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Baby Food Recipes: 11 Months

Time to face facts: your 11 month old baby is barely a baby anymore! Remember those early days of feeding your little ones drippy, runny purees and watching her spit them back at you? How far we’ve come! Now, your 11 month old should be getting better and better at feeding herself finger foods. In fact, you may have started offering her entire finger food meals! And your baby doesn’t need those single-ingredient dishes anymore; now she’s completely ready to tackle real food, with lots of ingredients.

Cereal Recipes

Infant cereal is a very small part of your 11 month old baby’s diet now. Instead, your 11 month old baby will be getting the grain servings he needs from foods like bread, crackers, and pasta. You may still want to offer your 11 month old a small serving of infant cereal every now and then, however. You can purchase ready-made, powdered cereals at the grocery store, but you can also make your own (for a lot less money!) Visit our Baby Cereal Recipes for step-by-step instructions on how to make your baby’s rice and oatmeal cereal from scratch.

Fruit Recipes

Visit our Baby Food Fruit Recipes to see a sampling of delicious fruit purees and your 9 month old baby is sure to love.  At 11 months old, your baby can eat all kinds of fruits, including the strawberries and tomatoes that you’ve probably been waiting to offer. (And yes — tomatoes are fruit!)

Vegetable Recipes

Visit our Baby Food Vegetable Recipes for a listing of veggie purees and mashes that’ll keep your 9 month old on the path to healthy, nutritious eating.  Your 11 month old can now eat all kinds of veggies, including corn.

Protein Recipes

By 11 month old, your baby is eating beans, eggs, meat, and poultry, and maybe even tofu! Now that he’s older, he’s finally ready to sample fish and nuts. Visit our Baby Food Protein Recipes for tips on easy ways to prepare white fish.

Meal Recipes

Your 11 month old may be getting bored with those single-ingredient means; she may start showing a preference for real food. You can continue to offer her more and more table food; you can also continue creating special dishes just for her. 🙂 Visit our 5 Great Recipes page for meal ideas. We’re betting your 11 month old won’t be able to get enough of the whole wheat chocolate muffins!

Feeding Fact

Get ready for a transition — it’s time for your baby to stop relying on you to feed him every bit and to instead learn to feed himself (that is, if he hasn’t already!) Whenever possible, encourage your baby to feed himself small pieces of finger food. Consider making one or more meals “finger food meals” to give your baby plenty of practice at self-feeding.

Is your baby already a finger-feeding expert? If you’re feeling brave, give your baby a small plastic dish of food, a spoon, and let her practice spoon feeding. Try something like pudding or yogurt, which’ll stick to a spoon easily. Take note: this experiment will be less painful for you if your baby’s wearing only a diaper (no messy clothing to wash later!) and if you put down a splash mat over your nice floor 🙂

For ideas that’ll help you create a feeding and sleeping schedule for your 10 month old, check out the recommended 11 month schedule available at BabySleepSite.com.

Everything You Need To Know About Starting Solids – All In One e-Book!

thumbnailWhat if you could find everything you needed to know about starting your baby on solid foods – when it’s best to start solids, how to introduce solids, complications, food allergies, etc. – in one easy-reference guide? Now you can! Your Baby’s Start To Solid Foods: A Comprehensive Guide will walk you through every step of starting solids. Plus, your e-Book package includes several bonus materials, designed to maximize your success in starting solids. You’ll get a thorough guide to treating constipation, a dietitian’s advice on how to avoid 5 common solid-foods mistakes, and a weekly mean plan for your baby’s first year. Grab your e-Book today, and ensure your baby has the healthiest possible start to solid foods!

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Baby Food Recipes: 10 Months

Your 10 month old baby is probably a “solids pro” by now! He’s tackled all kinds of tastes and textures, and has started enjoying some real meals. By 10 months, your baby will be ready to start eating more and more table food. You can start chopping or slicing the foods you’re eating at mealtime and offering them to your baby (provided the foods you’re eating aren’t too crunchy or chewy, and aren’t allergenic.) This means you’ll need to make fewer purees and mashes to freeze.

Cereal Recipes

Infant cereal starts become less a part of your baby’s diet at 10 months. Instead, you can start to offer your 10 month old baby other types of grains, like bread, crackers, and pasta. However, you’ll probably still want to offer a few tablespoons of baby cereal to your 10 month old. You can purchase ready-made, powdered cereals at the grocery store, but you can also make your own (for a lot less money!) Visit our Baby Cereal Recipes for step-by-step instructions on how to make your baby’s rice and oatmeal cereal from scratch.

Fruit Recipes

Visit our Baby Food Fruit Recipes to see a sampling of delicious fruit purees and your 9 month old baby is sure to love.  By 10 months, your baby is eating a whole rainbow of fruit, including blueberries, melon, and kiwi!

Vegetable Recipes

Visit our Baby Food Vegetable Recipes for a listing of veggie purees and mashes that’ll keep your 10 month old on the path to healthy, nutritious eating.  At 10 months, your baby’s ready to start eating broccoli and spinach. (Don’t jump to any conclusions; he may love those veggies!)

Protein Recipes

At 10 months, your baby’s probably gobbling up poultry and beans (and possibly eggs, if she’s not allergic.) Now, she’s also ready to try meat (including beef) and even tofu! Visit our Baby Food Protein Recipes for tips on easy ways to prepare meat and tofu.

Meal Recipes

Up to this point, making homemade food for your baby has meant whipping up lots of single-ingredient purees and mashes. Well, it’s time to change that mindset; as a 10 month old, your baby is ready for you to cook “real” food for her! This can mean offering her small amounts of table food (as long as that table food contains ingredients that she’s already tried). It can also mean creating special dishes just for her. 🙂 Visit our 5 Great Recipes page for meal ideas. Your 10 month old will love the broccoli cheddar nuggets, the sweet potato pancakes, and the Hawaiian pork and rice dinner!

Feeding Fact

We’re way past the smooth, runny purees of just a few months ago; now, your baby should be comfortable with thick, chunky mashes. You can also start offering (very) small pieces of food at this point. Try chopping a chicken breast, or cutting a slice of cheese into tiny cubes. Your baby may not be able to feed himself yet, but you can feed him these tiny pieces.

 

For ideas that’ll help you create a feeding and sleeping schedule for your 10 month old, check out the recommended 10 month schedule available at BabySleepSite.com.

 

Everything You Need To Know About Starting Solids – All In One e-Book!

thumbnailWhat if you could find everything you needed to know about starting your baby on solid foods – when it’s best to start solids, how to introduce solids, complications, food allergies, etc. – in one easy-reference guide? Now you can! Your Baby’s Start To Solid Foods: A Comprehensive Guide will walk you through every step of starting solids. Plus, your e-Book package includes several bonus materials, designed to maximize your success in starting solids. You’ll get a thorough guide to treating constipation, a dietitian’s advice on how to avoid 5 common solid-foods mistakes, and a weekly mean plan for your baby’s first year. Grab your e-Book today, and ensure your baby has the healthiest possible start to solid foods!

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10 Healthy Baby Meal Recipes To Start The Year Off Right

Happy New Year! If you’re like us, you’ve probably spent the last few days making resolutions for the coming year. Some of us are vowing to get more organized, or to lose a little weight, or to learn a new skill.

One resolution that we know is popular is the resolution to eat healthier. This one’s easy to understand; the holidays are ending, and if we look back, we’ve probably spent the last 6 weeks eating plenty of tasty, fatty, calorie-packed food!

You may be making a resolution to eat healthier yourself, but have you stopped to consider your baby’s food? Your baby may have enjoyed some holiday treats, too; maybe her diet could use some cleaning up as well!

If that’s the case, then you’ve come to the right place. We’re offering up 10 delicious, healthy baby meals that will help your little one start 2013 off on the right food — the “healthy food choices” foot!

For information on when to introduce specific fruits into your baby’s diet, along with serving sizes, visit our solid food charts.

For information on whether or not you should invest in organic fruits and veggies, visit our post comparing organic and non-organic produce.

Warm-Me-Up Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 18 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1/4 cup

Warm-Me-Up Soup

Healthy and easy to prepare? What parent doesn't like that? The low sodium broth provides plenty of taste without added salt, and the whole wheat pasta will deliver more protein and fiber than traditional white pasta.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups low-sodium broth (chicken, beef, or vegetable)
  • 2 Tablespoons uncooked whole wheat pasting (like Earth's Best brand)
  • 2 Tablespoons cooked, diced vegetables (optional)

Instructions

  1. Bring the broth to a low boil.
  2. Add pasta.
  3. Boil, stirring frequently, 7-8 minutes, or until pastina is fully cooked and tender.
  4. Stir in cooked, diced vegetables, if desired.
  5. Allow to cool; serve warm.

Notes

Source: www.parenting.com

Peaches-N-Cheese

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Serving Size: 1/4 cup

Peaches-N-Cheese

This healthy meal takes just seconds to prepare. It would make a great lunch, or even a hearty snack! Be sure to stick with low-fat cottage cheese, to make this an even healthier dish. And feel free to experiment -- try mixing in strawberries, or pineapple.

Ingredients

  • 1 or 2 Tablespoons very ripe peaches, diced
  • 1/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese

Instructions

  1. Blend diced peaches and cottage cheese. Serve.

Chicken and Bean Casserole

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 8-12 servings

Serving Size: 1/4 - 1/2 cup

Chicken and Bean Casserole

A homemade, from-scratch casserole that's sure to please your baby's taste buds. Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts to cut the fat, and be sure to use low sodium or sodium-free tomatoes, beans, and chicken broth.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tbsp flour
  • 2 fl oz (1/4 cup) homemade chicken stock
  • 8 oz (1 cup) salt/sugar free canned tomatoes - finely chopped
  • 8 oz (1 cup) salt-free kidney beans, drained
  • pinch freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 deg F, 180 deg C.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the chicken until golden brown.
  3. Place the chicken into an oven-proof dish.
  4. Saute the onions in the butter until tender, then stir in the flour.
  5. Slowly add the stock, then bring to the boil.
  6. Add the tomatoes, beans and black pepper.
  7. Bring to the boil, then pour over the chicken.
  8. Cover, then cook in the oven for 45 mins.

Notes

Source: http://www.homemade-baby-food-recipes.com

Crispy Chicken Strips With Broccoli and Sweet Potato Mash

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1 chicken strip, 1/4 cup of mash

Crispy Chicken Strips With Broccoli and Sweet Potato Mash

Make your little one a delicious dinner, complete with a main dish and a side! These homemade crispy chicken strips are far healthier than fried nuggets, and the sweet potato and broccoli mash packs a ton of nutrients into each tasty bite.

Ingredients

    Crispy chicken:
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 clove garlic (chopped fine)
  • 1 tsp mixed dried herbs
  • pepper to taste
  • pinch of paprika (optional)
  • bread crumbs (home made with whole meal bread)
  • Parmesan cheese (as per requirement)
  • Sweet Potato and Broccoli Mash:
  • 1 cup chopped sweet potato 4 florets of broccoli
  • 1/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 slice cheese
  • dried herbs/pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut chicken breast into long strips, marinate with chopped garlic, paprika, pepper and dried herbs.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Coat marinated chicken pieces with the mix.
  3. Shallow fry in olive oil.
  4. Cook sweet potato and broccoli until well done. Add milk, herbs and pepper and mash until you get a smooth consistency.
  5. Return to heat, add a slice of cheese and mix till cheese has melted.
  6. Serve warm along with the chicken strips for a nutritious meal

Notes

Source: http://www.homemade-baby-food-recipes.com/

Baby Banana Pudding

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1/4 cup

Baby Banana Pudding

Everyone loves healthy desserts -- including babies! This banana pudding is packed with potassium, but it has far fewer calories and grams of fat than traditional puddings.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mashed banana (one medium)
  • 1/3 cup (approx 3oz) well-crushed graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup (2oz) unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Mash banana in a small, microwavable bowl.
  2. Make sure graham crackers are crushed to dust, and pour them over the banana.
  3. Add apple sauce, milk and vanilla and stir well.
  4. Tastes great cold, but even better hot. So place bowl in microwave on high for one minute.
  5. Stir again, and check that it isn't too hot.
  6. Sprinkle a tiny bit of cinnamon or orange zest on top.

Notes

Source: http://www.homemade-baby-food-recipes.com

Baby Berry Yogurt Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1/4 cup

Baby Berry Yogurt Smoothie

Antioxidant-packed berries make a great breakfast day. Combine them with smooth, creamy yogurt and crispy rice cereal, and you've got a healthy breakfast treat that baby's sure to devour!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (3 oz) plain puffed or toasted rice cereal
  • 2 Tbsp fresh blueberries
  • 2 Tbsp fresh raspberries (when appropriate for your baby)
  • 2 Tbsp plain, unsweetened yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp - lemon juice (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp - vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions

  1. Pour 1/4 cup (1oz) of cereal into blender, then add yogurt, blueberry, raspberry, milk, and lemon juice.
  2. Blend until creamy smooth.
  3. Place remaining 1/2 cup (2oz) of cereal in a small bowl.
  4. Pour berry mixture in and gently stir together.

Notes

Source: http://www.homemade-baby-food-recipes.com

Veggie Pasta Toss

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Serving Size: 1/4 cup

Veggie Pasta Toss

This makes a great meat-free main dish. The whole wheat pasta provides plenty of protein, and the addition of vegetables make this a truly complete meal. Be sure to use salt-free seasoning; your baby doesn't need any salt at this stage.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup whole wheat pasta
  • 1/4 cup cooked mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, corn, etc.)
  • Butter
  • Salt-free seasoning

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Place in bowl.
  2. Add a small amount of butter to hot pasta. Toss to coat.
  3. Add mixed vegetables to buttered pasta. Toss to coat.
  4. Sprinkle on seasoning (herbs, parmesan cheese, etc.) Toss to coat.
  5. Serve warm.

Sweet Potato and Apple Pancakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 10-15 servings

Serving Size: 1 pancake

Sweet Potato and Apple Pancakes

Apple and sweet potato make a naturally delicious (and healthy!) combination. Serve these pancakes for breakfast, or whip them up for a mid-afternoon snack. The pancakes can be stored in the freezer for up to a month, so if you have time, make a double batch and freeze some for later.

Ingredients

  • 4 oz (1 cup) whole wheat flour
  • 2 oz (1/2 cup) all purpose flour
  • 3 heaped tbsp rolled oats
  • 2 1/2 oz (about 2/3 cup) wheat germ
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 large beaten eggs
  • 16 fl oz (2 cups) milk - we used whole milk
  • 4 oz (1/2 cup) mashed, cooked sweet potato
  • 1 apple, cored and chopped into bite sized pieces (remove skin for younger babies; you can leave it on for older babies)
  • little oil

Instructions

  1. Lightly steam the chopped apple or simmer it in a very little water until tender.
  2. Mix the all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, oats, wheat germ, baking powder and spices together in a bowl.
  3. Place the sweet potato in a separate bowl and slowly stir in the milk. Add the eggs and mix well.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until everything is just moist, then stir in the cooked apple.
  5. Heat a little oil in a frying pan and spoon in the mixture to form individual pancakes. Remember - this recipe produces a fairly thick mixture... if you like yours to be runnier, then thin with a little more milk.
  6. Cook for a few minutes on each side until golden, then cool and serve.

Notes

Source: http://www.homemade-baby-food-recipes.com

Baked Salmon with Cous Cous

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Serving Size: 1/2 salmon filet; 1/4 cup cous cous

Baked Salmon with Cous Cous

Turn your baby into a fish fan! This salmon dish is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, known to improve heart and brain health.

Ingredients

  • 1 small salmon fillet
  • 1/2 small red bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 or 3 cherry tomatoes (if your baby is sensitive to tomatoes, you may wish to use this recipe later in your baby's first year)
  • 1/2 tsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice (optional)
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3 oz (1/2 cup) couscous

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 deg F, 180 deg C.
  2. Place the salmon on a piece of foil.
  3. Top with the red pepper and tomatoes, then dot with the butter and drizzle over the lemon juice (if using).
  4. Add the parsley, then wrap carefully in the foil and seal.
  5. Place in the oven and cook for 20-30 mins, until the salmon is cooked through.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare the cous cous and set aside.
  7. Remove salmon from oven.
  8. Place salmon filet on plate, and top with vegetables.
  9. Serve cous cous on the side

Notes

Source: http://www.homemade-baby-food-recipes.com

Baked Applesauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4-8 servings

Serving Size: 1/4 - 1/2 cup

Baked Applesauce

This warm baked applesauce contains no added sugar, making it a healthier choice than store-bought cinnamon applesauce.

Ingredients

  • 4 Gala apples (or other sweet variety)
  • 4 teaspoons baby oatmeal cereal
  • 4 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. brown sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 deg F (200 deg C).
  2. Peel, halve & core the apples.
  3. Tear off 4 squares of foil - (large enough to make 4 apple packets).
  4. Place 2 halves - flesh up, on each piece of foil (will become a packet).
  5. Place 1 tsp. butter on top of apple packet.
  6. Sprinkle cinnamon/sugar on each packet, then sprinkle 1 teaspoon oatmeal on each.
  7. Pull up and pinch corners of foil together - sealing in the apple.
  8. Place all 4 apple packets on baking sheet.
  9. Bake @ 400 deg F for 30 min.
  10. Remove apples along with any liquid in packets and place in food processor until smooth (good Chunky style for toddlers)
  11. Serve warm or cold.

Notes

Source: http://www.homemade-baby-food-recipes.com

For tips on proper food storage, visit our food storage page.

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Everything You Need To Know About Starting Solids – All In One e-Book!

thumbnailWhat if you could find everything you needed to know about starting your baby on solid foods – when it’s best to start solids, how to introduce solids, complications, food allergies, etc. – in one easy-reference guide? Now you can! Your Baby’s Start To Solid Foods: A Comprehensive Guide will walk you through every step of starting solids. Plus, your e-Book package includes several bonus materials, designed to maximize your success in starting solids. You’ll get a thorough guide to treating constipation, a dietitian’s advice on how to avoid 5 common solid-foods mistakes, and a weekly mean plan for your baby’s first year. Grab your e-Book today, and ensure your baby has the healthiest possible start to solid foods!

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Baby Food Recipes: 9 Months

By 9 months, your baby is eating three meals of solids each day, and is starting to eat more and more at each meal. This is an exciting season for your baby, since 9 months marks the time that you can start offering her “real” food and cooking actual meals for her! She’ll still need plenty of baby food, but it’s okay at this point to start offering her bits of table food (mashed or chopped carefully, of course!)

Cereal Recipes

Infant cereal starts become less a part of your baby’s diet at 9 months. Instead, you can start to offer your 9 month old baby other types of grains, like bread, crackers, and pasta. However, you’ll probably still want to offer a few tablespoons of baby cereal to your 9 month old. You can purchase ready-made, powdered cereals at the grocery store, but you can also make your own (for a lot less money!) Visit our Baby Cereal Recipes for step-by-step instructions on how to make your baby’s rice and oatmeal cereal from scratch.

Fruit Recipes

Visit our Baby Food Fruit Recipes to see a sampling of delicious fruit purees and your 9 month old baby is sure to love.  By 9 months, your baby is eating a whole rainbow of fruit, including blueberries, melon, and kiwi!

Vegetable Recipes

Visit our Baby Food Vegetable Recipes for a listing of veggie purees and mashes that’ll keep your 9 month old on the path to healthy, nutritious eating.  At 9 months, your baby’s ready to start eating broccoli and spinach. (Don’t jump to any conclusions; he may love those veggies!)

Protein Recipes

At 9 months, your baby’s probably gobbling up poultry and beans (and possibly eggs, if she’s not allergic.) Now, she’s also ready to try meat (including beef) and even tofu! Visit our Baby Food Protein Recipes for tips on easy ways to prepare meat and tofu.

Meal Recipes

Up to this point, making homemade food for your baby has meant whipping up lots of single-ingredient purees and mashes. Well, it’s time to change that mindset; as a 9 month old, your baby is ready for you to cook “real” food for her! This can mean offering her small amounts of table food (as long as that table food contains ingredients that she’s already tried). It can also mean creating special dishes just for her. 🙂 Visit our 5 Great Recipes page for meal ideas. Your 9 month old will love the broccoli cheddar nuggets and the sweet potato pancakes!

Feeding Fact

We’re way past the smooth, runny purees of just a few months ago; now, your baby should be comfortable with thick, chunky mashes. You can also start offering (very) small pieces of food at this point. Try chopping a chicken breast, or cutting a slice of cheese into tiny cubes. Your baby may not be able to feed himself yet, but you can feed him these tiny pieces.

For ideas that’ll help you create a feeding and sleeping schedule for your 9 month old, check out the recommended 9 month schedule available at BabySleepSite.com.

Everything You Need To Know About Starting Solids – All In One e-Book!

thumbnailWhat if you could find everything you needed to know about starting your baby on solid foods – when it’s best to start solids, how to introduce solids, complications, food allergies, etc. – in one easy-reference guide? Now you can! Your Baby’s Start To Solid Foods: A Comprehensive Guide will walk you through every step of starting solids. Plus, your e-Book package includes several bonus materials, designed to maximize your success in starting solids. You’ll get a thorough guide to treating constipation, a dietitian’s advice on how to avoid 5 common solid-foods mistakes, and a weekly mean plan for your baby’s first year. Grab your e-Book today, and ensure your baby has the healthiest possible start to solid foods!

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How To Make Homemade Baby Food: 5 Great Recipes

Once your baby reaches the 8 or 9 month mark, she’s ready to move past single-ingredient purees and on to food combinations.  These combos can be simple, of course (mixing mashed blueberries into oatmeal, stirring pureed broccoli into brown rice, etc.)  Or, if you’re feeling fancy, you can whip up more sophisticated meals.

For information on when to introduce specific fruits into your baby’s diet, along with serving sizes, visit our solid food charts.

Here are 5 nutritious, tasty recipes that we think you’ll love, and that are sure to be both fun to prepare and fun to eat!

Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Nuggets (introduce after 8 months)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 12 - 18 nuggets

Serving Size: approximately 2 nuggets

Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Nuggets (introduce after 8 months)

This recipe is adapted from Momtastic’s Wholesome Baby Food.

Ingredients

  • 1 16-oz  package frozen broccoli, cooked, drained, and chopped

  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs (You can also use powdered baby cereal. See our homemade baby cereal post (LINK TO POST) for information on how to make your own cereal powders.)
  • 
1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 large eggs (It’s now considered safe to offer babies both egg yolks and whites around 8 or 9 months. Ask your pediatrician if you’re uncertain about offering eggs at this age.)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375 and lightly coat a baking sheet with olive oil.
  2. Combine all remaining ingredients and mix well. Add seasonings if you  like - garlic powder, pepper, extra basil, & oregano, for example.
  3. Shape mixture into nuggets or fun shapes such as squares, “squiggles”, etc. Place on greased baking tray. Bake for 15 minutes; flip nuggets over, and bake for another 5 - 10 minutes (20-25 minutes total baking time.)
  4. Serve warm.

Notes

These are great for babies who are able to chew and mash food with their gums. They’re also great for toddlers and big kids -- they’re like vegetarian chicken nuggets!

 

Sweet Potato Pancakes (introduce after 8 months)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 10-12 pancakes

Serving Size: 1-2 pancakes

Sweet Potato Pancakes (introduce after 8 months)

This recipe was originally published on NurtureBaby.com.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of white whole wheat flour (or substitute 1 cup all purpose flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour)
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 large sweet potato - baked, peeled and pureed (or 1 cup prepared sweet potato puree)
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In large bowl, combine first five (dry) ingredients together and set aside.
  2.  In a mixing bowl, combine sweet potato, milk, butter, eggs and sugar and vanilla and mix until smooth. Slowly add dry ingredients to mixing bowl; mix until just combined. (A few lumps are OK; over mixing will make the pancakes tough.)
  3. Pour ¼ cup portions of batter onto greased skillet. Cook on medium heat and flip pancakes when bubbles form on the surface. Pancakes should be a golden brown color.
  4. Serve immediately, or freeze for later consumption. If freezing, place sheet of parchment paper between each pancake and store in zip-tight freezer bag. Store in freezer for up to 3 months.

Notes

We promise, your baby won’t have a clue he’s eating veggies for breakfast! These taste a lot like pumpkin pie, meaning that breakfast will feel more like dessert.

 

Hawaiian Pork and Rice Dinner (introduce after 9 months)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Total Time: 27 minutes

Yield: approximately 2-3 cups

Serving Size: approximately 1/2 cup

Hawaiian Pork and Rice Dinner (introduce after 9 months)

This recipe is adapted from homemade-baby-food-recipes.com.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup ground pork
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup rice, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup peaches, peeled and sliced (fresh preferred)
  • 1/4 cup pineapple chunks

Instructions

  1. Bring pork and 1 cup of the water to boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 2 minutes.
  2. Drain, refrigerating reserved liquid.
  3. Add rice, remaining 1 cup water, peaches and pineapple to meat. Simmer 15 minutes.
  4. Remove any grease from reserved liquid and return juices to pot.
  5. Continue to cook mixture for another 5 minutes. Mash or puree before serving.

Notes

With flavors of peach and pineapple, this dinner offers baby a taste of the tropics!

 

Italian Green Veggie Pasta (introduce after 11 months)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: approximately 1 cup sauce

Serving Size: approximately 1/2 - 3/4 cup pasta tossed with sauc

Italian Green Veggie Pasta (introduce after 11 months)

This recipe was originally published on Weelicious.com

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium Zucchini, sliced

  • 1 Cup Broccoli Florets

  • 1/4 Cup Tomato or Marinara Sauce

  • 2 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • Prepared pasta (Small pasta shapes are best for babies who are ready for finger-feeding.)

Instructions

  1. Place the zucchini and broccoli florets in a steamer pot over boiling water, steam for 5 minutes and allow to cool.

  2. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth.

  3. Toss with prepared pasta. Serve.

Notes

Even if your baby isn’t normally a fan of broccoli or zucchini, we’re betting she’ll gobble up this pasta. Combining these veggies with tomato sauce and cheese makes them event tastier!

 

Whole Wheat Chocolate Muffins (introduce after 11 months)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Total Time: 32 minutes

Yield: approximately 12 muffins

Serving Size: 1 muffin

Whole Wheat Chocolate Muffins (introduce after 11 months)

This recipe was originally published on NurtureBaby.com.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup 100% whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup All-Purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1-¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • ½ cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt* (2% or full fat recommended)
  • ½ cup hot water
  • *Greek yogurt is recommended, as it has a much richer consistency. If you can’t find Greek yogurt, you can substitute with sour cream.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix flours, salt, and baking soda together in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla and whisk until golden brown. Add melted chocolate and stir until well blended.
  4. Add flour mixture, alternating with yogurt. Stir just until combined and then add hot water a little bit at a time.
  5. Mix thoroughly and dole into lined cupcake tins.
  6. Bake for 19-22 minutes and make sure not to over bake, as the cakes will dry out.
  7. Eat these warm as muffins, or frost with your favorite frosting.

Notes

Babies cannot live on fruits and veggies alone! Sometimes, a little dessert is necessary. To give your baby the healthiest start, avoid serving him foods with lots of sugar until he's a bit older; wait until 11 or 12 months to offer him these chocolatey muffins.

For tips on how to safely and conveniently store your homemade fruit purees, visit our food storage page.

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Baby Food Recipes: 8 Months

By 8 months, solid food is a regular part of your baby’s routine. She’s probably having two or three solid feeds each day, and she’s tasted quite a variety of fruits and vegetables! Now, she’s ready to start eating small amounts of meat and dairy products.

Cereal Recipes

Infant cereal will still be one of the primary foods your 8 month old eats each day. You can purchase ready-made, powdered cereals at the grocery store, but you can also make your own (for a lot less money!) Visit our Baby Cereal Recipes for step-by-step instructions on how to make your baby’s rice and oatmeal cereal from scratch.

Fruit Recipes

Visit our Baby Food Fruit Recipes to see a sampling of delicious fruit purees and your 8 month old baby is sure to love.  By 8 months, your baby can enjoy some tasty fruits, including peaches, nectarines, plus, mangos, and even papayas!

Vegetable Recipes

Visit our Baby Food Vegetable Recipes for a listing of veggie purees and mashes that’ll keep your 8 month old on the path to healthy, nutritious eating.  At 8 months, your baby gets to enjoy two veggie “classics”: peas and carrots. 🙂

Protein Recipes

At 7 months, your baby wasn’t quite ready for meat, so we stuck to offering beans. But your 8 month old is ready to start eating small amounts of poultry; she’s also ready to eat eggs*. Visit our Baby Food Protein Recipes for simple poultry recipes.

Feeding Fact

Your baby’s ready to move past single-ingredient meals at 8 months, so it’s time to get creative! Mix those purees and mashes to create complete meals for your 8 month old. At this point, you can stop offering your baby smooth purees and begin to feed him chunkier, thicker mashes. This’ll help him practice using his gums to mash food, a key step in learning how to chew.

For ideas that’ll help you create a feeding and sleeping schedule for your 8 month old, check out the recommended 8 month schedule, available at BabySleepSite.com.

*Eggs are considered a highly allergenic food; check with your baby’s doctor before offering eggs.

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Baby Food Recipes: 7 Months

By 7 months, your baby’s becoming used to eating solids. You may notice that mealtime is getting a little neater, as your baby figure out how to slurp food from his spoon, and how to keep it in his mouth (instead of spitting it all over you!) By 7 months, your baby is also ready to start experiencing a wider variety of foods.

Cereal Recipes

Infant cereal will still be one of the primary foods your 7 month old eats each day. You can purchase ready-made, powdered cereals at the grocery store, but you can also make your own (for a lot less money) Visit our Baby Cereal Recipes for step-by-step instructions on how to make your baby’s rice and oatmeal cereal from scratch.

Fruit Recipes

Visit our Baby Food Fruit Recipes to see a sampling of delicious fruit purees and your 7 month old baby is sure to love.  By 7 months, your baby is ready to try some tasty fruits, including peaches, nectarines, plus, mangos, and even papayas.

Vegetable Recipes

Visit our Baby Food Vegetable Recipes for a listing of veggie purees and mashes that’ll give your 7 month old baby the healthy start he needs.  At 7 months, your baby gets to start eating two veggie “classics”: peas and carrots. 🙂

Protein Recipes

Your 7 month old baby isn’t quite ready for meat yet, but she is ready for beans. Visit our Baby Food Protein Recipes for tips on how to create delectable, protein-packed bean dishes that your baby will gobble up, including lentil stew, baked beans, and hummus.

Feeding Fact

Continue to feed your 7 month old mostly single-ingredient meals (although you can begin mixing together foods that your baby’s already familiar with.) Your purees can be a bit less runny and smooth at this point. Slowly start to thicken purees with powdered cereal, and begin offering some chunkier textures. Just be sure you monitor your baby closely during feeding time, to prevent choking!

For ideas that’ll help you create a feeding and sleeping schedule for your 7 month old, check out the recommended 7 month schedule, available at BabySleepSite.com.

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How To Make Homemade Baby Food: Proteins

Once your baby’s gotten used to eating fruits and vegetables, it’s time to start thinking about adding proteins into her diet. Keep in mind that for the first year of your baby’s life, breastmilk and/or formula will be her main source of protein. But starting around 7 months, you can begin adding in other protein sources, too.

Proteins are a key part of your baby’s diet, since they’ll help him grow and develop properly. And introducing protein into your baby’s diet will help him experience some new textures and flavors — always exciting!

For information on when to introduce specific fruits into your baby’s diet, along with serving sizes, visit our solid food charts.

Ready? Time to whip up some proteins!

Simple Meat and Poultry Recipe (introduce poultry at 8 months; introduce meat at 9-10 months)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: approximately 1 cup

Serving Size: 1-3 Tablespoons

Simple Meat and Poultry Recipe (introduce poultry at 8 months; introduce meat at 9-10 months)

Ingredients

  • 3/4 - 1 cup cooked meat (chicken, turkey, beef, or pork), cut into small chunks
  • 1/4 cup water (if you’ll be pureeing the meat)

Instructions

  1. If your baby’s familiar with finger-food, you can simply serve her the small chunks of meat and let her self-feed.
  2. If your baby isn’t quite ready for finger-food, put the chunks into a food processor and mix to desired consistency. For older babies, the meat can be ground; for younger babies, add water and puree to a thinner consistency.

Notes

When cooking meats for your baby, be sure that they are well-cooked. Never feed your baby rare or undercooked meats.

Simple Egg Recipes (introduce at 8 months)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: 1/2 - 1 egg

Simple Egg Recipes (introduce at 8 months)

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups water (if boiling egg)

Instructions

    For hard-boiled eggs:
  1. Boil the egg until firm (16 minutes for large egg; 19 minutes for extra-large egg). Allow to cool completely.
  2. Carefully peel the shell from the egg. Mash, dice, or slice egg, depending on the age of your baby.
  3. For scrambled eggs:
  4. Crack egg into a bowl and beat.
  5. Grease a small sautee pan and heat over medium heat.
  6. Add egg to hot pan; scramble until egg is set.
  7. Allow to cool before serving to your baby

Notes

Eggs are a highly allergenic food, and experts used to recommend waiting to introduce them into a baby’s diet until 12 months (or, at least, waiting to introduce egg whites, since that’s the “allergenic” part of the egg. Now, however, health experts suggest introducing them earlier, since there’s no link between delaying eggs and preventing egg allergies. If your family has a history of egg allergies, however, ask your doctor if you should wait and start eggs later.

Simple Fish Recipe (introduce at 11-12 months)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: approximately 2-3 servings

Simple Fish Recipe (introduce at 11-12 months)

Ingredients

  • 1 fillet of boneless whitefish (like cod, haddock, pollock, or tilapia)
  • 1/4 cup water (if you’ll be pureeing the fish)

Instructions

  1. Bake, broil, or grill the fillet, until fish is done and flakes easily.
  2. If your baby’s familiar with finger-food, you can simply flake the fish and serve it to him that way.
  3. For younger babies, grind the fish in a food processor. You can leave it ground or add in a bit of water and puree it to an ever thinner consistency.

Of course, animal products like the ones listed above aren’t the only sources of protein. If that were the case, vegetarians wouldn’t stand a chance! No, there are plenty of vegetable products that are packed with protein, too. Beans, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and soy products are all great sources of protein.

Simple Lentil Recipe (introduce at 7-8 months)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: approximately 1/2 - 3/4 cup

Serving Size: 2-4 Tablespoons

Simple Lentil Recipe (introduce at 7-8 months)

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup lentils (red, green, or brown)
  • 3/4 cup water or low-sodium stock (vegetable, beef, or chicken)

Instructions

  1. Sort lentils, removing any discolored/damaged ones. Then, rinse lentils.
  2. Bring water or stock to a boil. Add lentils.
  3. Cook until tender (15 minutes for red lentils, 20 minutes for green lentils, or 30 minutes for brown lentils).

Notes

Brown lentils are typically the easiest to find in the grocery store. However, red and green are also good choices. Red in particular are great for babies -- they’re naturally sweet, and they cook fast.

Simple Bean Recipe (introduce at 7-8 months)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1/2 cup

Serving Size: 2-4 Tablespoons

Simple Bean Recipe (introduce at 7-8 months)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup soft, cooked beans (use dried or canned -- see below for details)

Instructions

  1. If using dried beans, cook according to package directions. Be sure to sort and rinse dried beans carefully. If using canned beans, drain and rinse.
  2. If your baby’s familiar with finger-food, you can simply serve her the beans and let her self-feed.
  3. For younger babies, mash beans gently. You can also place beans in a food processor, add water, and puree.

Notes

If you plan to use dried beans, allow plenty of prep and cooking time. Dried beans must be soaked overnight and then boiled for at least an hour before they're soft enough for baby to eat.

Homemade Hummus Recipe (introduce at 7-8 months)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: approximately 1 1/2 cups

Serving Size: 2-4 Tablespoons

Homemade Hummus Recipe (introduce at 7-8 months)

This recipe comes from www.homemade-baby-food.com

Ingredients

  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups chickpeas or garbanzo beans
  • 2 tbsp. tahini paste*
  • 2-3 T lemon juice*
  • 2 cloves garlic*
  • 2-3 T olive oil
  • *For younger babies, simply leave these ingredients out and puree chickpeas with oil.

Instructions

  1. Drain the beans (if using canned). If using dried, follow package directions to prepare and cook beans. Be sure to sort and rinse dried beans carefully.
  2. Puree all ingredients in a food processor.
  3. Serve this to younger babies as is; for older babies, spread this on crackers or bread.

Notes

If you're using dried beans, be sure to allow plenty of prep and cooking time. Dried beans must be soaked overnight and cooked for at least an hour before they're soft enough for baby.

Simple Tofu Recipes (introduce at 9-10 months)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 1-2 ounces of tofu

Simple Tofu Recipes (introduce at 9-10 months)

Ingredients

  • 1 package of tofu (silken, soft, firm, or extra-firm, depending on which recipe you use)

Instructions

    For self-feeding babies:
  1. Cut tofu (firm or extra-firm) into small cubes and offer them to your baby.
  2. For mashed tofu mixtures:
  3. Mash tofu (soft) into desired consistency.
  4. Stir into fruit or vegetable purees.
  5. For tofu smoothies:
  6. Blend silken tofu with fruit juices and purees to create a delicious, protein-packed drink for your baby.

Notes

Tofu is made from soy, and soy tends to be a common allergen. If soy allergies run in your family, ask your doctor about waiting to introduce soy to your baby.

Protein mashes and purees are just fine on their own, of course. But stirring in some other ingredients can make for a delicious and complete meal! For example, toss chicken cubes with a vegetable puree and serve alongside brown rice. And it’s not just vegetable purees that combine well with meat — fruits can, too! Pork and applesauce? Tilapia with pureed mangoes? Sounds good to us!

For tips on how to safely and conveniently store your baby’s homemade proteins, visit our food storage page.

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Baby Food Recipes: 6 Months

Whether you begin your baby’s solid food journey at 6 months or before, one thing’s for certain: your 6 month old doesn’t need much solid food.  She’ll be getting by just fine on breastmilk or formula.  However, she can start sampling a few fruits and vegetables, and enjoying small amounts of solid foods.

Cereal Recipes

Infant cereal will be the main thing your 6 month old baby eats. You can purchase ready-made, powdered cereals at the grocery store, but you can also make your own (for a lot less money!) Visit our Baby Cereal Recipes for step-by-step instructions on how to make your baby’s rice and oatmeal cereal from scratch.

Fruit Recipes

Visit our Baby Food Fruit Recipes to see a sampling of delicious fruit purees and your 6 month old baby is sure to love.  From mashed avocados to homemade applesauce to pear puree, we have the recipes that’ll give your baby the tastiest possible introduction to fruit.

Vegetable Recipes

Visit our Baby Food Vegetable Recipes for a listing of veggie purees and mashes that’ll give your 6 month old baby the healthy start he needs.  At 6 months, your baby is ready for sweet potatoes, squash, and green beans; use our simple recipes to get started on turning these veggies into yummy purees!

Feeding Fact

Remember to feed your 6 month old single-ingredient meals; at this age, you want her to get used to the taste of individual foods before you start combining them.  Remember, too, that your 6 month old baby needs smooth, runny purees; she’s not ready to mash food with her gums quite yet.

For ideas that’ll help you create a feeding and sleeping schedule for your 6 month old, check out the recommended 6 month schedule, available at BabySleepSite.com.

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How To Make Homemade Baby Food: Vegetables

Vegetables — what’s not to love? Veggies are generally low in fat and calories but are packed full of vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting antioxidants. Your baby needs all the nutrition vegetables have to offer — use the vegetable puree recipes below to make sure she gets it!

For information on when to introduce specific fruits into your baby’s diet, along with serving sizes, visit our solid food charts.

For information on whether or not you should invest in organic veggies, visit our post comparing organic and non-organic produce.

For tips on how to cook your vegetables, visit our cooking techniques page.

For tips on how to puree your vegetables, visit our pureeing techniques page.

Enough background information — on to the cooking!

Homemade Sweet Potato/Yam Puree (introduce at 4-6 months)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: approximately 1-3 cups (depending on number of potatoes used)

Serving Size: 1-2 T (younger babies) 3-6 T (older babies)

Homemade Sweet Potato/Yam Puree (introduce at 4-6 months)

Ingredients

  • Several medium sweet potatoes

Instructions

    Baking Method:
  1. Wash sweet potatoes, then prick all over with a fork.
  2. Wrap tightly in foil and bake in a 400 degree oven for 45-60 minutes, or until soft.
  3. Allow sweet potatoes to cool completely. Cut sweet potatoes in half and scoop out into a dish.
  4. Puree the sweet potato mixture until smooth, adding breastmilk, formula, or water to achieve your desired consistency.
  5. Boiling/Steaming Method:
  6. Wash and peel sweet potatoes, then cut them into small chunks.
  7. Boil or steam the sweet potato pieces until tender. Allow pieces to cool completely.
  8. Puree the sweet potato pieces until smooth, adding breastmilk, formula, or water (if boiling, use the cooking water) to achieve desired consistency.

Homemade Squash Puree (introduce at 4-6 months)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: approximately 1-3 cups (depending on number of potatoes used)

Serving Size: 1-2 T (younger babies) 3-6 T (older babies)

Homemade Squash Puree (introduce at 4-6 months)

Ingredients

  • One large (or 2 medium) winter squash (like acorn or butternut)

Instructions

  1. Cut the squash in half. Scoop out the seeds.
  2. Pour a small amount of water (just enough to cover) into the bottom of a baking sheet. Place the squash halves, cut side down, on the baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 30-45 minutes in a 400 degree oven. It’s is done when the squash is tender and the tough outer skin begins to wrinkle and soften.
  4. Allow the squash halves to cool. Scoop out the squash and puree until smooth, adding breastmilk, formula, or water to achieve your desired consistency.

Homemade Green Bean Puree (introduce at 4-6 months)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: approximately 1-2 cups

Serving Size: 1-2 T (younger babies) 3-6 T (older babies)

Homemade Green Bean Puree (introduce at 4-6 months)

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. (1 pound) fresh green beans (can also use frozen)

Instructions

  1. Wash green beans and snap off the ends (skip this step if using frozen).
  2. Boil or steam green beans until tender. If boiling, reserve the cooking water.
  3. Immediately after cooking, plunge green beans into a bowl or sink full of ice water. This will help stop the cooking process.
  4. Once the green beans are cool, puree them, adding breastmilk, formula, or water (use cooking water if green beans were boiled) to achieve your desired consistency.

Notes

It’s virtually impossible to create a smooth puree from green beans, since the skins tend to be tough. For this reason, you may want to consider waiting until your baby’s old enough to handle chunkier textures before introducing green beans.

 

Homemade Carrot Puree (introduce at 7-8 months)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: approximately 1-2 cups

Serving Size: 1-2 T (younger babies) 3-6 T (older babies)

Homemade Carrot Puree (introduce at 7-8 months)

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. (1 pound) fresh carrots (can also use frozen)

Instructions

  1. Wash carrots. Peel and cut into small chunks (skip this step if using frozen).
  2. Boil or steam carrots until tender. If boiling, DO NOT reserve cooking water. Adding the cooking water back into your carrot puree increases your baby's risk of nitrate poisoning
  3. Immediately after cooking, plunge carrots into a bowl or sink full of ice water. This will help stop the cooking process.
  4. Once the carrots are cool, puree them, adding breastmilk, formula, or water (use cooking water if carrots were boiled) to achieve your desired consistency.

Homemade Pea Puree (introduce at 7-8 months)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: approximately 1-2 cups

Serving Size: 1-2 T (younger babies) 3-6 T (older babies)

Homemade Pea Puree (introduce at 7-8 months)

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. (1 pound) fresh peas (can also use frozen)

Instructions

  1. Open pea pods and scrape out the peas (skip this step if using frozen).
  2. Boil or steam peas until tender. If boiling, reserve the cooking water.
  3. Immediately after cooking, plunge peas into a bowl or sink full of ice water. This will help stop the cooking process.
  4. Once the peas are cool, puree them, adding breastmilk, formula, or water (use cooking water if peas were boiled) to achieve your desired consistency.

Homemade Broccoli (introduce at 9-10 months)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: approximately 1-2 cups

Serving Size: 3-6 Tablespoons (older babies)

Homemade Broccoli (introduce at 9-10 months)

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. (or 2-3 heads) of fresh broccoli (can also use frozen broccoli florets)

Instructions

  1. Wash broccoli. Cut florets from stems; reserve the florets and discard the stems (since florets are more tender and easier for baby to eat than stems). Skip this step if using frozen.
  2. Boil of steam broccoli until tender. If boiling, reserve the cooking water.
  3. Immediately after cooking, plunge broccoli into a bowl or sink full of ice water. This will help stop the cooking process.
  4. Once the broccoli is cool, puree it, adding breastmilk, formula, or water (use cooking water if broccoli was boiled) to achieve your desired consistency.

Notes

Now that your baby’s older, consider lightly mashing the broccoli, leaving some chunks. You could even cut the broccoli into tiny pieces and encourage him to try picking it up and feeding himself.

Steamed Spinach, Kale, or Collard Greens (introduce at 9-10 months)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: approximately 1 cup

Serving Size: 3-6 Tablespoons (older babies)

Steamed Spinach, Kale, or Collard Greens (introduce at 9-10 months)

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. (1 pound) fresh spinach, kale, or collard greens

Instructions

  1. Wash spinach or greens carefully. If using kale or collard greens, carefully remove the tough stem that runs down the middle of each leaf.
  2. Steam the spinach or greens in a steamer basket until tender.
  3. Remove steamer basket and allow greens to cool completely.
  4. Puree greens, adding fresh water to achieve desired consistency.

Once you’ve made a veggie puree, you may find yourself wondering how you’re going to store it. For tips on proper food storage, visit our food storage page.

Want to make the baby food making and serving even easier? Check out our list of recommended products for tools that’ll make baby feeding a breeze!

Everything You Need To Know About Starting Solids – All In One e-Book!

thumbnailWhat if you could find everything you needed to know about starting your baby on solid foods – when it’s best to start solids, how to introduce solids, complications, food allergies, etc. – in one easy-reference guide? Now you can! Your Baby’s Start To Solid Foods: A Comprehensive Guide will walk you through every step of starting solids. Plus, your e-Book package includes several bonus materials, designed to maximize your success in starting solids. You’ll get a thorough guide to treating constipation, a dietitian’s advice on how to avoid 5 common solid-foods mistakes, and a weekly mean plan for your baby’s first year. Grab your e-Book today, and ensure your baby has the healthiest possible start to solid foods!

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