Have you ever wondered what to do with leftover frozen cubes of baby food? Perhaps your little one moved on to new tastes and textures of food, meanwhile leaving you two dozen cubes of untouched plums in your freezer…

To me, one of the main benefits of making your own baby food is the cost savings. It’s painful to throw away all those hard earned dollars (and goodness!), so here at NurtureBaby, we’ll show you ways to makeover your frozen cubes into delightful “grown-up-approved” recipes.

Today, we are going to remake leftover plum baby food cubes into a healthy and delicious salad dressing just by incorporating a few pantry staples. This recipe is budget friendly, healthy, and infinitely tastier than any salad dressing you’ll find in the store. (P.S. This dressing is so tasty, it’s worth making a plum purée just for this recipe…that is, if you don’t have any leftover cubes.)

Plum Delicious Dressing

  • 3 cubes of Plum Delicious purée, thawed (this equals about 3/8 of a cup)
  • 1/4 cup unseasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper, to taste 

Put all ingredients in a mason jar and shake, paying close attention to the ingredients on the bottom of the jar. (The honey and the salt tend to stick together at the bottom.) Toss dressing together with arugula, spinach, dried cranberries, feta, and slivered almonds and you’ve got a tasty, wholesome lunch or side salad.

This dressing will keep in your fridge for up to a week. Experiment with other fruit purees to make your own dressing recipe!

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Alternatives to Homemade Baby Food When Traveling

by Christen on January 31, 2011 · 5 comments

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Last week,  I posted tips and techniques to traveling with homemade baby food. Listed were 8 simple guidelines to follow to ensure top food safety for your baby. Seems simple enough, but what about those times when you will be on the road for longer than 24 hours? Or what if you just want to take a quick afternoon trip where you know you won’t have a microwave or stove to properly reheat food?

Well, I have recently discovered a company called NurturMe (oddly similar name, but no relation to NurtureBaby) that takes freshly pureed organic fruits and vegetables and dehydrates them – just like baby cereal.  You’re asking – why in the world hasn’t this been done before, right? Seems too easy!

I am extremely picky with food for my babies and am skeptical of new products, but here’s why I think NurturMe is the best alternative out there to homemade when traveling.

  • The food comes in tiny paper packets which are lightweight and easily transportable. The entire package with 8 individual pouches of food weighs less than one jar!
  • The foods are 100% organic and are quick dried to maintain intense nutritional value.
  • NurturMe uses recyclable materials made with wind energy.
  • It’s super convenient. Just add water, breast milk, or formula and stir.
  • It’s yummy, too! My 10 month old – with a super distinguished palette, I might add – highly approves! He especially likes the Scrumptious Squash.

As a caveat, I really don’t like to do “commercials” for other brands…it’s just not my style or what we do here at NurtureBaby. However, since I’ve received so many questions about traveling with homemade baby food, I felt it was only fair to authentically recommend a product we believe is good for you and your baby

I’d love to hear from you, too.  What kind of homemade baby food alternatives have you used when traveling long term?

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It’s Been Far Too Long!

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