Baby Yumm! Bowls

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!!!!

Here are my Baby Yumm! Bowl ingredients:

Baby rice cereal, warm (approx. 2-3 tablespoons)

Black beans (organic & low sodium good choices), mashed 2-3 tbsp.

Cafe Yumm! Organic Original Sauce (click here to order or find it at a store near you)

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)

Avocado (mash depending on your baby’s stage of chewing)

Also, add tomatoes and a little cilantro  once your baby starts getting used to the flavor

Have fun with the Yumm!

baby chow: getting down to details

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:


DAY ONE:

  • 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.

DAY TWO:

  • 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.

Email me at myabcsoup@gmail.com or comment here if you have questions!

baby chow time: getting started in the kitchen

Hoping you read my previous post, here is a more direct “how-to” on making baby food, including Stage Two foods. Here is where to start and tomorrow I will post a “how-to” on cooking it and storing it.
1.  Know what stage your baby is in and what foods she/he can eat. This is a fabulous website that will give you monthly food charts, menus and great homemade recipes: http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/
2. Shop for food. This is so much fun because especially by Stage Two foods, your baby can eat pretty much everything except egg whites, peanut products, cow’s milk (cheese and yogurt are OK), strawberries and other high allergy foods.
·        Make a list of baby food separate to your grocery list. With Stage One foods, I did a separate shop just to make it easy. I went to the local farm, Costco and Fred Meyer to get produce. When it came to Stage Two foods, I included baby on my shopping run. Therefore there were separate items I got just for her, but a lot of the items we would eat as a family – therefore, I had to make sure and count her mouth and buy more. This is great for getting the whole family healthy. Think of most of your meals and make them “baby friendly”
·        Making baby food is economical as long as you are not buying extremely expensive produce. Research and buy what you like, but you may run into a higher bill if you are getting all of your items at a farm or getting them organic.
·        Keep in mind that frozen fruits and vegetables lock in more nutrients unlike fresh foods. Unless you plan on going to the farm or picking from your garden and then cooking right away, your foods will lose at least half of their nutritional value. Frozen is economical and healthy.
My grocery list for one-two months, Stage Two:
  Costco      (for the whole fam)                    
Organic Green Beans (frozen)                     
Organic Peas (frozen)                                  
Organic Broccoli (frozen)                     
Avacado                                           
Greek Yogurt                                      
Black beans  (less sodium)                     
All Natural Instant Mashed Potatoes                
32 egg pack                                                  

Pasta pack

Local/Fred Meyer

Apples (7-10), pears (6-8), bananas (1 bun.)  
Ground turkey  (3 lbs)
Boneless chicken breasts/strips (2-3 lbs)
Carrots (5 lb bag)
Blueberries (2 cartons: 1 for baby and one for us!)
Sweet Potatoes/Yams and other potatoes
Shredded Cheddar

Cottage Cheese, cream cheese

Essentials: Rice, Wheat & Oatmeal and other cereals 

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

beans 2
pasta 2
yogurt 2.5
green beans 2.5
peas 3
bananas 1.5
pears 2.5
blueberries 1.5
carrots 3
apples 3
sweet potatoes 3
turkey 8
chicken 8
cheese 1.5
total $44

                3. Make sure you have the cooking and storing supplies. All I needed was a blender, pot and mixer. If you have an immersion blender and a steamer- that is a bonus. However, I didn’t need them. I just boiled and steamed in a pot and then blended or mixed. You will also need gallon size freezer bags and as many ice trays as you would like (the most ice trays, the faster the process). I picked up a three pack at the Dollar Tree of ice trays.
Check in tomorrow and we will get started!