New mummies alert!
Do you know it’s cheaper and easier to prepare your baby’s food at home?
Here are the many reasons to start preparing your own baby’s food !
1️⃣ No preservatives
2️⃣ Balanced diet
3️⃣ Variate the diet according to baby’s development
4️⃣ Hands-free & mess-free
5️⃣ Blends, cook and keeps warm in one pot
6️⃣ Save at least 50% compared to store bought
7️⃣ Safer – stops when the time is up. No spills, no burns
8️⃣ Stirs for you while you tend to the little ones
As parents, we want the best for our children. When we start them with the best food we can offer, it’s also a good start to a lifetime of healthy eating and good health.
Home made baby’s food is easy with our multi-purpose kitchen cooker, Thermomix®. It can help you prepare the food and stir the cooking, while you take a break from kid minding or tend to the little ones. Save time, money and effort with home-prepared baby’s food as store bought baby’s food can be costly and may contain unnecessary preservatives and additives due to the long shelf life.
For developmental recipes that you can prepare as the baby grows, check out the Spoonfuls of Love cookbook.
Always start with small amounts of new solid foods — a teaspoon (5g) at first and slowly increase to a tablespoon (15g). Always start with plain rice then slowly introduce vegetables, fruits, and then meats. Do not add salt or sugar when making homemade infant foods. Portion out cooked food into freezer safe packs and thaw to heat up whenever required.
Cooking your own is very versatile. Try these time and purse-saving recipes below and check out our tips on how to adjust and variate these recipes for your child :-
Cookidoo® link to Vegetables Puree
- 500 g water
- 500 g vegetables* washed, peeled and cut into 2cm sizes
- Place water into mixing bowl. Insert simmering basket and weigh sweet potato into it. Cook 18-21 min/Varoma/speed 1 or until sweet potato is cooked through.
- Remove simmering basket with aid of spatula. Empty mixing bowl. Place cooked sweet potato into mixing bowl and blend 20 sec/speed 4-8, increasing speed gradually from speed 4 to speed 8. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl with spatula. Repeat blending until desired consistency is achieved. Allow to cool prior to serving.
Hints & Tips
- You may wish to add up to 50 g water, breast milk or formula milk to achieve a smoother consistency.
- Try this recipe using different vegetables of choice.
Get the Baby’s Vegetables Puree recipe on Cookidoo®
Cooking porridge and soup is so easy with Thermomix. After placing the required ingredients into the mixing bowl, you can safely leave it to your Thermomix to stir and cook for you – whereas conventional stove cooking will require you to stand by the pot to constantly stir as porridge tend to scotch at the base while cooking.
Cooking porridge is even more tiresome if you need to tend to the little ones at the same time! With Cookidoo, published cookbooks and thousands of tried and tested recipes shared by the community, you will have plenty of options for your child as he/she grows through different stages from liquids to eating solids!
To introduce rice to the baby for the first time, consider grinding rice into rice powder so that the texture is more fine and easier for the baby to accept and digest.
Baby Rice Powder
- 200 g rice (weight before rinsing) rinsed and dried (use the oven at low heat) rice grains
- Grind 200g of rice grains at 3 min/speed 10 to make powdered rice that is more suitable for very small babies just being introduced to solids. You can then use as much rice as you need for each meal in the following proportions by weight: 1 part ground rice to 6 parts breast milk/formula milk/water
- Once your baby has become used to eating this baby rice, try cooking it with a peeled, cored apple or pear – or a peeled carrot cut into chunks. Cook at speed 4 for the same timings as stated, then purée 20 sec/speed 8.
- For the milk in this recipe, use your usual formula, breast milk or water.
- 500 g water (or mixture of water and milk/breast milk)
- 60 g rice (weight before rinsing) (may be a mixture of white and brown rice)
- 4 – 15 g minced chicken / floss meat (no salt)
- 1/2 to 1 tsp chicken / fish stock powder (no salt)
- Place rinsed rice, meat, stock powder and water in mixing bowl, placing simmering basket instead of measuring cup onto mixing bowl lid to help prevent splashing, cook 25 min/98°C/speed 1.
- Blend 20 sec/speed 4-8
- Keep warm using Warm Up mode
- Add water if it is too dry
- Use powdered rice (see above instructions) if introducing rice for the first time to the baby
- Add in some nutritious brown rice
- Start with 4g (1tsp) of meat if the baby is eating meat for the first time and slowly adjust the portion up to 15g (1 TBSP)
- Add variety by letting baby try different types of meat
- Add some vegetables for variety
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