Now that I'm living the Kind Life, I think it's time my baby Jack does too! I've been feeding him solids for awhile now - he's already a grain & veggies man. He loves oatmeal, rice cereal, peas, carrots, and squash. I like to give him veggies in the morning - why not start his life out with thinking greens are cool to eat in the AM - and then at night I mix the grains with some type of fruit, usually pears or apples.
For my first batch, I decided to begin with something easy. I went to the farmer's market and picked up some organic apples and green beans. (Don't worry, I won't mix them together!) I cooked the apples for 10 minutes and then put them in the Cuisinart to mash them. It was the first time I'd used the Cuisinart, which has been sitting in my cabinet for 3 years. It took me longer to figure out how to use it than to cook those darn apples. :) Meanwhile, I was steaming the green beans and munching on them... after they were done I threw them into the Cuisinart as well.
I bought baby food containers that are a little bigger than ice cube trays and distributed the apples and beans in each tray. Now they're in the freezer and easy to warm up when I need to feed Jack. I gave him the still warm apples last night with his oatmeal and he loved them! It's selfish, but it makes me feel so good knowing that I'm starting him out on a good path this early in life. Now if only I could do something about my husband's eating habits...
Dreena Burton's cookbook Vive Le Vegan has a whole section in the back devoted to feeding babies. She has a food introduction schedule, and advice on how to prepare and store home-made, healthy food for babies and children. Plus, the recipes in that book are healthy and delicious!