Baby Food Blends

Once your baby has tried simple purees, start expanding his palate by preparing baby food blends, combination meals that deliver big nutrition and tempting flavors.

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Creamy Cod and Potatoes

Suzy Scherr

Creamy Cod and Potatoes

Cod is wonderfully mild -- a great first fish for little ones! This recipe works with just about any fish, though, so feel free to experiment with others like salmon, flounder, tilapia, or haddock. The creaminess here comes from a combination of naturally "buttery" tasting Yukon Gold potatoes and a bit of flavorful cooking liquid, so it's a great dish to try even with babies who may be sensitive to dairy.

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Baby Food: Butternut Apple Sweet Potato Puree

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Cheesy Pastina and Broccoli

Suzy Scherr

Cheesy Pastina and Broccoli

Pastina is really just miniature pasta in adorable little shapes like tiny stars, squares, or letters of the alphabet. It is readily available in most grocery stores, but orzo or another small noodle are fine substitutes. Older babies can probably handle this dish without pureeing, but make sure to chop the broccoli very fine if skipping that step.

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Banana-Quinoa Pudding

Suzy Scherr

Banana-Quinoa Pudding

Packed with protein, fiber, calcium, iron, and folate, quinoa makes a great addition to your little one's diet and is super versatile. Here, combined with sweet bananas and creamy yogurt, it lands somewhere between breakfast and dessert. Yum!

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Baby Food: Spinach and Banana Puree

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Roast Turkey Dinner

Suzy Scherr

Roast Turkey Dinner

This healthy and flavorful dish will appeal to babies, kids, and adults alike. Simply set aside a small portion to puree for baby. Then serve the turkey with a quick-cooking whole grain (like quinoa or whole wheat pasta) and a fresh green salad for a fantastic weeknight meal that's ready for the whole family in minutes.

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Spiced Chicken and Rice

Suzy Scherr

Spiced Chicken and Rice

This dish, flavored with warm, mild spices is a great way to repurpose leftover cooked chicken. White rice is especially easy for babies to digest and basmati brings a bit more flavor to the party. But if you've got leftover brown rice or another whole grain on hand, that works too.

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