Once we realized that pregnancy was lowering my milk production it became apparent pretty quickly that giving Ascher little bites of our food here and there was not going to be enough for him. I did some research and started putting together some batches of soup for him. Soup is now a main part of his diet and I have put together a pretty good recipe that is practical, simple, affordable(cost breakdown here) and well enjoyed. I’m not a dietitian, but based on my research I think it’s a pretty healthy recipe and Ascher is thriving on it. Here’s about what I do.
Ascher’s Soup – 10-16 cups depending on content
- 1 quart of homemade bone broth(info on bone broth for babies here)
- 2-4 cups of green veggies. I used green beans and broccoli this time.
- 2-4 cups of squash, rough chopped. I use spaghetti squash since they went crazy in our garden last year.
- 2 average size sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and chopped into 4 pieces each.
- 2 chicken breasts. Obviously any piece of the chicken will work, or you can also use beef.
- water to almost cover(using all bone broth would be ideal, but I’m a bit low right now)
- salt, pepper, and a dash of other seasoning, if desired. Ascher has enjoyed curry and this recent batch has cumin.
- 1 stick of butter. Healthy fats(butter is awesome!) help babies to digest things like veggies.
Since I’m going to blend this all up anyway I don’t really worry about chopping stuff small. Just toss it into the pot and simmer until soft, usually only an hour or so. Let it cool a little bit and toss it all into the food processor. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate or freeze. We warm up his soup one serving at a time, as we need it. Half a cup of soup takes about 55 seconds in our microwave, but always stir and test before feeding.
Ascher will eat about a cup and half of soup per day, in several sittings, alternated with a finger food meal, a greek yogurt/chopped avocado/egg yolk meal, and a fruit and yogurt meal. I like to give him his finger food meal while I fix a meal or clean up the kitchen because he can feed it to himself and be occupied happily for a little while.
If you have questions about what you should be feeding your baby do a bunch of research and consult older, wiser family members, or even a doctor. I don’t have all the answers, and frankly neither does anyone else you might consult, but with a collection of information it’s easier to make a wise decision. Also, start with smaller batches of soup until you figure out a mixture your baby likes. It’s not fun to have a bunch of soup on hand that the child doesn’t want to eat. Once you find out what they like you can change ingredients one at a time to introduce new things. Enjoy feeding your little one!