You probably think that when your baby starts eating solid foods, you can forget about feeding them healthy foods, right? Well, not exactly! Babies can have all sorts of allergies and sensitivities that you wouldn’t even suspect, so it’s important to always include plenty of healthy ingredients in their diet no matter how old they are. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean you need to give up all the yummy flavors, so try these ten healthy baby food recipes the next time you’re feeling creative in the kitchen!
Babies are born with a strong sense of smell, which they use to recognize mommy’s milk. Just one whiff is enough to trigger a powerful urge to eat, so it’s important that baby food recipes be made from fresh ingredients. These 10 delicious and nutritious baby food recipes will give you and your little one something delicious for all of your family meals!
What to Cook in Large Quantities
Perhaps you want to make a large meal for your family, or perhaps you’re just cooking for one person. Whatever your reasoning, it’s possible to cook more food than you need and freeze what you don’t eat. This is great way to be frugal without sacrificing quality.
These savory cookies are made with oats and packed with cheese for a protein-rich snack your baby will love. You can vary their flavor by adding herbs or spices instead of, or in addition to, the garlic powder.
Butternut Squash with Cranberries
This healthy recipe is filled with nutritious ingredients, including butternut squash, cranberries and almonds. Squash is a good source of fiber, vitamins A and C and potassium, while cranberries are high in antioxidants. Pairing these ingredients together means you’re getting lots of flavor along with nutrients your baby needs to grow up big and strong. Plus, it’s easy to prepare so you can whip it up in no time at all!
Applesauce has long been a staple of homemade baby food, but when it comes to more complex recipes, many parents find themselves at a loss. One simple solution? Fill an apple with brown rice and other healthy ingredients, then bake it until tender. The result is a fun-to-eat (and even more fun-to-play-with) treat that your baby will love. Serve these stuffed apples with some high-quality fruit puree for dipping.
Fruit Roll Ups
Whenever you see a recipe that calls for fruit leather, make these DIY fruit roll ups instead. They’re so much better! Grab your favorite fruit (we love using apples and pears), slice them up into strips, coat them in organic honey, and voila! Fruit roll ups. Keep them stored in an airtight container in your fridge. When you’re ready to eat one, just cut it with a serrated knife or pizza cutter into bite-sized pieces or slices.
Chicken Nuggets with Homemade Sauce
Fried chicken is not only tasty but also a childhood favorite. If you’re concerned about making nuggets from scratch, don’t be—they are just as easy to make and taste much better than store-bought ones. The homemade sauce does require some extra time, but it can be made ahead of time so that cooking is even easier when it comes down to it. It tastes great served with peas or corn on a summer day!
Apple Puree Yogurt Parfait
This yogurt parfait is so simple to make, and makes a great snack for baby. Layer plain Greek yogurt with your favorite fruit puree, such as apple. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon on top for an extra special treat!
Curried Egg Salad
This recipe incorporates curry powder and a few other spices to add some unexpected flavor to a classic lunchtime favorite. The best part is, you can get everything ready in under 15 minutes so you have more time to spend with your little one. You’ll need: 1 hard-boiled egg, 1 cup of diced cucumber, 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon of mustard and 1⁄2 teaspoon of curry powder.
In a food processor, puree 2 cups spinach with 1/2 cup of water and 3 tablespoons of butter or olive oil. Add in 1 small onion, chopped; 1 clove garlic, minced; 1/4 teaspoon salt; and black pepper to taste. Pulse for 30 seconds until pureed. Stir in 2 eggs, stirring until well combined. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a muffin tin with butter or cooking spray and fill each cup half way full with spinach mixture.