Babies need a high fat diet to develop properly. Avocados are full of heart-healthy unsaturated fat, and contain vitamin C, riboflavin and thiamine. You can mash the bananas and avocado completely or leave chunkier depending on your baby’s comfort level.
Avocado Banana Mash
Little Blueberry Parfaits
At 18 months, your baby wants to feed herself. Give her this for breakfast and watch her go! The puffed wheat in this breakfast parfait is naturally very soft and softens further when layered in with yogurt and thawed berries.
Little Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins
Two little mini muffins are a perfect breakfast portion for a toddler. If placing two blueberries on top of each mini muffin is too time-consuming for you, just stir them into the batter. Freeze remaining muffins for another day, or share with the whole family.
Tomato Basil Pizzettes
These mini pizzas are sure to be a hit with your toddler. If your toddler likes cooked broccoli, peas or spinach, add them before baking.
Wholesome Chicken Carrot and Brown Rice Puree
If you’re making chicken breasts for the entire family, throw an extra one on to use in this pureed baby food. Alternatively, you can use leftover roast chicken or poached chicken breast. Chicken is often one of the first meats recommended for babies’ diets, as it is easily digested.
If Mom wants to transform this delicious baby mash into a breakfast smoothie, she can add additional apple juice. Try portioning it into servings and refrigerating leftovers for a quick meal later in the week.
Smooth Sweet Potato Soup
A warm lunch that’s easy to make for baby, and mom can enjoy some too! Cinnamon is a good “starter spice” for babies. Store leftovers in the refrigerator or freeze in ice cube trays for easy portioning later on.
Silky Quinoa and Squash
Make quinoa for supper and pull out 1 cup of it to make this dinner for baby. Quinoa is an ancient grain that is high in protein. Store leftovers in individual portion sizes for use in the following days; freezing it in ice cube trays makes for easy portioning later on. Don’t give up if your child doesn’t seem to like quinoa, or any other specific food- you need to expose children to a new flavour up to ten times before they take to it.
Slow Cooker Coq au Vin
This classic French dish is perfect for the slow cooker. On your way out the door in the morning turn on the slow cooker and come home to a fabulous meal. Serve with pasta, rice or bread.
A basic prime rib roast is a great thing to have in your repertoire, and is a great way to feed a crowd, whether at a holiday or family gathering. Ask the butcher to trim the fat to about 1/4 inch (5 mm).