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'It's rewarding': Mindy Kaling enjoys making homemade baby food

Her enthusiasm over boiled sweet potatoes is contagious.
by Julie Pennell / / Source: TODAY

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Mindy Kaling is a busy working mom, but that doesn’t stop her from spending time in the kitchen cooking up yummy food for her 6-month-old daughter Katherine.

The "Ocean’s 8" star posted a series of Instagram stories on Sunday and shared how much she loves being a mom and enjoys making homemade baby food.

Mindy Kaling's homemade baby food preparation
Mindy Kaling enjoys making baby food for her daughter.mindykaling/Instagram

"One of the most rewarding parts of my weekend is doing meal prep for my daughter because she’s now eating foods," Kaling said into the camera. "I never did this for myself before I had a kid."

Mindy Kaling's homemade baby food preparation
Mindy Kaling's homemade baby food preparation includes boiling peeled sweet potatoes.mindykaling/Instagram

For her DIY baby food, she boiled up some peeled and cubed sweet potatoes. Then, she showed off bowls of "fresh 2 death" cooked green beans, sliced mangoes and poached salmon.

Mindy Kaling's homemade baby food preparation
"Delish!"mindykaling/Instagram

To store the food, she packed them into glass containers and labeled them with the date.

Mindy Kaling's homemade baby food preparation
Always label the container with the date, Kaling recommended.mindykaling/Instagram

"I know that there are so many good prepared organic baby foods out there you can buy, but because I work, I like making them on the weekends ..." she said. "It makes me feel like a part of my daughter’s life."

Mindy Kaling's homemade baby food preparation
Making baby food makes her feel like a part of her daughter's life, Kaling said. mindykaling/Instagram

She added that the string beans and salmon were from a farmer’s market and that her dad picked up the mangoes from an Indian store. "It’s freaking Earth Café over here," she joked.

Mindy Kaling's homemade baby food preparation
Kaling got the ingredients for the baby food from the farmer's market and her dad.mindykaling/Instagram

Kaling joined other celebrity moms who have embraced making their own homemade baby food. TODAY’s own Dylan Dryer does it with help from her BEABA Babycook 4 in 1 Steam Cooker and Blender.

We also tried a handy $6 bowl (with 2,000 Amazon reviews) to mash up homemade baby food by hand.

But there's no need for a special baby food maker, according to Siri Daly, TODAY Food Tastemaker and author of the cookbook, "Siriously Delicious."

"Making baby food is really more simple than I thought it would be … you can use any sort of blender," Daly said. "Make things in bulk and freeze them using ice cube trays. It’s an easy hack to keep portions of whatever you’re making in bulk. Just pull out the cube when you’re ready to use it."

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