Stage One and Single Ingredient Homemade Baby Food Recipes for the Slow Cooker
Single ingredients are great for babies who are just starting solid foods. While single foods may not seem exciting and adventurous right now, this doesn't mean that your baby will be eating bland and boring foods forever. While you may think that a meal of pureed carrots isn’t exciting, your baby’s clean palate and taste buds will be delighted with the new taste of carrots and with every new taste and texture that comes on a spoon or is plopped on a tray. I have always thought that it’s important to have kids become accustomed to individual food flavors so that they will learn to love each food as it is, in all its delicious and healthy glory.
Once your baby has had a few single-ingredient meals, then you can start to add herbs and spices and combine and mix those foods together to create new flavors and textures. This initial “stage one” experience will be far from bland and boring, you’ll see!
Many of these recipes are ideal for first foods and are wonderful to offer as your baby becomes a more experienced eater. Nom Nom!
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Stage One (a): Four to Six Months Beginners
Grains: rice, oatmeal
Fruits: apples, avocados, peaches, pears, bananas, plums
Vegetables: butternut (winter) squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkin
Stage One (b): Six to Eight Months
Grains and Seeds: rice, oatmeal, barley, kamut, flax, quinoa
Fruits: apples, avocados, apricots, bananas, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, nectarines, pears, peaches, plums
Vegetables: butternut or any winter squash, carrots, green beans, sweet potatoes, peas, legumes (such as lentils, kidney beans, butter beans, etc.), parsnips, pumpkin, white potatoes, zucchini and summer squash
Dairy: yogurt, cottage cheese, cheese (no soft cheeses such as Brie until after twelve months)
Meats & Proteins: egg yolk, chicken, beef, pork, salmon, cod, tofu
Herbs & Spices: cinnamon, vanilla, basil, rosemary, oregano, thyme, mint