Baby Food Prep

by HEAB on July 8, 2010

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I’ve been blending it up around here. Last night for dinner, I made Berlin’s Whimsy’s Chilled Cucumber & Herb Soup. Into the Vita-Mix went 2 cups plain goat milk yogurt, 1 large sliced cucumber, 1/2 cup water, juice from 1/2 a lemon, 1 clove garlic, 1/4 cup fresh parsley, 2 TBSP of dill, 3 scallions, and 1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt.

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It made this much soup…

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I let it chill all day in the fridge, and CD and I ate it for dinner with freshly ground black pepper and crumbled goat cheese.

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So refreshing – the perfect soup for summer!

Inspired by one of my favorite Katie’s, I made butterscotch pudding for breakfast this morning. ‘Twas yummy.

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Vita-Mix, I love you!

Into my beloved blender went 1 can of pureed butternut squash, a splash of almond milk (1/4 cup?), and a melted banana (inspired by my other favorite Katie). I then blended on high until warm. So creamy and good! I’m sure you can do this in any blender, or you can mix by hand. Just stir really fast. :) I would love to try it with pumpkin, but I still can’t find any in Nashville. To all my local readers, please email me if you see canned pumpkin anywhere!

I thought this would be a great recipe to feed the HEABlet someday as I don’t plan on ever buying baby food. Like Averie told me not too long ago, I own a fork and a Vita-Mix. What more do I need?

What have you blended up lately?

{ 118 comments }

Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 8, 2010 at 9:10 am

Haha, I had pudding for breakfast too! Chocolate :d

Beth July 8, 2010 at 9:10 am

I haven’t been using my blender that much – i can’t even tell you the last time I bought bananas! I need to get on that.

The last thing I tried was freezing a smoothie and then eating it with a spoon and it was AWESOME. As soon as I buy a banana that is the next thing on my list. :)

operagirlcooks July 8, 2010 at 9:13 am

Blenders are awesome! I’ve been making lots of hummus in mine lately.

Jessica @ How Sweet July 8, 2010 at 9:13 am

I think making babyfood is awesome! Estela from Weekly Bite made a lot of her own and has some recipes I think. I will definitely be doing that some day!

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 9:16 am

Cool – thanks Jessica. I need to check out some of Estela’s recipes.

A Teenage Gourmet July 8, 2010 at 9:13 am

Before I left for vacation, I wanted a chocolate smoothie, I’d been craving it all week, until I was finally satisfied last night! I’m going to blend watermelon later today for frozen watermelon lime bars!

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 9:17 am

Teenage Gourmet, What time will the frozen watermelon lime bars be ready? I’ll be your taste tester. ;)

Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 8, 2010 at 9:14 am

I haven’t blended much lately since I ran out of almond milk. Must get it ASAP!

I love that you’ll be making your own baby food, I think that’s a great idea. I’m old enough to be having babies yet but I think it’s better to feed children healthy natural foods made at home. Very inspirational :)

Heather July 8, 2010 at 9:16 am

i’m loving mine for smoothies in the morning…i don’t have a super strong blender, but it does great with those and frosty adult beverages ;)

Jenn (GH) July 8, 2010 at 9:16 am

What a perfect summer soup.

When my son was a baby (10 YEARS AGO!!!!) I made his baby food. Store bought baby food is such a racket when it’s so easy and inexpensive to make your own! :-)

Lauren @ WWoB July 8, 2010 at 9:18 am

Heather I ordered a Vitamix yesterday! I found one for 350$ on Overstock.com! I am so excited!! I am going to use your blog to make a million Vita recipes as soon as it gets in. The first being protein icecream :)

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 9:21 am

Lauren, Oh my gosh, so excited for you!!! Please email me and let me know how you like it, and if you come up with any good recipes. I’m always looking for new things to blend. What a great deal, and you will LOVE LOVE LOVE your new kitchen appliance. :)

Run Sarah July 8, 2010 at 9:19 am

Wow, that soup looks SO good, perfect for summer! I haven’t experimented with chilled soups before but I’m bookmarking this to try.

dorrybird July 8, 2010 at 9:21 am

I can’t wait to see the posts on baby food when that time comes. :) My mom made all of our food herself when we were babies and I plan to do the same one day.

Marina July 8, 2010 at 9:22 am

soup sounds so refreshing!
I’ve made two batches of nut butters. Well, really small ones :D One peanut butter, the other sunflower/almond one. Hazelnuts and coconut is to be blended soon, too. I’m on a blending kick lately :) )

Carbzilla July 8, 2010 at 9:24 am

It’s 85 degrees here finally, and I made hot soup in the Vita last night because I had to use up broccoli from our garden that was just about to go to seed. I’ve never made Vita soup before. Chris thought I was nuts that I waited till summer but that’s when the veggies needed using up!

That pudding looks amazing!

ashley July 8, 2010 at 9:29 am

Out of ALL of the pudding flavors that JELL-O makes butterscotch is my #1!!! I’ll have to try this out! I also love cucumbers, so this soup sounds fabulous.

sweetersalt July 8, 2010 at 9:29 am

Love the idea of making baby food. So much healthier, cheaper and yummier for the bebe! I plan on doing the same some day.

Tina July 8, 2010 at 9:33 am

Making your own baby food is extremely beneficial. I loved knowing where my kiddo’s food was coming from and also how much cheaper it was! That does look like a perfect concoction for the HEABlet. And for anyone.

Whitney July 8, 2010 at 9:36 am

I can assure you there is no Libby’s canned pumpkin anywhere near Nashville because I have looked everywhere! However, I did see canned organic pumpkin at the Harris Teeter on Hwy 100 earlier this week if you are interested in that :)

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 9:37 am

Thanks Whitney! That will work. :)

Sandra July 8, 2010 at 9:37 am

I too made my own baby food for my daughter. She loved it more than anything you could buy in a jar. When we visited her grandparents in FL they bought a bunch of jar food and Ruari wouldn’t have any of it. We had to go to the store and put their blender to work.

That pudding looks so yummy. I think I may give it a try.

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 9:39 am

Sandra, Ruari – what a cool name!

chocolate-covered katie July 8, 2010 at 9:46 am

What more do you need? I’ll tell you what: You need a Katie to come over and help you eat the extra butterscotch pudding for breakfast (btw, as soon as I finish this comment, I’m off to click on the other Katie’s site!). Thank you so much for the shoutout; you really are the sweetest girl ever. (Not that I didn’t already think that anyway.)
P.S. Sending you an email, so if you don’t get one today, tell me!

Sarah @ See Sarah Eat July 8, 2010 at 9:49 am

I figured you would make your own baby food. A friend of mine does and it sounds right up your alley :)

I need a Vita-Mix!

The Coconut Mama July 8, 2010 at 9:50 am

Wonderful Heather! I love making baby food for my lil’ coconut baby! You can spoon your purees into ice trays and freeze it. I love having some frozen baby food ready when we have a busy day. My daughter also LOVES coconut butter! Its like candy to her =). I like to use it in purees sometimes. It gives sweet potatoes a sweet creamy flavor =).

Maybe your little Heablet will like this pudding someday…
http://thecoconutmama.blogspot.com/2010/05/deceptively-delicious-chocolate-pudding.html

My baby loves it!

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 9:55 am

Coconut Mama, Thanks for the freezing tip, but I’m afraid if I add coconut butter to any of the baby food, CD and I might eat it all ourselves! ;)

annecalista July 8, 2010 at 10:04 am

Very cool that you’re going to make your own baby food. I plan on doing the same thing- someday :-) No need for all those additives and extra sugar that I’m sure is in manufactured baby food.
I finally tried banana soft serve!!! It’s incredible.

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 10:55 am

Annecalista, I know – love the banana soft serve. Such a simple recipe and so tasty! Glad you liked it. :)

DiningAndDishing July 8, 2010 at 10:10 am

Love how creative your concoctions are! My usual blend is vanilla soy milk, spinach, banana, frozen strawberries and flax. Delish but I guess I should switch things up a bit! :)

- Beth @ http://www.DiningAndDishing.com

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 11:00 am

Beth, No need to mess with a good thing if you’re enjoying it. Your usual blend sounds delish. :)

rachael July 8, 2010 at 10:13 am

I can wait to see your baby food creations. I wish I had my vitamix when I was making baby food.

Anna July 8, 2010 at 10:17 am

I’ll have to show this to my sister! She has a 4 month old, but we’ve been talking a lot lately about how she wants to make her own baby food when she starts moving beyond breast milk.

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 11:04 am

Anna, Another reader recommended this book to me. She said it’s great, and I plan to buy it when I start incorporating solid foods into the HEABlet’s diet. Thought your sister might find it helpful as well: http://www.amazon.com/Super-Baby-Food-Ruth-Yaron/dp/0965260313/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1278608541&sr=8-1

Tonya July 8, 2010 at 10:18 am

Top Chef had a babyfood making quickfire challenge last night. I think you would have won. Check it out on bravotv.com

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 10:59 am

Thanks Tonya. I miss you!

bubblegumgymkat July 8, 2010 at 10:22 am

Tofu pudding! And protein ice cream..thanks to your recipe!!!

homecookedem July 8, 2010 at 10:24 am

I hope to never buy baby food either. The great thing is that by the time my baby will start being introduced to real food, it’ll be summer time when I’ll be out of school for the summer and will have lots of time to experiment and learn all about it. I’m looking forward to when you start making Miss HEABlet’s food!! :)

Rosey Rebecca July 8, 2010 at 10:33 am

That soup looks so cool and refreshing. Seems tasty, too. I’m a little behind on your blog. I took a blogging break for a while. But, congrats on the pregnancy. You’re going to have one beautiful baby!

I’m hosting a giveaway on my blog for amazing grass if you’re interested!!
http://roseyrebecca.com/2010/07/07/amazing-grass-giveaway/

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 10:58 am

Thanks Rosey Rebecca! Good to hear from you again. :)

Marcia July 8, 2010 at 10:35 am

I would be careful about the almond milk for infants (until they are older), but other than that – awesome!

I made a lot of my own babyfood. My son started solids right about butternut squash season. The advantage is that you can make foods into baby food that you can’t buy. Like broccoli, asparagus, cooked beans, avocado…

I will admit that when he got older and started eating more (a cup or so a day of solid food), we were at half and half homemade and purchased baby food. There’s only so much time in the day when you are working full time, and still doing the nursing-and-pumping regimen. And not sleeping.

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 10:58 am

Marcia, I admire you for making your own baby food and working full-time. That’s a lot on your plate. How long before I should wait to feed the baby any kind of nut/nut milks/peanuts? What about coconut milk?

Mama Pea July 8, 2010 at 10:43 am

That babes is going to eat well! Gigi was asking me if we could have cold soup for dinner the other day. Looks like I have a recipe…

Kathi July 8, 2010 at 10:46 am

I have been having your protein ice cream everyday! I love it! I also going to make one of Katie’s recipes tomorrow with oatmeal and tofu!

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 10:56 am

Kathi, Always happy to spread the ice-cream love. :)

Shauna July 8, 2010 at 11:03 am

Yep. I order a Vita, too. Hazards of reading the HEAB blog, I guess. :) I never even thought to look on Overstock! I ordered a reconditioned one, but was surprised about the tax and “transportation improvement” tax?!

Definitely no need to buy baby food. I didn’t have any trouble even without a Vita. Probably fed my kids fewer than 10 jars of store bought baby food. So glad I just routinely stockpile pumpkin when it’s on sale in the fall. Hee hee.

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 11:06 am

Shauna, So exciting. :) I don’t recall the transportation improvement tax. What the heck is that all about? Of course, I ordered my reconditioned Vita 5 years ago, and so I probably just forgot. Trust me, it’s worth it!

You’re smart to stockpile the pumpkin. I’ll definitely be doing that next Fall!

Amber at Berlin's Whimsy July 8, 2010 at 11:08 am

So glad you enjoyed the soup! It is quite refreshing and nourishing, too.

I’m going to try that pudding—– it sounds great! I love my Vitamix, too… :-)

Also, I made all my own baby food when my kids were little. I used to freeze small portions in ice trays. It was fun to mix and match veggies and fruits.

Olivia @ Blissful Runner July 8, 2010 at 11:13 am

I just bought a Ninja to replace my brand new Cuisinart when it died last week *sniff*. I was POed that I had to shell out cash to replace it but the Ninja is AMAZING. It’s a blender/food processor that’s super easy to clean because all the mechanisms are the the top rather than the bottom and they don’t get covered in gunk. I see much blending in my future. :)

Scott in Ohio July 8, 2010 at 11:19 am

HEAB’s, cannot WAIT to hear about all the baby foods! Christina and I will be paying very close attention for when our time comes around. (~:

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Scott, I hear you’re expecting a Vita-Mix. Very exciting news!!! :)

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 8, 2010 at 11:20 am

Baby food is such a waste of money. I didn’t buy it for my kids. They ate what we ate! I haven’t blended much of anything, but now I want to!

agirlandhermutt July 8, 2010 at 11:25 am

I’m all over this cucumber soup! Last night on Top Chef they had an adult food/baby food competition. I loved all the creations they created!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) July 8, 2010 at 11:31 am

Thanks for the shoutout and yes, it’s so true! Baby food = fork or blender. And since you have Vita God, you are so set. People stress out about baby food so much but it’s so much better and cheaper and better quality to just put something in a blender for 30 secs and feed to baby.

Plus, there is a huge movement against spoon-feeding a baby in many circles. The theory is that breastmilk is primary source of nutrition for 1st year and whatever they can grab, gum, gnaw, and sort of suck on, using their own hands, not being shovel-fed with a spoon, that that’s their form of “eating” in addition to nursing. Even mainstream pedi’s will say that breastmilk = primary source of nutrition for 1st year, and all other food is just “practice” but should be less than 20% of their overall caloric intake. It’s really just fun and learning. They will show plenty of interest in grabbing your food…don’t need to make too many special efforts to spoon feed them :)

Ok this is super rambly…

Oh and read the comments, Ruth Yaron’s Superbaby Food Book is great. She’s a bit OVERLY thorough and verbose (kinda like me LOL!) but she’s got some great ideas if you pick and choose and sift thru it all.

xoxo

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Averie, Yes, the breastfeeding book I was reading just recommended putting a drop cloth under the baby’s high chair, and let the baby feed itself. Of course, in our house, drop cloth = dogs. :)

Have you seen that movie Babies? I was so in awe of the babies raised in Africa and Mongolia – so different from all the stimulation the 2 other babies received (one in San Fran and one in Tokyo), and it was amazing how happy and how content the African and Mongolian babies were without their DVD’s, toys, Mommy and Me classes, etc.. I think you would enjoy the documentary – I found it fascinating.

Katie July 8, 2010 at 11:36 am

You are such a sweetie!! I have been blending up a storm lately too. My Vitamix has definitely paid for itself lately.

Warm pudding….now that is a great idea, especially since the mornings here are still pretty cold.

Oh, and I made that pudding into ice cream and just posted about it yesterday! I can’t decide if I liked it better as ice cream or pudding…

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Katie, Yes, you must try the pudding warm. My favorite pudding growing up was Jell-O made on the stovetop and served warm with Cool Whip. I loved the butternut squash warmed in the Vita. So perfect…even if it is in the 90′s in Nashville! :)

Nicole July 8, 2010 at 11:36 am

I actually made some kick-ass salsa for the 4th and used the blender to give it a good mix. It lookd really gross and first but once it settled it was awesome!
Cold soup–I don’t think I’d like it. I tried gazpacho once and hated it. The flavor was good but I just didn’t like the fact that it was cold.

Dea July 8, 2010 at 11:48 am

you might really love the baby lead solids idea. (you can Google it) It’s great, no baby foods really! (I did this with Trixie, she never choked and I bought barely any baby food, and it’s easier!)
(I know that this is a little off topic, sorry)

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Dea, Cool – thanks for the info. I will google it – sounds like what I’m hoping to do for the HEABlet.

Evan Thomas July 8, 2010 at 11:51 am

How funny, like others have mentioned this was on top chef last night. I definitely think I could make my own baby food in the future; it just seems cheaper/easier/safer and I’m all about that

nikkionlunch July 8, 2010 at 11:52 am

:( <- that's my very sad face because I have been unable to blend anything for over a year, as I have not had a blender, nor have I purchased a new one (for who knows what reason!). Lately, I've been trying to convince my man to get me one for my birthday, but I don't think he's going to listen.

mapledreams July 8, 2010 at 11:56 am

Oooooh that looks like such a scrumptious breakfast….really different to what i’d usually have! Lovely and summery too:-) Hope you are having a lovely Thursday xx

Graze With Me July 8, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I completely agree about the homemade baby food. Apparently I suddenly stopped breastfeeding at 6 months (to my mom’s dismay) and she fed me everything she could mixed with plain yogurt: bananas, mango, berries, even cooked spinach! I plan on making all my own baby foods too.

pol July 8, 2010 at 12:14 pm

hi baby cakes!
PUMPKIN… do you have a Gordon Food service? I found a monster sized can there the other day! I had to share it with a friend! It was not Libby’s (the best pumpkin ever) but it wasn’t tooooo shabby.

Love you! I will be emailing you possible puppy pictures! We are a little excited over here…. XOXO Peach

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Polly, I found some pumpkin today at Harris Teeter. So excited, and can’t wait to look at your puppy pics!!! I believe they are sitting in my inbox as I type this. :)

Jessica @ Rawtumn July 8, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Ahh, those both look so good! Love that you’re going to make homemade baby food! I’m no where near having a baby but I always thought I would do the same. Looking forward to seeing what you prepare once your little one arrives and starts eating whole foods! ;-)

Susannah July 8, 2010 at 12:20 pm

So excited to see a cold cucumber soup recipe AND pudding! I’ve wondered how to make a healthy pudding, since I refuse to buy the ones in the stores. Butterscotch is one of my favs!

Also, thanks to Lauren for the tip on Overstock for a Vita Mix, I’m in the market and need to start finding the best deal :)

Kelly July 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Making your own babyfood is awesome…I would expect nothing less from the fabulous HEAB!

gavrielski July 8, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Your pudding recipe looks so interesting! I am in desperate need of a Vitamix, but for now I’m living on my green smoothies in my Cuisinart: spinach + almond milk + strawberries + unsweetened cocoa powder + ice = delicious breakfast/anytime treat! Your HEABlet is going to be one happily fed baby! :)

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Gavrielski, There are many days when my food processor sees more use than the Vita-Mix. Definitely my 2nd favorite appliance! :)

Kelsey @ CleanTeenKelsey July 8, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Uhm, EVERYTHING. Haha. :P My Vita-Mix is my most-used kitchen appliance. I made crepe batter today, a protein shake yesterday, raw cheesecake the other day and so on. :)

Kelsey @ CleanTeenKelsey July 8, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Uhm, EVERYTHING. Haha. :P My Vita-Mix is my most-used kitchen appliance. I made crepe batter today, a protein shake yesterday, raw cheesecake the other day and so on. :)

I love the idea of the butterscotch pudding! I have a butternut squash that I’ve never used, so maybe I’ll have to do that. Thanks. :)

Oh, and I love that you’re planning on making your own baby food. That’s awesome, and with a Vita-Mix it’s so easy. Yay. :)

glutenfreemuse July 8, 2010 at 1:18 pm

How funny! That really does look like baby food!!

I love using mushy melted bananas for sweetener, and oh how I want a Vita Mix!!

~Alyssa

Justine July 8, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Ive never heard of the butterscotch pudding but I am dying right now knowing that I don’t have the means to prepare it this very second!

Have a nice day miss heather :)

Kendall July 8, 2010 at 1:46 pm

I went on a mad search for pumpkin a little while ago (to make dog treats :) and after nearly giving up, someone told me Whole Foods carries it year round. So far I’ve been to three of the five locations around here and they have all stocked it, but each time I’ve had to ask an employee where it is because they put it in weird spots and I can never find it on my own. If you’ve looked but haven’t asked at yours maybe give it a try because I swear each time I was totally baffled by what aisle they kept it in. Once it was even completely hidden by a pipe!

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Kendall, I found some pumpkin at a grocery store today – Harris Teeter!!! My Whole Foods never has it, but perhaps I’m looking in the wrong place. I just assumed they’d keep it next to the butternut and canned sweet potato. I’ll ask next time I’m there. Thx!

Jenny July 8, 2010 at 2:13 pm

I can’t wait to see homemade baby food on your blog!

Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 8, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Oh how I love you, pudding. :) Yours looks fantastic and no doubt much healthier than the instant packets at the supermarket. I bet your little HEABlet’s gobbling it up already and is ready for some more!

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Mary, Yes, the HEABlet is begging for more pudding, and lucky her, I found some pumpkin today! I hope she doesn’t come out orange. ;)

Brynne July 8, 2010 at 3:02 pm

My mom always made my baby food :0) I love her now for it even more than I probably did for just feeding it to me back then!

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Brynne, I think that’s awesome, and I love that you are so appreciative of your mama. :)

Erica @ ericaunmasked.blogspot.com July 8, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Oh – that does look deelish. And if you really make your own baby food when the HEABlet comes – we are gonna talk. :) When K was born – I bought this ‘bamix’ and assured Sean I would make our baby food. That bamix was returned shortly in my motherhood forte. Now I have a blentec – and I think the last thing I made was my pumpkin ice-cream – inspired by you – of course!

Samantha July 8, 2010 at 3:46 pm

I seem to recall my mom saying a few months ago that the US has been experiencing a canned pumpkin shortage but forgot the reason. We haven’t had it on Guam since Thanksgiving in any of our stores, but it’s not uncommon for things to run out and not be restocked for months. I miss pumpkin!

That pudding and soup sound amazing and are going on my “to make this week” list. Yum!

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Sam, Yep, the pumpkin shortage was due to a bad crop or something. However, I found some today at a grocery store recommended by a local reader. Yay! The pudding is great with butternut squash too – I think you’ll love it!

Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) July 8, 2010 at 5:00 pm

That soup looks great!

I love that you are making your own baby food- one of my goals is, while a personal chef, to have classes to teach new moms how to make organic, healthful food for their baby!! It’s so simple, and you save SO much money!

xo
Kris

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Kristin, I love the idea of your baby food class, and I hope you’re able to make it happen someday!

Lola July 8, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Have you tried gazpacho? Is a cold soup made with tomato, cucumber, bread and white vinegar. It’s amazing, try it out!

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Lola, Yes, huge fan of gazpacho. So good and super simple to make in the Vita-Mix! :)

seemichellecook July 8, 2010 at 6:58 pm

You’ll have so much fun making up recipes for the baby food. I made both my babies (now 12 & 14) everything from scratch. I have the best pics of my older daughter sitting in her high chair covered in red from my tofu and beets mash…so cute! I use my Vitamix every day…today I did the compost :)

Natalie July 8, 2010 at 6:59 pm

These both sound great. You will have fun experimenting w/ baby food – I made all my own too.

BroccoliHut July 8, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Mmm summer soups are glorious, no? I love my gazpacho, but my favorite lately is chilled no-cook avocado “bisque” made with almond milk. Yum.
LOVE the looks of that pudding!

Alisa July 8, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Ah, that Averie. She is a wise one.

Maggie July 8, 2010 at 8:20 pm

I haven’t done any blending recently, but my mom tells me that one of my “baby foods” was blended oat bran with raisins. Apparently I am a baby still :D

Gina July 8, 2010 at 8:22 pm

The canned pumpkin shortage is due to all the rain last summer. I stocked up last fall because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to find any at Thanksgiving and then got totally carried away and bought canned pumpkin every.single.time I went to the store. Now my pantry is full of it!

I made a lot of my own baby food too but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t do it all the time. One thing I learned after my daughter was born is that I should not have said “I will never” or “I will always” (fill in the blank) when she wasn’t even born yet and I had no idea what things would be like. So I’ll pass along that bit of wisdom so you can give yourself a break if things don’t work out quite like you thought they would!

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 9, 2010 at 7:30 am

Thanks Gina – good advice! :)

Monique@She's Going The Distance July 8, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Hey, I just found your blog and GIRL, you’re so inspiring!! :) That pudding looks pretty good too!

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 9, 2010 at 7:29 am

Thanks Monique. Glad you found me. Is your blog name referencing the *Cake*song? If so, I love it! :)

lara July 8, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Good for you on the baby food! I also pureed my own food for baby and ended up with a teenager who actually likes broccoli, rhutabaga and squash!

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 9, 2010 at 7:27 am

Very encouraging Lara!

Melissa @ For the Love of Health July 8, 2010 at 9:06 pm

okay I seriously need a vita-mix! the soup and pudding look so good!

the♥fashioneatsa July 9, 2010 at 12:23 am

Thats so awesome that you’re going to make your own baby food!! I’m sure the HEABlet (that name is adorable!) will appreciate it too because with a great chef like you in the kitchen, your baby is sure to grow up healthy and loving great foods (plus, you can probably prevent allergies from developing because its when the baby is young that he or she is most likely to develop one, but if you can control what is consumed, ie. cooking yourself, it is not likely to happen)
You’re going to be a great future-mom!!♥♥
btw, that pudding looks wonderful!! I HAVE to make it soon!! :)

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 9, 2010 at 7:27 am

Thanks so much Fashioneatsa. :)

lena July 9, 2010 at 1:33 am

That pudding looks delicious, I’ll have to try it with pumpkin. My baby girl was not into the puree’s no matter how many different concoctions I whipped up. She does love green smoothies now that she’s a little older though.

Andy July 9, 2010 at 1:39 am

Hi,
Thanks for such a wonderful recipe. I will surely try this. Thanks again.

hayleycepeda July 9, 2010 at 4:22 am

Amen to this post!! I was never fed food from a baby jar – my mom had a MotherCare baby food grinder and whatever they ate I ate, too. Your little girl definitely going to be well-fed! Plus I’m getting great tips for Baby C, too. God bless the Vita-Mix! :)

Annie D @ Annie's Simple Life July 9, 2010 at 4:45 am

Rumor has it that Christina and Scott are going to be getting a Vita Mix soon. There may be a little sister over at their house much more often :)

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 9, 2010 at 7:26 am

Annie, I heard!!! I think you should go over and play with your new niece often (Vita-Mixes are female in case you didn’t know). ;)

Tes July 9, 2010 at 5:24 am

Ummm the soup looks really healthy and refreshing.
We tried your protine ice-creame and it’s so addictive! Other than that we always make smoothie.

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 9, 2010 at 7:24 am

Tes, so glad you like the ice-cream. Addictive stuff – I concur. :)

Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) July 9, 2010 at 6:39 am

Loving all your blender creations. I am up north at my cottage for a while and brought mine with me. Two weeks without it was unthinkable. (and also had to poke around your plog to see some preggers pics of you- looking amazing!!!)

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 9, 2010 at 7:24 am

Thanks Meghan! Have fun at your cottage. CD and I are going up to Michigan in August, and I’m pretty sure the Vita-Mix will be making the trip as well. :)

cinnamonlvr July 9, 2010 at 3:21 pm

One of my friends makes her own baby food using an immersion blender. Her 6 month old baby’s favorite is sweet potatoes! I think its awesome to do that and save a bundle in the process… .79 cents to a $1.50 per jar of baby food, I think not!
I would love to do the same whenever I have a baby of my own!

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 9, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Cinnamonlvr, Yeah, I have a feeling I’ll be licking lots and lots of blended sweet potato spoons! :)

Barbara July 10, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Blending enough Protein Ice Cream to try to satisfy my late night sugar craving! Gotta love Volumetrics! Try making a carrot cake pudding!

Heather Eats Almond Butter July 10, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Barbara, Yes, I love the volume…and carrot cake pudding? I must get working on that one! :)

kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com July 11, 2010 at 7:54 am

when i got my wisdom teeth out i had a few meals like this lol! it was fun to have some baby food now and then :P

xoxo

lydia July 18, 2010 at 11:54 pm

I found plenty of pureed pumpkin at Brookshire’s no problem and it was only 99. cents a can!

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