I really wanted to practice Baby Led Weaning and we do to some extent but as Aidan is down to 3-4 bottle feeds a day and needs to a eat a minimum of 2 solid meals a day it just wasn’t sustaining him. He still eats appropriate pieces off our plate but he eats better off a spoon, even if he’s putting it in his own mouth. Maybe in a month or so we’ll start getting into finger foods more but for right now this makes everyone happy… can’t say I didn’t try.
- Steamer (from Aldi – favourite daily use kitchen appliance)
- Magic Bullet Blender (from Aldi)
- Peeler/Knife/Chopping Board (drrr)
- VIA Avent Storage Cups
- Label Stickers
- Ice Cube Trays (silicone is best)
- Zip Lock Bags
- … and that’s it!
Brown chicken in pan with unsalted butter. Steam Apricots. Ingredients put in fridge to cool. once cool, ingredients blended with full fat organic natural yogurt.
Brown chicken in pan with unsalted butter. Add diced apple, sweet potato and cup of water. Simmer for 20 minutes. Blend with pan juices.
Dice and steam vegetables until soft. Blend with the juice from steamer/water/milk.
Dice and steam vegetables until soft. No need to blend with liquid as capsicum and cauliflower are quite wet.
Peel and blend ingredients. Too simple.
Dice apple/pear/strawberries. Steam blueberries/apple/pear. Allow to cool. Blend all ingredients with yogurt.
Dice fruit. Steam pear. Allow to cool. Blend with strawberries. No need for liquid. Perfect to eat on it’s own or stirred through yogurt/cereal.
Blend fruits with yogurt. So simple and great in a popsicle which is what I did for myself with the leftovers… nom nom nom
Dice & steam all ingredients until soft. Blend. Perfect to eat on it’s own or stirred through yogurt/cereal.
Dice and steam pear/peach/apple. Blend all ingredients. Perfect to eat on it’s own or stirred through yogurt/cereal.
To make things simpler I did the savoury meals one day and fruits the next. I diced all the veges and then put them all in the steamer at the same time. The same went for the fruit. That way when they were done I could just pick and choose what I wanted to blend. While I was blending some, I was cooling others. It was all about efficiency.
I put the meat dinners into the storage cups as they would have to be eaten relatively soon. Each cup has about 3 meals in it so I just let one defrost in the fridge and then I spoon out a third into a smaller container when I need it. The vegetables and fruit were put into ice cube trays. I used cheap silicone ones from IKEA and they were brilliant. I just filled them up and wrapped them in cling wrap with a post it note on the top labeling the ingredients. Once frozen I popped them out and into labeled ziplock bags. I usually take 2 cubes per serving and put them in a VIA cup to defrost or put the cup straight in the Avent bottle/food warmer and it’s ready to eat in minutes.
I’m really proud of the effort I put in and it’s paying off because Aidan loves it. Cooking always made me feel good but this is the icing on the cake. Since I had to stop breastfeeding I felt like the formula took away the feeling that I was ‘growing him’, breastfeeding was an extension of pregnancy and his special time in the womb, something that only I could provide. Whilst making his baby food isn’t as precious… it’s the closest I’m going to get to feeling that way again.