Simple Homemade Baby Food {plus giveaway}


I've heard of all the great benefits of making your own baby food. 
It always sounded like a good idea when Elijah was a baby but with being exhausted with a kid who didn't sleep well, exhausted from school, and exhausted from post-partum emotions, making homemade baby food sounded like waaaaaaay too much work. 

So {gross} store-bought baby food it was. 
[the meat, you guys??? yikes!!

I was really excited when I was given the chance to review the Cuisinart Baby Food Maker

This machine is awesome!  
It steams, chops, and purees all the healthy ingredients to yummy baby food for your little one. And you can make large enough batches of vegetables, fruits, [and even much more delicious meats!] to be frozen and stored for future use. PLUS it also has a bottle warmer attached making it a perfect well-rounded gadget for all of baby's feeding needs. 

But what I love about this machine is what it can do besides just make baby food. 

Since we aren't in need of pureed fruits & vegetables just yet, it has been fun to test out the Cuisinart Baby Food Maker on simple recipes for our family. I've always wanted a food processor because it seems like everyone finds them handy. And this machine has some great tools that help it work just like that! I can chop ingredients easily or steam veggies not just for making baby food. 
Pretty handy! 

The Cuisinart Baby Food Maker comes with some healthy and delicious recipes for homemade baby food and even some that the whole family can enjoy.


{The Apple Pancakes are ones I can't wait to try out!}

You can find more great baby food ideas & healthy recipes at the Cuisinart Baby Recipe landing page

I'm really excited about my Baby Food Maker and can't wait to use it for all of Baby Girl's needs. 
I know it will help make our family healthier & happier all around. :)

--GIVEAWAY--

One lucky reader can win their very own Cuisinart Baby Food Maker! 
All you have to do is: 
1. visit the Cuisinart Baby Recipe page 
2. leave a comment telling me what you like most about the Cuisinart Baby Food Maker & a link to a recipe you'd like to try

Winner will be chosen on July 9th. 

-Good luck!-


{Thank you to Cuisinart for supporting this post & making organic, homemade baby food easier!}

30 comments:

Lex said...

Love that it not only chops up the food, but STEAMS it too! Time saver!

This recipe looks pretty sweet: http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/recipes/stage_2/279.html

:)

Kaity said...

I once hosted a workshop for a non-profit I was working for on making your own baby food. The cost difference is remarkable and it's so easy! I'd love to try the Zucchini Bread Teething Sticks: http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/recipes/stage_2/280.html.

Hillary said...

I'm not a mom yet but I already plan to make my own baby food, so this is great. I love how it streamlines the process by steaming and chopping, which makes it that much easier to maintain the habit.

I would try the Zucchini Bread Teething Sticks because I never thought of ever making those!

Jordy Liz said...

Liam loved sweet potato: http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/recipes/stage_2/288.html

This machine looks so much easier than the one I used! I LOVE that it steams as well. That was always the most tedious part of the process.

Justin said...

I love that it makes helping a baby enough the same foods that we love without adding tons of extra prep to my meal time! Jarred baby food, especially with meat, is not what I want our little girl to look forward to. We all love these ingredients so bring on sweet potato, chicken and spinach: http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/recipes/stage_3/9541.html

lovejoy_31 said...

love the fact that you can steam and blend in one. I want to try the very veggie:
http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/recipes/stage_1/275.html

Alyssa said...

This machine looks amazing! Warming, steaming, and chopping!?

Pretty sure i even eat this recipe!! Haha!
http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/recipes/stage_2/284.html

Anne Stewart said...

I love that it steams as well! The sweet potato, spinach, chicken recipe sounds fantastic: http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/recipes/stage_3/9541.html.

Mary Bassett said...

I love that it is an all-in-one AND includes a bottle warmer!

I can't wait to try those recipe for my little guy
http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/recipes/stage_2/295.html

Mary Bassett said...

I love that it is an all-in-one AND includes a bottle warmer!

I can't wait to try those recipe for my little guy
http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/recipes/stage_2/295.html

freebiequeen15 said...

I love that it also works as a bottle warmer!

I'd love to try the fruity yogurt breakfast
http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/recipes/stage_2/284.html

Laura Railing said...

I love how easy and compact it is! I could easily use it for other things besides just baby food but a huge time saver having #3 on the way! The recipe for Butternut Squash risotto looks yummy! http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/recipes/stage_3/9540.html

Lindsey H said...

Oh, I would totally do the Mango Sauce with Cardamom and Saffron. My hubby and I are crazy about mangoes!

Blair said...

I like that it can do so many different things: steaming and chopping the food as well as being a bottle warmer. Sounds like a major time-saver! I think I would like to try the brown rice, zucchini, and avocado recipe. http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/recipes/stage_1/278.html

Sunni said...

I just love the fact that it makes baby food, period. I tried doing this in a regular blender and could never get it to work right.

I love the very veggie recipe: http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/recipes/stage_1/275.html. Gotta get your veggies in!

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The Smart Savvy Mama said...

I love that it is so compact and everything is all in one....and that I know exactly what is going into my baby's food!

I would love to try the stage 1 banana-pear recipe. http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/recipes/stage_1/277.html

Julie smartsavvymama@gmail.com

Kristine@thefoleyfam said...

Awesome! I always wanted to try and make baby food, but never had the right tool! This would be perfect! Would love to try this recipe http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/recipes/stage_3/9541.html Thanks for the chance!

Rachelle said...

I love the idea of being able to both chop and steam food with the same machine.

The squashed apples sounds like one that I'd like to try (http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/recipes/stage_1/276.html)

EMSFS said...

I love that it steams the food first, what an awesome machine- this recipe looks yummy
http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/recipes/stage_2/296.html

Sarah said...

I love how versatile and compact it is! And this peaches with bananas and rice recipe looks great:
http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/recipes/stage_1/273.html

Tristy said...

Love that it is multi-functional, not only for new solid eaters buy also for progression.

Tristy said...

I think this will be a must try to begin with.http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/recipes/stage_1/273.html

BlessieNelson said...

This would be the perfect blessing for my little guy! What an efficient multitasker with food steaming and warming! I love the recipes too! My baby would love the fruity yoghurt breakfast!
http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/recipes/stage_2/284.html
blessienelson(at)gmail(dot)com

Danni Meyers said...

I love that it gives me the chance to make my own baby food. Something that is so much healthier for my baby since I am making I know exactly what is in it.

A recipe I would like to try is: http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/recipes/stage_1/273.html

Melissa said...

I love that it chops up the food and that it seems so easy to use!

I would like to try the teething biscuits recipe because I'm sure those will come in handy :)
http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/recipes/stage_2/279.html

Mercedes Lyne said...

The Broccoli and Sweet Potato looks really good! http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/recipes/stage_2/289.html
Thanks for the chance!

Amanda said...

I've had so many people tell me I should make Grace's baby food... and I would if I had an awesome machine like this. I mean hello, it does almost everything for you!!! Plus Grace loves her some apples... http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/recipes/stage_1/265.html

Andrea said...

The apples sound delicious! I would love to win this for our sweet little girl due in August :)
http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/recipes/stage_1/265.html

Karin said...

This looks like such an amazing machine! I love that it chops everything for you! Ihave oral allergy syndrome so I can't eat - or even touch - lots of raw fruits and veggies like carrots, apples, peaches, plums, and like a million others. That means making my own baby food is pretty much out of the question unless I want hives all over my hands. I might have to seriously look into getting one of these!

This recipe looks like a yummy one! http://www.cuisinart.com/baby/recipes/stage_2/299.html