Now that you have mastered the simple purees after reading Making Homemade Baby Food is Not Just for Martha Stewart, you are ready for some new combinations! As with all food for your baby, make sure everything in the recipe is something you have already fed your baby or that your baby is the right age to begin the new ingredients. Check wholesomebabyfood.com for lists of when to introduce each solid food or consult your pediatrician. Most of these recipes would be considered Stage 2 recipes, that is, more suited to a child 7-8 months and up.
Once you have mastered making simple purees with one ingredient, you can begin to combine purees. This is as simple as taking two different cubes of foods out of the freezer, allowing them to thaw, and mixing them together with cereal or yogurt. You could also puree the ingredients together. I made a huge batch of pureed spinach for my son who promptly decided never to allow it past his lips. If I mixed a spinach cube with a sweet potato cube, however, he was perfectly content with it. Some good combinations are below.
Some good puree combinations:
- Acorn or butternut squash mixed with sweet potato
- Apples, acorn or butternut squash, sweet potato
- Green beans and apples or pears
- Avocado and banana mixed with cereal
- Pumpkin and banana
- Pumpkin, bananas, and apples
- Any puree mixed with cereal
Some puree combinations for older babies (8 months and up):
- Add cinnamon to squash or sweet potatoes
- Blend white potatoes and green beans, add apples or pears if desired
- Mix peas, carrots, apples, rice or oatmeal, and yogurt
- Apples, carrots, rice or oatmeal, and yogurt
- Sweet potato, yogurt, cereal, and a dash of cinnamon
- Cereal, yogurt, apples, and cinnamon
- Pumpkin, cereal, yogurt, and cinnamon
- Blueberry, apple, pear, yogurt, and cinnamon
(You can add crushed cheerios to many of these to add texture)
Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Raisin Cereal
- 4 apples
- ½ cup golden raisins
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- 12 ounces water or apple juice
- ½ cup baby oatmeal or cereal
Wash and peel the apples (peeling is optional). Cut each apple in half and remove core. Cut each half into six pieces. Put apple pieces, raisins, cinnamon, and water or apple juice in pot. Turn the burner on high and cover. Cook approximately seven minutes, stirring once.
Add oatmeal and cook one more minute, stirring through the final minute. Pour everything into a blender or puree with an immersion blender. Pour into two ice cube trays and allow to cool.
Wrap and freeze
I have made this successfully with dried cranberries instead of raisins. A lovely option for the holidays, especially if you add some sweet potato instead of cereal!
Blueberry and Apple
- 4 apples
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 8 ounces water or apple juice
Wash and peel the apples (peeling is optional). Cut each apple in half and remove core. Cut each half into six pieces. Look over blueberries for stems. Put apple pieces, blueberries, and water or juice into a pot. Turn burner on high and cover. Cook for approximately 8 minutes, stirring once. Pour into a blender or puree with an immersion blender.
Pour into two ice cube trays and allow to cool.
Wrap and freeze.
I still make this for both my kids. I just call it blueberry applesauce. I also now make it in larger batches in the crock pot. Throw apples and blueberries in crock pot with a bit of water and cook till it is mashable. Then I add cinnamon and puree. I still freeze it but in larger portions!
Carrot and Ginger
- 1 ½ lbs carrots
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger
- 20 ounces water
Put water into pot and put on high heat. Wash and peel carrots. Cut off stems and discard. Cut carrots lengthwise and cut into 8 or 10 pieces. If using baby carrots, you probably can skip this step. Peel and mince ginger. Throw carrots and ginger into pot and cook till tender but not mushy.
Pour into a blender or puree with an immersion blender. Pour into two ice cube trays and allow to cool. Wrap and freeze.
- Pancake batter (made from your favorite mix or from scratch)
Slice bananas into about ½ inch thick slices. Dip one at a time into pancake batter, covering it completely. Put the covered banana coin onto a griddle and cook exactly as you would cook a pancake.
You can also use peeled, cored, and sliced apples. You could also mix a couple cubes of your sweet potato puree and cinnamon into pancake batter. You can also make large batches and freeze these. I like to pull out a couple from the freezer when I need them so I don’t have to make them fresh every time.
- 1 lb lean ground beef (or ½ pork and ½ beef or all turkey)
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1 tbsp dried parsley and/or basil
- 1/8 to ¼ cup parmesan cheese
- Pinch black pepper
- Pinch garlic powder
- 1 egg
Preheat oven to 375. Mix all ingredients together and form into balls. Bake 25 minutes. Turn meatballs if you desire. Allow to cool and freeze desired amount. Be sure to cut into pieces for your child when serving.
A great option to freeze and pull out as needed for a baby who is on finger foods – 10 months and up. Make sure your baby has been exposed to eggs. Also, if you choose to serve with tomato sauce, make sure your baby can have tomatoes.
Simple Noodle Soup
- Chicken broth
- Small noodles (pearl pasta, alphabets, or stars)
- Optional: Carrot pieces, peas, small chicken pieces
Add 3 or 4 cups chicken broth to a pot and turn burner on medium. Bring to gentle boil. Add 1 ½ cups pasta. Add a sprinkle or garlic powder and ground ginger if you wish (ginger is great for calming upset tummies). Cook 10 minutes or until pasta is done. Turn heat to low and cook about 5 minutes more. Add cooked carrots, peas, or pieces of cooked chicken if your child is ready for them.
To make soups easier to spoon feed, add crushed crackers, crushed cheerios, or baby cereal till the soup is a consistency you like. This also makes it easier for those learning to use a spoon to eat the soup. A friend of mine used to strain the broth and give her kids the noodles, chicken, etc from the soup to eat when they were ready for finger foods.
Ellen Deebel has a BS in Early Childhood Education from Bucknell University and over 15 years of experience in the field, both as a teacher and administrator. She focuses her time now as a mom to her two young children, alternately packing lunches and chauferring them to various activities.