Introducing solids to your baby is such an exciting time! It means your little one is growing up bit by bit. You may be tempted by the convenience of store-bought baby foods but there are cheaper and healthier options. With a little bit of planning and prep work, you can make your own baby foods at home.
Freezing portions for later will save you a ton of time in the future. You may be surprised by how much you like making these first foods for your baby. Watching your child react to these new textures, scents and flavors will definitely be a great time for everyone. Make sure you slow down and enjoy these moments. They aren’t babies forever.
10 Roasted Butternut Squash And Thyme
This puree is a perfect way to introduce your baby to butternut squash. It’s smooth, delicious and packed with nutrients. It’s full of vitamin A for a healthy immune system and vision, fiber, folate, and calcium for strong bones. Thyme lends this puree a delicious, savory gourmet flavor.
To make this yummy treat you’ll need one butternut squash and two sprigs of fresh thyme. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Cut the squash in half lengthwise. Scrape out all of the seeds and place cut side down on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake the squash for about 45 minutes until soft. Scrape the roasted flesh into a blender with both sprigs of thyme. Blend until you reach the perfect consistency.
9 Sweet Potato Apple Cinnamon
Babies can’t resist the natural sweetness of this orange root vegetable. Combined with the fruity taste of apple and the delicious spice of cinnamon it creates a puree so good you might be tempted to take a bite yourself.
You’ll need one sweet potato, a red apple of your choice and cinnamon to taste. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Core and quarter the apple and slice the sweet potato in half lengthwise. Roast the apple and sweet potato at least 30 minutes until both are very tender. Add to a blender or food processor with as much cinnamon as you like and blend until a perfect creamy consistency is reached.
8 Orange Carrot
Carrots are another root vegetable full of natural sweetness. They’re already so delicious on their own. A small splash of orange juice brings out their fruitier side and balances the flavor. This puree couldn’t be easier. Choose how you want to cook your carrots, roast or boil them.
Once they’re perfectly soft pop them in your blender or food processor and begin to blend them. Add just a small amount of orange juice, a tablespoon or two, until you get the runny texture perfect for baby’s first foods.
7 Steamed Blueberry And Mint
Break out the bibs because this gorgeous baby food is definitely a vibrant mess. Blueberries are full of antioxidants and nutrients to help baby grow big and healthy. The beautiful color will entice little ones and stimulate their interest. The addition of mint adds an intriguing flavor and aroma. This is a feast for the senses.
You’ll need a pint of blueberries and a few leaves of mint. For the best results gently steam the berries over a pot of boiling water for a few minutes to soften the skins. Process them with a few leaves of mint. You can crush the leaves first to release more of the flavor-containing oils. Once you’ve achieved the perfect texture you’re ready to feed your baby a sumptuous purple feast.
6 Avocado, Spinach, And Oat
Avocado is a classic first food around the globe. It’s pretty color, healthy fat content and perfect texture make it an obvious choice for babies. The avocado is almost perfect on its own, it’s soft, smooth and velvety once it’s blended.
For the best texture prepare the oatmeal and steam the spinach. The moisture from the spinach will thin down this puree into the perfect consistency for a first food. Process all three ingredients together for a delicious meal that will feed your baby’s developing brain.
5 Cherry And Basil
This recipe is definitely another stain-producing concoction. You may choose to feed this one to your baby without a cute outfit to ruin. Cherries are bright and beautiful but known for leaving their mark.
You can save time and prep work by purchasing frozen cherries that have already been pitted. Thaw them out and let them reach room temperature. You’ll need just a few sprigs of fresh basil. You can grind it beforehand to release the oils that hold most of the flavor. Combine the fruit and herbs in a food processor or blender and serve or store.
4 Roasted Banana And Pear
This puree has a warm, sweet flavor that will make you think of holiday desserts. You’ll need two bananas and a pear. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Slice the bananas in half lengthwise. The pear will need to be peeled then halved and cored.
Once your fruit is ready to place it in a baking dish and sprinkle with maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon. Roast for 20 to 30 minutes until softened then puree to prepare for baby.
3 Broccoli And Olive Oil
We’ve all heard the jokes about kids hating broccoli but it doesn’t have to be that way. Roasting this vitamin and protein-rich vegetable brings out a surprising sweetness in it. Paired with the mellow fruity flavor of olive oil it takes on a really great flavor.
To prepare this puree to preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cut broccoli into small florets. Arrange on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for about 20 minutes until there is some browning of the florets. Process until smooth.
2 Green Bean Parsley and Chicken
If you have some leftover chicken on hand, this is a great way to use it. Blanche green beans until they are tender. you can add the parsley to the water to release flavor filled oils.
Once the veggies are soft add them to a blender with 1/4 c of the parsley and water. Add some fully cooked, diced chicken to the mix. Blend until smooth. This recipe is protein heavy and will keep your little one's tiny tummy full.
1 Curried Sweet Potato And Red Pepper
Many people hear the word curry and assume a spicy dish. This is far from the truth. Curries can be mild and sweet or savory. It really depends on the chef and the blend of spices. It's a good idea to get your baby on the path to adventurous eating now.
Don't be afraid to prepare fragrant, sumptuous meals for your little one. Simply roast the sweet potato and red peppers until soft. Blend them with curry and maybe some healthy oil for fat. This puree will entice baby's senses with its yummy smell and pretty color.