Below is my go-to method for serving nutrient-dense grains to babies in this age group. And find my full list of other favorite recipes in the Notes section at the bottom. Nutrition will vary based on ingredients.
- 1/4 cup fully cooked brown rice, quinoa, bulgur, buckwheat, pastina, couscous, or any other grain you like (cook according to package directions); OR cooked ground beef, turkey, or chicken; OR mashed meatballs or shredded chicken or beef
- 2 tablespoons-1/4 cup Marinara Sauce, Sweet Potato Puree, Pea Puree, Pureed Red Lentil Soup, or any other baby food puree you like
- Prepare your grain or meat, making sure they are cooked through and soft
- Choose your sauce or puree.
- Add both to a medium bowl and stir together. Serve warm with a preloaded spoon or as a (somewhat messy) finger food. Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze for future weeks.
You can really use any soft grain or cooked meat you like using this method, it’s very versatile!
Trust baby’s hunger and end the meal when they fuss, throw food, turn their head away, or give another signal that they are no longer hungry.
Other recipes to try for this age:
- 2-Ingredient Pancakes, diced up
- Alphabet Soup
- Apple Oatmeal
- Baked Oatmeal Cups
- Butternut Squash Risotto
- Carrot Cake Oatmeal
- Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
- Coconut Chia Pudding
- Healthy Meatballs, slightly mashed
- Instant Pot Butter Chicken
- Roasted Sweet Potato
- Spinach Pesto Pasta with Peas
- Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup
- Vegetarian Lentil Soup