Freezing Homemade Baby Food

Written by Rachel Paxton

With our twin boys getting ready to start solid food, I have been reading about making and freezing my own baby food. It is very easy!

You can make up large quantities of baby meals and freeze them for later use.

Green beans are in season and were on sale atrepparttar grocery store, so I bought several pounds to prepare and freeze. I steamed them in an electric steamer for about 20 minutes and then blended them inrepparttar 150783 blender with some water until they were pureed. I then pouredrepparttar 150784 puree into ice cube trays. Afterrepparttar 150785 cubes were frozen I transferred them to a reclosable freezer bag and labeledrepparttar 150786 bag withrepparttar 150787 name ofrepparttar 150788 vegetable andrepparttar 150789 date. These cubes can be stored inrepparttar 150790 freezer for 1-2 months.

One cube is approximately 1 ounce of food and can be thawed out inrepparttar 150791 refrigerator or microwaved for a quick meal. You can also mix cubes together (e.g. one meat, one vegetable) for a combination meal. The cubes also travel well, just place a frozen cube in a sealed container until ready to will be all thawed out and ready to go.

Many types of foods can be prepared ahead of time and frozen. Try freezing cereals, pureed meats, vegetables, and fruits. Fruits (except bananas) need to be cooked before they are pureed and served to baby. Cubes ofrepparttar 150792 same type (vegetables, fruits, meats) can be stored inrepparttar 150793 freezer together.

Ground Turkey Recipes

Written by Rachel Paxton

Our family has recently maderepparttar switch from ground beef to ground turkey. With ground beef more than $2 a pound, we had basically quit eating hamburger for quite some time. On a recent trip torepparttar 150782 grocery store I noticed that ground turkey was HALFrepparttar 150783 price of ground beef, about $1 a pound. I decided to give it a try, and our family lovedrepparttar 150784 ground turkey. Honestly, you can't even tellrepparttar 150785 difference in taste, and it is very low fat. There is almost no fat to remove from your pan. Here are some recipes our family adapted to our tastes:

Turkey Chili

1 tbsp. vegetable oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced 1 lb. ground turkey 4 cloves of garlic, minced 1-2 tbsp. chili powder 1 28-oz. can of crushed tomatoes 1 15-oz. can of black beans, drained 1 tsp. dried oregano 1 can corn (optional)

In a large soup pan, cook onion, pepper, celery, and turkey in oil until turkey is cooked through. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes, beans, and oregano, and stir well. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer partially covered for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add corn and simmer for 10 more minutes. Serves 6.

Turkey Lasagna

1 tbsp. vegetable oil 1 lb. ground turkey 1 clove garlic, chopped 1 cup onions, chopped 1 (14 1/2-oz.) can tomatoes, chopped, reserve liquid 1 (6-oz.) can tomato paste 2 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning 8 uncooked lasagna noodles 1 (12-oz.) carton cottage or Ricotta cheese 3 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

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