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2 Real Food on A Budget {Podcast}

Do you want to feed your family real food?  Are you concerned that it’s too expensive and you can’t afford it?  If you find your weekly grocery trips are way more expensive than you woul like them to be then this podcast is for you!  You will learn how to eat and buy real food on a budget that the whole family will love.

Listen to the podcast “Real Food on a Budget” at iTunes & Stitcher

Real, fresh foods don’t have to break the bank.  I know sometimes grocery shopping can be overwhelming, especially when you see the price of certain items.  You should always go to the grocery with a plan.  Make a list of all the meals you will be eating for the week, then make a list of what you will need from the grocery – this is so important if you are on a budget.

In this podcast we discuss how feeding your family fresh foods doesn’t have to be expensive. You’ll hear lots of real-life tips to keep your shopping simple and on a budget. I know grocery shopping isn’t most people’s favorite thing to do, especially because it can be so expensive, but we have some great things to share with you! We talk about what a good food budget should be, meal organization, couponing and much more!

Podcast Content:

  • How much should a family spend on food each week? ·
  • To coupon or not to coupon. That is the money-saving question. ·
  • Organizing meals to keep weekly plan within a budget. ·
  • Meat. Is it the most expensive thing on the food budget? Ways to save. ·
  • Other than meat, what are other affordable forms of protein?

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6 How to Make Baby Food at Home

How to make baby food at home

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How to make baby food - MOMables.comAre you curious about making your own baby food but don’t know where to begin?

Consider this post a baby food making 101 class -the short version for busy parents.

Here at MOMables, we help parents make fresh school lunches; but we also know that many of you have younger children and are looking for ways to make all of your family’s food healthier. Even your baby food.

So your baby is showing all the signs of wanting to eat, and you are excited to get started with baby food making but have NO IDEA how to go about it.

First you need to know what are the “right” foods for your baby’s age and not introduce too many foods at once.

It’s so important to follow a guide and follow the 4-5 day rule so that you know that your baby is ready for those foods.

What happens when you serve your baby foods that he is not ready to eat? The short answer: it can be hard on their digestive system and could be a source of food allergies later on.

How do you know if your baby is ready for solid foods?
More than likely, your pediatrician has already suggested introduction of baby cereal or solid foods. If not, some of the signs are:

  • The baby is able to sit up with support, reaches and grabs things and tries to put them in her mouth.
  • Try to reach the food that it’s on your plate
  • Mimics eating with their mouth when you eat

 Basic First Foods:
*Note, there is no significant difference wether you introduce fruits or cereals first.

  • Mashed bananas
  • Peaches
  • Barley and rice cereal
  • Carrots
  • Pears
  • Squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Apples
  • Peas

Food Making Supplies
In recent years, there have been some all-in-one food steamers and blenders that make baby food making a snap. Know, that for hundreds of years people have used traditional methods and things typically found in your kitchen to make baby food. Therefore, you don’t really need any special equipment to make your own food. 

You have done your research, got all the materials and foods you need so you are ready to get started. The main thing you need to remember is to make your food smooth and thin for those beginner babies and as they get older you can make it a bit thicker and with more texture. To make your food smooth and thin you need to add a little bit of water at a time.

Fruit Purees

***NOTE – If you choose to start feeding your baby before the age of 6mos old you will need to steam all fruits. Steaming or light cooking these foods makes it easier to digest. After the age of 6 months you do not need to good fruits unless it’s a harder fruit such as apples. Also depending on the fruit and how much natural liquid the fruit has in it you may not need to add water. For instance pears have a TON of natural juices so you may not need to add any water.


  1. In a pot fill it about 1/3 of the way up and place a steamer inside of the pot.
  2. Add the fruit and bring to a gentle boil
  3. Once it starts to boil, turn down to low and let simmer until fork tender
  4. Remove from heat and place in a glass bowl
  5. Once cool then with your immersion blender blend until you get the consistently that is right for your baby. Again, you may need to add water to make it smooth enough.

Vegetable Purees

The only other material that you would need when doing vegetables is a baby pan.  When steaming you would do the same type of thing as you did for the fruit. When blending this is when you will add water. I suggest using the steam water for extra nutrients and then add additional water if necessary. Remember to always add water a teaspoon at a time so you can control the consistency.

I like to roast many of my vegetables such as sweet potatoes, acorn squash, butternut squash or any type of winter squash. Check out these easy vegetable roasting instructions. Once your fruits and vegetables are made into puree’s then you can spoon that mixture into a BPA FREE ice cube trays and place into the freezer up to 24 hrs. Place on the counter and let defrost just enough until you can easily take them out. Once all the cubes are out place them into a labeled freezer baggie and put back into the freezer.

Your homemade baby food can last in the freezer for up to 6 months. When serving remember that each ice cube is 1 ounce. Follow the guides as to how much your baby should be eating at their age.


–Trina O’Boyle, founder of the O’Boy! Organic offers parent cooking classes, baby food personal chef services and kids cooking parties in the Philadelphia area. Trina has been passionate about healthy foods and eco-friendly living for over 20 years. Trina strives to be a role model for her two boys by cooking fresh foods and working on their back yard garden together. She is also the Social Media Editor for Happy Family Brands. You can follow Trina at O’Boy! Organic and on Facebook and Twitter.
132 Homemade queso with real ingredients is here! Also known as homemade Velveeta cheese. Grab the recipe and use it as you normally would!

Homemade Velveeta Cheese Recipe

Who doesn’t love a good queso dip? That creamy, velvety cheese dip that tastes good with EVERYTHING.

Homemade queso with real ingredients is here! Also known as homemade Velveeta cheese. Grab the recipe and use it as you normally would!

Unfortunately, it’s also made of processed, mystery ingredients that leave us all feeling guilty with every bite. But, I have finally found the PERFECT real, cheese dip that has the same velvety, delicious quality of the fake cheese, but made with real ingredients!

Homemade queso with real ingredients is here! Also known as homemade Velveeta cheese. Grab the recipe and use it as you normally would!

Of course, there is nothing wrong with munching on fruits and veggies but why not add a new, healthier alternative to the party? A cheesy, better ingredient alternative!

Test after test, 21 tries later, I am glad to introduce you to MOMveeta! Made with real cheese, milk, and spices this recipe can be made in your microwave or slow cooker. Does it get any better?!

It goes to show you that real food can be fun and delicious! For more family favorite recipes and snack ideas, check out our family meal plans.

This MOMveeta or homemade Velveeta cheese is a perfect dip for chips, pretzels, veggies or anything else you love to dip in cheese. So if it’s game day or your best friends’ daughter’s birthday, this is the perfect, super yummy party food!


Homemade Velveeta Recipe

Homemade queso with real ingredients is here! Also known as homemade Velveeta cheese. Grab the recipe and use it as you normally would!

4.9 from 12 reviews

Makes about 4 cups.

  • Author:
  • Cuisine: Snacks


  • 16 ounces natural American cheese
  • 8 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 10-ounce can diced tomatoes & green chilies, drained* (optional)


Microwave directions:

  1. Place all the ingredients inside a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 5 minutes, stopping to stir every 1 to 2 minutes. The mixture might seem watery during the first few stirs, but it should come together as a nice runny dip after all the cheese is melted.
  2. Serve immediately as a dip with tortilla chips. You can cool this in a loaf pan and refrigerate for a week to use as you would use traditional Velveeta.

Slow cooker directions:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a small slow cooker (that will fit at least 4 cups of liquid). Turn it on high for 2 1/2 hours. Mix the ingredients every hour to prevent the cheese from sticking to the walls and possibly burning. Reduce the heat to the lowest setting, and enjoy!


* The diced tomatoes & green chiles is optional, but it adds a lot more flavor. To make this as a true Velveeta replacement, take out the diced tomatoes & green chilies, and add ½ cup additional milk. Cool and refrigerate or freeze in 1-cup portions. Reheat every 30 seconds until creamy and hot. Use as you would with Velveeta.
Not all white American cheeses are made equal. Check the ingredients because some don’t really expire. If it says “cheese product,” it’s probably not real. I used Land O’Lakes brand in our test. Yes, I know, it’s not the best, but many of you asked for it. After 21 tests and more than $300 in cheese, there is just no way to get around it. Get the best quality you can find and afford. For both recipes, I purchased the cheese from the deli counter in a big chunk; don’t use sliced cheese.



[tasty-rid=”26647″]Homemade queso with real ingredients is here! Also known as homemade Velveeta cheese. Grab the recipe and use it as you normally would!

Homemade queso with real ingredients is here! Also known as homemade Velveeta cheese. Grab the recipe and use it as you normally would!