DIY Baby Food - Alternative to Cereal

Charlie has been eating some solid foods since the time he was around 8 months old. He started off slow, just nibbling here and there. Some days he would only nurse, other days he would have a puree or two. Now he is eating food almost three times a day and he doesn't ever seem to want to stop! For those first couple of months, I was buying organic dry baby cereal from the grocery store and mixing it with water and a vegetable or fruit puree. Every time I went to feed him, though, I felt like I could be doing something better for him, nutritionally speaking, especially since he was eating so much. Finally, I thought of a DIY baby cereal that would be grain-free, full of protein, and easy to prepare. 

DIY Baby Food
DIY Baby Food

Now, each week I make a pan of unseasoned quinoa. I store it in the refrigerator and scoop out what I need when I am pureeing a meal for him. It's so simple, so much better for him, and helps to keep him full. You really don't need a recipe, but if you would like a general guideline, here are a couple of ways I like to prepare it for him:

Quinoa + Bananas + Spinach

1/2 cup of cooked Quinoa
1/2 of a Banana, fresh or frozen
A small handful of Spinach (about 10 leaves)
Dash of Cinnamon
1 or 2 tablespoons of purified water or breast milk (enough to easily blend the ingredients)

Quinoa + Carrots + Turmeric

1/2 cup of cooked Quinoa
A few pieces of steamed Carrots
1/8 teaspoon of Turmeric
1 or 2 tablespoons of purified water or breast milk (enough to easily blend the ingredients)
 

These are just suggestions, you can really blend quinoa with many different things. I have mixed it with vegetable soup, seasoned black beans, store-bought purees, frozen blueberries, curry lentil soup, etc.

Quinoa Baby Food
Gluten Free Baby Food

Here's to happy baby tummies!