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  1. Homemade Baby Foods

    Homemade Baby Foods

    It's so exciting to watch babies experience new food flavours, textures and combinations for the first time. Although buying ready made baby foods can be convenient, it's easy to make your own fresh, nutritious foods for your little one.

  2. Baby rice or cereal - stage 1 baby food

    Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    Baby rice
    Meal Type
    Stage 1 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    Serves:
    1

    Baby rice and baby cereal are great on their own and handy when you’re out and about at lunchtime. Also tese powdered foods are perfect for adding to puréed fruits and vegetables to alter the flavour and texture for a bit of variety.

  3. Baby's Shepherd's Pie

    Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    Baby Shepherds Pie
    Meal Type
    Baby food
    Prep Time:
    20 mins
    Cooking Time:
    Serves:
    1

    Stage 2 baby food - around 7 months.

  4. Perfectly Pear Mash

    Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    Perfectly Pear Mash
    Meal Type
    Baby Food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    None, unless steaming
    Serves:

    Pears are gentle on the tummy and thus are wonderful for babies who may be suffering from Reflux.

  5. Pumpkin or butternut squash puree - Stage 1 baby food

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Butternut Squash Puree
    Meal Type
    Baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    15 minutes / 60 minutes
    Serves:

    Available all year round, this is a staple first food. You can simply bake or steam a little more than you need for your dinner and purée it for your baby. Remember not to add any salt or seasonings to your baby’s portion.

  6. Fish & vegetables - stage 3 baby food

    Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    Fish & vegetables
    Meal Type
    Stage 3 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    5 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    The combination of mild tasting fish and vegetables in a creamy cheese sauce is very popular and gets your baby used to family foods. Remember to avoid this dish if there is a family history of allergies to seafood.

  7. Nutritionists' lunch boxes

    Nutritionists' lunch boxes

    Have you ever wondered what health professionals eat for lunch? We take a sneak peek into the lunch boxes of several nutritionists and ask them for some tips on how you can adapt yours for a healthier and more nutritious on-the-go meal.

  8. Banana Pikelets with Strawberry and Vanilla Custard

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Banana Pikelets
    Meal Type
    Baby food
    Prep Time:
    Cooking Time:
    Serves:
    Makes approx. 20 pikelets

    Stage 3 baby food (around 8 months).

  9. Apple and pear puree - stage 1 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Apple pear puree
    Meal Type
    Baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    8 - 10 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    A good staple first food to have in the freezer. You can serve this on its own, mixed with baby rice or added to any variety of fruit or vegetable purées. An excellent standby!

  10. Banana purée - stage 1 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Banana puree
    Meal Type
    Stage 1 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    Serves:
    1

    The perfect baby food standby. Bananas are deliciously naturally sweet and are a powerhouse of great nutrients.

  11. Minced beef with carrot and tomato - Stage 2 baby food

    Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Beef Carrot Tomato
    Meal Type
    Baby Food
    Prep Time:
    10 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    30 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    Minced beef is a good way to introduce iron rich meat to your baby. Quick to cook and with a nice soft texture, mince is very adaptable. This recipe teams mince with carrot and tomato in a baby bolognaise!

  12. Chicken casserole - stage 2 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Chicken casserole
    Meal Type
    Stage 2 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    15 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    Chicken is a nice, mild tasting meat that adds vital nutrients to your baby’s diet. You can make a bigger batch and remove your baby’s portion and some for freezing, then add seasoning and serve to the rest of the family.

  13. No-cook fruit purees - Stage 1 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    fruit purees
    Meal Type
    Stage 1 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    Serves:
    1

    There are many naturally sweet fruits that ripen to a soft texture. These can be all be puréed into first foods. If you feel the flavour is too strong add a little baby rice to make it more creamy.

  14. Kumara puree - stage 1 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Kumara puree
    Meal Type
    Stage 1 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    10-15 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    Whether you choose to steam or bake, kumara makes a lovely first food. You can mix it with apple or pear purée, carrot or pumpkin purée or even baby rice for a nice variety of flavours.

  15. Pear puree - stage 1 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Pear puree
    Meal Type
    Stage 1 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    6 - 8 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    Popular pear varieties like Buerre Bosc, Packham and Winter Nellis make sweet tasting purées. Try mixing with baby rice or other fruit purées once your baby is happy with the flavour of pear.

  16. Apple, peach and strawberry purée - stage 2 baby food

    Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    Apple peach puree
    Meal Type
    Stage 2 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    10 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    Perfect for the summer months, this purée makes good use of seasonal fruits. You can always make a big batch of this and feed a portion to your baby, freeze some and serve the rest over ice cream for adults!

  17. Avocado dip - stage 3 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Avocado dip
    Meal Type
    Stage 3 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    Serves:
    1

    A nice easy dip that can be used to introduce finger foods. Great tasting for babies, toddlers and even grown ups! Lightly cooked sticks of carrot and kumara are soft enough for babies to chew but have enough structure to dip.

  18. Avocado purée - stage 1 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Avocado puree
    Meal Type
    Stage 1 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    Serves:
    1

    With avocados available year round this delightful creamy flavoured first food is a great option. You can spread the other half on Vogels toast for your lunch.

  19. Braised beef with carrot, parsnip and potato - stage 2 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    beef carrot parsnip
    Meal Type
    Stage 2 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    10 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    Introducing beef into your baby’s diet is important as a source of iron. The sweet root vegetables and smooth meat texture make this casserole a winner.

  20. Carrot, potato and parsnip purée - stage 2 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Carrot parsnip puree
    Meal Type
    Stage 2 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    20 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    Root vegetables like carrot and parsnip have a natural sweetness loved by babies. Don’t use a food processor on this recipe as the potato will turn to glue, so a sieve or mouli is best.

  21. Dried apricot puree - stage 1 baby food

    Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Dried apricot puree
    Meal Type
    Stage 1 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    10-12 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    Packed full of nutrients this purée takes a little more work than other fruit purées. If you find the flavour too strong add baby rice to make it more creamy or apple to tone it down.

  22. Fruit salad - stage 3 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Fruit salad
    Meal Type
    Stage 3 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    Serves:
    1

    Perfect for making the most of the abundance of fresh summer fruit. Choose softer fruits that will chop finely and give you the lumpy consistency you require. If you make too much for your baby’s meal put it on your breakfast cereal in the morning!

  23. Hidden vegetables pasta - Stage 3 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Hidden Vegetables Pasta
    Meal Type
    Baby Food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    20 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    A great recipe for using a selection of fresh vegetables enabling you to introduce new flavours to your baby. If you think the taste is too strong, add half an apple to sweeten the sauce. Purée it and serve over pasta or rice (cooked without salt).

  24. Papaya and chicken - stage 2 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Papaya chicken
    Meal Type
    Stage 2 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    Serves:
    1

    A tasty combination of tropical papaya and cooked chicken. By puréeing the chicken before adding it to the papaya you can ensure the perfect Stage 2 food consistency.

  25. Pear and prune purée - stage 2 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Pear prune puree
    Meal Type
    Stage 2 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    5 - 7 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    Useful as a source of fibre, the prunes will get anything moving! The good news is that it tastes good too, although younger babies may prefer this purée mixed with baby rice.

  26. Pumpkin & pasta - Stage 3 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Pumpkin Pasta
    Meal Type
    Baby Food
    Prep Time:
    5 Minutes
    Cooking Time:
    10 Minutes
    Serves:
    1

    Small pasta pieces make a good lumpy basis to Stage 3 meals as your baby gets more used to chewing. This one is very simple using steamed puréed pumpkin as the ‘sauce’.

  27. Quick chicken - stage 3 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Quick chicken
    Meal Type
    Stage 3 baby food
    Prep Time:
    10 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    20 - 30 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    This recipe can be used for babies and adults alike! It makes a good lunch for your baby as well as a delicious sandwich filling. Or you can use it to top a green salad and enjoy eating the same meal together.

  28. Zucchini puree - stage 1 baby food

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Zucchini puree
    Meal Type
    Stage 1 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    6 - 8 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    Serve it on it’s own or mix with carrot or potato purée for a change. You can sweeten this purée by mixing with apple or pear purée, or alter the flavour again by adding baby rice

  29. Chicken couscous - Stage 3 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Chicken Couscous
    Meal Type
    Main
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    25 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    Couscous is a good texture for Stage 3 foods. It is soft yet has enough definition to encourage chewing. Teamed with finely chopped chicken and cooked vegetables it makes a nutritious meal.

  30. Apple & date porridge - stage 3 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Apple date porridge
    Meal Type
    Stage 3 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    5 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    Great on cold winter mornings, this tasty porridge is a good start to the day. The fruit provides extra fibre and sweetness and this dish can be blended or mashed to any consistency.

  31. Banana and avocado puree - stage 1 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Banana avocado puree
    Meal Type
    Stage 1 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    Serves:
    1

    Fantastic when you’re out visiting at mealtimes, you can pack a ripe banana and avocado and away you go! Although it sounds weird to grown-ups, many babies love this flavour combination.

  32. Banana and peach or mango - stage 2 baby food

    Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Banana peach mango
    Meal Type
    Stage 2 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    Serves:
    1

    This nutritious blend of popular fruits makes a great Stage 2 meal and teh great thing is there'e no cooking. Perfect if you plan being out at a mealtime as you can take the ripe fruit with you and mash it when you’re ready.

  33. Carrot and potato puree - stage 1 baby food

    Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    Carrot potato puree
    Meal Type
    Stage 1 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    10-15 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    A simple purée to make from staple ingredients, this can be served on it’s own or mixed with apple or pear purée for a sweeter offering.

  34. Carrot puree - stage 1 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Carrot puree
    Meal Type
    Stage 1 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    5 - 10 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    This basic vegetable purée is sweet and can be combined with blander tasting purées for variety. Alternatively try mixing with apple or pear purée– all three of these purées can be frozen to give you a stock of instant meals!

  35. Cheese sauce - stage 3 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Cheese sauce
    Meal Type
    Stage 3 baby food
    Prep Time:
    10 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    10-15 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    This basic recipe is very useful for Stage 3 meals. We give you two options for meals using chicken and broccoli, or peas and ham. All of these dishes are delicious for babies, children and adults alike.

  36. Cheesy pasta - stage 3 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Cheesy pasta
    Meal Type
    Stage 3 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    10-15 minutes
    Serves:

    The sweetness of the carrots makes this pasta dish a winner! The grated cheese adds creaminess as well as the added bonus of calcium. As it’s suitable for freezing you can make enough portions for a couple of meals.

  37. Apricot, apple and pear purée - stage 2 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Fruit puree
    Meal Type
    Stage 2 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    10 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    This is a lovely combination of fruits with the dried apricots adding a tang to the sweetness of the apple and pear. The apricots also thicken up the consistency of this purée.

  38. Fruity chicken - stage 3 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Fruity chicken
    Meal Type
    Stage 3 baby food
    Prep Time:
    10 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    25 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    This recipe combines chicken with lovely sweet carrots and apple. It can be puréed into a sauce and served mixed through tiny cooked pasta or rice.

  39. Kiwi, apple and pear purée - stage 2 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Kiwi apple  puree
    Meal Type
    Stage 2 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    8 - 10 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    A nutritious purée packed with vitamin C and using everyday fruits from the fruit bowl. You can either use tangy green kiwi or the sweeter more tropical flavoured gold kiwi.

  40. Pasta bolognaise - stage 3 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Pasta bolognaise
    Meal Type
    Stage 3 baby food
    Prep Time:
    10 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    20 - 30 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    Discover the joys of mince! This basic recipe is packed with iron and can be used as a bolognaise sauce, to make a Shepherd’s Pie or mixed through rice. The vegetables add fibre and you can purée to make the sauce smooth if required.

  41. Peach or nectarine puree - stage 1 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Peach puree
    Meal Type
    Stage 1 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    4 - 6 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    If your fruit hasn’t ripened to a soft enough texture for puréeing, you can cook it for a few minutes. The cooking draws out the natural sweetness and gives a different flavour to the raw fruit.

  42. Plum or apricot and pear - stage 2 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Plum apricot pear
    Meal Type
    Stage 2 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    5 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    A lovely summer purée made with seasonal fruits. Choose nice ripe soft pears and perfectly ripe plums or apricots. Pears and ripe when they smell fragrant and yield to gentle pressure at the stem end.

  43. Potato, leek and pea purée - stage 2 baby food

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Potato pea puree
    Meal Type
    Stage 2 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    30 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    Leeks are less pungent than onion but introduce a savoury flavour. The peas add sweetness to this recipe. You can use this as a basis for making soup for adults – just add seasoning and some shredded chicken.

  44. Potato puree - stage 1 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Potato puree
    Meal Type
    Stage 1 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    15 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    Agria is a floury variety of potato or you can use multipurpose varieties like Nadine for this purée. It’s so easy to cook these potatoes with your own (remembering not to salt them) and whiz them into a purée.

  45. Butternut squash and apple purée - stage 2 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    squash apple puree
    Meal Type
    Stage 2 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    20 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    Mixing vegetables with fruit is a good way to encourage babies to eat vegetables. Apple compliments the squash and enhances its natural sweetness.

  46. Tomato and cauliflower gratin - stage 2 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Tomato cauliflower gratin
    Meal Type
    Stage 2 baby food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    10 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    The cheese makes a creamy addition to this dish and compliments the tomato and cauliflower flavours. You can use the remaining cauliflower to make cauliflower cheese for the rest of the family.

  47. Kumara, carrot and broccoli purée - Stage 2 baby food

    Rated 0 out of 5 stars

    Vegetable Puree
    Meal Type
    Baby Food
    Prep Time:
    5 minutes
    Cooking Time:
    20 minutes
    Serves:
    1

    The sweetness of the carrot and kumara tone down the broccoli flavour, so this is an ideal dish to start introducing more ‘vegetable’ flavours.