Your precious little one is growing fast and it is time for you to introduce some soft foods after the six-month mark! Most mothers, especially first-timers, are always on the lookout for quick and healthy meals to whip up for their little pumpkin. Instead of buying ready-made baby foods in supermarkets, which may sometimes include preservatives, grocery staples will suffice. Besides saving costs, you get to stay on top of the various nutrients that your baby consumes. The Pigeon Home Baby Food Maker can help you to self-prepare nutritious and delicious meals for your baby.
Here are our best picks of easy, fast and nutritious DIY baby food recipes comprising only three ingredients!
1.Rice porridge, banana, mango
A tasty, easy-to-digest and colourful combination with the sweetness of bananas and slight tanginess from mangoes.
2. Rice porridge, melon, apricot
Consider adding apricots as they are high in Vitamins A and C. Melons give a mild, sweet taste
3. Rice porridge, apples, pear
Chop fruits finely or mash them for a sweet, tangy meal.
4. Oatmeal, chia seed pudding, banana
A cold alternative that has the benefits of chia seeds, which are rich in omega-3. You can also prepare more batches in advance!
5. Oatmeal, flaxseed, berries
Puree berries of your choice such as antioxidant-rich blueberries or strawberries, and ground flaxseed finely. Flaxseed is rich in omega-3, vitamin B and magnesium.
6. Oatmeal, banana, plain yoghurt
Puree or mash the banana and add plain yoghurt for a tangy finish.
7. Oatmeal, banana, peanut butter
Introducing peanuts at a young age can help reduce peanut allergies.
8. Oatmeal, banana, apple
Puree the fruits and sprinkle some cinnamon for added flavour.
9. Chia seed pudding, berries, coconut milk
Coconut milk balances the tartness of berries and adds a sweet, creamy taste. It is also full of healthy fat!
10. Chia seed pudding, banana, avocado
Blend all together for a power-packed, nutritious combination.
11. Chia seed pudding, melon, berries
This healthy combination is juicy and high in antioxidants.
12. Chia seed pudding, peanut butter, banana
Wonderfully creamy, with a dose of healthy fat and texture.
13. Chia seed pudding, kiwi, banana
Kiwis are rich in Vitamin C and add a tangy alternative to this dish.
14. Plain yoghurt, banana, coconut milk
A sweet, winning meal that can be made in one blender (less washing up!) and easy to go down.
15. Flaxseed, banana, berries
Blend all together for a sweet and tangy, nutrient-dense combination.
16. Blueberries, mango, avocado
A creamy, tasty smoothie of antioxidants, potassium and heart-healthy fat.
17. Avocado, banana, custard
Make your own sugar-free custard and sweeten it naturally with banana.
18. Spinach, banana, plain yoghurt
Mix it up with some greens to give your baby iron, potassium, magnesium and various vitamins
19. Spinach, blueberries, plain yoghurt
This nutrient-rich, purple concoction will delight your whole family.
20. Berries, banana, plums
Whip them together for a refreshing smoothie. Plums are also good for constipation.
LUNCH AND DINNER
1.Sweet potato, carrots, peas
Sweet potato is one of the easiest and most nutritious foods to give your baby as it is high in Vitamins A, B and C, fibre, potassium and magnesium.
2. Sweet potato, corn, peas
Add some colour and texture with corn kernels.
3. Sweet potato, flaxseed, apple
Sweet, tasty and adds a slight crunch.
4. Sweet potato, salmon, carrots
Mash up some cooked salmon bits for omega-3 fatty acids and protein.
5. Sweet potato, apple, banana
A balanced, sweet combination.
6. Sweet potato, broccoli, carrots
Broccoli is a superfood and is one of the best greens you can give your baby.
7. Sweet potato, peas, salmon
An all-rounded dish with carbohydrates, greens and protein.
8. Sweet potato, zucchini, carrots
Add zucchini which is packed with potassium and said to support digestion.
9. Sweet potato, egg, peas
Mash a hard-boiled egg or scramble into bits to add some protein.
10. Sweet potato, carrots, beetroot
Introduce beetroot by mixing it with the sweeter flavours of sweet potatoes and carrots.
11. Sweet potato, spinach, chickpeas
For older babies, mashed chickpeas are an alternative source of protein. Remember to rinse the sodium off canned ones!
12. Sweet potato, tofu, spinach
Introduce tofu to slightly older babies for an alternative source of protein.
13. Egg, spinach, cottage cheese
Scramble an egg together with these ingredients in less than five minutes!
14. Pumpkin, flaxseed, cream cheese
Pumpkin is another great soft food to introduce as it is rich in Vitamin A, fibre and antioxidants, as is cream cheese for healthy fat and flavour.
15. Pumpkin, broccoli, cauliflower
Chop, boil, mildly season and mash together for a nutritious meal.
16. Broccoli, chicken, cream cheese
Cook chicken till tender and mash well together.
17. Lentils, chicken, beetroot
Opt for canned lentils to save cooking time and rinse off the sodium. Lentils are great for your baby as they are high in fibre, folate and iron.
18. Pumpkin, lentils, spinach
Mash well for the ultimate nutrition
19. Lentils, broccoli, chicken
Rich in fibre and protein.
20. Chicken, cottage cheese, spinach
Get meat, greens and a dose of calcium all in one.
21. Avocado, yoghurt, spinach
Just like a superfood green smoothie.
22. Avocado, bread, cheese
For older babies, cut these into small strips for your child to hold and feed him- or herself.
23. Quinoa, chicken, spinach
High in fibre and minerals, quinoa is easy to cook. Plan ahead and prepare a bigger batch for the week.
24. Pumpkin, chicken, mango
Add some fruit to a savoury dish for variety.
25. Porridge, peas, fish
Fast, easy-to-make and tasty.
26. Lentils, cauliflower, cheddar cheese
Boil, mash and top them with grated cheddar cheese.
27. Tofu, banana, apricots
A fruity alternative that is cohesive and easy to blend.
28. Mashed potato, fish, cheddar cheese
Older babies can handle potatoes. Just make sure they are mashed smoothly and melt some cheddar to bring it all together.
29. Avocado, carrot, plain yoghurt
Chop and blend well for a smooth and creamy concoction.
30. Bread, avocado, ricotta cheese
Spread mashed avocado and cheese over small slices of bread and let your baby experiment with feeding itself!
Before you shop for this week’s ingredients, take note that foods for a six-month-old baby should be pureed smoothly, while seven- to nine-month old babies can take mashed food. Finely-chopped food is best handled by babies when they reach their tenth month. Enjoy making your baby’s high chair its happy place!
50 DIY 3-ingredient baby food recipes that are easy, fast and nutritious