Making first foods for your baby is a pleasure, better for the baby than shop bought recipes and you will save money. Set aside a day for cooking and freeze it. If you are just introducing a baby to solids for the first time, there are a number of nourishing vitamin laden recipes you can try for example avocado and banana puree. Avocados are rich in oleic acids, healthy fats which are good for the heart , minerals and vitamins, 2 g of protein, high in fibre and B vitamins, powerful antioxidants which are good for the eyes and potassium for the stomach. Bananas are rich in potassium, minerals and vitamin C.
How about pear puree? Great fibre and vitamin C . Papaya puree? The list goes on. For a nourishing main course try a trio of root vegetables, sweet potatoes are a complex carbohydrate full of fibre and vitamin C, Carrots rich in vitamin A for the eyes and parsnip for fibre, potassium and vitamin C simply boil up the vegetables and puree when cooked perhaps with a little of the baby’s milk. Or how about butternut and carrot puree.
For baby’s age 6 to 9 months make a lentil puree or a salmon and tomato and sweet potato puree. Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and high in protein, plus rich in vitamins including selenium, B12 and potassium. Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants and sweet potatoes are high in fibre and vitamin C. Or how about kale, butternut squash, pea and broccoli for a green vitamin bonanza. Or more traditional flavours such as beef and kale and for dessert peach, strawberry and apple.
Vegetables are not very expensive to buy and if you cook a large lot you can divide it up and freeze for use another day. Feed your child for a fraction of the price with ingredients you know are healthy and fresh.