I am honored that one of my articles has been featured in the premier issue of Bellina magazine, a local Austin publication. You can view the magazine online: Bellina. My article, “Making Your Own Baby Food Purees” is on pages 16-19.
You can find many healthy, organic commercial options for baby food, but they are NOT cheap. Making your own baby food purees can be better for:
Your budget – you’ll typically spend $1 or more on each serving of baby food
Quality control – knowing exactly what your baby is eating, and that it’s nutritious
The environment – creating less waste and trash from individual packaging
You don’t need to buy any special baby-specific equipment, simply use a blender or food processor. Although the process may initially take some trial and error, you will find your rhythm and foods your baby enjoys. Then, you can save time by making large batches of purees and freezing for up to three months.
Have you found that rice, quinoa, couscous and other grains can seem a little bland when served alone?
And we can all admit, sometimes it’s hard to eat as many veggies as we should.
A quick, easy, and delicious solution is making a whole grain salad. These can be served warm or cold and work well as a side dish or a complete meal. You can add sautéed or grilled chicken, beef, tofu or fish for additional protein.
I’d like to share a few recipes from other sites, but also give you some simple steps you can experiment with to suit your own tastes.
4 Step Basic Whole Grain Salad
Cook grain according to package directions and chill if serving cold
Chop and add veggies
Add herbs, spices, and seasonings (personally, I prefer to season lightly vs coating with a heavy dressing)
Top with toasted nuts, seeds, or dry fruit (optional)
5 Variations to Try
Greek – Add tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, olives, and feta cheese. Flavor with lemon juice and olive oil. Try Mediterranean Quinoa Salad.
Asian – Add finely pea pods, carrots, and edamame. Flavor with lime juice, soy sauce and top with toasted peanuts. Try Asian Inspired Tabouli Salad.
Italian – Add tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil, and garlic. Flavor with an olive oil & balsamic vinaigrette. Try Caprese Couscous Salad.
Garden Medley – Add finely chopped broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, red onion and other fresh veggies. Try Summer Barley Salad.