Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What to do with leftover baby food?

OK - now that your baby is no longer eating baby food and will only eat the same food that you are eating, what do you do with all of that leftover baby food???  I for one am not letting that food go to waste - after all, that's still good food. And baby food is just fruits and veggies pureed with some water.  So what do I do - I simply add them to the dishes that I make - i.e. pancakes, brownies, marinara sauce, pasta, etc.  That's right, I just add them to whatever we're eating as a family.  I adjust the liquid content of my recipes but I add the baby food and it makes my brownies, pancakes and cakes moist and adds a lot of extra nutrition to my dishes.  I adjust the type of baby food based on what I'm making, savory with savory foods and sweet with sweet dishes.  I have used applesauce and mixed fruits in my pancakes, prunes and other fruits in my brownies, mixed veggies in my marinara sauce as well as mac & cheese, etc.  Also add darker color baby food (i.e. blueberry, prunes, beets) to darker foods like brownies or chocolate cake  to mask the color.  The amount of baby food you add to your dishes can nominally change the flavor of your dish so start out using small amounts and build up as you go. This is a slightly different variation on The Sneaky Chef but what a great way to use up leftover baby food and add extra nutritional value to whatever your kids (and you) are eating without wasting money!  Enjoy...