Healthy Baby Food Recipes

Easy Cheesy veggies

From 7 months old

Ingredients:
Veggies of choice that will cook soft (potato, sweet potato, pumpkin, carrot, zucchini)
Little drop of milk or butter
Small handful of grated cheese

Method:
Put all veggies in a saucepan and cook till all soft. Drain and let cool.
Put all cooled vegies in a blender with the milk (can use formula or beast milk) or the butter.
Blend till a smooth consistency. Stir in the cheese and serve.

Notes:
*this also freezes well. Can freeze in ice cube trays for easy use*

Veggie Sauce pasta

From 7 months old

Ingredients:
1 small carrot
4 brussel sprouts or can use 1 small zucchini
Small handful of beans
25 gr of sweet corn
50gr of pasta
350mls of milk (full cream or formula, or beast milk)
50gr of grated cheese.

Method:
Peel the carrots, trim the beans and slice the veggies up.
Put the veggies, milk and pasta in a saucepan and slowly bring to the boil, cover then simmer for 15 mins or till the veggies and pasta are cooked.
Put into a processor and blend till smooth, stir in the grated cheese, serve!

Notes:
*when bubs get a bit older leave out the pasta and cook in water separately. Blend the veggies only and pour over the cooked pasta topped with the grated cheese. *
*Can also add small diced cooked chicken and blend with veggies.*

Banana Rice pudding

From 6 months old

Ingredients:
1 cup cooked warm brown rice
¼ to ½ cup warm milk
1 small banana
Pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg
Small drop of vanilla essence
1tbsp sultans or raisins soaked in warm water or warmed apple juice till soft (about 10-15mins)

Method:
Drain off the liquid from the sultanas. Place all the ingredients in a processor and blend till smooth. Start with the ¼ cup milk, add more as needed. Serve.

Notes:
*when bubs gets older and can handle solids do not process food, just mix together (squash in the banana) and serve.

Healthy teething biscuits

From 8 months old

These healthy teething biscuits are great for baby to hold on to. You can also use shaped cookie cutters when baby is old enough to be able to hold different shapes.

Ingredients:
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
3 tbsp golden syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1 ½ tbsp vegetable oil
¼ cup milk
1 tbsp rolled oats
1 cup Plain flour
2 tbsp bran
1 tbsp powered milk

Method:
Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
Combine and mix all wet ingredients together in a jug. (Eggs, syrup, vanilla, oil and milk)
Combine and mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. (Oats, flour, bran and powdered milk)
Make a well in the centre of the dry mixture and pour all wet ingredients in, stir and combine well together
Dough will be firm. If mixture is a bit too dry add a slight bit more milk and mix well together. Roll out dough thinly on a floured surface. Cut into sticks and bake for 15 minutes.

Notes:
You can cook these for a little longer (without burning them) for harder biscuits.
You can find bran in the health food section of your supermarket or a health food store.
You can also swap the bran for wheat germ.
Can use shape cutters as well but make sure they are easy for baby to handle.

Easy Jelly

From 6 months old

Ingredients:

125mls of any fruit juice (can use apple, pear, apple and blackcurrant)
1 tsp gelatine

Method:
Place gelatine in a heat proof cup with a small amount of juice (about 3-5 tbsp) Mix well.
Allow the mixture to swell for about 5 mins.
Stand the mixture in a heat proof dish of hot water till gelatine has completely dissolved. Add dissolved gelatine slowly while stirring in to the remaining juice. Mix well with a spoon.
Place into small cups or moulds and put in fridge till set.

Note:
When baby is a bit old and can handle pieces of fruit. Add small chopped up soft fruit into the cup or moulds.

Rice Balls

From 9 months old

Ingredients:
Cooked rice
Cooked soft mixed Veggies and Meat of Choice (optional)
OR Fruit of Choice (soft fruits, tin fruit works great with this recipe)

Method:
Cook rice as per packet directions. Let rice cool slightly.
Puree the rice till it looks like a paste like consistency.
Puree the Veggies and meat combo or fruit.
Add the puree rice and puree together for just a little bit, mixture should be pasty.
Shape into little balls and serve as is or can be slightly heated.