I am starting to think that too many options in our life has made us easily bored with the few options that we have. When I was a nine-month-old baby, I am pretty sure that the only baby food that I was fed was Banana, Potaotes, Sooji and the likes. But as supermarkets continue to add more choices, we feel obligated to give our children more options including new and better baby food options. So here are some recipes that you can try if you get bored with the usual mashed potatoes and bananas.

White Beans

White Beans: Boil soaked white beans in water still soft. Blend and serve. Benefits: good supply of proteins; good source of vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, high amount of dietary fiber, supply of antioxidants; supply of essential minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, sodium and zinc.

Ingredients:

1 cup white beans

2 cup water

Method:

Soak white beans overnight or at least for 3 hours in warm water.

Boil the soaked white beans in water still soft.

Blend and serve.

Benefits

  • good supply of proteins;
  • good source of vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin C, folate,
  • high amount of dietary fiber,
  • supply of antioxidants;
  • supply of essential minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, sodium and zinc.

Vegetable Soup

Vegetable Soup: Boil carrot, potato, bottle gourd in water till soft. You may add garlic for flavoring. Blend and serve. For younger babies, sieve and serve instead of blending Benefits: Good for hydration Powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, and proteins Good for cough and cold

Ingredients:

 

2 tbsp diced carrot

2 tbsp diced potatoes

2 tbsp diced bottle gourd

a pinch of garlic powder (optional)

Method:

Boil carrot, potato, bottle gourd in water till soft.

You may add garlic for flavoring.

Blend and serve.

For younger babies, sieve and serve instead of blending

Benefits:

  •  Good for hydration;
  • Powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, and proteins
  • Good for cough and cold

Milk Rice

Milk Rice: Add rice, butter and salt in boiling water. Once the water dries, add milk and cream. Mash the rice or use a blender. Cool and serve. Benefits: g source of B complex vitamins; good source of high energy; useful protein in rice; easy to digest; rejuvenates the body; cure for diarrhea.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup rice

1 tbsp butter

100 ml milk powder

1/4 cup cooking cream

a pinch of salt

Method:

Add rice, butter and salt in boiling water.

Once the water dries, add milk and cream.

Mash the rice or use a blender.

Cool and serve.

Benefits

  • good source of B-complex vitamins;
  • good source of high energy;
  • useful protein in rice;
  • easy to digest;
  • rejuvenates the body;
  • a cure for diarrhea.

Boiled Red Lentils

Boiled Red Lentils Boil Red Lentils in water and diced carrots till carrots are soft and lentils are mushy. Benefits: good source of vitamins, minerals, and protein; easy to digest; protects and heals liver; good for the immune system

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Red Lentils

2 Tbsp diced carrots

a pinch of salt

Method:

Boil Red Lentils in water, salt and diced carrots till carrots are soft and lentils are mushy.

Benefits:

  • good source of vitamins, minerals, and protein;
  • easy to digest;
  • protects and heals liver;
  • good for the immune system

Scrambled Eggs

Ingredients: Eggs and Milk. Recipe: Whisk milk and egg. Add to frying pan. Whisk continuously till done. Benefits: Important source of essential amino acids, easy to digest; vital for growth.

Ingredients

1 Egg

1 Tbsp of Milk

Method

Whisk milk and egg.

Add to frying pan.

Whisk continuously till done. Do not overcook.

Benefits:

  • Important source of essential amino acids,
  • easy to digest;
  • vital for growth.

Oats Porridge

Oats Porridge: Boil oats in water for 5 minutes. Add honey and milk. Boil for another 2 minutes. Cool and serve Benefits of Oats: high in energy; easy to digest; improves the immune system; good supply of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants; a natural laxative

Ingredients

3 Tbsp oats

1/2 cup water

1 tsp honey

2 Tsbp milk

Method

Boil oats in water for 5 minutes.

Add honey and milk.

Boil for another 2 minutes.

Cool and serve

Benefits of Oats:

  • high in energy;
  • easy to digest;
  • improves the immune system;
  • good supply of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants;
  • a natural laxative

Hummus

baby food

Ingredients

1 cup Chickpeas (boiled and drained with some liquid)

2 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp Tahini

2 tbsp Full Cream Yogurt

1 tbsp Olive Oil

pinch of Cumin (optional)

pinch of garlic (optional)

Method

Pulse Tahini and lemon juice in a blender for 30 seconds.

Add olive oil while blending. Then add boiled chickpeas and yogurt. You may add cumin and garlic to enhance the flavor if you like.

Then add boiled chickpeas and yogurt. You may add cumin and garlic to enhance the flavor if you like.

You may add cumin and garlic to enhance the flavor if you like.

Benefits:

  • Source of complete protein (so best for babies following a vegetarian diet);
  • Good Source of iron, vitamin B6, vitamin E, folate, fiber and potassium

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Easy Baby Food Ideas for Nine Month Olds