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.
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.
Promote healthy growth and boost immunity for Baby with vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, calcium, and folate, in every yummy spoonful.
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.
Apples are a good source of fiber and vitamins, and have been studied for their benefits in lowering the risk of asthma -- a perfect choice for one of Baby's first foods.
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.
Pureed meat can be added to the menu for babies ages 8-11 months. Combine with a vegetable for a healthful and delicious combo meal mom and Baby will love.
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.
For baby food that's fast and healthy, combine sweet potatoes with water for a tasty meal you can easily freeze and reuse. Ice cube trays work great for freezing mini portions of leftovers that defrost in no time.
Your baby will love this sweet, antioxidant-rich treat that's a cinch to make.
A first-food favorite, green peas promote healthy bones and digestion.
For a colorful twist on applesauce, try this variation with red cabbage and raisins for added fiber and vitamin C.
Introducing new flavors and textures early on, such as yogurt and curry, can help your baby develop good eating habits.
Brown rice adds fiber and flavor to this healthy medley that you can make with fresh or frozen vegetables.