My husband is not a condiment or sauce eater. He is blessed – because all my added calories come from those delicious things. However, the favorite local chain, Cafe Yumm!, has become a staple in our home – a sauce … Continue reading
Cafe Yumm has been rocking my world ever since my University of Oregon college days. It is true when they say this food is “Soul Satisfying…Deeply Nourishing.”
Being without a Cafe Yumm! in Roseburg, I purchased the amazing Yumm! sauce and headed to my kitchen, newly married. They say, “A way to a man’s heart is through is stomach,” so the pressure was on – especially because I have quite the tunnel mouth for a husband.
What is not to like and how can you not like how good it is for you? Rice, beans, Cafe Yumm! Original Yumm! Sauce, cheese, salsa/tomatoes, avocado, olives, sour cream and a dash of cilantro. “Yumm!” is right!
Once my husband grew addicted to the Yumm!, I was excited to venture out and make it for Audrey once she was in Stage Two foods (7-8 months). I thought…”Wow, this is really healthy and packed with all the nutrients a growing baby needs…in just one bowl!” And we can all eat the same thing for dinner.
What a coincidence that Cafe Yumm! began more than 30 years ago in order to coax the founder’s 2-year-old daughter to eat vegetables and grains.
I’m pretty sure your baby will say YUMMMM!!!!
Baby rice cereal, warm (approx. 2-3 tablespoons)
Black beans (organic & low sodium good choices), mashed 2-3 tbsp.
Trust me, you will want this for the whole family!
Ingredients: canola oil, lemon, water, nutritional yeast, garbanzo beans, soy, garlic and herbs. Gluten-Free, Low Sodium & Sugar-Free
1 tbsp sauce
A small amount of shredded cheddar cheese (melted optional)
Also, add tomatoes and a little cilantro once your baby starts getting used to the flavor
Have fun with the Yumm!
Once you have your produce and cooking utensils (blender, stove and pots, a mixer, ice cube trays and gallon freezer bags) – you are set to start making some yumm.
Prepare your food: Wash all first.
- Peel really rough skins that won’t liquidy (pears and carrots will…potatoes- unless fingerlings- won’t as well). Most of the nutrients are in the skin! This is the longest step.
- Chop everything up a bit. Carrots (if getting whole carrots) take a long time to boil down/steam.
- Get water boiling in big pots.
Cooking: Below is for Stage Two foods; Stage One foods just require boiling or steaming everything to completely liquidify it.
Sidenote: I had a lot of food this time around, so I split the cooking up into two days since you have to include freeze time. Each cooking session took about 2-4 hours with no help and going slow. REMINDER: it all depends on how many ice cube trays you have. Each freezing time takes about 1-3 hours.
So, for an easy look at it…here is what I did this last week for Audrey’s Stage Two foods:
- Peas: frozen peas, steamed until pretty much cooked, blended, poured in ice trays, froze, bagged.
- Apples: peeled, chopped, boiled until pretty soft, Kitchen Aid mixed, poured in ice trays, froze, bagged.
- Pears: chopped, blended, poured in ice trays, froze, bagged.
- Blueberries: blended, poured in ice trays, froze, bagged.
- Chicken: chopped, grilled, blended, poured in ice trays, froze, bagged.
- Ground Turkey: cooked, blended, poured in ice trays, froze, bagged.
- Bananas: chopped, Kitchen Aid mixed, put in ice trays, froze, bagged.
- Carrots: chopped, boiled until really soft, blended, put in ice trays, froze, bagged.
- Potatoes: peeled, chopped, boiled, Kitchen Aid mixed, put in ice trays, froze, bagged.
- Green Beans: steamed, blended, put in ice trays, froze, bagged.
Save me: JUICE! Make sure to use the juice if you steamed or boiled in the mixing or blending. If there is too much juice, save it. Juice is packed with good stuff for baby! Audrey love the carrot juice.
This is really easy gang. You can do it. You just have to soften/cook, puree and freeze.
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Cottage Cheese, cream cheese
and just to prove it to you, here is direct from my Excel family budget: (keep in mind that a lot of the food was bought for the whole family and a portion made for Audrey, therefore I calculated the right amount that I made for her)
food $$$ spent on baby