thread: Baby Food Recipes!

  1. #19
    Registered User

    Oct 2003
    Forestville NSW

    I'm sure I've posted this one before...but I can't find it. Its pumpkin polenta fingers...I'll have a look for it because I can't remember the recipe. and I'll get the book back off Ambah in a few weeks...

    Here's another one with a few fritatta and mash type recipes.


  2. #20
    Registered User

    Oct 2003
    Forestville NSW

  3. #21
    MPM and Platinum Member

    Mar 2004

    Here is one for 6 month and older babies.
    1/2 cup of cooked pumpkin
    1/2 cup of baked beans
    1T of grated cheese.
    Blend to consistency that baby likes.It is really yummy!

    Chicken mince cooked with a little milk and then creamed corn added to it.
    Another is cottage cheese,avocado and potato blended together.

  4. #22
    Melinda Guest

    Melinda's Fruit Gel for Babies/Toddlers

    1 1/2 tablespoons gelatin
    1 1/4 cups of Unsweetened Apple Juice
    1 1/2 cups of Heinz Baby Pear Juice
    1/2 cup of pureed apricot

    Place the apple juice and pear juice into a microwave safe container, and heat for around 4 minutes (until quite hot). Alternatively, heat on the stove top. Add gelatin, and stir until completely dissolved. Add pureed apricot and stir well (sometimes I give it a quick blast with the bamix).

    Pour into suitable containers and refridgerate until set (you can then store them in the cupboard).

    I found this makes enough for 6 portions, as I re-cycle the little Heinz/Golden Circle Custard Jars.

    As an alternative, you could use other pureed fruits or fruit juices (e.g. orange juice, apple juice & crushed pineapple).

  5. #23
    Registered User

    Feb 2004

    Hey Mel, what age is this from generally?

  6. #24
    Melinda Guest

    Good question be honest I don't know!! I would just say to give it to your baby whenever you know they are fine with the ingredients so you know there isn't going to be any kind of allergic reaction. But, having said that, Heinz makes a similar fruit gel and it's suitable for all ages, from 4 months.

  7. #25
    Registered User

    Feb 2004

    Cool thanks Mel! Zander isn't onto solids just yet, but I thought this looked like a good recipe for when he is!

  8. #26
    Colleen Guest

    these are great!
    question.. from what age can onion be given?

    Jaykob LOVES
    potato, pumpkin, zucchini and a little bit of cheese all mashed together

    what other veges are ok ?

  9. #27
    Tigergirl1980 Guest

    Hi Girls

    Just thought I would post some recipes in here as we were given a book full of baby and toddler recipes when Jonah was born. Seeing as I won't be able to use them for ages I thought I would share them with you all and see how you go with them.

    From 6 months:

    Ground Rice Cereal

    Prep time: 5 mins
    Cooking time: 5 mins
    Makes 6 serves

    1/4 cup short grain polished rice
    1/2 cup water

    Grind the rice to a smooth powder in a spice grinder or use a mortar and pestle.

    Put in a small saucepan and stir in the water. Stir over low heat for 2-3 mins, or until the mixture becomes thick and creamy.

    From 7 months:

    Baby Oat Porridge

    Prep time: 5 minutes
    Cooking time: 5 minutes
    Makes 3-4 serves

    1/4 cup rolled oats
    3/4 cup milk

    Grins the rolled oats to a fine powder in a spice grinder or a small food processor.

    Put the oats in a small saucepan and gradually whisk in the milk and 1/4 cup water until well combined. Slowly bring to the boil and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, or until the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat.

    Stewed Beef and Vegetables

    Prep time: 5 minutes
    Cooking time: 40 minutes
    Makes 2 serves

    90g lean round or chuck steak or veal steak
    1 new potato
    1 small carrot
    1 baby onion
    1/2 garlic clove, crushed
    small piece of bay leaf
    sprig of parsley

    Put the steak, potato, carrot and onion in a small saucepan. Add the garlic, the piece of bay leaf and parsley sprig, then cover with the water. Cover, bring to the boil, the simmer gently until the meat is tender. Add more water as needed.

    Discard the baby leaf and parsley. Blend the ingredients with a little of the cooking liquid.

    Steamed Chicken and Apple

    Prep time: 10 minutes
    Cooking time: 5 minutes
    Makes: 1 serve

    1/2 red cooking apple, peeled and cored
    2 boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins

    Thinly slice the apple and cut the chicken into small cubes. Place the chicken tenderloin pieces in a steamer and arrange the apple slices over the chicken. Set over a saucepan of boiling water and steam for about 5 minutes, or until tender.

    Puree or finely chop the chicken and apple, together with a little of the cooking liquid.

    Homemade Rusks

    Prep time: 10 minutes
    Cooking time: 1 hour
    Makes: About 80

    1 loaf unsliced wholemeal bread

    Preheat the oven to 130 degrees. Cut the bread into 2.5cm thick slices. Remove the crusts and cut each slice into strips about 1.5cm wide.

    Bake the strips on an ungreased baking tray for about 1 hour 1 hour, or until the rusks are dry and crisp. Turn them occasionally.

    Col and store in an airtight container for up to 7 days.

    Semolina Pudding

    Prep time: 5 minutes
    Cooking time: 5 minutes
    Makes: 1 serve

    2 tablespoons semolina
    1 teaspoon unsalted butter
    1 cup milk or cooled boiled water

    Put the semolina in a small saucepan, then add the butter and milk. Simmer covered until the semolina is completely tender.

    Variation: Stir in 1 tablespoon each of finely chopped sultanas and dried apricots with the butter and milk.

    Well I think I'll leave it at that for now and add more in a few days or so if you're interested.

  10. #28
    Melinda Guest

    Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Soup (8 - 12 months)

    This recipe is really yummy! We all love it! The recipe actually says milk instead of cream, but the cream makes it even nicer!

    1 tbsp olive oil
    1 small brown onion, chopped coarsely
    1 clove garlice, chopped coarsely
    200g pumpkin, chopped coarsely
    1 small sweet potato (250g), chopped coarsely
    1/2 cup chicken stock
    1/2 cup cream
    1/2 cup water

    1. Heat oil in small saucepan; cook onion and garlice, stirring, until onion softens. Add pumpkin, sweet potato and stock; cook, covered over medium heat for about 15 minutes or until pumpkin and sweet potato are tender.

    2. Blend/process until smooth. Return to heat with cream and water; bring to the boil. Reduce heat, simmer, uncovered for about 5 minutes or until soup is heated through.

    May be frozen

  11. #29
    Registered User

    Feb 2004

    Zander loves this one. It's from Annabel Karmel's Feeding Your Baby & Toddler.

    Cheesy Pasta Stars
    9-12 months
    Makes 4 serves, suitable for freezing

    125gm carrots, peeled & sliced
    200ml boiling water
    30gm butter
    200gm tomatoes, skinned deseeded & chopped
    45gm grated cheese
    2tbsp pasta stars (I think it's called soup pasta)

    Place carrots in a small pan, cover with boiling water & cook until tender (about 15-20mins).
    Warm the butter in a seperate pan, add the tomatoes & saute until mushy.
    Remove from heat & stir in the cheese until melted.
    Meanwhile, cook the pasta in boiling water according to packet directions, then drain.
    Mix together the cooked carrots with their cooking liquid & the cheesy tomato sauce.
    Blend to a puree then combine with the pasta stars.

    We gave this to Zander as an introduction to cheese, but left out the tomato as he hasn't tried it just yet. One time that I made it I didn't have any butter, so I substituted a little bit of formula & it was fine too.

  12. #30
    Registered User

    Feb 2004

    This one's from Women's Weekly Babies & Toddlers Good Food

    Fruit Jelly

    2 cups fruit juice
    3 teaspoons powdered gelatine

    Place 1/4 cup of the juice in a cup & sprinkle gelatine over the juice.
    Stand cup in a small pan of simmering water, stir until gelatine is disolved.
    Stir gelatine mixture into remaining juice in a medium bowl.
    Refrigerate until firm.

    I found that this will make about 4 of the baby food sized jars. It takes probably 2hrs to set in the little jars, not sure how long if you put it in a bowl.

  13. #31
    BellyBelly Life Member

    Nov 2003

    Homemade Rusks

    2 cups plain wholemeal flour
    2 tablespoons of cold butter
    1/2 cup (approximately) water or milk
    1 teaspoon blackstrap molasses (optional - it's very high in iron)

    Rub the butter into the flour until it's the texture of fine breadcrumbs. Mix in enough water or milk to make a soft dough (also add in molasses at this stage if you want). Give it a bit of a knead. Roll into finger sized lengths and bake at 180 degrees until crisp, maybe around 40 minutes? Turn them halfway. Cool on a rack.

    These are really yummy. I eat more of them than Kynan LOL! I prefer them without molasses and sometimes I sprinkle the ones I make for me with some chunky salt before baking.

  14. #32
    Registered User

    Mar 2005
    Sydney, NSW

    Just a question, we're on to two meals a day, can I ask what people gave their bubs for breakfast, lunch and dinner. She will almost be 6 months when i start on three meals. When did you take rice cereal out? Did you use the cereal with wheat for breakky (farex for 6months plus), Im kind of thinking some cereal and fruit breakky, lunch ? and dinner some of the recipes I've just seen above.
    thanks xo

  15. #33
    Registered User

    Nov 2004
    Giving the gift of life to a friend..


    Indah has porridge, toast or weetbix for brekky, she will have a biscuit snack in between (also EBM) then for lunch she might have a sandwich with vegemite, or jam, or cheese... plus some fruit, then maybe a snack of a fruit, yogurt & also EBM, then dinner I make up veggies or whatever & offer her what we are having, sometimes if our meal isnt appropriate for her, I might give her a tin of food but will add extra veggies & freeze the rest for another night....
    I made meat balls which she scoffed into....

  16. #34
    BellyBelly Member
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    May 2004

    This is one I used to make for Emily when she was about 7 or 8 months old

    Pumpkin and Green Bean Couscous

    1 satchet of instant couscous
    Handful of green beans, trimmed
    A few good sized chunks of pumpkin
    (I'm not a precise cook LOL)

    ~ Boil couscous according to directions, seperate any lumps with a fork
    ~ Steam or microwave pumpkin and beans until soft
    ~ Slice beans into little pieces suitable for your baby
    ~ Mash pumpkin (can add some ebm or formula but it doesn't really need it)
    ~ Mix everything together. You probably won't need all of the cous cous, just keep adding it to the veges until you like the consistency.

    This freezes really well too.

    I used to make lots of different things for her, I'll have to think of some others and post later.

  17. #35
    Life Member

    May 2003
    Beautiful Adelaide!

    I give this to Charlie as a pudding or as a breakfast.........

    Apple Oat Porridge

    1 sachet of Quick Oats cereal (the plain variety)
    1 cup milk
    1 small tub pureed apple
    1 handful sultanas
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

    ~ Make oatmeal up in microwave as per sachet instructions
    ~ Add apple, cinnamon and sultanas
    ~ Blend to a puree
    ~ Pour into ice-cube tray & freeze, to serve when required

  18. #36

    Jun 2006
    Penrith, NSW

    Great recipes girls - keep them coming. My bub is highly allergic to dairy (and soy cheese - but copes with soy milk and soy yoghurt)...any recipes to accomodate that would be much appreciated Gonna go and make the biscuits now!!!!