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Now that my baby is eating solids and is done with purees, I am enjoying introducing her to all sorts of new foods. I try to keep her diet as varied and balanced as possible, but she definitely has her favorite meals.
For dinner, I’ve been feeding her a modified version of whatever my husband and I are eating (she still only has six teeth, so I can’t give her crunchy tacos just yet).
Below are some ideas for creating baby friendly meals from adult dinners.
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese with Breadcrumb Topping and Side Salad
Baby Version: Mac-n-Peas with a side of diced fruit.
How to do it: Set aside some of the cheese sauce from the adult macaroni and cheese (add the salt to the sauce after you’ve taken baby’s portion). Mix it with some cooked whole wheat pasta (little stars are great for babies). Warm up some frozen peas or mixed veggies and stir them into the pasta/cheese mixture and serve it up!
Good, Old-Fashioned Meatloaf
Baby Version: Mini meatloaves
How to do it: Use ground turkey or ground chicken for baby’s meatloaf and add in some finely chopped veggies like carrots and spinach. Make meatloaf in muffin tins so you can freeze leftover portions for future individual meals.
Baby Version: Sweet potato and black been quesadillas
How to do it: Start by roasting a sweet potato. Dice it up and set it aside. Drain a can of low-sodium black beans and rinse. Take a whole-wheat tortilla and put a tablespoon or two of black beans on it. Sprinkle a little cumin on top and smash them down with the back of a fork. Add a few diced sweet potatoes and top with Farmer’s Cheese. Fold over and brown in skillet until warm. Cut quesadilla up into small pieces and serve to baby.
Baby Version: Panko breaded fish fillet or fish sticks with sweet potato fries
How to do it: Our Costco carries small panko-crusted white fish fillets in the frozen section that our baby loves! But you could add a panko (Japanese bread crumbs) crust to a tilapia fillet on your own as well. Serve one of these with sweet potato fries: Slice up a sweet potato, place it on a baking tray, drizzle it in extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and bake at 425 for 45 minutes, flipping them mid way through cooking.
Fruit and Yogurt Parfait
Baby Version: Frozen fruit and cereal
How to do it: I keep tons of frozen fruit in the freezer for my baby’s cereal every morning. Blueberries are a favorite! I pull a small handful of blueberries out and place them in a microwave-safe bowl with a couple tablespoons of water and a sprinkle of cinnamon. I microwave for 30-40 seconds, then pour baby cereal (I use mixed grains) over it and smash it all together with the back of a fork. I stir it up and serve it just like that. You can add yogurt to the mix as well and use any type of fruit you want. I use frozen mangos, cherries and strawberries to change things up. Mix up your fruits for added flavor. Bananas and mangos are good together, and so are strawberries and applesauce!