Need suggestions for meals

Tonya - posted on 04/18/2010 ( 32 moms have responded )

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Steven had his 1 yr. check on Friday and the Dr. suggested that we wean him from baby food asap. Currently we have tried potatoes, breads, cheese and a few fruits, but I am curious what other moms are starting out for meals. With Steven being my 1st, I need all the suggestions anyone can give.

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First I recommend checking your library for any of Annabel Karmel's books she has great ideas for kid friendly healthy meals that are age appropriately grouped. Some of her recipes are so tasty I make them for myself and hubbie too (Lovely Lentils; Chicken & Apple Balls; Apricot, Apple, & Pear Custard). Add her cheese sauce to almost anything and it will disappear. A ton of her recipes are also freezer friendly (all marked in the books) so a few recipes at a time once or twice a month and your set.

If cooking isn't your thing here is my go to list of simple stuff I have found to be a success with my son, who is still a reluctant chewer. I try to include at least 2 food groups at every meal:

Dairy: yogurt, string cheese, cottage cheese, slices of cheese, cream cheese

Fruit: chunks of banana, soft cooked apple, soft cooked peach, soft cooked pear, soft cooked cantaloupe applesauce, Gerber dehydrated apple pieces, Gerber fruit chews

Veggies: Morningstar garden veggie patties, steamed broccoli or cauliflower, soft cooked carrots or zucchini, sautéed diced sweet potato or squash, mashed potatoes, chunks of avocado, peas, soft cooked chopped green beans, red peppers roasted in the oven then peeled

Protein: low sodium deli lunch meat, turkey brats skin removed & cut into small pieces, scrambled eggs (with cheese), canned salmon, imitation crab leg chunks, black beans, ham salad

Grains: whole grain noodles, bread, Nutrigrain Eggo waffles, 100 calorie bagels with cream cheese cut up (I like the 100 calorie ones because he can finish a 1/2 bagel = less waste), graham crackers, Nutrigrain bars broken into pieces, Quaker oatmeal, cheerios, occasionally gold fish or animal crackers

If your child is just starting to accept textures start gradual for example they sell really small star pasta and a,b,c pasta shapes at some grocery stores (I found mine at a Price Chopper). Or puree fresh foods and gradually switch to chopping then cutting.

Hope you find something in my rambling helpful :)

Paige - posted on 05/04/2010

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I never did the processed baby food in a jar. I used Annabel Karmel's Superfoods book for age appropriate recipes for my daughter. She eats steak, chicken, turkey, pork, all vegetables except cauliflower, loves bananas, avocados, any kind of berries, apples, yogurt, and applesauce. Now that she is one I am still using many of the recipes I found in the book but am not pureeing them, just chopping them or cutting up small so my daughter doesn't choke. Hope these ideas help. Good luck!

Tara - posted on 05/03/2010

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I love experimenting with my daughter who turned 1 on April 16th. She no longer wants or eats baby food. I am a bit of a health nut so I dont feed her somethings. She has five teeth so she does chew her food so I make alot of her food finger food so she can feed herself. We give her spaghetti with whole grain paste (you cant taste the difference) chicken, salmon and any vegetables I can steam. She loves broccoli and cauliflower trees steamed! I really good recipe is chicken mixed with butternut squash, 2tbsp cream cheese and corriander. Experiment have fun!!

Kelly - posted on 04/27/2010

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I have a baby sensitive to textures and she has gagged on just about everything. But, I have found that if I keep trying she eventually will eat it. So, even if I tried something yesterday that she didn't like and/or gagged on, usually by day 3 or 4 she gets used to the texture and gets it down.
Breakfast: scrambled eggs, pancakes with sugar free syrup (just a little bit), waffles, oatmeal with cinnamon & fruit
Lunch: she's not a big lunch eater so I'm lucky to get down a yogurt. I use Gerber yogurt because they are made with whole milk, chicken nuggets, PB & J, smoothie, (fruit, milk, yogurt, tiny bit of ice)
Dinner: I still do a STage 2 Chicken dinner a few times a week because she loves it and it's one of the only ways to get her to eat her veggies and a good chunk of protein. I tried tortellini tonight and she loved it! Ground beef or turkey is also a good one!
For snacks I am sticking to finger foods. She is pretty adamant about feeding herself. Cheerios, Goldfish, freeze dried fruit chips, Gerber finger foods, etc.
There are a lot of great suggestions that people gave! I may have to try some myself. But, yes, keep trying different things at each meal. I did learn that my baby got tired of the blandness of baby food and she just doesn't want it anymore (except the chicken dinner). So don't be afraid to give him something with a little more flavor. Anything goes once they are a year old!
I went thru a phase with my little one where I she was so finicky that I was trying 4 or 5 different things to feed her at each meal. It was exhausting. But, as her tastebuds have developed and I've learned what she likes a little more, it's getting easier.
Hope this helps! Good luck!

Rachel - posted on 04/27/2010

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My one year old will eat chopped up roast dinner (no gravy as he picks it up with his fingers). I do him things like roasted sweet potato, scooped out, and mashed with butter and grated cheese, cubes of cheese, cucumber, tomatoes, mashed potatoes, sausage casserole (saussages, sweet potato or butternut squash, red peppers, stock, chopped up). He does eat some baby food, but he likes cream cheese sandwiches, brocolli, peas, pasta, etc etc. I got some new ideas from Alison, too! Thanks Alison. Good advice. Christian won't take avocado at the moment, but they say present it 12 times before you give up, so I keep giving it to him (and he keeps leaving it!). I would say - don't worry too much, just don't add any salt or stock cubes to anything, and no nuts - cut up grapes (anything rounded). My son loves peaches in juice and satsumas, bananas mashed in milk, apple pear, plum.

Good luck! Hope this helps.

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www.wholesomebabyfood.com and www.wholesometoddlerfood.com are great websites with food choices! :)

Laura - posted on 05/01/2010

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Some of my daughters favourites are cottage pie, pasta bolognese, fish pie and chicken risotto. She's also started to eat finger foods like pizza and fish fingers. Try looking in Annabel Karmel's cook books, that's where I get a lot of my ideas.

Cinda - posted on 04/30/2010

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My one year old has been eating soild food since he was bout six months old. He started to refuse baby food and would not eat the baby cereal. Sitting at the table one night with him in my arms (I didnt have a high chair yet) he grabbed some food off of my plate and he ate like that for the rest of dinner. I actually started giving him soild food around 3 months.(mostly mashed potatoes.) He was completly on solid foods by nine months and cows milk by 10 months. Every kid is different and they all have their moments when they will eat a lot one day and almost nothing the next.

Adrianne - posted on 04/30/2010

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My son just turned one on April 21st. His doctor and I discussed his eating habits, and the doctor informed me that I have what they refer to as a "texture-eater." My son refuses to eat a lot of solids. The doctor just told me to keep him on baby food and offer, offer, offer the solids! He eats a few things....cottage cheese, yogurt, cheese, certain veggies and fruit, he just recently began eating cutup meats, crackers, and bread....but he is picky based on textures! LOL

Breanne - posted on 04/30/2010

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My son just turned a year old and loves to eat porridge for breakfast. Fresh fruit is always good, ripe bananas, ripe watermelon all in bite size pieces, really easy to chew. Cheese sandwiches(one piece of bread) yogurt, pasta with tomato or cheese sauces. He pretty much eats what we have for supper but I always make sure the meat is really small. He loves turkey and roast dinners, everything in a bowl with a scoop of gravy!

Charlotte - posted on 04/30/2010

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Hi I have twin boy's and I time I feel what I do is lazy but other tell me I am organised. What I do is a do a big pot of pumpkin, carrots, potato and zuchini up and mash it. I then add pureed kidney beans and beetroot. ( Some week instead of the beetroot and kidney beans I cook chops then cut the meat up and puree it to add to the vegies) I have a million small containers which I then put a cup of the mixture in to as many as I can and put them in the freezer. I give this to my boy's for dinner and that way they are getting all of their vitamins and I don't have to worry each day what to make them for dinner that is nutricious. They have weetbix every morning for breckfast and at morning tea they have a soft fruit and musili bar and a whole bananna each. Then for lunch they have vegimite and cheese sandwhiches in tiny pices which they love. And for afternoon snack I give them a small bottle of formula. Having twins I find having dinner preorganised makes it so much easier for me. And after every time they eat solids I give them some water to drink to keep them hydrated

Kristen - posted on 04/29/2010

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I had to switch because my one year old got an "I do it" mentality, but can't really work utensils yet. We give her cut up chicken, bananas, apple slices, sliced strawberries, pineapple chunks, Cheerios, Gerber yogurt, scrambled eggs, cut up pizza (when we get it), and Gerber toddler meals that aren't too saucey, like the pasta pick ups.She is a carboholic. Her favorites are any kind of rice or noodles (we're big into Chinese food and she will scarf down udon noodles or lo mein like nobody's business)

Eliza - posted on 04/29/2010

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my daughter is 1yr old now but i'm not sure what to give instead giving porridge... any help??

Natalie - posted on 04/29/2010

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your doing a great job, keep up introducing those same foods. Anything foods that are nice and soft for him to eat are great!

Trisha-Ann - posted on 04/28/2010

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my son eats everything i eat just in smaller pieces. he also eats the graduate toddler meals and he likes yogart. he likes whole wheat pasta, broiled vegies(squash, tomatos, mushrooms, bell peppers), cheese sandwiches(whole wheat w/out crust), sweet potatos, apples, the gerber toddler snacks, pot roast, soup and chillis, baked potatos, tuna salad, pizza cut in little pieces, and turkey franks skin removed and cut in little pieces{i cut it in slices then in fours.}

Tracy - posted on 04/28/2010

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We live in Australia but I have found the Baby and Toddler meal book by Robin Barker really good. I make one or two meals and freeze it into muffin size trays every weekend for lunches for my little man. I have one girl and two boys. Both my boys have been put on a low GI diet at 10 months because they EAT so much. My one year old has 2 weetbix with goats milk for breakfast, then wholemeal toast fingers. (goats milk is gentler on a little ones tummy), sandwich with avocado, hommus or marscopone cheese for morning tea, a pasta or rice dish with meat and vegies in it for lunch, yoghurt, bikkies and fruit for afternoon tea, then whatever we are eating for dinner as long as it involves carbs, and custard for dessert. He is also breastfeeding 3 times a day and has goats milk for Breakfast, lunch and dinner. My hubby is 6 foot 2 tall so thinking the boys are taking after Daddy LOL they'll eat me out of house and home when they are older.

Angela - posted on 04/27/2010

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I feed my 1 yr old EVERYTHING we eat, I just make it smaller, she gets messy but is having the time of her life. She is my second and I learned something that I did not know with my first and that is let her be. If they will eat it let em.
My first is a super picky 11 yr old but my 1 year old is as my husband so lovingly says a goat and will eat anything, So have fun let them go and try everything.

Vanessa - posted on 04/27/2010

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These are fabulous ideas! My son loves yogurt, avocados, cheese, cheese and more cheese (his first word even!) - He also loves sweet potatoes, green beens (soft cooked and chopped small enough for him to pick up and not choke), graham crackers - but I am having a very difficult time with meats... he just spits them out or throws them on the floor - I just don't know what to do about that - he even does this with scambled eggs with cheese... Any bright ideas?

Melissa - posted on 04/27/2010

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My son eats some baby foods, but we have made a habit to give him what ever we are eating. He loves Kicks, Yogurt, Cheese, Cottage Cheese, Veggies and fruits. Tend to stay away from all the processed foods and try to get him to eat as healthy as he can.

Nikki - posted on 04/27/2010

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I feed my son cream of wheat & apple sauce in the morning. Lunch, I do chef boyardee, lil entrees or some type of pasta, & dinner he eats whatever we eat. I haven't tried giving him pizza yet but I heard if you cut foods up into the size of your pinky finger nail size, they can't choke.

Tasha - posted on 04/27/2010

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I was finding I was having a hard time finding foods my dd likes but then I realized she just doesn't like bland food. If it has garlic, curry, even Tabasco then she will eat it. We did baby led weaning since 6 months and she has never choked. She has always eaten raw fruit and veggies without problems. now that she has front teeth she eats sandwiches, whole apples, etc.

Danielle - posted on 04/27/2010

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I haven't found a soup Landon doesn't like, he enjoys it with crackers mixed in. Also, anything with spaghetti sauce! I've made spaghetti sauce every way possible with every different kind of ground meat I think. You can buy baby pastina...it's small pasta to start your child on and my son loves it. My son also loves french fries with ketchup...not the healthiest choice but it definitely got him chewing. He also loves yogurt, apple sauce, pudding, baked potatoes with sour cream. He also enjoys the baby "cookies" they are more like crackers though...they're called Baby Mum-Mum's and he doesn't care for the sweet ones like banana but he sure does love the vegetable flavoured ones!

Martha - posted on 04/26/2010

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I feed my daughter, who turned 1 on the 20th EVERYTHING that we eat. I make dinner and the 2 of us eat it. I cut up the meat, veggies, so that they are bite size for her. I haven't fed her baby food since she was 9 months old. She is VERY independant and wanted to feed herself.
For breakfast I always feed her oatmeal with cinn., rasins, and a little brown sugar. She eats as much as my husband!
For snack she eats crackers, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, steamed broccoli, carrots, spinach.
I think that offering her all the food that we eat is REALLy important so that she eats balanced diet, not a picky eater, has a good relationship with food.
She is right at 50th percentile for weight, and is healthy and eats and drinks by herself.

Eleanor - posted on 04/25/2010

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Our boy has what we have unless its really spicy or salty. We found a few weeks ago that he started to reject plain tasting food, and wanted more flavour filled meals. We have a watties cook book for kids - this has some great family meal ideas that he really loves, and so do the rest of us! We make more than we need of the meals he can have and freeze portions of them for when we have things he can't

Amanda - posted on 04/22/2010

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My son will eat alot of things but he can only have soft foods right now cause he still doesn't get the hang of chewing it yet..if I give him chicken or anything I have this blender I will blend it up pretty good for him but his favorite right now is Pasta one thing he does not like is Squash even in baby food

Chenise - posted on 04/21/2010

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quaker oatmeal is a great start. if they love that, then you can feed him exactly what you are eating, just in smaller mushier portions

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I read on a website yesterday that these foods are super foods for 1 yr olds;
bananas, sweet potatoes, avocados, eggs, carrots, yogurt, baby cereal (w/iron & grains), cheese, chicken, citrus fruits, red meat, butternut squash, fish, tomatoes, peas, broccoli, & pasta.

Stella - posted on 04/20/2010

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I give my daughter porridge and fruit for breakfast, a sandwich (made with only 1 slice of bread) and a yogurt for lunch, and whatever me and my husband eat for dinner followed by another yogurt because she refuses to take milk. I also make sure to give her juice during the day and with meals as it is all she will drink.

Michelle - posted on 04/18/2010

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My daughter has been eating table food since Christmas, she eats whatever we eat just in smaller portions and cut into smaller sizes....and just a note we have no teeth yet so don't worry about choking he will learn how to manage the solids very quickly...We had pizza for my daughters 1st birthday as it is one of her favorite meals, she also like Macaroni and cheese, bologna, cheese slices, and loves almost every fruit we have tried good luck

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