Today I wanted to share five quick and easy recipes you can try with your little one. I think this could work if you’re doing baby led weaning, feeding a toddler or even feeding yourself.
We don’t cook a lot of meat at home – and to be honest, I’m not 100% sure what’s the best way to prepare it for a baby under 1. So eggs have been a go-to staple for us. It’s so fast for me to prepare and I feel like I can get a little creative with it.
I usually cook the eggs into an omelette and slice them into smaller squares for J to eat. I find that this shape is easy for him to handle and less messy than scrambled eggs.
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Banana, mashed
- Almond meal
- Vanilla Extract
In a large bowl, mash your banana and eggs together – this will look runny. You can add some almond meal (if you home make your almond milk), cinnamon, and vanilla for extra flavor. Cook until golden.
- 1-2 Eggs
- Broccoli, finely chopped or into small florets
- Carrots, julienne
- Grated Parmesan cheese
Stir fry your broccoli and carrots until they soften. Remove the broccoli and carrots to further mince them and whip it with the egg and parmesan cheese. You can leave bigger chunks as your baby gets more experience chewing – just make sure the veggies are still soft.
- 1 Egg
- Spinach, pureed
- Feta cheese
In a blender add spinach with a splash of water, and mix until even. Whip in egg and feta cheese.
- 1-2 Eggs
- Black Beans, cooked or drain and rinse from can
- Tomatos, cubed
- Shredded cheddar
- Onions, minced
Cook the veggies first to soften them up. For extra safety, I squished the black beans down to break them apart slightly. Once the veggies appear soft, remove and mix with eggs, beans and cheese and cook.
- 1-2 Eggs
- Quinoa, cooked
- Bell Pepper, chopped
- Parmesan Cheese
Bell peppers can be a bit hard, I would either mince them up into smaller pieces or cook them separately first.
That’s it for now. You can tweak the size of the veggies and other ingredients as your child grows. Since my guy is still new-ish to finger foods, I try to cook ingredients to soften them up first. I always recommend trying a small bite to test the texture before giving it to your little one if they’re new to eating solids.
Final tip: It’s a lot of work to prepare food for a baby. I just make bigger quantities so that I can feed myself too. Otherwise, this mama is going to be eating the leftover crumbs lol!