Saturday’s two creations consisted of 7 vegetable bolognese with tiny star pasta AND strawberries, apple, kale and rice puree. I did the bolognese during the morning nap and the fruit puree during afternoon nap. Since my children don’t power nap, they spent a little time in their cribs “talking” so I could actually finnish the prep for the freezer.
I am thankful to Annabel Karmel for her recipes. I have made a lot of them so now I am into inventing my own and using her’s as a basic guide.
I know I could appear to be a spokesperson for the Vitamix 5200 but I promise I’m not. But that is my savior in this baby food making adventure. It’s really easy and efficient. So it makes the time spent much shorter than doing it by hand or by a traditional food processor.
The first photo shows the strawberries, apples and kale cooking. Second photo is the brown rice added to the puree (after the Vitamix) and the last photo is the storage/freezing process.
When my husband came home from Costco with Vitamix 5200, it sat in the middle of our kitchen in the box for three days. He was having buyers remorse and was nervous about the money spent on a blender. He loves a good sales presentation and got sold. I was skeptical and not supportive, but I finally said just take it out and let’s see what it can do.
We used it to make ice cream (it spins so fast it creates extreme cold or heat depending on the item in the machine), soups and smoothies. We used it a lot during the summer but use trailed off as the novelty wore off.
The Vitamix and Annabel Karmel’s 100 Baby Purees has helped relieve some of the guilt attributed to working outside the home and not seeing my children for long periods of time.
The Vitamix is an amazing machine and makes it super easy to make the purees. Maddie and Sammy eat homemade food. I make most of it and our nanny does the rest. The babies eat everything from beef to lentils, from broccoli to tofu, from berries to sweet potatoes. While I’m at work, I know they are heating healthy food without preservatives and very little salt or sugar.
I never considered doing this for our first child. The work involved seemed overwhelming
But now that I am in this I am finding it quite fun coming up with a new concoction. I have only had to throw out one batch. Barley and berries don’t mix that well.
I am going to milk it as long as I can, mixing up purees is much easier than figuring out what finger foods won’t choke them.