It's easier than you think to create fresh meals for your baby.
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Think you don't have time to whip up a nutritious, homemade meal for your very hungry baby? Even takeout queens will find these recipes -- made with stuff you usually toss into your shopping cart -- quick and easy to make. Added bonus: You'll be happy to know that every bite is packed with many of the vitamins and minerals Baby needs and you'll likely save money (hello, college fund!) by using fresh or frozen veggies instead of purchasing pricey premade purees.
To get started, all you'll need is a food processor or blender and a saucepan. If your baby is just beginning to snack on solids, you'll want these purees to be thin enough for her to swallow easily -- you might need to add a teaspoon or two of water to get the right consistency. After he adapts to eating real food, he'll be able to handle a thicker puree.
Baby's Chicken and Apples
To get a smoother consistency for this protein- and-vitamin-rich combo, cut cooked chicken into small pieces before grinding. Make extra -- you can freeze this recipe for up to one month.
Asparagus and Broccoli Baby Food
Promote healthy growth and boost immunity for Baby with vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, calcium, and folate, in every yummy spoonful.
Chicken and Sweet Potato Puree
Perfect for babies who are at least 8 months old, this nutritious dinner is high in protein, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. Plus it's ready in just 30 minutes.
Spicy Sweet Potato Baby Food
Awaken Baby's taste buds with a pinch of pumpkin pie spice and a dash of cumin. These pureed potatoes can promote eye health and help prevent constipation.
Apples and Peaches Baby Food
Make the most of in-season produce by freezing fruit, such as the peaches used in this recipe, to use later in the year. Your baby will still get the same nutritional benefits as she would if you used fresh fruit.
Peach and Pear Baby Food
Your baby will love this sweet, antioxidant-rich treat that's a cinch to make.
Green Pea Delight Baby Food
A first-food favorite, green peas promote healthy bones and digestion.
Curry Pea Baby Food
Introducing new flavors and textures early on, such as yogurt and curry, can help your baby develop good eating habits.
Beans, Collards, and Rice Baby Food
Brown rice adds fiber and flavor to this healthy medley that you can make with fresh or frozen vegetables.