Baby Food Recipes: Delicious, Nutritious and Delightful

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Baby food requirements vary throughout the world, but one thing is clear- we all want a well-nourished and healthy baby. After your little angel turns six months, you may be at a loss of what kind of solids food to introduce to the baby. The primary objective when choosing the foods is to meet the nutritional requirements depending on the age of the baby. However, it does not have to be boring and monotonous. In this article, we have prepared ten recipes for you to try out.

The recipes are a balance of carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, fats and minerals to meet the demands of proper growth and development.

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How to Make Baby Food?

Chicken Casserolebaby-food

This recipe is a perfect idea to sneak in vegetables deliciously. It is loaded with nutrients and can be pureed to serve a baby as young as six months. It is also freezer-friendly, so you can store it for the next meal.

Age: six months

Cooking time: 1 hour

Approximately makes: 2 cups

Ingredients

200g of chicken breast

100g carrots peeled and sliced

100g potatoes peeled and chopped

½ medium sized onion diced

1 tablespoon olive oil

100g pumpkin peeled and

½ stalk celery chopped

1 cup chicken stock

Method

Fry the onion until golden brown and soft then add the chicken till it turns brown.

Put the chicken in a casserole dish, add the chicken stock, carrots, potatoes, and pumpkin then cook in a preheated oven at 1800 for about 45 minutes.

Steam celery and carrots for about 3-4 minutes or until tender.

When cooked, puree all the ingredients to a consistency suitable for your baby

  • For 6-7 months, make a soft puree with no lumps
  • For 8-9 months make the puree thicker
  • From 9 months and above, serve when finely chopped

For leftovers, this recipe is freezer friendly.

Papaya Pureebaby-food

Papaya is a luscious cerise-orange tropical fruit that is a great source of Vitamins C and B, fiber, antioxidants and minerals like magnesium. It is a favorite for many moms as it is a superfood when it comes to aiding in digestion. Papaya has a proteolytic enzyme referred to as papain, which helps in the digestive process by breaking down concentrated forms of proteins. For this reason, use this recipe in between high-protein diets or when you suspect that your baby has digestion issues.

Age: six months

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Approximately makes: 1 cups

Ingredients

1 medium-sized papaya that is deep yellow and free of blemishes

Water

Method

Wash the papaya under running water

Peel the papaya

Slice into two halves then scoop out the seeds

Slice further into two-inch cubes

Puree till soft using a food processor, blender or by mashing

Add water to achieve the desired consistency as per the age of the baby

This recipe tastes best when served plain but you can add other fruits to get different textures and flavors.

For papaya puree leftover, you can refrigerate for 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Butternut and Banana Squashbaby-food

Butternut and bananas top the list of the best weaning foods as they are easily digested and rarely cause allergies. Butternut is an excellent source of starch, fiber and beta carotenes while bananas are rich in filling pectin and starch.

Age: 6 months

Preparation time: 20minutes

Approximately makes: 2 cups

Ingredients

1 medium-sized butternut

1 green banana

1 tablespoon of cream or butter

Method

Peel the butternut, cut into two halves then remove the seeds. Cut it further into one-inch cubes to cook faster.

Peel the banana then cut it into smaller chunks.

Boil separately for about 15 to 20 minutes or until soft.

Combine the cooked butternut and banana pieces in a bowl. Add the cream or oil then mash together. For a smoother texture, blend or use a food processor.

Serve when warm.

Apple and Banana Fruit Pureebaby-food

Babies adore the natural sweetness of fruits. They are the ultimate foods for weaning, aid in digestion and are less likely to cause allergies. Fruits are simple to prepare, supply the baby with energy, carbohydrates and vitamins needed for the growth spurts. Both apples and bananas are packed with vitamins, minerals and natural sugars. For this puree, you can add to porridge or cereals as a natural sweetener.

Age: 6 months

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Approximately makes: 2 cups

Ingredients

1 medium-sized apple

1 medium-sized banana

Water

Method

Wash the banana and apple with running water then peel and chop into small cubes.

For the apple pieces, steam until soft and transparent.

Blend the steamed apple slices with the banana.

Add water, formula or breast milk to the paste and give a final round of smoothening with the blender or food processor.

Serve as it is or add o other foods like cereals

Oats Baby Porridgebaby-food

One of the best whole grains to introduce the baby is oats. They are rich in nutrients, and the best thing about them is that they retain their entire nutritional value even after cooking. Oats are rich in fiber, so they relieve constipation and indigestion. They are also loaded with carbohydrates, proteins, fats, magnesium, phosphorous, manganese and thiamin.

Age: 6 months

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Approximately makes: 2 cups

Ingredients

½ cup rolled oats

1 cup of water 

Method

Pour the water into a saucepan and bring to boil.

Grind the oats with a food processor to a fine powder as you wait for the water to boil.

Pour the powder into the boiling water then simmer for about 10 minutes when stirring the prevent clumping.

If a thinner consistency is desired, add more water.

Serve when warm. You can either serve it plain or sweeten with a fruit puree.

Sweet Potato and Broccoli Pureebaby-food

Sweet potatoes are nutritious, naturally sweet, easy to digest and soft in consistency, making them one of the best choices of solid foods. Yellow and orange sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin A and C, starch, and dietary fiber. When buying, choose the ones that are unwrinkled and evenly colored. When introducing the baby to solids, ensure that the potatoes are super soft and strained to avoid choking, for easy digestibility and absorption.

Age: 7 months

Approximately makes: 1 cup

Time taken: 30 minutes

Ingredients

1 medium-sized yellow/orange sweet potato

½ cup of broccoli

Water

Cinnamon

Method

Wash, skin and chop the sweet potatoes into one-inch cubes.

Put the sweet potatoes in a pan, add water and boil for 20 minutes until soft.

As the sweet potatoes cook, steam the broccoli to prevent loss of nutrients.

When the sweet potatoes are cooked, drain the water.

Put the steamed broccoli, sweet potatoes, some water and a pinch of cinnamon in a food processor or blender then process till smooth. Use the water that the potatoes were cooked in, to preserve any nutrients that may have leached when cooking.

Serve when warm.

Red Lentils with Ricebaby-food

Lentils may be small, but they are a nutrition powerhouse that provides proteins, iron, folate, soluble fiber, vitamins and minerals. This recipe is suitable for babies older than eight months. A very young tummy may not be able to digest high protein foods and may be a cause of gassiness. However, as from eight months, you are comfortable that this is a recipe that will be of great benefit to your baby. The high fiber content will even help in maintaining regular bowels. When introducing the baby to lentils, we recommend that you start off with red lentils as they are less likely to cause bloating since they contain less fiber.

Age: eight months

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Approximately makes: 2 cups

Ingredients

1/2 cup of red lentils

I cup of boiled rice

1 cup of chicken broth or water

1 apple finely sliced

1 medium-sized carrot peeled and grated

1 tablespoon olive oil

½ medium sized diced onion

 Method

Soak the lentils overnight or at least one hour before cooking to reduce the length of time that you will take. Before soaking, pick through the lentils to remove any stones or other material other than the lentils. Drain water after soaking and do not use it cook.

In a pan, heat the oil over low heat then add the diced onions and cook till soft.

Add the carrots and slices of apple then frequently stir until tender.

Combine the lentils, rice and chicken broth then simmer for about 10 minutes.

Serve as it is when warm or blend for a finer consistency.

Oven Baked Fish

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommend that babies should take fish at least 2 to 3 times in a week. The debate over contamination of fish with mercury is a health concern, but you can select types like salmon, tilapia and catfish which are less likely to contain mercury. Fish can be introduced as early as six months, although in small amounts to test sensitivity.

Feeding your baby with fish is one sure way of providing omega 3 fatty acids which are a standout nutrient for brain development. Fish is also one of the leading sources of lean proteins, vitamins D and B2 and minerals.

To choose fresh fish, focus on getting one that has firm and shiny flesh, springs back when pressed and has a fresh or mild smell. Dull-looking flesh and the ammonia-like smell are indicators of fish that has stayed in the store for a while.

Age: nine months

Preparation time: 40 minutes

Approximately makes: 2 cups

Ingredients

½ cup boneless fish cut into 0.5 inches cubes

2 tablespoons of oil/butter

½ finely chopped medium size onion

1 potato peeled and chopped

1 zucchini finely chopped

½ stalk of celery cut into two-inch slices

Pinch of salt and garlic to season

1 cup of water

Method

Lightly oil the baking dish

Put the potato pieces in a bowl then evenly cover them with 1 tablespoon of oil, sprinkle salt and garlic and spread them on the baking dish.

Add ¼ cup of water, cover and bake for about 15 minutes.

Cover the potatoes with zucchini and celery then spread the fish cubes over the vegetables. Coat with another layer of oil, garlic and salt.

Bake for another 15 minutes in a preheated oven.

Make sure that there are no small pieces of bones before and after cooking.

Serve when warm.

Chicken Mince with Rice

This recipe is for a baby that can chew soft foods. You can introduce your baby to chicken as early as seven months. Chicken meat is an outstanding source of proteins, fats, iron, calcium, carbohydrates, niacin and phosphorous. These nutrients promote muscle and skeletal growth, support brain development and boost immunity. On the other hand, rice is an excellent source of energy and vitamin B complexes. Buy fresh chicken that is clean as meats are prone to contamination.

Age: 9 months

Approximately makes: 2 cups

Time taken: 20 minutes

Ingredients

½ cup of rice

200g lean minced chicken

½ medium sized onion

½ zucchini

Method

Finely chop the onion and zucchini.

Put the rice in a pan, add water, boil for at least 10 minutes then drain the water.

Oil your frying pan then add the minced chicken and onion. Cook on minimal heat for 4 minutes until it is cooked. Stir in zucchini and further cook for 3 more minutes.

Remove the pan from heat, add cooked rice then stir until it is well mixed then serve.

Oven-Roasted Vegetable Sticks

baby-food

This recipe is an exciting way for babies to eat their vegetables. They may not be among the top favorite foods, but they are packed with nutrients that have an impact on childhood and adult life.

Age: 10 months

Preparation time: 50 minutes

Approximately makes: 2 cups

Ingredients

1 medium-sized carrot chopped into four-inch slices

½ cup of four-inch sweet potato sticks

1 potato peeled and cut into wedges

1 red pepper peeled, de-seeded and cut into 1.5cm wide strips

2 tablespoons of stripped rosemary leaves

I tablespoon olive oil

A pinch of salt (optional)

Method

Preheat the oven to 1800C

Toss the vegetables in a medium-sized bowl together with olive oil and rosemary leaves

Spread some oil on a non-stick cooking sheet or baking tray then put in the oven for 5 minutes to heat up.

Spread the vegetables on the heated sheet in a single layer then sprinkle with salt.

Roast on the high shelf for about 30 minutes.

Serve as finger food.

Wholesome Baby Food

Making baby food at home gives you the benefit of controlling the taste, texture and nutritional quality to suit the needs of your baby. Moreover, it is much cheaper and only needs simple ingredients. So, why not embrace homemade baby food and try out our recipes?

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