Feeding baby solids: When it comes to feeding your baby solids, it’s sometimes difficult to come up with meal and snack ideas. Even if they eat off your plate it can still be tough.
There are moments when you don’t feel like eating but your baby is hungry. Other times you want to eat something like spaghetti but you don’t feel like cleaning up the mess afterward.
And then there are the other times when you want to eat something you know your baby won’t like or it’s unhealthy food that you don’t want to feed your baby.
There are a ton of food blogs out there specifically dedicated to feeding babies. You’ll find lots if you Google baby led weaning recipes.
Despite this, I have found myself staring in the fridge many times contemplating what to feed Hailey.
So I’m going to share with you some of Hailey’s favourite foods. These aren’t necessarily complete meals but they’re some of our go-to foods for meals and snacks.
1) Blueberry Jam
I found this recipe fairly recently and it’s been a big hit. It’s homemade blueberry jam made with a bit of maple syrup and chia seeds. It only has 4 ingredients and takes just over 20 minutes to make.
We spread this on toast at breakfast or add it to yogurt for a super yummy treat.
2) Quinoa Cakes
This is a great recipe that I’ve been making and Hailey’s been loving since she was 8 months old.
This one is not necessarily a quick recipe to make. It has lots of ingredients and despite the promised prep time of 25 minutes it usually takes me well over an hour (tip 1: using a food processor speeds up the time a bit; tip 2: use a coffee grinder to get ground oatmeal – I’ve never been able to find it in stores).
Having said that, what’s easy about them is that all of the ingredients get mixed together in one bowl so I can make part of it and come back to it later if the little munchkin requires attention.
I usually make a double batch, let them cool on the pan, put them in a zip-lock bag and freeze them. They can be reheated from frozen in the oven at 350ºF for 10 minutes making them a quick and easy meal.
Dates are a simple snack that I always carry in my bag for Hailey. I slice them into thirds and remove the pit.
Dates have a ton of health benefits including promoting digestion, boosting brain & heart health, reducing blood pressure, and they’re an anti-inflammatory. This is only a small portion of the list of benefits.
They are very high in sugar (natural sugar) so I wouldn’t recommend feeding them to your baby every day. However, they are a tasty treat that Hailey LOVES.
I’m not talking about take-out pizza, I’m talking about homemade pizza. We usually do ours on Naan bread and it’s a great way to get some veggies in her. Mix up the sauces, the veggies, and cheese (or don’t do cheese at all). One of our favourite combinations is onions, peppers, mushrooms, goat cheese, and currents on a tomato sauce. Yum!
5) Sweet Potato Fries
This was one of Hailey’s first foods that she took to and it’s also a favourite of mine. Cut a sweet potato into wedges, toss in olive oil and a bit of salt and pepper (if your baby is younger you may want to skip the seasoning). We also sometimes season them with paprika and cinnamon. Bake for 15-20 minutes (depending on their thickness) and voila!
This makes a tasty side dish or a tasty snack.
6) Apple Sauce
If your child likes to be spoon fed then it’s super easy to make homemade apple sauce. Peel and core your apples, put them in a crock pot on low for 4 hours and then mash. Done. I found that 4 apples made a decent quantity without making too much for a baby aged 6-7 months.
I admit that I didn’t do the homemade apple sauce for very long because Hailey refused to be spoon fed. Instead, I always have organic baby food pouches on hand for a quick and easy snack.
This one I admit is a little embarrassing since I don’t generally like to eat packaged foods. However, this is a convenient meal that can be made in less than 10 minutes that Hailey devours.
This one rose to the top of her favourite foods recently when Hailey started allowing us to spoon-feed her. I usually buy organic Greek yogurt. She likes it plain but sometimes I mix it up by adding fruit, chia seeds, or the blueberry jam listed above.
The recipe doesn’t take a lot of prep time and is relatively simple. The only downside is that it uses some canned food, which we’re not huge fans of. However, it’s an easy recipe and makes for great leftovers.
And Hailey can’t seem to get enough.
This is a recent addition to our favourite foods now that the warmer weather is here. I blend together a green smoothie (water, various types of fruit, veggies, and spinach). I don’t add enough spinach to make it green but there are definitely a few handfuls in there. I then pour the smoothie into a popsicle mold and freeze. These make for a nutritious yet tasty snack on a warm day or for a teething baby.
If you don’t like the green smoothie idea simply blend some fruit together and freeze into popsicles. Watermelon is a great fruit to use and you can even add mint for a cooler flavour.
There you have it!
Those are my 10 easy baby food ideas.
You’ll notice that none of them have meat in it. Hailey is a carnivore so I have no trouble getting meat into her. It’s the other stuff that’s more challenging.
Please leave some of your easy meal ideas in the comments section below!