Eating solid savory baby food for the first time is certainly one of your baby’s achievements. Because of this, more and more parents are keen on making DIY baby food for their child.
While store-bought food is more than convenient, having easy, healthy, and delicious baby food recipes on hand can be a saving grace. Not only does it help lower the cost of your weekly groceries, but it also lets you be more aware of the food you’re putting into your baby’s mouth.
With these easy recipes below, you’re sure to whip up savory goodness for your baby any time of the day (and even make ahead for the week)! Take a look at some of these.
Nutritious Savory Baby Food Recipes
Pea, Kale, and Courgette Puree
This DIY baby food only takes 20 minutes to make. It can also be tweaked according to your baby’s preferences by easily taking off the skin of the peas for a smoother texture.
The combination of peas and kale is a great source of vitamins A, C, and K as well as iron, calcium, fiber, and protein.
Broccoli and Sweet Potato Puree
For those who are scared of weaning with greens and turning off their child, a safe way to start is combining savory broccoli with a hint of sweetness coming from sweet potato.
For that extra hint of umami, try baking sweet potatoes in the oven before pureeing it with broccoli with some milk.
Spinach and White Yam Puree
Both spinach and white yams are known to enrich the baby’s diet with the addition of vitamin A, iron, calcium, and folate. This recipe calls for a bit of seasoning with the help of sodium-free vegetable stock, but you can easily opt for water or even milk for some creaminess.
Spinach and Roasted Carrot Puree
Another flavor-packed meal any baby would surely love is a roasted carrot puree with spinach. The roasted profile of the carrot adds another layer of dimension to the dish, making it more appealing for your child.
Butternut Squash Puree
Butternut squash is well-loved by adults for their soups, especially during the colder months.
For those who are looking to share their love for this, why not turn this into a puree as well? For that extra dose of flavor, make sure to roast these well with some olive oil prior to pureeing.
Sweet Potato and Basil Puree
Six months is definitely not too early to introduce basil (and other herbs) to your baby. This aromatic and flavorful herb will elevate the sweet potatoes. You can also roast the sweet potatoes if you wish or mash the mixture for a thicker consistency.
Broccoli, Potato, and Cheese Puree
Mild cheddar adds not only fat and calcium, but its combination with broccoli’s vitamin C, iron, and folate make for an uber delectable savory baby food. The addition of potatoes makes it not just a richer meal, but one that binds really well thanks to the fiber and starches.
Butternut Squash and Carrot Mash with Thyme
For those who are still in those yellow or orange-based stages, the combination of butternut squash and carrot, plus the addition of the fragrant thyme, definitely makes for a mouthwatering meal. Roast these in a pan until soft and puree until smooth.
Cheesy Carrot and Salmon Puree
Salmon is highly regarded not just for its omega-3 fatty acids, but also for its vitamins, and nutrients. For a gourmet meal, pair cooked carrots with some salmon flakes and puree this until smooth.
Introducing fish at an early age will help babies form a liking for seafood dishes in the long run.
Corn, Carrot, and Pumpkin Puree
For that bright yellow-orange phase, the sweetness of the corn and the carrots will go well with the velvety smooth texture of the pumpkin.
The carrot, corn and pumpkin puree is not only expected to boost your baby’s bone and brain development, but it’s also expected to help improve their eyesight.
Chicken with Carrots and Apple Puree
Just like salmon, chicken can already be given to babies aged 6 months and up. Chicken is a good source of iron and protein, both of which help in the development of the body. The apple, on the other hand, adds just the right hint of sweetness to what may otherwise be a too-rich dish.
Chicken Noodle Soup Puree
Chicken soup truly is healing for the soul – and this goes for any age. If your baby has a cold or isn’t feeling too well, this comfort food of sorts is the best way to go. It’s packed with vitamins and nutrients thanks to the presence of chicken, carrots, pasta, celery, and more.
The Bottom Line
Nutritious savory baby food recipes are now more accessible than ever with these DIY baby food ideas. Thanks to these, you can finally spice up your child’s meals and help them get to love vegetables at any age.