May 3, 2011

Baby Cereal Recipe

This will be the first of many baby food recipes we'll share with y'all as we try different grains, fruits, veggies, and eventually meats. So get ready!

Everyone has an opinion when it comes to matters with baby, and many feel it is totally acceptable to laugh in your face and tell you your plan won't work if its not what they did. Seriously, what happened to respect and kindness between parents? I've had people flat out tell me I won't last long cloth diapering or cooking fresh food for our son. Why? I wonder.

Don't you change your baby's diaper when it gets dirty? Wouldn't you drive to the store in the middle of the night for your child if you were out of diapers? I do the same thing except I run the washing machine instead of warming up the car. Don't you take the time to make a healthy meal for your family? Don't you want them to eat fresh, vitamin rich foods? I want that for my family as well, no matter how young they are.

Its a matter of priorities. Everyone makes time for the things in life that matter most to them. Those may be different for you than me, but that does not make it acceptable for you to walk all over our priorities to make yours seem better. In America there is room for both our beliefs. Anyway, I'm off the soap box; who's next? :)

Back to adventures in making baby food:
Brown Rice Cereal
1/4 cup short grain brown rice
1 cup water
water, breast milk, or formula for thinning

Cooking Instructions:
- put rice in a blender and pulverize into a powder, 3-5 minutes
- bring 1 cup water to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat
- add brown rice powder and reduce heat to low
- cook, whisking constantly until water is absorbed, 4-5 minutes
- add water, breast milk, or formula to thin the cereal to a consistency your baby can handle

Storing Options:
3 days in the frig in an air tight container
3 months in the freezer (try splitting it up into single servings by freezing in ice cube trays. then place "ice cubes" in freezer safe plastic bag)

here is our "ice cube tray" for freezing baby food. 
pick one up here for $19.99. (or add it to your baby registry)

See how easy!? In ten minutes you can literally have rice cereal made for the entire summer! I don't think people realize how fast a lot of these natural parenting options are now days. My blender did the hard work in five minutes; all I did was keep that whisk going for a few minutes.

What foods have you successfully (or not so successfully) tried making for baby at home? What ended up being your child's favorite food?

1 comment:

  1. I wish I would have done this for Breanna when she was a baby... oh well. Next kid I guess. ;)