Baby Food Recipes: 8 Months and Wanting Yum!

baby food recipes 8 monthsAs your baby gets older its time to experiment! You’ll find your new little bub is eager to try new foods and tastes, and will even be starting to chew. The hard part is to know what kinds of food you should give to your baby, but there are a huge range of meals you can prepare that will please their tiny palates. If you’re just making your first steps into giving your baby new foods, try this course and build a lifetime of healthy eating habits for your new child.

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When you start giving your baby new and exciting foods there’s no hard and fast rule. They’ll all have different tastes, likes and dislikes – just like their parents! Try the foods in this guide, but don’t fret if your baby isn’t interested. Their taste buds are developing all the time, so give it a couple of weeks and try it again. What they refuse today could well become their favorite next month! As you’re trying new foods, remember to apply the four day rule – just in case there are any allergic reactions you know which is the culprit. All you need to do is wait 4 days between introducing any new foods to their diet and be sure they are all OK before you bring in a second new item.

The range of food you can give your 8 month old baby is huge, but the first step is into pureed fruits and vegetables. There’s always time to whip up a nutritious and homemade meal for your little one, even with the time constraints of a busy career and a hectic lifestyle. All you need to get started is a blender, or a food processor – and a saucepan. If you’re just starting out adding a little bit of water can help thin the consistency of the puree, and help them swallow more easily. Once your baby is used to the food, they’ll be able to eat thicker puree with no problems. Once they’re eating fruit and vegetable purees, we’ve got some great meat dishes for them to try!

Here are some recipes for you to try to experiment and discover what your baby likes:

Healthy Green Smoothies

1 cup frozen peas
1 cup frozen soybeans (edamame)
2 fresh apples
1 cup fresh apple juice (no added sugar or concentrate)

Set a large pot filled halfway with water to the boil on a high heat. As this is getting ready prep your shocking station with a colander, and a large bowl filled with ice and cold water.

  1. Peel the apples and remove the seeds, and cut them into wedges.
  2. Put the frozen peas and soybeans in the colander and run water over them to remove any ice crystals
  3. Pour peas, apples, and soybeans into the boiling water, and cook for 3 minutes
  4. Scoop the peas, apples and soybeans back into the colander and run cold water over them
  5. Put the peas, apples and soybeans in the ice bath, and let it sit for 3 minutes
  6. Strain out any ice and water and then put the mix into a blender with the apple juice
  7. Blend until the puree is formed, and the mixture is smooth
  8. Pour any unused puree into ice cube trays, and wrap and freeze leftovers for future meals

Brown Rice Blend

1/2 cup of organic brown rice
1/2 cup water

  1. Blend the rice grains in a spice grinder or a blender until they are finely ground
  2. This makes plenty of rice powder, which can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator
  3. Bring the 1/2 cup of water to the boil and add 2 tablespoons of the rice powder
  4. Continually whisk the mix for 30 seconds, and then occasionally for 4-5 minutes until the result is thick and creamy with no lumps
  5. Let it cool, and serve

Pear and Banana Puree

2 bananas sliced into chunks roughly 2-3 cm
2 pears peeled and sliced into wedges

  1. Preheat your over to 380 degrees
  2. Place the fruit on a baking tray and roast for 25 minutes
  3. Remove from the over and puree in a food processor or a blender until smooth
  4. Wait for the mix to cool and then serve

Mango Banana Puree

1 mango that has the pit removed and is cut into chunks
1 banana

  1. An incredibly simple puree, all you need to do is put the mango and banana into a food processor and blend until smooth
  2. Serve
  3. Leftover puree can be frozen in ice cube trays

Tropical Puree

1 mango with pit removed and cut into cubes
2 kiwi fruit, peeled and cubed
1 cup of papaya, peeled and cubed

  1. Another very simple puree, all you need to do is put the mango, kiwi and papaya into a food processor and blend until smooth
  2. Serve
  3. Leftover puree can be frozen in ice cube trays

Popeye’s Puree

300 g of frozen chopped spinach
1 cup of ricotta cheese (whole milk)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (keep 2 tbsp extra for sprinkling just before serving)
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons of plain whole meal flour

  1. Defrost the frozen spinach and use a salad spinner to remove all of the water
  2. Slightly blend the spinach and all other ingredients in a food processor or blender so it’s in tiny pieces (not puree)
  3. Dust your hands with the flour so the mix doesn’t stick to you
  4. Make small balls of the spinach mixture (about 2cm) diameter
  5. Bring a large pot of water to the boil
  6. Add the spinach mixture balls to the water, and cook for 2-3 minutes until they rise to the surface
  7. Remove the spinach mixture balls and place in a bowl
  8. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, let cool and serve
    *you can also freeze the balls after step 4, they will last up to 4 months.

Super Green Puree

1/2 cup carrots, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup green beans with the ends removed
1/2 cup broccoli
1/2 cup peas, either fresh or frozen
1/2 cup sweet potato, peeled and cubed

  1. Steam the sweet potatoes and carrots over boiling water for 2 minutes
  2. Add all other remaining ingredients and steam until tender (another 3 minutes approx)
  3. Take all ingredients and blend or use a food processor to create a puree
  4. Let cool and serve
  5. Leftovers can be frozen for up to 3 months in ice cube trays

Vegetable Fish

1 fillet of any white fish
2 tablespoons of breast milk or formula
1 tbsp of peas
1 tbsp carrots, peeled and cubed
1 tbsp sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1 tbsp olive oil

  1. Cook the peas, carrots and sweet potato in a saucepan with a tiny dash of olive oil
  2. Cook the fish until soft (do not overcook) in a saucepan with a tiny dash of olive oil
  3. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until creamy
  4. Let cool, and serve

Chicken Stew

1 chicken breast, cut into small cubes
1 tbsp carrot, peeled and cubed
1 tbsp peas
1 tbsp sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1/4 cup brown rice
1/4 cup breast milk or formula
Pinch of thyme to taste

  1. Cook the rice by your preferred method, or for 5-10 minutes in a saucepan of boiling water
  2. Pan fry the chicken breast until cooked through with a little bit of oil
  3. Steam the carrot, peas and sweet potato for 3-5 minutes until they are fork-soft
  4. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until they form a puree
  5. Let cool, and serve

Try all of these recipes and see which ones your baby likes the most, and don’t fret if they’re a little fussy at first. If you’re still in the planning sessions you should check out this course on getting your home ready for a baby, or have a read through this recent post on what you should be doing to prepare. Do everything right and you’ll have the happiest, most healthy baby on the block, that is getting all of the food they need and attention to keep them feeling safe and secure. And if not, you could always check out this course and learn the secrets to getting your baby calm – instantly!

Stop fretting and get planning, having a baby in the home will be one of the most amazing experiences of your life!