Making baby food for our little ones has been a HUGE moneysaver for us. Baby food is easy to make and you can store it conveniently in your freezer. I learned most of the techniques I use from the Super Baby Food book and I have taken advice from our Pediatrican. Here is a recipe that my Pediatrician suggested to use after a baby is old enough for chicken. We have used this recipe with all three of our childern and they love it!
Chicken and Rice
1 boneless skinless chicken breast plus water for cooking
2 cups uncooked white rice
6 cups water
Bring 6 cups water to a boil. Decrease temperature to simmer and add rice. Cover and cook for twice as long as directed or about 40 minutes.
In a separate pot, cover chicken breast with water and cook for one hour or until it pulls apart easily with a fork.
In a large bowl, place chicken breast and pull apart with forks. Add rice to chicken breast and puree. Add water (not chicken stock) as needed to thin out.
When chicken and rice is to your desired consistency, spoon into ice cube trays. Cover ice cube trays with foil and freeze. When food cubes are frozen, pop out of tray and put into labeled and dated freezer bags. To heat, thaw completely and use.
I usually leave the chicken and rice a little thick. When I am ready to use a cube, I heat it in the microwave for 20 seconds or until thawed. Then, add water to thin out and cool as necessary.
Making your own baby food is easy and cheap! I hope that you will be encouraged to try making yummy meals for your baby. For more frugal recipes, go to $5 Dinners for the $5 Dinner Challenge!