When people think of Fall, one of the first things that comes to mind is their favorite fall foods. New seasons means seasonal vegetables and holiday favorites. What better way to introduce your baby to your Fall favorites than with some delicious recipes? We looked around to bring you some delicious and easy combos to get you through the fall. These easy-to-make recipes are parent tested and kid approved!
Tasty Treats: 5 Easy and Delicious Fall Recipes for Babies 0-6 Mos
Before you get started on your cooking adventure, heres a few things you may need:
- Food processor or Magic Bullet
- Medium-large stock pot for boiling and steaming
- Food scale
- Food storage containers or jars
- Ice cube tray for freezing leftovers.
5 FALL RECIPES YOUR BABY WILL LOVE
Butternut Squash & Pear Puree
Butternut Squash is a fall favorite. Its a good ingredient to use in baby purees as it it rarely causes allergies while the pears add just the right amount of sweetness.
- 1 medium butternut squash
- 1 ripe, juicy pear
- Peel the butternut squash, cut in half, remove the seeds and chop into pieces.
- Steam for about 12 minutes.
- Peel, core and chop the pear; add to the steamer and continue to cook for 5 minutes or until the squash is tender.
- Puree in a blender.
Sweet Potato & Thyme Puree
This savory combo brings together two fall favorites. Babies tend to love sweet potatoes naturally sweet and creamy texture which can help them get used to other foods they initially don’t respond to.
- 3 medium sweet potatoes
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme finely chopped
- 1 cup of water broth, breast milk or formula
- Preheat over to 375 degrees.
- Wash and prick potatoes with a fork several times and place on baking sheet.
- Place the sweet potatoes in oven and bake for 45 minutes or until you can prick easily with a fork.
- Let cool slightly.
- Peel sweet potatoes and add to blender or food processor. Add the thyme and puree until smooth, adding liquid in 1/4 cup increments until you reach your desired consistency.
Baked Apple & Oats Baby Puree
Apples are a popular first food for babies, they’re a deliciously sweet fruit that babies are likely to love! Oats are amazing for babies, giving slow release energy, fiber and lots of vitamins and minerals to boot.
- 3 medium apples, peeled, cored and cut into cubes
- 2 tsps butter, cut into tiny cubes
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ginger
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 2 Tbsp oat flour
- Pre-heat the oven to 320F.
- Place the apples in a baking dish and sprinkle the spices and butter cubes on top.
- Bake apples at for 40-50 minutes, until they easily collapse under the weight of a fork. About 10-15 minutes into the cooking time, remove the dish and give everything a mix with a spatula or wooden spoon to get the melted butter and spices more evenly distributed.
- Remove from the oven and puree in a small blender with the oat flour.
- Add water*, one spoonful at a time, until the desired consistency is achieved.
* You can also use the baby's usual milk to thin this out
Turkey or Chicken Puree
Protein is important for babies, and tender turkey or chicken is a great way to start. Most babies can start to eat foods like beef, turkey, and chicken soon after they start solid foods, which is generally around 5-6 months of age.
- ½ lb (250 g) ground dark-meat turkey or chicken
- Note: choose dark meat so the puree stays moist
- In a small frying pan over medium heat, stir together the ground meat and 3 tablespoons water. Cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink and completely cooked through, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
- Puree in a blender or food processor until the texture is right for your baby. To make it thinner, add water, breast milk, or formula.
- serve it with sweet vegetable or fruit purees like apricot, apple, beet, sweet potato, or winter squash for trading off bites.
Proud Tip: to sweeten the poultry and add more flavor, stir in ½ cup (4 fl oz/125 ml) apricot puree
One Pot Holiday Dinner
A simple and delicious recipe using the holiday foods you may have around the kitchen. This is a complex recipe and is recommended around 6 mos, only after your baby has moved to solids and you have checked for food allergies.
- 1 cup of Turkey – uncooked ( breast or leg meat)
- 1/2 cup peeled and cubed winter squash
- 1/2 cup peeled and cubed white potato
- 1/2 cup peeled and cubed sweet potato
- 1 small handful of fresh or frozen cranberries
- Combine all ingredients in a medium sized sauce pan.
- Add 2 cups of water.
- Bring to a gentle boil and then turn heat to low.
- Simmer on low for 20 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink and veggies may be easily pierced with a fork.
- Transfer the cooked One Pot Holiday Dinner to a large mixing bowl and mash or chop as needed.
- Process in a Blender or Food Processor if needed for babies who do not like lumps and textures.
SOMETIMES, MOMS HAVE TO GET CREATIVE TO GET THIER BABIES TO EAT HEALTHY
Just like the rest of us, your baby is going to have a LOT of leftover food. A lot of these recipes make multiple servings so making good use of the leftovers can be a timesaver later on.
Heres a few ways to make sure you get the most out your favorite recipes.
- Freeze it- Spoon pureed baby food into clean ice cube trays, cover them with plastic, and stack them in the freezer. Ice cube trays are ideal for creating individual, 1-ounce servings so less food goes to waste.
- Mix it- Stir fruit and veggie purees into plain whole milk yogurt, cottage cheese, and oatmeal.
- Blend It- Mix fruits and veggie cubes with ice, plain yogurt, and a bit of juice or coconut water for a refreshing and healthy breakfast or snack.
- Bake it- Amanda at Crafty Cooking Mama conjured up this cake recipe as a result of her extreme distaste for wasting food. She was able to pack three different flavors of baby food into this one fluffy, moist cake, and finishes it off with flavors of cinnamon and vanilla.
- Eat It- Although it may be "baby food" most purees are just simple ingredient combos. Try spreading leftover fruit puree on crackers or using veggie purees in your soups and sauces.