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Munchkin Meals: Breakfast

Thursday means Munchkin Meals! This post is all about Liam's breakfasts. 

Liam is now 7 months, 3 weeks old. I am happy to report that last week's experiment worked, and Liam will take purées from me! He still prefers purées to finger food, though I'm gradually making the purées more chunky than thin. 

Typical breakfast options are: 

  • Bananas and oatmeal
  • Apples, cinnamon and oatmeal
  • Pears and oatmeal
  • Peaches and oatmeal
  • Peaches and Greek yogurt
  • Plums and Greek yogurt
  • Scrambled egg yolks
  • Blueberries and bananas

Liam typically wakes around 7 a.m., and I nurse him soon after. We play for about an hour, then he goes down for a nap. I feed him his solid breakfast after his nap, about an hour before he typically nurses again. 
I like scrambled egg yolks!

Purée "Recipes" 

Banana purée: slice a few very ripe bananas; fork mash or buzz with an immersion blender (adding water to thin as needed).

Apple purée: Peel, core, and dice a few apples (I used Gala apples). Place in a saucepan, and add just enough water to cover the apples, cover the saucepan, and cook until fork-tender (about 8 minutes). Drain, reserving the cooking liquid, and purée with an immersion blender, adding some of the cooking water as needed to thin the purée. 

Pear purée: Same as for apples, cooking for 4 minutes instead of 6. 

Peach purée: If the flesh is soft enough, no cooking is needed at all, just peel, remove the pit and purée. Baked peaches are delicious as well: slice 4 or 5 peaches in half, remove the pit, and place cut-side down in a baking pan, and add about an inch of water. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, or until soft. If skin hasn't baked into the flesh, remove it, then purée, adding some of the cooking water to thin as needed. 

Plum purée: Same as for peaches.

Scrambled Egg Yolks: Since whites are typically the part of the egg to which babies tend to be allergic, separate the whites from the yolks (Liam will eat 2 yolks at a time; I save the whites for other applications). Spray a small skillet with nonstick spray, and place over medium heat. Place the yolks in the pan, and scramble until well-cooked. Allow to cool for several minutes, and serve. 

Blueberry-Banana purée: Bring 2 tablespoons of water to a simmer in a small saucepan. Add 2 tablespoons of blueberries, and cook for two minutes, or until the blueberries break open. Pour the blueberries and cooking water into a tall tupperware container or cup, add half a banana broken into chunks, and purée with an immersion blender. For a thicker purée, drain the blueberries and discard the cooking water.

After any purée is made, pour into a pastry bag (it helps to use a clip on the narrow end to hold the purée in as you are pouring), then pipe an ounce of purée into each well of an ice cube tray . Freeze about four hours, then remove to a zip-top freezer bag, labeled with the contents and the date. I find it easier to remove purées from silicone ice cube trays (I use Tovolo) than from plastic ones. 

To defrost, simply transfer enough food for the following day to covered containers and place in the refrigerator. Purées can remain refrigerated up to 3 days. Never re-freeze. 

To an ounce of purée, I add a heaping teaspoon of Trader Joe's full-fat Greek yogurt, or a tablespoonful of baby oatmeal mixed with 1 ounce of breastmilk (you can also use formula or water). If I need to thicken a very soupy purée, I will add a tablespoonful of dry oatmeal flakes. I sometimes add a sprinkle (about ⅛ of a teaspoon) of cinnamon to his apples. 

See more Munchkin Meals on Brittany's blog, A Healthy Slice of Life.

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Thursday 12th of July 2012

I love his hair! He's adorable. I wish I had read this when we were still doing lots of purees, for some reason the ice cube idea never occured to me!

Katie @ Legally Fit

Thursday 12th of July 2012

What's a cutie! I love the name Liam- I told my husband if our next is a boy that will be the name. I will probably change my mind by then, ha.

My mother in law got me a baby food cookbook from Williams Sonoma and I've been using all of the purée recipes from there- I love it!


Thursday 12th of July 2012

Is that the one that goes along with the Beaba Babycook?

I use "Super Foods for Babies and Toddlers" (A. Karmel), "The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet" (K. Knight), and the Wholesome Baby Food site.

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