As your little one grows and has tried a number of single-ingredient purees, you can start introducing blends. To make the new foods easy to digest, start with two-ingredient purees that include just fruits and veggies before going to more complex blends. Try to choose foods you think will complement each other. As a general rule, though, you can’t really go wrong!
At this stage, I still recommend peeling and cooking the fruits before blending since their little stomachs and young digestive systems are still developing. Peel and remove cores and seeds, and cut into chunks. Steam 7-10 minutes until soft but not mushy. Steam all veggies until tender. Reserve cooking liquid. I puree in my Ninja, so I fill the cup with fruits and veggies then add enough liquid to cover the bottom 1/3 to 1/2 (depending on the desired consistency).
Transfer the puree into containers for freezing. Since your baby is probably eating more in one sitting, now, I pour the purees into Gerber bunch-a-bowls. I freeze them without lids by placing the bowls on a cookie sheet and setting the cookie sheet in the freezer. When they’re frozen solid, simply pop them out of the containers and into freezer bags. Be sure to label your bags with the contents and date. If stored in a non-frost-free freezer, use within 3 months. If stored in a frost-free freezer, use within 1 month.
Some of my little guy’s favorite fruit & veggie blends:
- Berries (any kind) and green beans
- Apples and sweet potatoes or pumpkin
- Apples and berries
- Berries and carrots
- Bananas (bananas don’t need to be steamed) and apples
- Pears and spinach (spinach doesn’t need to be steamed)
- Pears and broccoli
- Apples and broccoli
- Sweet potatoes and sweet corn
- Pears and peas
- Peaches or nectarines and carrots