Recipes For Starting Solids

Recipes for every stage of your little one's solids journey

BABY RECIPES

Jasmine Hekking

7/18/20234 min read

Today I want to share some delicious and nutritious baby food recipes for every stage of our little one's journey into the world of solids! These recipes are both fun and delicious.

Stage 1 first tastes (Around 4-6 months)

  • Creamy Avocado Puree:

  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted

  • 2-3 tablespoons of breast milk or formula

  • Blend the avocado and breast milk/formula until smooth and creamy. Avocado is a fantastic source of healthy fats and essential nutrients for our growing babes.

  • Sweet Potato Mash:

  • 1 medium-sized sweet potato, peeled and diced

  • 1/2 cup of water or homemade vegetable broth

  • Cook the sweet potato until soft, then blend it with water or broth until you get a smooth consistency. Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins and minerals, perfect for little tummies.

  • Banana Blueberry Mash:

  • 1 ripe banana

  • 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries

  • Simply mash the banana and blueberries together with a fork until well combined. Both fruits are packed with antioxidants and natural sweetness for a happy baby!

  • Pea Puree:

  • 1 cup of frozen peas

  • 2-3 tablespoons of water

  • Cook the peas until tender, then blend them with water until smooth. Peas are full of protein and iron to keep our little ones strong and energetic.

Stage 2: Exploring Flavors (Around 6-8 months)

  • Apple Carrot Blend:

  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped

  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped

  • 1/2 cup of water or homemade vegetable broth

  • Cook the apple and carrot until soft, then blend them with water or broth until you get a smooth consistency. This combo offers a delightful mix of natural sweetness and essential vitamins.

  • Butternut Squash and Coconut Puree:

  • 1 cup of diced butternut squash

  • 1/4 cup of coconut milk

  • Cook the butternut squash until tender, then blend it with coconut milk for a creamy and exotic flavor. A great source of healthy fats and a touch of tropical yumminess!

  • Spinach and Mango Delight:

  • 1 cup of fresh spinach leaves

  • 1 ripe mango, peeled and diced

  • Steam the spinach until wilted, then blend it with mango for a delightful green and sweet combo. Packed with vitamins and fiber for our little adventurers!

  • Quinoa and Vegetable Medley:

  • 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa

  • 1/2 cup of mixed cooked vegetables (carrots, peas, broccoli)

  • Blend the cooked quinoa and vegetables together until you get a tasty medley of textures. Quinoa provides protein and fiber while the veggies offer a rainbow of nutrients.

Stage 3: Growing Appetite (Around 8-10 months)

  • Crock Pot Chicken and Sweet Potato Stew:

  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast

  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced

  • 1/2 cup of low-sodium chicken broth

  • Place the chicken, sweet potato, and chicken broth in a crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Once tender, shred the chicken and blend everything together for a hearty and wholesome stew.

  • Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Cheese Mash:

  • 1 cup of steamed broccoli and cauliflower florets

  • 1/4 cup of grated cheddar cheese

  • 2-3 tablespoons of whole milk or formula

  • Blend the steamed veggies with cheddar cheese and milk/formula for a creamy and cheesy delight. Broccoli and cauliflower offer essential vitamins, and cheese adds some healthy fat.

  • Lentil and Carrot Curry:

  • 1/2 cup of cooked lentils

  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped

  • 1/2 cup of canned coconut milk

  • Cook the lentils and carrot until soft, then blend them with coconut milk and a dash of curry powder for a tasty and aromatic dish. Lentils are a fantastic source of plant-based protein.

  • Pear and Oatmeal Surprise:

  • 1 ripe pear, peeled and diced

  • 1/4 cup of rolled oats

  • 1/2 cup of water

  • Cook the pear and rolled oats until soft and tender, then blend them together for a yummy and filling surprise. Oats provide fiber and a comforting texture for our little ones.

Stage 4: Adventurous Eaters (Around 10-12 months)

  • Crock Pot Beef and Vegetable Stew:

  • 1/2 pound of lean beef, cubed

  • 1 cup of mixed vegetables (carrots, potatoes, green beans)

  • 1 cup of low-sodium beef broth

  • Place the beef, mixed vegetables, and beef broth in a crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Once tender, blend everything together for a hearty and flavorful stew.

  • Tropical Quinoa and Mango Salad:

  • 1 cup of cooked quinoa

  • 1 ripe mango, diced

  • 1/4 cup of diced cucumber

  • 1/4 cup of diced red bell pepper

  • Juice of 1 lime

  • Mix all the ingredients together for a refreshing and nutrient-packed salad. Quinoa, mango, and veggies offer a tasty combo of flavors and nutrients.

  • Chickpea and Spinach Hummus:

  • 1 cup of cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans)

  • 1 cup of fresh spinach leaves

  • 2 tablespoons of tahini

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 2-3 tablespoons of water (as needed for desired consistency)

  • Blend all the ingredients together until you get a smooth and creamy hummus. Chickpeas and spinach team up for a protein and iron powerhouse.

  • Creamy Cauliflower Mac and Cheese:

  • 1 cup of steamed cauliflower florets

  • 1/2 cup of cooked elbow macaroni

  • 1/4 cup of grated cheddar cheese

  • 2-3 tablespoons of whole milk or formula

  • Blend the steamed cauliflower, macaroni, cheese, and milk/formula until creamy and cheesy. A healthier twist on a classic favorite!

Remember, these recipes are just a starting point. Feel free to get creative and adapt them to suit your baby's tastes and dietary needs. As always, consult your pediatrician with any questions or concerns about introducing new foods to your little one.

Happy blending and crock-potting, fabulous moms! Let's make mealtime a tasty and nutritious adventure for our adorable little foodies!

With love and puree,

Jasmine

[Disclaimer: I am just a mom, not a pediatrician. Please consult your pediatrician for any questions or concerns about your baby's nutrition]