Becoming a new parent means learning how to decipher another little person’s every whine and whimper. And just when you think you’ve got the hang of the whole feeding thing, it’s time to start on real food and you’re back at square one. Keeping a baby healthy on more than just milk can seem scary, but we’ve got you covered. Here are 15 recipes that will make the transition from purees to solids a smooth one, while still packing a punch of essential vitamins, nutrients and protein.
2. Avocado Popsicle: Avocado is a great first food because it’s soft and full of healthy fats. These avocado and coconut milk popsicles are a win-win because they keep your baby cool during the hot summer months and they’re mama-approved. (via A Sprouting Acorn)
5. Chicken and Cannellini Bean Nuggets: Kids and chicken nuggets go hand in hand. But instead of turning to the fast food or frozen varieties, now you can make your own healthier and better-tasting version in one nap or less. (via Essential Kids)
8. Chickpea Patties: Chickpea patties are a great texture for babies and toddlers alike, and make a unique side or salad topper for the rest of the family. They also freeze really well for make-ahead meals! (via Oh Dear Drea)
9. Minestrone Soup: The soft pasta and vegetables in this hearty minestrone soup are an ideal way to introduce your baby to different textures. Add a dash of salt and you’ve also got a meal even the hungriest grown-up will appreciate. (via Annabel Karmel)
10. Black Bean Mango Fiesta: In this one simple meal your baby will get healthy brain-developing fats from the avocado, vitamins A and C from the mango and protein from the black beans. (via Mama Guru)
11. Strawberry Yogurt Bites: Store-bought yogurt bites can get expensive, especially when your little chunker goes through a bag a day. Save a few dollars by making your own! (via Squash Blossom Babies)
12. Mac and Cheese Cups: Who doesn’t like macaroni and cheese? Serve up this test-of-time favorite in portions that are just the right size for tiny hands. And don’t worry, we won’t tell if you happen to “taste test” a few yourself. (via Live A Little Wilder)
13. Spinach Bites: Get your baby used to eating greens early with these cheesy spinach bites. And since they only take 30 minutes to make, you won’t mind whipping up another batch once the first one disappears. (via Feeding Audrey)
14. Sweet Potato, Lentil and Cheddar Croquettes: Your baby will be so busy scarfing down these croquettes that he won’t even notice they’re chock-full of sweet potatoes, carrots, peas and lentils. (via Little Grazers)
15. Whole Wheat Maple Blueberry Muffins: Whole wheat muffins are a great breakfast for babies and toddlers to feed themselves. Don’t have blueberries? Mix in other fruits like strawberries, raspberries or even apples. (via A Sprouting Acorn)
Which foods are your baby’s favorites? Are you thinking about trying any of these recipes? Let us know in the comments below!