
So what does Lucy eat? Mashed up versions what we’re eating, sometimes altered a bit to be less spicy or salty. This is what I call homemade baby food made easy! She’s still in the phase where she’ll try and like almost anything, so I’m taking advantage. It makes my life so much easier, and we all enjoy mealtime more. Plus, she gets to see the food in it’s real form, which I’m hoping makes her more knowledgeable about food than if she were just eating packets and jars of varying colors of unidentifiable mush.
So how exactly does this work? Here’s an example. Last night, I made salads with ground chicken and lentils for Tyler and I. For Lucy, I tossed some of the lentils and chicken into the food processor with leftover sweet potatoes.
She was ready to dive in before it was even blended…
Because the lentils and chicken were seasoned with herbs, salt, and pepper, the resulting mixture was flavorful and delicious (I know it doesn’t look that appetizing but I’m telling the truth).
Lucy loved it, and there were plenty of leftovers, which I froze in an ice cube tray so I can defrost and reheat a small amount when I need a quick baby meal.
Between the salad and the pureed version of the salad, I had two very happy customers.
And I didn’t have to break my back to come up with 2 separate meals at the end of a long day. Even with a baby around, eating can be easy!