Make feeding your baby and 1 year old easier with this go-to list of healthy baby food recipes. Each of the 60+ ideas is easy to make at home, tastes great, and introduces baby to delicious flavors and nutrients!

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Baby Food Recipes

Deciding what to make for baby when they start eating solids can be a little daunting, so I wanted to put together a resource that breaks it down by age. Included in this post you’ll find ideas for what to feed a 6 month old baby, an 8 month old baby, a 10 month old baby, and a 1 year old.

Each child is unique, has a unique appetite, and will progress through the phases of starting solids differently, so adjust as needed for your child. (You can refer to my post on the best First Foods for Baby-Led Weaning, too.)

Keep in mind that babies should avoid most added sugars and salt for baby should be limited, so simply eliminate them as needed from any recipes. If you’re making something to share with a baby, you can salt your serving to taste.

(You can also try Homemade Baby Food Combinations, my Baby Pancakes, and the yummiest Baby Pasta.)

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Baby Food Recipes 6+ Months

Offering a 6 month old baby nutritious, flavorful foods is a great way to set them up to experience a range of flavors starting solids. Some babies will show more interest in food than others, so don’t worry if your baby takes a month or so to get into food…or dives right in from the start!

You can of course use Baby Oatmeal and Baby Rice Cereal, and feed these purees to baby or offer them on a preloaded spoon so baby can feed herself. You can find the full information on the baby led weaning style of feeding.

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Apple Puree

Learn how to make fresh, homemade apple puree in minutes with this SUPER quick and easy method.

Best Apple Puree (with Flavor Combinations + Storage Tips))
There’s no one right serving size for every child, so start with a smaller amount and offer more as indicated by baby. When they turn their head or close their mouth, end the meal—it’s usually pretty obvious when they want to be done!
Best Apple Puree (with Flavor Combinations + Storage Tips))
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Easy Avocado Puree

Learn how to make SO EASY avocado puree for your baby—and the best way to prevent it from browning so you can store leftovers for later.

Easy Avocado Puree
This easy baby food is rich in healthy fats, super smooth, and has a mellow flavor. This is a great puree to make when you're eating something like tacos so you can have some, too!
Easy Avocado Puree
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Banana Puree Baby Food

Turning ripe banana into a super smooth baby food is quick and easy. Which makes this Banana Puree baby food a great one to start with and make often as your baby explores solid foods!

Banana Puree Baby Food
Use a ripe banana with at least some brown spots for the best flavor in this puree.
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Best Broccoli for Baby (Puree and BLW-Style)

Broccoli is a nutritional powerhouse that is easy to prepare for babies. Learn how to make broccoli puree, BLW-style broccoli, and broccoli finger foods.

Best Broccoli for Babies (Puree and BLW-Style)
Learn how to make nutritious Broccoli Puree and a super easy method for baby led weaning style broccoli. Both start with the same technique, so you can do either (or both!).
Best Broccoli for Babies (Puree and BLW-Style)
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Butternut Squash Baby Food Puree

Transforming a whole or precut butternut squash puree into smooth, silky baby food is so easy. 

Butternut Squash Baby Food Puree
You can make this puree to feed to a baby or toddler, or as a simple side dish for the whole family to share.
Butternut Squash Baby Food Puree
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Favorite Carrot Baby Food

Turn fresh carrots into a simple, nourishing Carrot Baby Food with this easy method—whether or not you have a baby food maker.

Easy Carrot Baby Food (Puree and BLW-Syle)
Turn fresh carrots into a simple, nourishing baby food for baby with this easy method to make Carrot Puree. Read the Notes for additional flavor options and storage information.
Easy Carrot Baby Food (Puree and BLW-Syle)
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Cantaloupe for Baby

Learn safe ways to serve cantaloupe to a baby (and to toddlers) with this easy guide. 

Cantaloupe for Baby (and Big Kids)
Learn safe ways to cut and serve cantaloupe to a baby (and to toddlers) with these easy options. Be sure to start with a ripe, soft melon to reduce the risk of choking.
Cantaloupe for Baby (and Big Kids)
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5-Minute Mango Puree

Learn the easiest way to transform fresh or frozen mango into a smooth homemade baby food with this easy Mango Puree. 

5-Minute Mango Puree
You can use either fresh or frozen mango for this recipe. It can be served by itself or mixed together with another puree, plain yogurt, oatmeal, or cottage cheese. (It also works as an adult food drizzled over fish tacos or stirred into a drink.)
5-Minute Mango Puree
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Easy Green Bean Baby Food

Learn how to make quick and flavorful Green Bean Baby Food as a baby-led weaning food or as a Stage 1 or 2 puree. (You may also like my Boiled Green Beans as a BLW option.)

Easy Green Bean Baby Food
Learn how to make quick and flavorful Green Bean Baby Food as a baby-led weaning food or as a Stage 1 or 2 puree. Plus, find tips on how to store and mix the puree with other flavors to make yummy baby food combinations.
Easy Green Bean Baby Food
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5-Minute Peach Puree

Transform ripe peaches into perfectly smooth Peach Puree that babies, toddlers, and us grown ups will love. 

5-Minute Peach Puree (Fresh and Easy)
You can use either fresh peaches or thawed frozen slices to make this recipe. Serve it as a baby food or use it to add flavor to yogurt, oatmeal, or even vanilla ice cream.
5-Minute Peach Puree (Fresh and Easy)
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Easy Pear Puree

Learn how to make the EASIEST Pear Puree for your baby or toddler with a super simple method and the best flavor. 

Easy Pear Puree (Plus Easy Storage Tips)
Use ripe pears—they should give just a little to the touch and smell like a pear—for the best flavor in this puree. Some babies may want a few spoonful, some a bowlful. Follow baby’s cues to determine the right amount for them.
Easy Pear Puree (Plus Easy Storage Tips)
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Easiest Pea Puree

This super simple Pea Puree is so fresh and delicious. It’s an easy baby food or side dish that you can add flavor to as desired. 

Easiest Pea Puree
The serving size for baby food can vary widely based on the age and appetite of the baby, so follow baby’s cues for being done—they will close their mouth and/or turn their head or start to fuss. End the meal when you see those things happen.
Easiest Pea Puree
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Fresh Raspberry Puree

Learn how to blend up the easiest Raspberry Puree as a Stage 1 baby food—or as a simple fruit sauce to stir into yogurt, applesauce, oatmeal, or with pancakes.

Fresh Raspberry Puree (Ready in Minutes!)
This tastes best with raspberries that taste good to you, so taste one before you start! (See the Notes for suggestions on what to do if they’re a little tart.)
Fresh Raspberry Puree (Ready in Minutes!)
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Favorite Sweet Potato Baby Food

With one super simple cooking method, you can roast sweet potato wedges to serve one of three yummy ways—BLW style, mashed, or pureed into classic sweet potato puree. 

Favorite Sweet Potato Baby Food
You can serve this as wedges, a thick mash, or a thinner puree to your baby or toddler. (Adults will love the wedges, too!)
Favorite Sweet Potato Baby Food
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Quinoa for Babies (Quinoa Baby Food)

Transform nutrient-rich quinoa into a delicious baby food—with options for older kids and parents to share it—with this simple method. 

Quinoa Baby Food (Easy Baby Cereal)
Transform nutrient-rich quinoa into a delicious baby food—with options for older kids and parents to share it—using this simple method. (Find flavor variations and storage tips too.)
Quinoa Baby Food (Easy Baby Cereal)
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Favorite Zucchini Baby Food

Learn the easiest way to make flavorful Zucchini Baby Food—with options for baby-led weaning zucchini and also zucchini puree—with one simple method. 

Favorite Zucchini Baby Food
Learn the easiest way to make flavorful Zucchini Baby Food—with options for baby-led weaning zucchini and also zucchini puree—with one simple method. Plus: Find storage and serving tips.
Favorite Zucchini Baby Food
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Baby Food Recipes 7/8+ Months

Once baby has had a range of foods, you can start offering more textures and combinations such as the recipes and ideas below.

Easy Mango Smoothie

This Mango Smoothie recipe is super dialed-in to ensure it’s creamy, naturally sweet, and easy to make. Serve in a pouch or a straw cup.

Favorite Mango Smoothie Recipe
This fresh Mango Smoothie is thin enough to drink through a straw and thick enough to eat with a spoon. And of course, it's super creamy!
Favorite Mango Smoothie Recipe
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Strawberry Smoothie Recipe with Yogurt

If your kids love those expensive bottles of drinkable yogurt at the grocery store or you’re looking for a super simple (and super yummy) smoothie recipe, you have to try this one. 

Strawberry Smoothie with Yogurt
You can use fresh or frozen berries in this simple Strawberry Smoothie and the results will have a texture that is similar to drinkable yogurt. To make it thicker and to try different flavor options, see the Notes at the end of the recipe.
Strawberry Smoothie with Yogurt
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Extra Veggie Marinara Sauce

Add extra veggies to your next pot of marinara sauce for more nutrition and the classic flavor that your family expects. (You may also like my Vegetable Sauces for Pasta.)

Easy Marinara Sauce with Extra Veggies
Serve this sauce with 1 pound of your family's favorite pasta for an easy and healthy dinner.
Easy Marinara Sauce with Extra Veggies
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Banana Bread Oatmeal

Share this naturally sweet oatmeal recipe that relies on ripe banana for amazing flavor.

Banana Bread Oatmeal (to Share with the Kids)
When you use a really ripe (or over ripe) banana in this recipe, it tastes so much like banana bread—but is much faster! See the options for which toppings make this even more delish.
Banana Bread Oatmeal (to Share with the Kids)
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Shortcut Butternut Squash Risotto

This shortcut Butternut Squash Risotto has a super simple method and make-ahead steps so you can cook this family meal even when the littles are underfoot!

Shortcut Butternut Squash Risotto
You can cook the rice ahead of time and do Step 1 ahead. Or make the whole dish ahead and warm to serve when needed.
Shortcut Butternut Squash Risotto
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How to Make Overnight Oats

They pack protein, probiotics, vitamin C, fiber, and healthy fats—and all you need to do to make them is to stir the ingredients together and let it hang out in the fridge while you sleep!

Easy Overnight Oats with Applesauce
You can easily double (or triple!) the recipe to make more servings. It uses a 1 to 1 ratio of yogurt to applesauce so you can easily scale it up. Mix these up the night before you plan to serve them.
Easy Overnight Oats with Applesauce
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Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup

With rich flavors and a creamy texture, this is a yummy soup to share with a baby.

Easy Red Lentil Soup
With plant-based protein and Vitamin C-rich veggies, this brightly flavored Red Lentil Soup—with sweet potato, ginger, and coconut— is a perfect fast family dinner ready in less than 30 minutes.
Easy Red Lentil Soup
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Creamy Carrot Soup

With fruits, veggies, and beans for creaminess and added nutrients, this is a delicious soup to share with a baby.

Creamy Carrot Soup
This creamy Carrot Soup is easy and comforting, and it's a great vegetarian soup to share with the kids. Add some crackers or pita alongside to round out this meal.
Creamy Carrot Soup
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Baby Food Recipes 9+ Months

Continue offering nutrient rich fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains, protein, iron-rich foods for kids, and some dairy such as plain whole milk yogurt.

Most babies in the 9-10 month range are able to pick up and eat pea-size pieces of food, so aim for about that size with their finger foods and be sure to dice them up. Foods should also continue to be soft, so make sure the foods are easy to squish between your fingers.

Soft finger foods are great for this age (they’re often called “Stage 3 baby foods“). Babies at this age can eat many of the same foods as the rest of the family, but still may need extra attention to the size of their food (a small dice is good) and the texture. Continue to avoid anything too crunchy, sticky, or hard.

Extra-Veggie Baby Pasta

Serve up a filling, yummy baby meal with this easy Baby Pasta. It includes a tomato based sauce with extra veggies and beans blended in for an iron-rich meal perfect for lunch or dinner. 

Extra-Veggie Baby Pasta (with Iron)
Adding beans and extra veggies helps make this easy baby pasta satisfying, nutritious, and yummy. Serve it more or less saucy as you like. (You can even freeze the sauce for easy future meals.)
Extra-Veggie Baby Pasta (with Iron)
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2-Ingredient Baby Pancakes

Made with just egg and a fruit or a veggies, these baby pancakes are super simple and super tender. A perfect first pancake!

Best 2-Ingredient Baby Pancakes
Blend up a fruit or veggie with an egg for the fluffiest, easiest, healthy baby pancakes. These use just 2 ingredients, have four flavor options, and are a perfect texture for both babies and toddlers. See the NOTES at the bottom for the flavor variations.
Best 2-Ingredient Baby Pancakes
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zucchini slice

With just a few simple ingredients, you can bake up this Zucchini Slice. It’s great as a BLW Breakfast or meal, and can be diced up for babies.

Easy Zucchini Slice (to Share with the Kids)
Transform basic ingredients—including a pile of zucchini—into this protein-packed Zucchini Slice to share with the kids. It's an easy breakfast or lunch that stores well and is easy to make ahead. (See the Notes for options to up the flavor as desired.)
Easy Zucchini Slice (to Share with the Kids)
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Easy Carrot Hummus

This easy Carrot Hummus recipe, which packs in a cup of fresh carrots, is an easy baby meal. Spread onto a toast stick or serve off of a spoon.

Easy Carrot Hummus
Taste the hummus and adjust for salt as needed. You may need more depending on whether or not you started with canned beans, and sometimes after the hummus sits in the fridge, it needs another sprinkle of salt. 
Easy Carrot Hummus
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Moroccan Lamb Meatballs

With a mellow, kid-friendly flavor, veggies tucked inside, and an easy baking method that makes cleanup a breeze, these Lamb Meatballs are a delicious recipe to share with a baby. Dice up to serve.

Moroccan Lamb Meatballs
With a mellow, kid-friendly flavor, veggies tucked inside, and an easy baking method that makes cleanup a breeze, these Lamb Meatballs are a delicious family dinner recipe to pair with pita, grains, or pasta.
Moroccan Lamb Meatballs
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Simple Sauteed Apples with Cinnamon

Made with just three ingredients (and no added sugar!), these simple Sauteed Apples are a yummy way to serve apples to babies. Dice small to serve. (These Baked Apples work, too.)

Simple Sauteed Apples with Cinnamon
You can use any type of apple you have or like, though generally tart cooking apples (like Granny Smith or Pink Lady) soften nicely without falling apart too quickly.
Simple Sauteed Apples with Cinnamon
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Quick Sauteed Cinnamon Pears

Whenever I have a few pears on hand—or pears that just won’t ripen—I love turning them into these cooked pears. Cook until soft and dice to serve.

Quick Sauteed Cinnamon Pears
Transform any variety of pears into these delicious cinnamon cooked pears. Serve them as a simple side or snack, or cut a little smaller for a finger food for babies.
Quick Sauteed Cinnamon Pears
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Quick and Easy Sesame Tofu

Tofu is one of my go-to affordable protein sources and after serving it to my kids enough times, they finally like it and I can never seem to make enough. 

Quick and Easy Sesame Tofu
This simple pan-fried Sesame Tofu is a perfect match for sauteed veggies and rice, or pasta, or even potatoes and roasted veggies!
Quick and Easy Sesame Tofu
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Favorite Sweet Potato Pancakes

These healthy Sweet Potato Pancakes are made with whole grains, taste naturally sweet, and are a yummy way to pack some veggies into breakfast. 

Favorite Sweet Potato Pancakes
Plan to have your mashed sweet potato ready to go so these come together quickly. Serve with any pancake topping you prefer—applesauce, maple syrup, or nut or seed butter.
Favorite Sweet Potato Pancakes
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Easy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Made with just a few wholesome ingredients, this Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal cooks up fast and easily—which is exactly what you want in a breakfast! 

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with Raisins
You can double this recipe to make a larger batch to warm up and serve throughout the week.
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with Raisins
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ABC Baby Muffins (with Apple, Banana, and Carrot!)

Made with a nutrient-packed ingredient list, these tender Baby Muffins are a perfect first muffin. 

ABC Baby Muffins (Apple, Banana and Carrot!)
These are deliberately very moist (and moister than regular muffins) to ensure they are easy for baby to chew and swallow, so expect that from the interior. They have three types of produce in the mix and are a yummy breakfast or snack.
ABC Baby Muffins (Apple, Banana and Carrot!)
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Baked Oatmeal Cups with Cinnamon and Raisins

These easy Baked Oatmeal Cups are an ideal way to serve oatmeal to babies, baby-led weaning style, and to toddlers who like to feed themselves.

Baked Oatmeal Cups
Transform plain oats into a yummy and easy-to-eat finger food with this baked oatmeal cups recipe. You can double the recipe to make more if desired.
Baked Oatmeal Cups
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Banana Spinach Pancakes

These sweet Banana Spinach Pancakes are a favorite when you’re looking to boost nutrition in a favorite breakfast option. 

Best Banana Spinach Pancakes
This is a thin batter that makes tender, naturally sweet Banana Spinach Pancakes. Be sure to let the pancakes cook until the surface is almost entirely firm before you flip them over.
Best Banana Spinach Pancakes
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Pastina Soup

This cozy soup is filled with soft textures and can be served more or less brothy.

Quick Pastina Soup
With just a handful of simple ingredients, you can make this cozy Pastina Soup to share with the kids in under 30 minutes. Look for little star "pastina" pasta in the pasta aisle.
Quick Pastina Soup
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Extra-Veggie Minestrone

This is a great soup for babies eating finger foods and is so easy to make, too.

Extra-Veggie Minestrone Baby Soup (for Big Kids too!)
With a streamlined method and a quick cooking time, this veggie-packed baby soup (that big kids and parents will also enjoy!) is filled with vegetarian protein and super yummy Italian flavors.
Extra-Veggie Minestrone Baby Soup (for Big Kids too!)
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Homemade Chicken Nuggets (with Sweet Potato)

They’re packed with nutrition and have a veggie right in the mix for an extra healthy punch.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets (with Sweet Potato)
Crispy on the outside and tender in the middle, these Homemade Chicken Nuggets are both easy and delicious. You can prep the sweet potato up to 5 days ahead if that's easier for you, too. Try serving these with ketchup, ranch, or marinara sauce.
Homemade Chicken Nuggets (with Sweet Potato)
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Healthy Mashed Potatoes with Broccoli

 It’s quick and so yummy and is one of our favorite family side dishes to share.

Healthy Mashed Potatoes with Broccoli
If you want to make these creamier, live it up and add more sour cream and butter!
Healthy Mashed Potatoes with Broccoli
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Sweet Spinach Muffins with Banana

Each bite is packed with nutrients from greens and fruit—and the interior is so moist that even babies can enjoy these easy blender muffins!

Sweet Spinach Muffins with Banana
These healthy spinach muffins taste like a delicious banana muffin, but with the added nutrition of a big handful of spinach. These store well, so you can make them ahead of time and pull them out of the fridge or freezer to serve.
Sweet Spinach Muffins with Banana
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10-Minute Pan-Seared Chicken

With just 3 simple ingredients and a 10-minute cooking time, this Healthy Pan-Seared Chicken is such a great weeknight dinner option. Shred into small pieces to serve.

Easy Pan-Seared Chicken
Try these quick and easy chicken tenders for a kid-friendly weeknight protein paired with a grain and a veggie (or fruit!)
Easy Pan-Seared Chicken
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Easy Stewed Peaches

Learn how to transform ripe peaches into delicious Stewed Peaches to serve as a simple snack, over oatmeal, or with yogurt. Dice small to serve.

Easy Stewed Peaches
You can make these with slightly underripe peaches (which is handy if you happen to have a lot of them).
Easy Stewed Peaches
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Sheet Pan Sweet Potato Hash

With an easy method, this Sheet Pan Sweet Potato Hash is a simple breakfast-for-dinner idea that comes together super fast. Dice everything into small pieces to serve.

Roasted Sweet Potato Hash
Try this easy breakfast-for-dinner idea the next time you need a super easy and nutritious family dinner.
Roasted Sweet Potato Hash
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Best Baked Salmon Cakes (Salmon Patties)

Learning how to make Salmon Cakes is easy—and it’s a convenient and affordable way to serve healthy fish to a family.

Easy Baked Salmon Cakes (Salmon Patties)
These tender fish cakes make a quick and easy pantry meal when you haven’t planned ahead for dinner. Recipe updated slightly to ensure moistness in June 2021.
Easy Baked Salmon Cakes (Salmon Patties)
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Best Healthy Meatball Recipe (with Veggies)

With three kinds of veggies and the texture and flavor your kids expect, this Healthy Meatball recipe is a perfect family dinner option. 

Healthy Meatballs (with Hidden Vegetables)
With the texture you expect from a traditional meatball but added nutrition from three types of veggies, your whole family will love these.
Healthy Meatballs (with Hidden Vegetables)
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Homemade Baby Food Recipes for 1 Year Old

As your baby turns into a toddler, they can continue eating the same types of food—and you can keep expanding the textures you offer. And remember to offer a variety of foods for the best range of nutrients and foundation of flavors. These are some of our favorite recipes for 1-year-olds.

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Favorite Baby Cookies

With a few flavor options—and a chance to use up lingering baby food purees including sweet potato, apple, and banana!—these are both nutritious and yummy.

Favorite Baby Cookies
You can use any puree that you like the flavor of in this recipe—it works best with purees that are the consistency of mashed banana or mashed sweet potato.
Favorite Baby Cookies
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Easy Zucchini Fritters Recipe

This idea is really great in the summer because it’s an easy way to use a lot of zucchini, but it also works at any time of the year.

Easy Zucchini Fritters Recipe
We bake these Zucchini Fritters since they are easier to cook and easier to clean up. If you have a lot of zucchini, you can double the recipe to make a full muffin tin's worth!
Easy Zucchini Fritters Recipe
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Baked Banana French Toast Sticks

Make a batch of these super yummy French Toast Sticks to share with the kids. It’s so much easier to bake French Toast, rather than standing by the stove flipping each slice, and the leftovers store so well for future meals!

Baked Banana French Toast Sticks
You can use any sliced bread that you like. I typically use whole grain or sourdough. You can also bake full slices of bread, then cut into sticks with kitchen scissors. See Notes for allergy-substitutions.
Baked Banana French Toast Sticks
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5-Ingredient Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

If your family loves creamy, cheesy pasta and you’re looking for a simple way to up their veggie intake—because aren’t we always?!—this super simple 5-Ingredient Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese needs to be on your menu asap.

5-Ingredient Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Use your family’s favorite shape and type of pasta in this recipe. (We like elbows or mini shells!)
5-Ingredient Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
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Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

With a simple cheese sauce—no standing and stirring over the stove here!—a solid dose of veggies, and a super creamy final result, this Cauliflower Mac and Cheese is a fast lunch or dinner option for toddlers.

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese (5-Ingredient)
With a simple cheese sauce—no standing and stirring over the stove here!—a solid dose of veggies, and a super creamy final result, this Cauliflower Mac and Cheese is a fast lunch or dinner option for toddlers. (And the rest of the family, too!)
Cauliflower Mac and Cheese (5-Ingredient)
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Easy Cheesy Rice (With Veggies!)

It’s SO easy, versatile, and stores wonderfully in the fridge. And it’s downright delish!

Easy Cheesy Rice (with Veggies!)
This Cheesy Rice recipe has four options to add in veggies and has been a staple of my family's diet for a few years now. It's SO easy and versatile—and stores wonderfully in the fridge. And it's downright delish!
Easy Cheesy Rice (with Veggies!)
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Easy Cheese Crackers Recipe

Mix up this easy-to-work-with cracker dough, then let the kids help roll and cut their way to the yummiest homemade Cheese Crackers recipe.

Easy Cheese Crackers Recipe
Mix up this easy-to-work-with cracker dough, then let the kids help roll and cut their way to the yummiest homemade cheese crackers recipe. These crackers have whole grains and a delightfully crisp texture. So good!
Easy Cheese Crackers Recipe
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Homemade Broccoli Tots

With a handful of accessible, nutritious ingredients, you can bake Broccoli Tots that are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.

Homemade Broccoli Tots (Better Than the Freezer Aisle!)
Crispy on the outside and tender in the middle, these tots are a seriously fun way to serve broccoli. You can cook the rice up to 5 days ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you're ready to bake the tots.
Homemade Broccoli Tots (Better Than the Freezer Aisle!)
homemade broccoli tots
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Favorite Cauliflower Tots

With just 6 simple ingredients, including nutrient-packed quinoa, these Cauliflower Tots are a healthy homemade finger food the kids (and the parents) will enjoy. 

Homemade Cauliflower Tots
With quinoa, cauliflower, and cheese, these healthy little tots are a great finger food for kids. This recipe makes about 20 tots, which is 4-6 servings for toddlers—or 1-2 servings for adults.
Homemade Cauliflower Tots
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Quick & Easy Sauteed Carrots

They’re ready from start to finish in under 20 minutes—and the end result is tender, naturally sweet carrots.

Easy Sauteed Carrots
These simple Sauteed Carrots are one of my go-to veggie recipes to make for my family. They're ready from in under 20 minutes from start to finish, and the end result is tender, naturally sweet carrots.
Easy Sauteed Carrots
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Simple Green Smoothie Recipe for Kids

Start the day (or snack time!) with a simple Green Smoothie that’s designed to taste good and be easy to make—so it’s not too thick, includes accessible ingredients, and is sweet enough to help kids enjoy every sip.

Simple Green Smoothie
Frozen bananas give the smoothie a creamy, naturally sweet base, though you can make this with a fresh banana as long as the other fruit is frozen. It’s easy to add whatever berries or fruit you have on hand, so customize it for your kiddo. 
Simple Green Smoothie
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Quick Spinach Pesto with Pasta and Peas

It’s mild, easy to make, and is a super quick family dinner that’s ready in about 20 minutes!

Spinach Pesto Pasta with Peas
This bright green pesto is cheesy and mild, making it a perfect sauce for a quick dinner of pasta and peas!
Spinach Pesto Pasta with Peas
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Big Batch Vegetarian Bean Chili Recipe

I love that this chili recipe is packed full of beans and veggies, making it a great source of Vitamin C and A, as well as vegetarian protein and fiber. 

Vegetarian Bean Chili (Big Batch)
When serving this to a little one, I like to drain off much of the broth. This makes it a little easier (and less messy) for them to eat. If your family likes spice, add in a dash or two of cayenne pepper.
Vegetarian Bean Chili (Big Batch)
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What foods can I puree for my baby?

You can puree any foods that you’d like to spoon feed your baby by adding a little breastmilk, formula, or water to the desired consistency.

What is the best food for baby to start with?

You can feel free to go with a nutrient dense fruit, vegetable, or baby cereal, or with something rich in iron such as beef. The rules have relaxed a lot in recent years, so as long as the food is a single food without added sugars or salts, there are really a lot of options!

TIP: Find my best 10 No-Cook Baby Foods.

How do you make baby food with a blender?

You can puree almost any soft food in a blender simply by adding enough water to get the blender to blend. It’s often not possible to do a small quantity in a regular blender, but you can do 1-2 cups and freeze small portions in an ice cube tray.

Just transfer the frozen cubes to a zip top freezer bag for storing baby food longer.

What’s the deal with baby food stages?

When starting to think about starting solids with baby, you’ll see a lot of labels of baby food stages. Learn what the terms Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage 3 mean related to baby food—and the ages and recommended recipes that correspond to each. Baby Food Stages can be helpful to understand, though they are just a general guide.

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I’d love to hear which recipes your baby liked best, so please comment below to share!

This post was first published September 2019.

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  1. I have been trying to make all of these, so far the lentil soup is a huge hit! I froze it in cubes and even add it to other vegetable purees sometimes. Applesauce muffins and oven roasted chickpeas are also a new favorite! Thank you so much for such a accessible list of recipes for my baby!