Baby & Toddler Meals & Tips

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Healthy, wholesome, yummy,  tasty homemade baby food and toddler recipes and tips

Tips:

  • When ever possible use organic and fresh ingredients to give baby highest levels of nutrition and a great start.
  • Transfer the cooked food to the fridge and then separate into small containers for freezer storage within 2-3 hours.
  • Cooked food can safely stay in the fridge up to 48 hours (72 tops).   This gives you time to decide if you want to freeze it right away.
  • Best to clean all tools and work areas with anti-bacterial soap before starting.  This includes  countertops, food processors, utensils, pots, etc….
  • For safety, you should never use  the same cutting board for meats and fruits/vegetables.  Best to get a different color board for each.  Red for meat and green for fruits and veggies.
  • Puree, mash or cut up food to desired consistency and baby’s age.  The older they are the coarser the mash and eventually just cut it up into small pieces that they can pick up.
  • Each recipe can be used for various age groups, you just have to know what size bites your baby is ready for or what level of pureing they are at

Fruit:

  • Boil together with a tiny bit of water: an apple, a small peach and some blueberries and puree.  I give it with the morning cereal but it is great as a snack too.
  • Boil an apple in a bit of water and add 2-3 prunes. Once they are well cooked, puree and voila.  This is great to give baby every couple of days to help with constipation.
  • Avocado (it is a fruit), peel and remove pit of a ripe avocado.  Mash into plate with fork and serve.  No need to cook.
  • You can add the mashed avocado with a banana or an apple for variety.
  • Grate fresh apple into plate and give to baby with cereal or alone as a snack.
  • Mash banana with cereal a bit of formula and warm water and mix to desired consistency.
  • Soft Pear:  Peel and quarter pear, steam until it starts to get soft, mash with fork and serve.

Vegetables:

  • Steam carrot and sweet potatoe together, add a dash of oregano for flavor until well cooked, puree together (use some of the water from the steaming if you need to soften mixture).
  • Boil or steam butternut squash, zuchini, peas and parsely until well cooked and puree.
  • Boil together peas, carrots and green beans with parsely, bay leaf.  Once cooked through pures together

Meat:

  • Boil meat separtely first with a cinammon stick and a dash of all spice.  Then I put it in a pot with  potato, carrots and parsley and boil with the beef broth until well cooked and puree to desired texture depending on baby’s age.
  • Cook chicken alone first.  I boil it with a cinammon stick and some cilantro, once done chop into cubes.  Put into pot, peas, carrots, zuchini and a bit of rice.  Once they start boiling add the chicken cubes and broth as needed.  Once they are all thoroughly cooked puree to the desired thickness.
  • Use the vegetable rice and meat recipe add a bit of warm water and puree, once baby is older he will be able to eat whatever you eat.
  • Chicken, asparagus, broccoli, corn, quinoa, oregano, tomato paste.  Saute chicken until cooked then add the rest of the ingredients, dash of oregano, a bit ot tomato paste add water and let boil until cooked through.  Mash or puree to desired texture.  You also serve with a side of yogurt.

Dairy:

  • Grate fresh apple and mix in with some yogurt
  • Add a bit of any of the boiled fruit mixtures from fruit section above with yogurt for a great parfait!
  • Cottage cheese with chopped tomatoes and cucumbers

Finger Foods:

Cut up the following into bite sized cubes so baby can pick them up:

  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Apricots
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Cantaloupe
  • Watermelon
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Boiled potatoes
  • Steamed broccoli
  • Steamed carrots
  • Multigrain cheerios
  • Rice Crispies
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Small Champagne grapes
  • Steamed sweet potatoes

Toddler Meal Ideas: (Still under construction)

Breakfast:

  • Boiled egg, chopped cucumber and a small piece of bread
  • Scrambled egg with cheese, small apple slices
  • Baby cereal with mashed banana and milk
  • Melted cheese sandwich cut up into small bite size pieces with pear slices
  • Cheese (mild light cheddar) chopped into bite sized cubes, withdiced cucumbers, tomatoes and multigrain cheerios

Lunch:

  • Mac and cheese with steamed veggies
  • Egg ideas above can be used for lunch if they haven’t been given for breakfast
  • Chickpea Salad (recipe in weekly morsels section)
  • Leftovers from dinner the night before (see the dinner suggestions for ideas)

Dinner: At one year old my daughter eats everything we do but here are some of her favorites (most recipes can be found in the weekly morsels section):

  • Spaghetti and meatballs
  • Chicken Fajita served with rice
  • Cilantro fish served with rice or bread
  • Chicken pasta salad
  • Rice with meat and veggies, served with yogurt

Snacks:

  • Any items from the finger foods list above
  • Diced strawberries
  • Baby biscuits
  • Baked cauliflower (recipe in the weekly morsel section) cut small
  • Diced cheese (I use mild cheddar cheese)
  • Yogurt mixed with fresh fruit or unsweetened applesauce