Welcome to a 4 part series on $5 Dinners for Baby! I hope you find this information useful and practical!
First, I highly recommend getting your hands on the book, Super Baby Food, by Ruth Yaron. It has all the information you will need for preparing food for your baby and young toddler. In this series, I intend to give you ideas and a glimpse of how I made baby food for my boys!
The goal for $5 Dinners for Baby is to make 2 meals (lunch and dinner) for a week for $5!
1 chicken breast ($1) or other leftover chicken from crockpot
2 sweet potatoes ($1)
1 cup green beans (fresh and steamed or frozen and thawed) ($.50)
1 cut pork (1 pork chop, slice pork loin or roast) ($.75)
1 butternut squash ($1.29)
1 cup peas (I used thawed frozen peas) ($.50)
*Note: Do not use these combinations unless your baby has tried each food individually and has no allergic reaction to them.
Total Cost $5.04
Amount – It is likely that your baby/young toddler will eat 3 cubes per meal. For a week, then you will need 21 cubes for each meal (or 1.5 ice cube trays filled!) For this, you will need a total of 3 trays for the 2 meals.
Process – All products need to be cooked! Combine each item in a food processor or blender. You will need to add water to help puree the foods together. I start by adding a cup or water, then add a little more to get the consistency I want. Remember that if you puree comes out “too watery”, that OK because you can add rice or other grain cereal just before you serve it to your baby to thicken it up.
Once pureed, you can pour the mixture into ice cube trays. After food cubes have frozen, break them into a freezer bag or tupperware for storage.
To serve, thaw cubes on counter or in freezer. It is not recommended to thaw in the microwave, but 3 cubes generally will thaw in 45-50 seconds (varies by microwave!). Mix in a little rice cereal if necessary!
Baby will enjoy healthy and nutritious meals made with love and care!
Mom and Dad will feel great satisfaction in serving their baby wholesome foods, and in saving a few bucks!
If you were to buy 14 pre-made jarred baby foods at $.89 each, you would spend $12.46 for 2 meals. A week! The difference is $7.42! A week! If you make your own baby food for 6 months, you will save almost $200! That’s big money that you can put into an educational IRA!
Happy Baby Food Making!