Sometimes, I really miss the baby food portion of my children’s lives! It was so much fun coming up with new flavor combinations for them and helping them expand their little palates. This is the perfect time in your child’s life to help them become great eaters! Babies can enjoy all the flavors that we do starting a pretty young age, and when they’re introduced to spices, herbs, different flavors and textures from the beginning, they will be more likely to enjoy those foods later in life. Full flavored foods won’t come as a shock to their little taste buds as toddlers if it’s something they’ve already been enjoying for most of their lives. So get in the kitchen with your little one and try out some of these baby foods that have become the most popular baby food recipes on Weelicious! What was your child’s first food?!
Quinoa Banana Mash 1 of 8
Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wa) is a food that you might not automatically think about serving to your little one, but not only is it incredibly nutritious, it's also delicious. Quinoa has the most protein of any grain, has a soft texture (which is great on little gums), possesses a delicious nutty flavor, and I find that kids love to eat it. Mixing it with the banana (a flavor that your baby is likely already very familiar with), makes it very likely that your little one will really take to this recipe. And since it only takes 15 minutes to cook quinoa and it stays well in the refrigerator, it's a great food to keep around for you or your baby to snack on morning, noon or night!
Banana Molasses Oatmeal 2 of 8
Bananas, oatmeal and molasses are all incredibly nutritious, and when mixed together, a great treat for kids. Bananas are filled with potassium, molasses are packed with calcium, and iron and oatmeal is a true super food, rich in nutrients like B Vitamins, iron and fiber.
Peruvian Puree 3 of 8
There's a peruvian dish called Espesado de Lunes, and it uses some of â€¨the ingredients listed in this recipe. The sweet from the corn and squash mixed â€¨with the earthy flavors of the cilantro, garlic, and onion create a truly unique flavor.
Cheesy Chicken Casserole 4 of 8
What baby doesn't like cheese? It's easy to pick up, soft, and has tons of flavor. One of my friends is vegan and introduced me to Nutritional Yeast a few years ago, and it's a pretty cool ingredient. It comes in a powder form which is flakey. You can sprinkle it into casseroles, soup, sauces to add tons of nutrients and cheese flavor. In this Cheesy Chicken Casserole, I've added it along with cheddar cheese to add some protein and fat.
Butternut Squash and Date Puree 5 of 8
There's at least one deep orange vegetable for our family to snack on in the fridge everyday. Butternut squash is incredibly easy to make, nutritious, and a beautiful color. Sweet as candy and rich in Magnesium and Potassium, I soaked a few Medjool dates and threw them in the food processor with the squash. Heaven.
Pineapple Banana Smoothie 6 of 8
Pineapples are rich in Vitamin C and in the plant enzyme Bromelain which helps breakdown protein in the body, thereby aiding digestion. This cooling smoothie is delicious for babies to eat with a spoon, for toddlers through a straw, or as Kenya did by dipping his fingers right in and licking the smoothie off his little digits.
Lemon Chicken with Vegetables 7 of 8
Believe it or not, my husband came up with this combination. Lemon Chicken with Vegetables. The man loves a lemon (especially if it's a Meyer lemon which is a little sweeter), and since he's my best tester and loves to influence our kids palates, I give him props for coming up with this delicious recipe. It took me minutes to prepare and it makes several meals to serve and a few more to freeze. This dish represents all the delicious flavors that we found at the Sunday market.
Sesame Chicken 8 of 8
Tahini is packed with Vitamin B3, E, and Calcium. It is a great replacement for nuts when you're looking for a nutty taste and smooth texture. The bonus to this Sesame Chicken recipe is the frozen vegetables. It makes this recipe super fast and easy to prepare with minimal clean up.