Making Baby Food
-Hi, I'm Anne Ebeling. You're watching Parents TV. Are you tired of feeding your baby the jarred-stuff or maybe your child is ready for something a little bit more substantial but you don't know where to start. Well, fret no more, the moms here at Baby Yums in New York are about to show us some fresh, easy recipes that will satisfy the tiniest tot or even the pickiest toddler. Thomasina Forbes and Ginger Dhaliwal are some of the freshest moms in Manhattan. Hitting the kitchen to whip-up fresh healthy options for their little one, Ginger and Thomasina don't just make fresh food for their own babies, they teach other moms to do the same. And that's how their business called Baby Yums was born. -And I think that's one of the things that are clasp these days, is told parents that, you know, eating is a skill and it's important to sort of experiment with the textures and the types of foods that you're giving your child, so that they can build that skill in them and eventually have a very healthy eating habits when they grow up. -They give moms guidance, taking them through their baby's taste one step at a time. -Most pediatricians don't emphasize on what food to start. They just say, 'oh, you can start solid' and they send them to the store and there's just bunch of different jarred food that's offer out there and then they do a stage one, two, three and then they say 'okay, where do I go now, what can I buy to-- what do I buy next?' They get very confused and its better off that you just start from scratch then you don't have to go through that period. -And while the moms admit that taking time-out to prepare your baby meal is a labor of love, it may be easier than you think. -We're busy moms, we don't expect you stay in the kitchen. We don't want you to make for your infant, your 5-year old and your husband and yourself or whoever comes along. We just want you to make one meal and get on with it and enjoy spending time with your children or whatever you need to, for your personal life as well. -Plus, many of their recipes can be frozen and eaten later. So, you don't have to spend hours flaming over a hot stew. -It's very easy because you can bake-- but-- sweet potato, butternut, squash, apple, pears, all in the oven within an hour. And then you have two weeks' worth of baby food in the freezer and you don't have to do it again in another two weeks. -So, let's get to the good stuff -- the food. First up, a pear puree, perfect for your little gnashing novice. Start off by peeling the pear and slicing it into long pieces, removing the seeds as you go then just wrap it in tinfoil and it's ready to go in the oven. -Depending on the size of the pear. It will be at 375 in the oven for 20-25-minutes. -Once it's done, unwrap the tinfoil and pop it in the blender until its nice and smooth. Then you can put it in an ice cube tray like this one, which can be frozen and then found again in the refrigerator when baby needs to eat. -We particularly like this ice cube tray because it has the silicon back to it and you can actually take out the cubes very easily and each cube is one-ounce. And one tray is efficient for, like, two weeks of baby food, when they're first starting off solids. -Now for some super soft meatballs with veggies and a pasta. -These are meatballs and for beginners with not that many molars, we recommend fatty cut-off meat just because it's softer. So, instead of a 93% cut, you probably want 83% lean ground beef. -Instead of salt, Thomasina and Ginger used grated parmesan cheese in their meatballs, as well as basil, garlic, garlic powder and a bread crumbs. -So, I'm just gonna sear this. -While the meatballs are cooking, Thomasina says to go ahead and start sautéing the veggie. -And for the non-vegetable eater, you can add as many different varieties of vegetables as you like into the meatball sauce because it would hide the vegetables. It's a great way to cheat. It has onions, mushrooms, zucchini, red pepper, and if you like you can add the yellow zucchini, you can add squash, you can add eggplant, anything you like. The meatballs are sizzling a little bit, I'm just gonna turn them over. And be very gentle because they're really soft. Once the meatballs are sear just add them to pasta sauce and let the whole thing simmer for 20 minutes. -Now, in the meantime, you can cook the pasta on the side. And just keep this on the stove, so we can go on and play-- do play-doh, or do a little crayon with your child. That's it. -Now the food's all finish and ready to eat. Here we have dish cakes, super-soft meatballs with veggies and pasta, a sweet potato muffin and milk poached fish with sautéed vegetables. Now Ginger and Thomasina did say that the food is also adult friendly, so I'm gonna give it a try myself. Really, really great. For more information on how you can make your own baby food, just go to babyyums.com. Thanks for watching Parents TV, your source for the best information for your growing family. -Thank you for watching Parents TV; our families, our lives.