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3 easy baby food recipes from Cooking Light

Your baby’s “first foods” are a cause of great joy – and, undeniably, some questions. That’s where Cooking Light First Foods comes in. The goal is to make feeding your baby less intimidating and provide you with nutritious recipes to make sure baby eats well early in life since infants who are taught good nutrition early are one step ahead in developing healthy habits for a lifetime.

Making your own baby food is easier than you might think (we show you exactly how to do it) and doesn’t require a lot of expensive equipment. It also offers a lot of advantages: it’s cheaper, less wasteful, offers more variety, and gives you greater control over what’s in your baby’s dinner – and belly.

Try some of these recipes, and see for yourself:

(All the recipes listed below are for ages 12 – 18 months.)


  • Mini Whole-Wheat Apricot Muffins

    Muffins are perfect for quick breakfasts – and great for snacks too! Easy for the whole family: toddlers can feed these to themselves, and mom or dad can easily tote them in diaper bags or freeze them for later use. This recipe sneaks in nutritious apricots and whole grains.

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  • Barley with Shiitakes and Spinach

    Although barley isn’t a commonly used grain, it’s great for baby because of its mild flavor. In this recipe, barley provides a quick yet hearty base for vegetables, cheese, and rosemary, which can be served as a meatless main or side dish.

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Recipes reprinted with permission from Cooking Light First Foods, Oxmoor House © 2010

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