Chickpea, Carrot & Cauliflower Mash

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This three ingredient dish makes a hearty meal for babies and toddlers.

Ingredients:

  • 2 carrots
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 (15-ounce) drained and rinsed can chickpeas
  1. Cut the carrots into half moon shapes. Combine with the cauliflower and steam until very tender.
  2. Add the chickpeas and veggies to a large bowl and mash with a potato masher to desired consistency. You can thin it with 1/4 cup vegetable broth if it still seems too chunky, but Veronika thought it was just right without.

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Couscous with Grated Zucchini & Carrots

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This hearty meal has nearly all the food groups in one for your baby or toddler! The flavors are mild, but big kids will enjoy it too.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon canola oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup carrot, cut into half moons
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 cup cannellini beans
  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the couscous, water, and 2 tablespoons canola oil; cover and cook for 2 minutes. Fluff with a fork and sprinkle with the flaxseed.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the zucchini and carrot in a microwave-safe bowl; steam for 3 minutes, until the carrot is very tender.
  3. Heat the remaining teaspoon canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Stir in the zucchini, carrot, and cannellini beans.
  4. Add the carrot mixture to the couscous and stir to combine.

Oatmeal with Cinnamon Apples

Oatmeal with Cinnamon Apple

This cinnamon-laced oatmeal will warm up chilly fall mornings. I like to make it for the kids the night before, so they don’t have to wait for it to cool down from a boil first thing in the morning. Simply reheat individual servings just before breakfast!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 golden delicious apple
  • 2/3 cup quick oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1 cup soy milk
  1. Combine the water and apple juice in a saucepan; set aside.
  2. Peel, core, and dice the apple. Add to the saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Stir in the oats and cinnamon; continue to cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in the agave and soy milk; the mixture will continue to thicken as it cools.

Mango & Brown Rice

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This sweet and savory combo is a great option for babies who are finger-feeding themselves, and works best with very ripe mango. If you prefer, stir in a little coconut milk for creamier consistency. We also like it with a mix of brown and wild rice.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 peeled and diced mango
  • 1 lime
  1. Stir the rice and mango together in a large bowl.
  2. Squeeze the lime over the rice mixture, and stir to coat. Serve!

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Wheat Germ Breakfast

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This little breakfast is easy to whip up, and packed with nutrition for growing babies and toddlers.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup plain non-dairy yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ
  • 2 tablespoons mashed ripe banana
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  1. Stir all ingredients together and serve.

Note: If you baby doesn’t like banana, use apple puree instead.

Banana Bread

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This nut-free banana bread is sweetened with agave and applesauce and has no added oil. Perfect for babies and toddlers, in other words, but big kids love it, too!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup melted Earth Balance butter
  • 2 tablespoons thawed apple juice concentrate
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ripe bananas
  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Pour the applesauce into a large bowl and stir in the remaining baking powder. Whisk in the butter, apple juice, agave, and vanilla.
  3. Mash the bananas in a bowl and add to the applesauce mixture.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring just until combined.
  5. Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour; a wooden pick inserted in the center should come out clean.

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Carob Yogurt

Carob Yogurt

It’s too early for babies to have chocolate before one year old, because of the caffeine. Try carob powder instead, for a sweet treat!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (5-ounce) carton plain non-dairy yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon carob powder
  1. Sprinkle the carob over the yogurt and stir to combine.

 

Hummus for Babies

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This mild hummus is just right for toddlers and babies. Because you can control the amount of salt, it’s preferable to store-bought hummus.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15-ounce) drained and rinsed can garbanzo beans
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  1. Combine the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.

Black Bean & Carrot Mash

Black Bean & Carrot

This mash of beans and carrot puree will thicken as it cools. Once thickened, it’s perfect to pick up by the handful for little ones who are baby led weaning!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15-ounce) drained and rinsed can black beans
  • 4 ounces carrot puree
  1. Combine the ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, until warm.
  2. Remove from heat and mash with a potato masher to desired consistency.

Yogurt Ice

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These easy “popsicles” will be fun for your baby to eat in the high chair, or perhaps just amusing to play with! You can puree any fresh fruit to equal 1/2 cup for the recipe; in a pinch, use a fruit pouch from the baby food aisle. Veronika’s favorite is a peach/apricot blend.

Since I didn’t want Veronika to hurt herself on long popsicle sticks, I found a great alternative; milkshake-sized straws cut to about the length of her fist. Just supervise closely at feeding time and remove the sticks if they come free from the yogurt.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (5-ounce) plain non-dairy yogurt
  • 1/2 cup fruit puree
  1. Stir together the ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Divide evenly among the compartments of an ice cube tray, and insert the straw “sticks”. Freeze until solid.

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