I never thought I would be a mom that makes her own baby food. But alas, I do. And the crazy thing is…I love it. I know I’m giving my child something that is tasty and healthy. And I love to cook, so I’m not ashamed to share that I have a certain satisfaction out of making something my baby girl loves to eat! These delicious and easy baby food recipes are ones that your child will love and you will love because they are so simple to make.
The recipes below are stage 2 and 3 meals. My daughter is 10 months, so I still blend her food but leave it somewhat chunky so she starts learning to chew. I also love adding spices. At 10 months there’s still no salt in her diet but adding spices is a great way to add flavor and keep it healthy.
Carrots and Apples
6 oz. Chicken Breast (I use tenderloins because they cook up fast)
4 Large Carrots
1 Cup low sodium Chicken Broth
1/2 Tbsp Cinnamon (or to taste)
Peel and dice apples and carrots. Place the diced fruit and veggies in a pot on the stove and add the uncooked chicken and broth. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. (or until chicken is cooked)
Place cooked meal in a blender add your cinnamon and blend to desired consistency. For something chunkier, I’ve also started experimenting with blending the meat and broth but mashing the veggie roughly by hand and adding the puree’d meat and cinnamon in after.
Makes 8-10 meals.
Turkey & Rice Dinner
4 Cups Chicken Broth
1 Cup Rice (uncooked – Brown or White Rice)
6 oz Chicken
2 Cups Frozen Mixed Vegetables
A Dash of Ground Thyme (to taste)
This is one of my favorite easy baby food recipes because it is super simple. No peeling or dicing. You literally throw everything into a pot on the stove. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. (longer for brown rice)
Place the cooked meal in a blender and blend to desired consistency.
Pasta with Meat Sauce
5oz Lean Ground Beef
1 Cup Pasta Sauce
1/2 Cup Peas
1/2 Cup Carrots
8oz uncooked pasta (I use spaghetti but you can use whatever you like)
Brown your ground beef. While the beef is cooking, start a pot of water to boil and cook your spaghetti.
Once your ground beef is fully cooked, add in your pasta sauce and peas & carrots. (If you want to substitute other veggies, zucchini and summer squash would be great substitutes.) Cook for about 5 minutes, until your vegetables are soft.
While the sauce is finishing, take your cooked spaghetti and cut into approximately 1/2″ pieces.
When your sauce is done, you could blend up the sauce entirely with the pasta. Or what I’ve started to do is blend the meat, veggies and sauce and leave the pasta cut up in small pieces (about 1/2″). Again, it provides some soft food for baby to exercise those chewing muscles!
Makes about 6 servings
Pears & Raspberry Cereal
1 Pkg (1/2 Pint) Raspberries
1/2 C Water
2 Tbsp Dry Oatmeal Cereal (per serving)
Peel and dice the pears. Place pears, raspberries and water in a pot to boil. (about 10 minutes) Once cooked, blend or hand mash (depending on what stage your baby is in.
I add cereal directly to the fruit for my daughter’s morning meal. She doesn’t really like plain cereal, but mixed in with the fruit, she devours it!
Makes 8-10 servings
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Do you have other recipes or variations on the above? Please share in the comments section below. I’m always looking for new ideas and things to try.