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We covered the basics of introducing your baby to solid foods in '13 Baby Food Basics Every New Parent Should Know’. Now it’s time to get cooking! We put together a mix of classic and new baby food ideas to help you get started. Introduce your baby to these nutritious baby foods that are super easy to make and delicious in taste!
1. CLASSIC BROCCOLI, POTATO & CARROT PUREE
Broccoli is a rich source of Vitamin C, soluble fiber and key Vitamins and minerals. Introduce this nutritious vegetable to your baby after the 8-month mark as it can cause gas. Carrots are easy to digest for your baby and packed with Beta-carotene which is good for eye-sight and strengthens your baby’s immune system. Babies can start eating carrots in pureed form at around 6-7 months of age. Mix these nutritious ingredients with the goodness of potatoes and cheese for a delicious puree!
Boil 1 cup diced potatoes and ½ cup sliced carrots in water until soft (around 30 minutes)
Add ½ cup broccoli to the boiling water during the last 10 minutes or steam it.
Once the vegetables are cooked and soft, drain the water and mash them to a pulp.
Add ¼ cup grated cheese and 2-3 tbsp of milk and mash well or blend in the food processor.
Make sure there no solid pieces of vegetable left.
Serve at room temperature
Freeze in an airtight container if required.
Here’s a classic combination even adults will love!
2. FLUFFY BABY-FRIENDLY QUINOA
Quinoa is packed with protein and a healthy grain to feed your little one. We recommend waiting until your baby is 8-9 months to introduce this food. It has a fluffy, crunchy texture and can be mixed up with different ingredients or even eaten on its own.
Cook 1 cup of Quinoa in 1 ¾ cups of unsalted chicken broth. (Takes about 15 minutes)
Once cooked, add just a tiny bit of butter for taste.
Separately, mash together 1 cooked sweet potato, a splash of milk and some pureed apple (or any other fruit that complements it).
Add these ingredients to the warm quinoa and mix well.
Serve at room temperature.
Quinoa or the ‘kaniwa’ grain is high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain all 9 essential amino acids.
3. POWERHOUSE APPLE & SPINACH PUREE
Spinach is a rich source of Vitamin C and antioxidants and packed with other important nutrients. Although it isn’t always a favourite with kids, by introducing it to your baby with this delicious recipe, you might soon have a spinach lover on your hands! Feed spinach to your baby in moderation and we suggest waiting until they are 8 months or so to serve them this vegetable. Apples too are highly nutritious, easy to digest and add a delicious flavour to most baby foods.
Boil ¼ cup spinach for around 5-7 minutes and drain water.
Add 1 cup chopped apple along with a ½ tsp cinnamon, a pinch of ginger powder and cloves to a saucepan filled with water and cook for 10-15 minutes until soft. Drain the water and remove the other ingredients except for the apple.
Pure the spinach and apple in a blender until smooth.
Apples + Spinach = A delicious and super-nutritious combination!
If you are serving any of the ingredients mentioned above to your baby for the very first time, keep a look out for potential allergies.Happy Cooking, Moms!