The DeLish Bite

Lindsay Evans blogs about food, entertaining and her favourite recipes for Green Living.

Simple and delicious recipes to try for homemade baby food.

Pears and Apples
Apples and Pears are both wonderful first food choice for babies and toddlers as they are low in acidity and are known to be some of the least allergenic foods.

Pears are a great source of vitamin C, copper (which protect the body's cells from damage and support the immune system), vitamin K, potassium and fiber (which helps prevent constipation). In later life, pears can assist in protecting us from cancer and lowering cholesterol levels. When purchasing pears for your baby, look for fruit with nice, smooth skin with no holes or bruises.

Apples are also truly a wonder fruit that most babies truly love because of their natural sweetness. An essential nutritional component of apples is their high levels of two types of fiber, insoluble and soluble. Both of these help prevent constipation in babies and toddlers and help promote cardiovascular health in later life. Apples are also a good source of vitamin C, Vitamin A, folate and vitamin E.

Avocados
Avocados have essential vitamins and nutrients that are integral to your baby's development. Although higher in fat than most other fruits, avocados actually contain monounsaturated fats, which are needed by your baby's body for the healthy development of his or her brain and central nervous system.

They are also an excellent source of potassium, which plays an important role in the regulation of blood pressure and Lutein, a natural anti-oxidant responsible for promoting healthy skin and eyes. The vegetable also contains folate, fibre, vitamin E, iron, copper, beta-carotene, vitamin K and B vitamins.

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are an excellent first food option for babies and toddlers since they are easy to digest, rich in nutrients and are not associated with the constipation commonly found in infants newly introduced to solids.

It's an excellent source of vitamin A (from beta-carotene), vitamin C, manganese, vitamin B6, potassium, iron, copper and dietary fiber.

Recipes

Ice Cube Tray Pear or Apple Puree (6 months +)

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs ripe pears or apples,
  • peeled, cored, and diced
  • Water

Directions

  1. Place pears or apples in a large saucepan with about 1/3 cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 5 to 10 minutes. Drain and reserve cooking liquid.
  2. Transfer pears or apples to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth and velvety (add reserved liquid if needed).
  3. Pass mixture through a fine sieve for a smooth consistency if desired.
  4. Fill ice-cube trays with purée and transfer to freezer until firm.

Avocado and Pear Puree (6 months +)
Note: Best Fresh!

Ingredients

  • 1 pear, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled
  • Water

Directions

  1. Place the prepared pear into a small saucepan and add a little water. Simmer gently until the fruit is tender.
  2. Transfer the pear to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.
  3. Mash the avocado with the fruit puree and serve.

Avocado Guacamole (1 year +)
Note: Best Fresh!

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) tomato juice
  • 1 tsp (5 ml)) fresh coriander (cilantro), chopped
  • Pinch of ground cumin

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, mash the avocado using a fork.
  2. Stir in the tomato juice, cilantro and cumin.
  3. Serve as a dip.

Sweet Potato Fries (1 ½ year +)

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil

Directions

  1. Peel the sweet potato and slice into wedges around ¼ inch thick.
  2. Place the wedges in a large bowl and add vegetable oil and cinnamon. Toss to coat well.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread fries in an even layer.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 40-45 minutes.