12 family meals that double up as great baby food

12 family meals that double up as great baby food

When Taylor first started to wean I set about making every baby food recipe in Annabel Karmel’s Complete Meal Planner. Not really (how much time do you think I have??), but given the effort that went into all that steaming, blending and mashing, it certainly felt that way! Now that she’s nine months though I’ve found that most of Taylor’s meals can be made up from what I’m cooking for me and the hubby, so I very rarely cook baby food solely for her – aside from a few carrot sticks here and there!

12 family meals that double up as great baby food

If you put a little bit of thought into what you’re cooking for the rest of the family, you can really save yourself a lot of time and energy. The options are endless really. Here’s 12 of my favourite family meals that I think double up as great baby food.

1. Creamy courgette lasagne

This is a great alternative to meat lasagne and is super quick and easy to make. I think most babies also seem to love cheese so the ricotta in this goes down a treat. Mash up the leftovers for a great baby meal.

2. Fish pie

I introduced Taylor to fish from six months and she’s loved it ever since. Fish pie makes perfect easy-to-eat baby food. It also blends really well to make a purée for younger babies. Make sure you remove all bones.

3. Minestrone soup

I love having some home-made soup in our freezer for those days when you need a quick lunch. Minestrone is packed full of flavour and yummy goodness. Miniature soup pasta is also perfect for babies – don’t waste your money on the ‘baby pasta’ – it’s the same thing and costs a third of the price.

4. Shepherd’s Pie

Tasty mince, chopped veggies and loads of buttery mash potato – what’s not for baby to love?

5. Tray bake chicken

On those days when I can’t be bothered to cook, I chop up some peppers, tomatoes and onions and cook it in the over with some chicken breasts. It makes a great healthy meal served with rice and is also really healthy for Taylor. I puree the chicken separately and mash it with the roasted veg and juices. If you want a recipe try Jamie Oliver’s Hit ‘n’ Run Tray baked Chicken.

Tray bake chicken family meal idea

6. Cheesy broccoli pasta bake

Ready in 30 minutes, this meal is great for when you’re short of time (like every day). Pour the cheese sauce over some of the pasta for baby before you put the bake in the oven for the rest of the family. Use wholemeal pasta for baby if possible.

7. Spaghetti bolognese

Everyone has their own way of making this but I find Jamie Oliver’s recipe for bolognese sauce fool-proof (yes, I am a bit of a Jamie fan!).  I always cook some separate pasta for Taylor and just add the sauce to it before I add seasoning for our meal. Babies also love spaghetti if you don’t mind the mess!

8. Meat lasagne

As the bolognese above, this works just as well mashed with a fork. You can also substitute the mince for chicken if you want a healthier option.

9. Roasted vegetable and chick pea stew

If you’re looking for alternative sources of protein for your little one, chick peas and lentils are perfect. This recipe makes a super tasty veggie dish which is filling enough to eat on its own or, for the meat eaters in the family, also makes a great side dish. Mash or blend for younger babies.

10. Risotto

I always have some risotto rice in for those end of the week meals when my fridge is looking bare and I need to make something from the last of the veg. If I’m honest I bung whatever ingredients I have into my risottos, but if you want a good recipe I love this pea and mint one (make sure you leave out the wine!). The creamy texture is perfect as baby food. Use home-made veg stock if you’re worried about the salt in stock cubes.

11. Chicken Chasseur – Great comfort food at its best. I love to make this in the winter in our slow-cooker. Puree the chicken for younger babies and serve with mashed potato.

12. Sweet potato and spinach bake

I discovered this recipe before we had Taylor and I often make it as a side dish to a steak or lamb chops. Now I make a large batch of it and freeze the rest as baby food. It really is delicious!

I hope that some of these recipes have inspired you! What baby food recipes are popular with your little one?


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18 Comment

  1. Nicole @ Just Live It
    September 23, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    This blog post was PERFECT timing for me!! 🙂 My little guy just started solids, and I’m already trying to plan ahead and figure out meals that we ALL can enjoy as a family. I’ve done stews a lot, because I can blend them. But now that he’s eating chunkier foods, I know that I need to soon find foods that we can all enjoy.
    Thank you so much for sharing!! This will be a big help! 🙂

    1. Mum in Brum
      September 29, 2015 at 12:36 am

      Aw so glad you found it useful Nicole! Stews are great aren’t they? Especially now that winter’s here and the slow cooker can be left on all day! Good luck with introducing your little man to chunkier foods 🙂 x

  2. Steph@momsfoodblog
    September 28, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    I love this! Any repurposing of food and one shot meals is what I’m all about 🙂 Thank you for sharing! #maternitymondays

    1. Mum in Brum
      September 28, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks Steph – I’m with you – I’m all about making mealtimes easier! x

  3. Farmerswifeandmummy
    September 28, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Ooo they’re fab. I will def try the minestrone soup. We have cauliflower cheese with butter beans as a side dish and the baby loves this mushed up. Thanks for linking up #maternitymondays

    1. Mum in Brum
      September 28, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      Ooh I can’t believe I left out cauliflower cheese!! Our little one would eat that every day 🙂 x

  4. Loving life with little ones
    September 29, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    we are moving onto the mushed up weaning stage, some great ideas here, our favourite at the moment is lamb and mint pie with parsnip mash and veggies. #maternitymondays
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  5. Sugar&Rhubarb
    October 4, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    what a delicious selection!!! I’m just doing my meal planning for this week and the courgette lasagne has just been added!!
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  6. You Baby Me Mummy
    October 7, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Oh Chicken traybake is one of our staples (with nados piri piri sauce) Yummy! Great post lovely. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 8, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      Ooh I need to get some of that nandos sauce – not sure why I don’t have that in my life! x

  7. Charlotte
    November 5, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Love these! – I think I am going to give the courgette lasagne a go! some great ideas, thanks for sharing! #coolmumclub
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  8. Habiba
    November 5, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Great post! Shepherds pie and spag bol I can vouch for too. Very interested in trying that creamy courgette lasagne though! #coolmumsclub

    1. Mum in Brum
      November 5, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      It is so easy to make! You should definitely give it a go – and healthy too x

  9. Talya
    November 5, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Mmmmm I’m getting hungry just reading this! Such a win when all the family is happy on the food front. Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub linky! x
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  10. mummuddlingthrough
    November 5, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Always looking for ‘one meal for all’ ideas! Esp when theres two small mouths to feed. Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 7, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      Yep I’m sure I’ll be all over one pot meals if I end up having a second. I can’t imagine having to faff about with three separate meals! All about large batches and freezing leftovers I think x

  11. Robyn
    November 6, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Great post, exactly what I’ve been looking for. My one-year old is a bit fussy and I don’t want to spend heaps of time cooking things he probably won’t eat. If I’m not cooking especially for him it means he can have a bit more variety and I won’t get so frustrated about wasting time and ingredients – thanks! #coolmumclub
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 7, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      I do find it saves so much time! I used to cook everything separately but now I always just try and do larger batches so that I have some to freeze. I find most sauces can be added to pasta or rice for Taylor which makes it so much easier. Glad you found it helpful x

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