I don't make baby food at home because it saves me money. Though it does. I don't make it because I'm worried the big companies don't do it well. I'm sure they do. I make baby food at home because it's one way I like to show my love for my kids, nourishing their growing bodies with home cooking. And what says home cookin' more than beef stew? It's simple, wholesome, and made with love. And what better to nourish a growing baby than a meal like that?
Here's how I made it:
1 lb stewing beef
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 cups potato, peeled and chopped
2 cups yam, peeled and chopped
1 cup carrot, peeled and chopped
1/3 cup onion, chopped
2 1/4 cups water
1 cup peas (I used frozen)
I started by heating the oil over medium heat in a large saucepan. I added the beef and let it brown, rotating the pieces occasionally, for about five minutes. Next, I added the potato, yam, carrot, onion, and water. The heat was turned up to high to bring the mixture to a boil, then I lowered the heat to low, covered the saucepan, and allowed the stew to simmer for 90 minutes, adding the peas with 15 minutes left in the cooking time.
I scooped the stew into the blender to puree it, no extra water required. And, as far as my baby boy was concerned, no convincing required. He loved each tiny spoonful.
Are you feeding a baby these days? What's going over well with your little one? Do you think my easy little eater could become a picky eater later on? I hope not. His older brother is a little... choosier.