My daughter is a huge fan of vegetables. When she turned six months old last year, her first food was homemade sweet potato baby food. Even though she is now seventeen months old, she still loves the homemade baby food that I made her from fresh fruits and vegetables. I love that popping a few frozen food cubes out of the freezer is so easy. I also love that I can combine a variety of cubes at each meal to ensure that my daughter gets all of the nutrients that she needs to keep her growing body healthy.
One of the most recent baby food mixtures that I made my daughter was mushroom and asparagus. Mushrooms are low in saturated fat and very low in cholesterol and sodium. Mushrooms are also a good source of vitamin D, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, and magnesium and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, iron, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium. Asparagus is low in saturated fat and very low in cholesterol. The vegetable is also a good source of vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, and zinc and a very good source of dietary fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, iron, phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese, and selenium.
To make my daughter some mushroom and asparagus baby food, I started by washing the mushroom and asparagus that I had purchased from my local grocery store. I then put both foods into microwave save bowls with a little extra water for cooking. I then cooked both in the microwave until tender, which was about twenty minutes total for each.
After the mushroom and asparagus were cooked to tenderness, I allowed both foods to cool slightly. I then put some of each in my baby food processor and mashed up the mixture. Once the baby food was mashed, I spooned mixture into ice cube trays for easier freezer. After the cubes froze, I moved the frozen baby food into a freezer bag for easier storage. As my daughter needs food, I simply unthaw a few cubes. Easy and delicious!
Do your kids like mushroom and asparagus? Have you ever made your own baby food?
Mushrooms in a Colander © 2013 Heather Johnson
Washing the Asparagus © 2013 Heather Johnson
Cooking the Asparagus © 2013 Heather Johnson
Cooking the Mushrooms © 2013 Heather Johnson
Cooked Mushrooms and Asparagus © 2013 Heather Johnson
Mashing the Mushrooms and Asparagus © 2013 Heather Johnson
Mushroom and Asparagus Baby Food Cubes © 2013 Heather Johnson