11 Baby-Friendly Family Meals

Baby friendly family meals are a must for any busy mom or dad. Modifying your meals to suit baby’s needs is not as difficult as you may think. No need to purchase specific food for baby; simply prepare for baby a modified version of your family meal, whether it be removing baby’s portion prior to adding specific ingredients, pureeing, mashing, or chopping finely.

Helpful Tips for Preparing Baby’s Food:

  1. Remove baby’s portion before adding salt or other spices.
  2. Add some homemade or organic vegetable broth or milk (depending on the meal) to facilitate pureeing, if necessary.
  3. Always make extra! That leftover portion might not be enough for you but might be the perfect portion size for baby.

Here are some delicious family meals that can be easily modified to suit baby’s taste buds and/or age.
*As always, consult your pediatrician for more info on when to introduce specific solids to baby.

1) Coconut Curried Brown Rice and Lentils

coconut lentils

2) Cuban-Inspired Beef Pate


3) Pan-Roasted Pizza-Flavored Cauliflower


4) Roasted Eggplant Bruschetta


5) Nonna Giusi’s Pasta e Fagioli


6) Creamy Cauliflower Sauce


7) Thyme-Spiced Turkey and Sweet Pea Puree


8) Baked Quinoa and Oatmeal Apple Pie

quinoa pie

9) Broccoli Mac n’ Cheese Bake

broccoli bake

10) White Bean Kale and Chicken Chili

chicken chili

11) Chili con Carne


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