I attempted barley baby food today! It really isn't too complicated to make (think blend and boil), seems pretty economical, and ended up being a winner (with a few adjustments) for my little guy! Here's the recipe:
|Not sure how much a box of barley costs in the store, but my wonderful mother-in-law gave us this box while cleaning out her cupboards!|
|Ground up barley in the blender! Next time, I will grind it finer as my 8 month old didn't like the chunkier texture and I ended up re-blending it after it was cooked (which worked fine).|
|Ta-da! It thickens upon sitting.|
|And here's my modified version! I re-blended it to make it finer, added a "cube" of frozen blueberry baby food for flavor (the reserved juice wasn't enough flavor), and added some homemade rice milk. |
|He likes it!|
I've heard this can be frozen or stored in the fridge for up to a week. I will probably at least double the recipe next time, so I don't have to make it as often during the week.
While I was blending up barley, I had some bananas I needed to make into baby food, so I decided to blend those as well. Homemade banana baby food is likely the easiest to make, you can even just use a fork to mash if you're in a pickle. My baby is spoiled though, so I usually puree it for him. ;) I also freeze pureed banana baby food and pull out cubes to defrost as needed.
|Did you know that riper bananas don't cause as much constipation in babies? These were on sale at Safeway this week for $.44/lb.|
|Peel and blend them up!|
|Pour into ice cube trays.|
|Voila! 5 bananas made about 2 full ice cube trays of baby food.|
AND, while we're discussing baby's lunch, the rest of us are enjoying taco salads this week for lunch (my favorite, and even better since I have a cold... love those jalapenos to clear up my nasal passages)! :)
|I could eat taco salad every day... and I did do that in college (I miss the dining hall)!|
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