Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Designer Baby Food

There is much ado in the world of food these days; from genetically modified cows in America’s heartland to E. coli tainted veggies coming from the West Coast.

And the products coming out of China… dog food, toothpaste, toys… don’t get me started.

I grew up in the ‘70s eating lead-based paint chips, riding around unrestrained in cars, and playing with Weeble Wobbles, little egg-shaped esophagus stoppers.

So genetically modified, lead-based, antifreeze fortified food and drinks are fine for me.

But The Squeaker deserves better than that. So we are making all of her baby food from fresh veggies.

Okay, ‘we’ is a bit of a stretch; P.Pie does most of the work. I wash the dishes when she’s done.


Okay, I really don’t have much to do with it but I like taking the credit.

We were recently at a parent-type get together and P.Pie mentioned that she makes all of Squeak’s food. Everyone was shocked and the comments were across the board –

“Where do you find the time?”

“How do you do it?”

“Is there a special recipe?”

“Seriously, is your husband always that obnoxious?”

Some people just don’t have a sense of humor. Anyway, P.Pie gave out the recipe, so I thought I’d share it with you all:

Take a fresh veggie of your choice*
Steam until tender
Puree (adding the water from the steaming process**) to a very smooth consistency
Then pour into ice cube trays and freeze

Once the pureed veggie cubes are frozen (usually overnight), remove them from the trays and store in freezer bags. For breakfast and dinner, along with nursing, The Squeaker eats one cube (nuked for 30 seconds) with rice or oatmeal to thicken and fortify.

Bon Appetite!

*as with any new food, clear it first with your pediatrician. Never, never take advice from me with checking it with someone who has some common sense first.

**this is the part that makes it super healthy; many of the natural vitamins in vegetables are lost through steaming… but they’re in the water! Genius!