When our little guy turned 6 months, we knew that we wanted to get started with solid foods. While we didn’t follow traditional baby led weaning, we started out with purees (here are some of our favorite purees!) and then slowly moved to finger foods!
Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite simple, easy-to-make (no complicated recipes here) baby led weaning recipe ideas to get started with finger foods! These have been staples for us during this phase and we love that they can all be converted to adult variations as well. We know that you and your little one will LOVE these easy ideas!
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15 Baby Led Weaning Recipe Ideas
1. Steamed carrots, apples, and chicken
The first thing you’ll need is a baby food steamer, like this one! We promise it makes life a million times easier during this phase. Cut the carrots and apples into small cubes (or long sticks), then steam for about 10-15 minutes. Bake or cook the chicken, then tear off little pieces of the soft part for your little one. Feel free to serve with rice or quinoa as well!
2. Cod, peas, and asparagus
Cod is a great source of healthy protein for your little one! Combine baked fish with steamed peas and asparagus (cut into small pieces), and you have a great meal for baby!
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3. Yogurt, blueberries, and peaches
Giving your little one yogurt can seem intimidating. And yes, it will definitely get messy! But yogurt is a great source of calcium and protein, so it can be a great addition to your baby’s meals. Cut blueberries into halves (or quarters), cut peaches into small bite-sized cubes, and top them with little drops of plain yogurt. Your baby will love this meal!
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4. Avocado pasta sauce with whole grain pasta and steamed veggies
This recipe is as easy as it comes and is perfect for both parents and baby! Try making this delicious 10-Minute Avocado Pasta Sauce and pouring it over whole grain fettuccine (or elbows). Cut the pasta into small pieces for baby and serve with steamed, soft veggies!
5. Eggs, beans, and asparagus
Scrambled eggs, soft cooked beans, and steamed asparagus (cut into small cubes) makes for a healthy and delicious lunch or dinner recipe!
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6. Whole wheat toast, almond butter, and blueberries
This is a great breakfast or snack recipe! Top half of a slice of whole wheat toast with a little bit of almond butter, then cut into small pieces. Serve with blueberry halves or quarters!
7. Salmon, avocado, and steamed cabbage
Love tacos but want to make a baby-friendly version? Make these Salmon Tacos for yourself and give your baby the baked salmon (without the salt/pepper), fresh avocado (cut into small cubes), and steamed cabbage!
8. Healthy banana pancakes
We love pancakes for breakfast! And so does our little one. These 10-Minute Healthy Banana Pancakes are great for keeping on hand for quick breakfasts throughout the week!
9. Avocado, tomatoes, and whole wheat toast
Love Avocado Toast? Make a variation of it for your little one! Fresh avocado and tomatoes cut into small cubes served with soft, whole wheat bread torn into small pieces. So yummy!
10. Salmon, broccoli, and rice
Baked salmon, steamed broccoli, and cooked rice make for a complete meal. Try out this Easy Baked Teriyaki Salmon recipe for the adult version!
11. Turkey meatballs, steamed spinach, and rice
Make a baby-friendly version of this Turkey Swedish Meatballs recipe by creating the meatballs and cutting them into small, soft little bites! Serve with lightly steamed spinach and cooked rice.
12. Tofu scramble, quinoa, avocado, and steamed sweet potato
Tofu is a great source of protein for your baby. Create this Tofu Scramble recipe without the salt and pepper, then serve with cooked quinoa, fresh cubed avocado, and steamed sweet potato!
13. Wholesome peach muffins
We love making these Wholesome Peach Muffins in advance and having them on hand throughout the week! Your little one will love this easy recipe for delicious breakfasts and snacks.
14. Avocado egg salad on whole wheat toast
This Avocado Egg Salad recipe is loaded with nutrients and healthy protein! Make this without salt and pepper for your little one, then serve with soft, whole wheat bread (torn into small pieces).
15. Steamed sweet potato, black beans, and eggs
Steamed sweet potato, cooked black beans, and scrambled eggs are a staple in our household. Add these to a spinach salad to make a healthy adult version of this meal!
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