While baby food manufacturers are offering more variety than ever before, there are still plenty of vegetables that we haven't found in a jar. Broccoli, cauliflower and avocado, for example, have great nutrients for babies and are easy to prepare at home.
We recommend investing in a food mill or blender. We've tried several gadgets, both electric and manual, for preparing baby foods. We believe the most practical by far is an electric hand blender. We use the "Multiquick Hand Blender" by Braun. You can buy one for around $35, and it is well worth it.
For young babies just starting solids, mash or puree to a smooth consistency, with a lot of formula or breast milk. As babies get older and more familiar with solids, the texture can be chunkier.
Make Your Own Play-dough Recipe
Okay this isn't related to meal planning for kids, but this play-dough recipe is so darn good that we wanted to share it. After trying several homemade play-dough recipes unsuccessfully, we got this one from our child's preschool. Enjoy!
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup salt (a little less is fine)
- 4 tsp cream of tartar
- 2 cups water
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil (a little more is fine)
- Lots of food coloring
Mix flour, salt and cream of tartar in sauce pan. Add the water and oil and stir well. Cook over medium heat, stirring often. When it becomes firm and doughy, remove from heat and turn out on counter. Kneed the dough for several minutes. Separate the dough into smaller chunks, add food coloring to each and continue kneading. When cool, store in a large zip-top bag.