There are going to be times when you are in a rush and simply do not have the luxury of preparing your baby a time consuming homemade meal. In these situations many mother resort to torturing their baby with that foul tasting bottled or canned baby food purchased from the local grocery.
Did you know that there are a plethora of different baby food recipes available that can be prepared in less than five minutes. These meals are known as no-cook baby food.
So what exactly is no-cook baby food? Well, incase the name wasn’t a dead giveaway, It is food baby for that requires no cooking whatsoever. The tastiness of no cook baby food will wholly depend on you selecting the ripest, juiciest and freshest produce.
Ingredients that are perfect for no cook baby food include:
- Cottage Cheese
- Natural yoghurt
Glancing over the above list you may have noticed a trend. All ingredients are soft. This is important as it means you can easily mash them with a fork at a moments notice for a quick and simple baby meal. The simplicity of no-cook baby food makes it perfect for long car trips or when you are on holiday with your baby and do not have immediate access to a kitchen.
While you can mash any soft food on its own and call it a meal, the most tasty baby foods use more than one ingredient. Lets look at some delicious no-cook combinations that are not only healthy but satisfying as well.
If you have ever purchased mango yogurt form the store you will know how delicious it is. Fortunately you can easily make your own with little more than a finely cut, ripe mango mixed through unsweetened natural yoghurt. If your baby isn’t a fan of chunky pieces puree the mango before combining with the yoghurt.
Natural yogurt combines well with just about any puree. You are only limited by your own creativity. Just don’t go overboard adding too much yogurt to your mixtures and you will almost be guaranteed of a tasty meal.
Banana and Avocado
I can already imagine some of you reading along screwing up your face as you read that. I know that these are not two ingredients that are commonly mixed together but the results are actually quite tasty. While you can simply mash the two together with a fork, a lovely mouse like consistency is reached if you puree in a blender or food processor.
Pear and Strawberry
The success of this mixture relies on you picking a ripe and juicy pear. The tartness of the strawberry helps balance out the sweetness of the pear resulting in a pleasant but unusual flavor. Be mindful that using a pear that is not ripe enough will result in a sour meal that your baby will almost certainly refuse.
Kiwi Fruit and Cottage Cheese
Mash kiwi flesh through a small amount of cottage cheese for an unusual flavor sensation. Make sure that your kiwi is so ripe that it has to be eaten almost immediately. Similar to yogurt, cottage cheese can be mixed with a variety of different fruit purees, particularly the sweeter kind. Be sure to experiment, you may just find your baby’s new favorite meal.
Mango and Baby Spinach
Most vegetables require cooking before they can be considered tasty and as a result do not make the best no-cook baby food ingredients. However, you can sneak greens with sweeter fruits such as mangos and your little baby will be none the wiser. Baby spinach can be fibrous and will need to be pureed with the mango before being served to your baby.
As you can see no-cook baby food relies on two things:
- Soft, ripe ingredients
- Your imagination
So next time you are in a hurry skip the pre made baby food. Simply have a glance around your kitchen, chances are you already have everything you need to make your baby a quick but wholesome meal.
Do you have any baby foods that are on high rotation that can be prepared without cooking?
Harriet is a keen blogger, new mum and part-time PA in leafy Hertfordshire, UK. Harriet also writes for various other great sites whom she has built up a great relationship with over many years.