Hello all! Meet Chunky Pants:
Chunky Pants (as he is affectionately known, of course) has certainly earned his nickname. After being born surprisingly small (6 lbs, 15 oz at 39 weeks!) he has managed to turn all of that milk chugging and food eating into over 20 LBS of absolute cuteness – and he is not even 12 months old yet! Since he has made it abundantly clear that he L-O-V-E-S food, and we are on a budget, I decided that making most of his baby food would be the most economical option for our champion eater!
First, I gather up the necessary ingredients for a variety of baby foods- including the usual sweet potato puree, his favorite chicken, spinach, sweet potato and fruit puree and a fruit puree as well.
This is what will last him about 2 weeks of two meals a day plus snacks!
Holy Cow that’s a lot of peeling and chopping. This little beauty helps A LOT.
I picked it up at Target, on clearance. It does apples wonderfully (peels, slices and cores them) and I’ve even managed to get it to work on the pears pretty well. Sweet potatoes, not so much.
This is what your counter top will look like after all of that peeling!
I promise I
was really good and cleaned it up right away cleaned it up. Eventually.
Anyways, after peeling and chopping all of your yummy goodies and splitting them up into your various pots on the stove you will want to bring them all to a boil and then let them simmer for a while. I always tend to err on the side of caution when it comes to cooking poultry for the little man. Plan on not having use of your stove for a little while when its all simmering away and making your kitchen smell oh so GOOD!
After everything has cooled down, I just use my regular old food processor to blend it up. I have the infantino squeeze station- which is AMAZING and lets me create the “squeezies” that he loves so much (and that now don’t have to cost over 1 dollar per serving thankyouverymuch). Load up all the puree into the squeezies and pop in the freezer – they are usually good for a month or two, but they never last that long in this house!!
Here are the basic recipes that I use to create the various meals:
Sweet Potato Puree:
Peeled and chopped sweet potatoes
1 Stick of cinnamon (optional)
Boil the sweet potatoes until VERY soft and then use slotted spoon to put into your blender/ food processor (make sure you remove the cinnamon stick). Save the water in case you need to thin out your puree while blending. Put into your storage container and either refrigerate for use within 48 hours OR freeze for use within 1- 2 months.
Chicken, Spinach, Sweet Potato, Apple and Pear Puree
2 Chicken Breasts
2-3 Apples (I use FUJI or any sweet kind)
2-4 Sweet Potatoes (your choice on how many to include)
1/3 bag of chopped spinach (frozen) OR 5-10 cups of fresh green spinach (it will cook down a lot!)
2 small cinnamon sticks (or 1 large stick broken in two pieces)
1 packet of Knorr Homestyle Stock (See picture below- it is the concentrated kind)
6 cups of water (approx)
Peel, core and chop all ingredients (you don’t have to chop chicken breast if you don’t want to!) and put into a large pot or dutch oven. Add the one packet of concentrated stock and 6 cups of water, and place cinnamon sticks in mixture. This is what it will look like when you’re all set to start cooking!! YUM!
Bring to a boil and then simmer until chicken reaches minimum temperature of 165. Cool completely and remove your cinnamon stick(s), then spoon into blender/food processor and reserve water to thin puree if needed! Spoon your puree into your container and refrigerate for use within 48 hours or freeze for use within 1-2 months.
Apple, Mango and Pear Puree
1 Small Cinnamon Stick
Peel, core and chop all of your fruits and place into a pan on your oven. Pour enough water to just cover the fruit and add cinnamon stick (optional). Bring to boil and then simmer until ALL fruits are very soft. Remove the cinnamon stick and spoon into blender/ food processor and blend. Again, reserve water that fruit was cooked in to thin puree if needed! Place puree in your respective container and refrigerate and use within 48 hours OR freeze and use within 1-2 months.
These are the three top things that I make for Alex. I’ve also made meals with beets (which he tolerates), but I didn’t pick up any at the grocery store this week, so it was just the usual for us! Either way, I don’t think I’m getting any complaints out of this one! That is one happy eater right there!