Hiiiii! I’m popping back in to share some baby foods that have been on our plate lately. In the near future, I hope to share a real recipe, photos and all.
Last weekend we took a quick trip up to Napa – SO wonderful. And before my mom arrived to watch Demi, I started pulling together a list of baby foods. It then occurred to me that my mom would know how to feed an 11-month old but it then occurred to me that it’s nice to have a list of foods ready to go – and that some of you might find it helpful as well! (By the way, everyone survived and I didn’t even cry!)
I’ve had so much fun feeding Demi. We’ve put an emphasis on vegetables and real foods, but of course, we rely on some packaged snacks, pouches and frozen items. Many of the items I prepare ahead of time and freeze in individual portions so that we always have some ‘main course’ items ready-to-go. The BEABA Silicone Tray makes freezing portions so easy, I highly recommend it!
Breakfast for Babies
Cheerios: Or other low-sugar cereal.
Steel Cut Oatmeal: I make this for myself, so it makes sense to share some with Demi. Add some flavor with cinnamon.
Yogurt: Greek or regular, but ALWAYS full-fat. Please don’t feed your little babes fat-free yogurt. (Sometimes I’ll add a little apricot flavor.)
Cottage Cheese: Demi loves feeding herself chunks. (See above re: fat.)
Bread + Spread: We use sprouted bread with a thin layer of PB, cream cheese and preserves, grass-fed butter or plain.
Lunch or Dinner for Babies
Pasta with Pesto: Toss lentil or whole wheat pasta with pesto. Add minced sun dried tomatoes for extra flavor.
Broccoli & Cheddar Bites: A veggie-packed dish that combines lots of broccoli, whole grains and some protein. A favorite!
Polenta Pizza: Tomato paste + cheese in between polenta slices. Lightly fry until golden brown.
Egg & Veggie Scramble: Any veggies, with a scrambled egg.
Bone Broth + Quinoa + Peas: This hybrid soup goes over well. I scoop out the peas and let her feed those to herself. Bone broth has more protein and fat than regular broth.
Flaked Fish: Best to choose low-mercury and wild-caught if possible. Salmon, rainbow trout, pollock are good choices.
Sliced or Shredded Chicken: I’ve started roasting a chicken on Sundays – which means meat (and bone broth) for all of us throughout the week. (It’s also an affordable way to buy organic chicken.)
Frozen Food: I like to keep some Dr. Praeger’s Carrot & Zucchini Cakes and Trader Joe’s Vegetable Pakoras on-hand.
Side Dishes for Babies
Peas: Easiest side dish ever. Keep a bag of them in the freezer.
Green Beans: Another really easy one, I keep a bag in the freezer and lightly steam with water in the microwave.
Avocado: This is one of Demi’s favorites. If there’s avocado on the plate, it’s the first thing she goes for.
Cucumber: Persian cucumbers are a staple in our house, and now Demi eats them too! Remove the seeds (and peel if it’s a regular cucumber) to serve. (Persian cukes are small and have a thin skin that you don’t need to remove.)
Roasted Vegetable: Carrots, squash, potatoes, broccoli…anything really!
Snacks for Babies
Cheese: Anything goes! Because we’re frequently snacking on cheese after Demi’s dinner, she usually requests a cheese course to finish her meal. 😉
Fruit: Cantaloupe, pears, apples, banana, citrus…again, anything goes.
Green Smoothie: I make a big batch of this green smoothie for Richie and I on a regular basis, and have started saving some for Demi, too.
Seaweed Snacks: Nutrient dense and so tasty.
Peanut puffs: Our Pediatrician recommended introducing peanuts at six months in the form of Bamba, but Choopko tastes better (IMO). They dissolve easily!
What do you feed your little ones? I’m always looking for more ideas.