Once your baby reaches the 8 or 9 month mark, she’s ready to move past single-ingredient purees and on to food combinations. These combos can be simple, of course (mixing mashed blueberries into oatmeal, stirring pureed broccoli into brown rice, etc.) Or, if you’re feeling fancy, you can whip up more sophisticated meals.
For information on when to introduce specific fruits into your baby’s diet, along with serving sizes, visit our solid food charts.
Here are 5 nutritious, tasty recipes that we think you’ll love, and that are sure to be both fun to prepare and fun to eat!
Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Nuggets (introduce after 8 months)
- Heat oven to 375 and lightly coat a baking sheet with olive oil.
- Combine all remaining ingredients and mix well. Add seasonings if you like - garlic powder, pepper, extra basil, & oregano, for example.
- Shape mixture into nuggets or fun shapes such as squares, “squiggles”, etc. Place on greased baking tray. Bake for 15 minutes; flip nuggets over, and bake for another 5 - 10 minutes (20-25 minutes total baking time.)
- Serve warm.
Sweet Potato and Apple Pancakes
- 4 oz 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 oz 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 3 heaped tbsp rolled oats
- 2 1/2 oz about 2/3 cup wheat germ
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 large beaten eggs
- 16 fl oz 2 cups milk - we used whole milk
- 4 oz 1/2 cup mashed, cooked sweet potato
- 1 apple cored and chopped into bite sized pieces (remove skin for younger babies; you can leave it on for older babies)
- little oil
- Lightly steam the chopped apple or simmer it in a very little water until tender.
- Mix the all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, oats, wheat germ, baking powder and spices together in a bowl.
- Place the sweet potato in a separate bowl and slowly stir in the milk. Add the eggs and mix well.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until everything is just moist, then stir in the cooked apple.
- Heat a little oil in a frying pan and spoon in the mixture to form individual pancakes. Remember - this recipe produces a fairly thick mixture... if you like yours to be runnier, then thin with a little more milk.
- Cook for a few minutes on each side until golden, then cool and serve.
Hawaiian Pork and Rice Dinner (introduce after 9 months)
- 1/4 cup ground pork
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 cup rice uncooked
- 1/2 cup peaches peeled and sliced (fresh preferred)
- 1/4 cup pineapple chunks
- Bring pork and 1 cup of the water to boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 2 minutes.
- Drain, refrigerating reserved liquid.
- Add rice, remaining 1 cup water, peaches and pineapple to meat. Simmer 15 minutes.
- Remove any grease from reserved liquid and return juices to pot.
- Continue to cook mixture for another 5 minutes. Mash or puree before serving.
Italian Green Veggie Pasta (introduce after 11 months)
Whole Wheat Chocolate Muffins (introduce after 11 months)
- ½ cup 100% whole wheat flour
- ¾ cup All-Purpose flour
- ¼ tsp. kosher salt
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- 1-¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate melted
- ½ cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt* 2% or full fat recommended
- ½ cup hot water
- *Greek yogurt is recommended as it has a much richer consistency. If you can’t find Greek yogurt, you can substitute with sour cream.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Mix flours, salt, and baking soda together in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla and whisk until golden brown. Add melted chocolate and stir until well blended.
- Add flour mixture, alternating with yogurt. Stir just until combined and then add hot water a little bit at a time.
- Mix thoroughly and dole into lined cupcake tins.
- Bake for 19-22 minutes and make sure not to over bake, as the cakes will dry out.
- Eat these warm as muffins, or frost with your favorite frosting.
For tips on how to safely and conveniently store your homemade fruit purees, visit our food storage page.
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What are your baby’s favorite meals? Share your recipes below!