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75 Best Baby Food Recipes (Stage 1, 2 & 3)
by Michele Olivier on September 11, 2020
Best Baby Food Recipes – a full collection of homemade recipes that are perfect for all stages of solids! All of these recipes are delicious and full of natural and healthy ingredients. From 4-month starter purees all the way to chunky purees, these recipes will take you up to and beyond 10 months.
Use fresh produce, organic when possible: using the freshest ingredients will ensure you get the best-tasting baby food purees.
Adding Spices: adding spices and herbs to baby’s purees is completely optional, but is a great way to ramp up the flavor without adding in any salt or preservatives. Believe it or not, baby is used to spices from what you have eaten, whether that is from breastmilk or from the womb. These early stages of feeding is all about exposure to all of the different tastes of veggies, fruits, protein, carbs and spices.
Freezer-Friendly: all of the purees below are completely freezer-friendly. So make that work for you! Make a double batch so you can serve some to baby for the week and then freeze the rest for later on.
How to Make Homemade Baby Food
If you are just getting started making your own baby food – then welcome! This is a fun (and yummy) club to be in 😄. While it seems daunting at first, making your own baby food is super easy once you get the hang of it. I would suggest that you start by reading my very in-depth Guide on how to Make Homemade Baby Food, and then checking out some of the Stage One Puree Recipes, as many of them have step-by-step videos that show you just how easy it is to make you own baby food 👊.
Tools to Make the Best Purees
Here are a few of my favorite kitchen tool essentials to make the process of cooking, blending and freezing baby food super simple.
This smooth and creamy Homemade Quinoa Baby Cereal has an earthy and robust taste and is loaded with protein, fiber, iron, folate and magnesium. It’s great served as a meal itself or mixed with baby’s favorite fruit or vegetable puree.
Stage 2 purees will make baby’s mealtime more exciting, with multiple-ingredient combination purees. This is the time to really focus on exposing baby to a wide variety of fruits, veggies, grains and proteins along with spices and herbs to make fun and unique flavor combinations. Great for 6+ months of age.
This comforting fall flavored Carrot, Corn & Pumpkin will surly be a winner with baby’s expanding tastebuds. And since it is filled with nutrients that help boost baby’s eye, nerve, bone and brain development, it will be a winner with mom as well.
This Cauliflower, Apple + Tandoori Baby Food Puree finds the perfect balance of sweet, tangy with a slight kick from the tandoori. Great way to introduce baby to the bold and exotic flavor profile of tandoori.
This Sweet Corn, Squash and Apple Baby Food Puree combination tastes so good! Filled with 3 wholesome ingredients, this puree not only tastes great but it is also loaded with essential vitamins and minerals to help baby grow big and strong.
This Spinach Apple Baby Puree is high in iron and a perfect food to introduce to baby around 6 months. With the addition of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, this stage two combination puree tastes amazing!
This healthy baby breakfast is made with a heaping serving of mixed berries, zucchini and wholesome oatmeal cereal that has a good amount of fiber, folate, iron and vitamins A, D and E in it that will help start baby’s morning off right.
Stage 3 is full of hearty meals with multiple-ingredient purees with soft-cooked chunks of food inside. This stage is all about giving baby time to learn how to chew and swallow small pieces of soft foods. The next step will be finger foods or table foods.
This puree is packed with antioxidants, fiber, Vitamin A and C from the blueberries and protein, zinc, manganese, folate and iron from the chickpeas. All of that goodness packed into a super simple and delicious puree!