I will be the first to tell you that I sometimes find myself falling short of baby food ideas for Ethan. At three meals a day and trying to come up with new flavours and full of nutrition, can be stressful. I also sometimes find myself guilty (not guilty!) of repeat meals. Like one of the recipes below, as they are very easy to put together and pretty much have the ingredients on hand. They are also guilt free, as they are healthy and tasty for your baby!
Note, for allergies, be sure that your baby has tried all these ingredients separately before being introduced to blends.
To create some easy blends (Ethan approved) in a pinch, I always like to keep the basics below on hand.
Easy Baby Blend Staples
- Hard boiled eggs
- Cottage cheese
- Plain yogurt
- Natural peanut butter
- Bananas Tip: If they start getting too dark, I cut them in thirds (depending on the size of the banana), saran wrap each one and put them in the freezer. I’ll microwave them for 30 seconds just so I can mash them (not warmed up).
And these are some of my favourite blends to put together for Ethan.
Quick Breakfast: Peanut Butter Banana Yogurt Blend
I came up with this idea as I was trying to figure out different ways to give Ethan peanut butter. My go-to is on Mum-Mum crackers but that can get pretty messy.
- 1/3 Mashed banana
- 1 1/2 tbs Plain yogurt (I’m currently using a thick 10% one)
- 1 tsp Natural peanut butter
- Baby oatmeal, I usually use about 2-3 tsps
Mix all ingredients with a fork (I find it helps blend the peanut butter). Serve immediately. These also make great ice pops (minus the oatmeal).
Quick Lunch or Dinner: Avocado and Egg Blend
- 1/2 egg or 1, depending on your baby’s appetite, mashed to the consistency that your baby is used to.
- 1/4 avocado
- Veggie of your choice. I try to keep a selection of veggies in the freezer. I like to add kale, broccoli or swiss chard to this blend. Or for something sweeter, sweet potatoes, carrots or butternut squash.
- You can also add cottage cheese to this. I also like to add some fresh herbs such as chopped chives. If I do chives, I’ll keep the extra veggie with a light flavour, like kale, so there are not too many flavours fighting each other.
Mix all ingredients together and serve!
Quick Fruit Dessert: Cherry and Prune Blend
- 1 cup whole dry pitted prunes (no added sugar)
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup pitted cherries (I use frozen as they are already pitted)
What are your favourite go-to baby blends?