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Looking for some simple baby dinner recipes that aren’t just for baby? These family recipes are simple to make, easy for baby to eat, and totally delicious for the whole family! Make mealtime simpler with one meal that satisfies everyone around the table!
As your baby gets older, and especially after 12 months – they can really just eat what you eat! Between 8-12 months, I started giving both of my kids tastes of everything we were eating (with the exception of milk, honey and nuts) to start easing them into it. They didn’t love everything at first, but now both of them are very open and excited eaters – we all eat the same thing for dinner most nights!
The only modification I make is to sometimes decrease the “heat” (mainly cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper) in the version I give my kids, but all other spices remain the same as what’s on our dinner plates!
If you’re baby isn’t quite ready for solids, be sure to check out my post about the best organic baby formulas or if you’re started making homemade baby purees be sure to check out these baby food recipes that my kids both loved when they were just starting out on solids.
Tips For Making Easy Baby Dinner Recipes
Start with Tastes: Before you jump right into feeding your baby the same meals you are eating, start by giving them small tastes of what you are eating at the dinner table. Try eating at the same time as them to start to get them interested in what you are eating, and encourage their curiosity.
Reduce the Heat: The key you first start to serve your baby the same meals that you are eating is to reduce the heat, both the temperature and the spice. If a recipe calls for cayenne pepper, or another type of hot spice, take it out of the recipe, and instead sprinkle it on your own portion. Or remove a small portion for baby, and then add the spice to the rest of the dish. It’s also important to make sure that when you serve baby their food, that it is warm but not hot. Always test the temperature before serving to your baby.
Serve Leftovers: One meal can last a long time for your baby, so don’t be afraid to serve them leftovers. Yesterday’s dinner, could be tomorrows lunch and dinner the next day!.
Muffin Tin Meals: A fun way to serve baby a perfectly portioned dinner is with muffin tin meals. Think breakfast egg bites, or use the muffin tin to portion small amounts of food for baby to try.
Freezer Meals: Baby does not need a large portion. So divide their food into small portion sizes, and freeze the rest to have as an easy dinner option on a busy night!
Helpful Tools for Feeding
These helpful tools and equipment will help baby transition to mealtime with the family with ease.
Bamboo Plates with Sections: These plates are perfect for baby as they stay put with a special suction cup on the bottom. No worries about baby throwing the plate on the floor!
Bamboo Toddler Cups: Get baby used to drinking from regular open cup with these non-breakable bamboo cups.
Utensils: Get baby their own set of utensils specifically designed for their small hands and a fist grip.
Smoothie Cups: Making baby her own smoothie is a simple and delicious option. These smoothie cups designed for baby are glass mason jars covered with a silicone sleeve, and silicone straws that have their own stopper.
Reusable Pouches: These reusable pouches are great to have to add some leftovers in after dinner. They you’ll have a meal to go the next day!
Here is the list of about 30 recipes my kids regularly will eat and enjoy. It saves me time because I don’t make them something separate for dinner (or snacks in the case of smoothies/guacamole) — we all just eat the same thing!
What Can I Make For Dinner For My One Year Old Baby?
When your baby is old enough to mash foods with their gums, or drink with a straw, they can begin transitioning from purees to more sophisticated foods! In fact, they can have most of the foods you are preparing for yourself or the rest of the family with a few modifications.
Refrain from giving your baby foods that include the following ingredients:
Nuts or Nut Butters
Milk or Cheese (until after 12 months)
Raw Fruits or Vegetables (choking hazard)
Hard Candy or Popcorn (choking hazard)
Smoked or Cured Meats
Fish with a High Mercury Count
Smoothies are a great way to pack in lots of nutrition into a simple to eat meal for baby. Add vegetables, fruit, and milk when baby is over 12 months. Make sure to leave out nut butters and nut milks for allergy reasons.
A simple berry smoothie that's healthy, creamy, and has no added sugar! Naturally sweetened and full of antioxidants, this smoothie is the perfect breakfast, snack, or dessert!
This Strawberry and Bananas Smoothie is naturally sweet, filled with fruit, and so simple to make. With just 5 ingredients, you can easily customize this energizing smoothie recipe and be sipping on it in under 5 minutes.
This smoothie packs an antioxidant punch from the frozen wild blueberries and spinach (or kale – your choice!), has natural sweetness from the bananas and pineapple, and added protein from some plain Greek yogurt.
Another delicious meal that baby can easily enjoy are soups! Especially those that are smooth and creamy like this butternut squash soup with ginger! Baby can also eat chunkier soups as long as they are able to gum the vegetables and beans easily. If baby is under one year old leave out any dairy for their serving.
Vegan Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk and Ginger
This curried, vegan butternut squash soup with coconut milk is healthy, easy, and packed full of flavor. With warm spices like ginger and curry powder, this is the best butternut squash soup you'll ever make!
This incredible Carrot Ginger Soup is bursting with fall flavors that are the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. This creamy, rich soup doesn't even require any heavy cream! It's cozy and comforting, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and kid-friendly too!
This comforting Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup will warm you up, fill your belly, and tantalize your taste buds! The white beans give the soup a creamy taste and the pumpkin delivers a rich warmth that'll have you coming back for more. Healthy, vegan, gluten-free, delicious and ready in 30 minutes!
This recipe blew my husband, the veggie-chili-skeptic, away. He no longer responded with “this isn’t chili,” but instead said “this is really good!” He even went back for seconds. It’s got the deep flavor of traditional meat chilis, but is much healthier and vegetarian friendly.
Instead of serving baby the whole patty or veggie burger in a bun with all the toppings, simply cut a portion of the burger into bite sized pieces that they can pick up with their fingers and mash with their gums. Makes for great self-feeding baby dinner recipes!
Mashed Potato Fritters with Kale and Onions
These mashed potato fritters are perfect to use up things in the fridge. I also love that they fit as a snack, appetizer, or meal.
This is one of those leftover pinto bean recipes I would have never thought of but now can't live without! These pinto bean burgers really hit the spot when you're craving that Southwestern, Tex-Mex flavor. But beware, you won't want to go back to frozen veggie patties after these!
Lentil Falafel Burger Recipe with Creamy Feta Sauce
This lentil falafel burger recipe is made from tiny, quick cooking beluga lentils. Sweet potato is the sneaky ingredient that beefs up these patties and gives them a slightly sweet flavor. Spices like cumin, sumac, and oregano take you straight to the Mediterranean. It's finished with a creamy feta sauce!
This pumpkin burgers recipe with black beans and vegetables is delicious! They are hearty, healthy and the perfect comfort food. Quick, easy and ready in 30 minutes, they are perfect for a busy weeknight dinner!
Curries don’t have to be spicy, so they are perfect for baby with lots of soft vegetables, and healthy plant proteins like chickpeas, lentils, and beans, served in a creamy sauce that baby will love. Serve with a side of brown rice for extra nutrition and fiber!
Vegan Thai Green Curry
This delicious and hearty Vegan Thai Green Curry with chickpeas is slightly spicy and super filling. It makes great leftovers too!
This wholesome, comforting sweet potato and chickpea curry is crave-worthy and delicious. You can whip it up in just 40 minutes and you will end up with a fantastic dinner that will keep you warm and satisfied. Naturally gluten-free and vegan too!
This delicious Butternut Squash and Chickpea Curry is packed with goodness and great flavors! The texture of this healthy curry is just perfect, it's full bodied and the chickpeas give it just the right amount of bite!
This Sweet Potato Cauliflower Curry is perfectly seasoned with Indian spices. It makes for a wonderful main dish served over rice, or as a side dish paired with a hearty stew or salad.It's healthy, vegan and gluten-free too!
This flavorful authentic Chana Masala recipe is an easy, Indian chickpea curry, with the perfect amount of spice and veggies! Served with creamy yogurt and cilantro, naturally gluten-free and easily made vegan too!
Indian Dal (also spelled Dhal or Daal) is a delicious plant-based, yet high protein meal. Warm, comforting, and aromatic, this lightened up red lentil dal contains all of your favorite Indian flavors, minus the oil and fat. Healthy and vegan friendly!
Pack in the veggies with these healthy and hearty baby dinner recipes. You may want to cook the vegetables down more so that they are softer for your baby to eat. Cut into small bite sized portions before serving.
Cauliflower Sabji with Peas and Carrots
Cauliflower Sabji is an Indian vegetable side dish spiced with curry flavors. It's simple to make, and full of flavor. An excellent way to get a healthy serving of vegetables into your daily diet!
Indian Vegetables: Quick and Healthy Vegetable Sabji
Indian Vegetables or Vegetable Sabji is best described as sautéd veggies with roasted Indian spices to amp up the flavor. It's a delicious side dish, or can be a main meal when served with roti, daal, or spiced yogurt for protein!
This Healthy Mashed Potatoes Recipe is the ULTIMATE comfort food! Russet potatoes, cauliflower, garlic, and fresh herbs come together for a creamy, rich, dairy-free, vegan mashed potatoes that is the perfect side dish any time of the year!
Enjoy this Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole any time of year! It is sweet, filled with plump golden raisins, maple syrup, crunchy pecans, and fall spices. Complete your holiday dinner or add it as a side to your supper.
Pasta recipes are a delicious choice for baby! Make sure that the pasta is cooked well enough that baby can gum and chew small pieces. Prior to serving to baby, cut the pasta and any vegetables into small bite sized pieces.
Pasta alla Formiana (or a healthified baked “ziti”)
This baked pasta dish gives you all the comfort of cheesy pasta but with added veggies and pretty presentation.
Vegan Pasta Primavera
Delicious Vegan Pasta Primavera will knock your socks off with its incredible flavors. Filled with fresh, tender vegetables, tossed in a rich marinara sauce, and seasoned to perfection, you can whip up this family-friendly meal in just 25 minutes!
Red Lentil Pasta Recipe with Superfood Marinara Sauce!
This lentil pasta recipe is the ultimate easy vegetarian meal that is filled with protein and ready within minutes! Red marinara sauce is mixed with tender nutritious vegetables for a wholesome balanced meal that is bold in flavor.
Always a family favorite, savory casseroles are one of my favorite baby dinner recipes that are great for adults and older kids too! Cooked down, and easy to eat, make sure that it isn’t too hot before serving to baby.
Italian Casserole with Cannellini Beans
This vegetarian Italian casserole with Cannellini beans is incredibly appetizing and full of great flavors! Made with savory Parmesan cheese mixed with coarse breadcrumbs and fresh herbs for a gratin that tastes fully authentic! You're going to love this easy side dish or main meal that is ready in less than an hour!
A lightened-up, healthy black bean casserole that you can enjoy completely guilt-free. Reminiscent of enchiladas, slightly spicy and super satisfying, full of black beans, veggies, quinoa, and cheesy goodness.
If you love Mexican food, then you’re going to adore chilaquiles rojos! This classic Mexican dish is filled with black beans, peppers, tomatoes, and spices with layers of corn tortilla smothered in a rich tomato sauce. It’s a vegetarian-friendly Mexican casserole the whole family will love!
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