Some sound scrumptious, some sound strange, but all have been thoroughly taste tested and approved by little mouths.
Some basic tips:
* Once you’ve introduced several foods on their own, you can start combining those. And as you add new single foods to your little one, you’ll have more combination possibilities.
* All of the grains and starches — oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, barley and couscous – are good in combination with pretty much any fruit or any vegetable. They’re also useful if you have a puree that’s very watery (like mandarin oranges or green beans) and need to thicken it up a bit so you can spoon it to your baby.
* You can also browse the baby food aisle for inspiration on foods to combine. Or check out my resources page and visit some of those websites for additional ideas.
Below are some basic food combination purees for beginners/early stages. Make sure to peel your fruits and cook your vegetables to get them soft and ready to puree.
Beginner baby food combos:
Peaches and pears
Broccoli and pineapple
Spinach and banana
Avocado and banana
Peas and carrots
Peas, pears and spinach
Green beans and barley
Broccoli, cauliflower and carrots
Prunes with pears, banana or pumpkin
Butternut squash with quinoa
Sweet potato, apple and barley
Oatmeal with applesauce
Chicken and pears or peaches
Chicken, brown rice and zucchini
Black or pinto beans and rice or quinoa
Black beans and sweet potato
Black beans and broccoli or zucchini
Pumpkin with cinnamon
Roasted banana and pear
Potatoes, peas and corn
Applesauce with fruit mix-in (blackberry, strawberry, pear, mango or carrot) – can also mix in some quinoa
Yogurt with fruit mix-ins (applesauce, berry mixes – I also add spinach or kale to my fruit mixes to stir into yogurt)
Cottage cheese with peaches or pears or berry applesauce or fruit mix
Oatmeal with peanut butter and banana
Hummus (chick peas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic if desired)
Roasted sweet potato and parsnips
Roasted zucchini and peppers
Chicken with broccoli and cream cheese
Sauteed zucchini and squash with thyme (pureed if not ready for finger foods; can add couscous or quinoa to thicken it up a bit)
More interesting combinations:
Pea and parsley hummus
Guacamole (avocado, tomato and lemon juice)
Tilapia with sweet potato and carrots
Salmon with butternut squash and parsnips
Chicken and roasted veggies (broccoli, yellow or butternut squash and/or carrots)
Chicken with sweet potato, broccoli and soy milk
Chicken or turkey with cream cheese and oatmeal or barley and broccoli
Pork, sweet potatoes and peas
Pork and applesauce
Ground beef with potatoes and peas
Don’t forget to check out my full list of homemade baby food resources for other ideas, tips and information.
What are your baby’s favorite food combinations?
What surprising combos have you tried offering?