Making Baby Food: Asparagus and Watermelon

Time to restock the baby food! I decided to go with all fresh fruits and veggies today due to the huge frozen food recall. I usually stock up on frozen peas, green beans, and mango from Trader Joe’s but this recall gave me a scare. If you haven’t heard about it, take a look here: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls. It’s an extensive list.

Today I made asparagus and watermelon. Both are new foods to my baby. I’m making his foods thicker and chunkier this go round to give him practice chewing foods and getting used to different textures. To date he prefers his foods really smooth, so I’ve got some work to do!

Asparagus:

I bought two batches of asparagus for $3.49 a pack. This made six pods for basically $7. That’s $1.16 per food pod. Asparagus is one of the more expensive foods I’ve made, hope baby likes it! Here’s what I did:

  1. Wash asparagus and trim the ends
  2. Cut the asparagus into inch size pieces and place in steamer
  3. Using recommended amount of steam water, steam for approx 20 mins
  4. Pour out the steam water
  5. Chop to desired consistency, I chopped in quick bursts to keep it chunky
  6. Pour mixture into food storage container
  7. Label, date, and freeze

 

Watermelon:

Watermelon was very simple. I made it easy and went with seedless watermelon that was cut and prepared by the grocer. I paid $4.49 for it which made six servings. So basically $0.75 per serving. Not bad for a wholesome, nutritious snack! No need to steam watermelon, just put it in your blender and chop. Watermelon naturally has a lot of water in it, so it purees to a very thin, soupy mixture. I will mix oatmeal cereal in with the watermelon to thicken it up before serving it to my baby. Here’s what I did:

Let me know if you have any questions!

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