Baby Food with Herbs and Spices

Baby food doesn't have to be bland. Introducing interesting flavors early on is a great way to offer your baby a varied diet. Plus, it goes a long way towards cultivating an adventurous eater later in life.

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Minty Peas with Yogurt

Suzy Scherr

Minty Peas with Yogurt

Fresh and bright, this dish tastes like spring and comes together almost instantly. The use of frozen peas means your baby can enjoy this pretty pastel puree any time of year.

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Pears with Fresh Thyme

Suzy Scherr

Pears with Fresh Thyme

Pear puree doesn't have to be sweet and cinnamon-y like traditional applesauce. Roasting the fruit with fresh thyme gives these pears a unique depth of flavor and a surprising freshness. Left whole, these pears are a nice accompaniment to roast chicken or atop salad greens with Gorgonzola and toasted nuts.

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Quick Tip: Baby Food Storage

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Moroccan Carrots and Chickpeas

Suzy Scherr

Moroccan Carrots and Chickpeas

Carrots and chickpeas show up often in Moroccan cooking, a delicious cuisine that celebrates mellow, sweet spices. It's a perfect flavor profile for a developing palate.

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Herbed White Beans

Suzy Scherr

Herbed White Beans

This silky puree has a texture like hummus and flavors straight from Tuscany. Your baby will love this one...if you can keep yourself from eating the whole batch first. Left slightly thick, toddlers love this "dip" with soft vegetables or spread on crackers.

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Italian-style Green Beans

Suzy Scherr

Italian-style Green Beans

This vibrant green puree tastes as good as it smells. Fresh basil and mellow garlic lift green beans to a new level, putting the grayish, jarred stuff to shame. Adults will love these beans tossed with pasta or served alongside roast meats -- just puree a small portion for baby and save the rest for mom and dad.

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